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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/23

Happy Monday, #DCmusic fans. Whichever nights are your nights to get out, we’ve got hometown sounds to fill your ears.

Monday 4/23:
Psychedelic rockers The Beginner’s Mynd team up with experimental cellist Janel Leppin as Mellow Diamond at Arlington’s beloved Galaxy Hut tonight to send your souls to outer space.


Tuesday 4/24:
The Anacostia Arts Center‘s monthly free live music series All The Way Live brings growing audiences to talented DMV artists. This Tuesday the center hosts sweet and soulful vocalist Cecily.

Wednesday 4:25
Singers & songwriters Justin Trawick and Louisa Hall have both released new albums this year, and we’ve loved them both. Catch them both Wednesday evening at Dupont Underground, and you’ll have a grand time.

Thursday 4/26:
This Thursday we are humbled to present our biggest Millennium Stage show yet! The Chuck Brown Band continues the legacy of DC’s legendary Godfather of Go-go. Skip out of work early and head to the Kennedy Center for an unforgettable performance!

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/20

Happy Friday DC! It’s 4/20, so do whatcha wanna. Here’s some options to get some #DCmusic in your life this weekend.

Friday 4/20:
We gushed about Bound on our podcast, and today’s the day that their methodically developed full length album No Beyond drops. Celebrate with an album release show at the Pinch tonight featuring Railsplitter and Será, with all proceeds benefitting Safe Shores, the D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center.



Saturday 4/21:
Beloved expat saxophonist Jonathan Parker returns to DC to lead his jazz quintet in a Saturday night set at the Colony Club. There’s no cover charge, so tip heavily.

Sunday 4/22:
Mr. Daywalker, aka Donovan Edmund Duvall, blew us away with his musical and visual creativity on last summer’s album Warmth. Don’t miss him headlining the Black Cat Sunday night, with support from Afro Punk darlings +E and Philly’s GREAT TIME promoting their new release GREAT ALBUM.

Mr. Daywalker, GREAT TIME, AddE @ Black Cat DC

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/16

Did you know that you can go out and see #DCmusic every single night of the week? We’re here to show you how. Hang on tight.

Monday 4/16:
We recently featured Leesburg VA’s Woodgrove on our excellent & informative podcast. Tonight the lo-fi band opens for Poly Action from Austin TX at Galaxy Hut, where you can also get an IPA on draft called Knee Deep Man Juice.

Tuesday 4/17:
In case you haven’t noticed, benefit shows are all the rage now. Tuesday night you can rock out with FuzzQueen, fall for the indie pop songs of Baby Grill and space out with ambient electronic musician Chaand Soorij while supporting the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence at the Lab at Convergence in Alexandria.


Wednesday 4/18:
ProjectHERA is a nonprofit devoted to inspiring females in music to freely explore their creativity and self expression. Wednesday night they host an open mike night and networking event at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, featuring songs and wisdom by Erin Frisby of FuzzQueen.

Thursday 4/19:
No one works harder to keep ska vibrant in the DMV than BlueBeatDC. Their monthly showcase of punk rock’s peppy, brassy cousin returns to the upstairs room at Wonderland Ballroom to present The Capitvators and Interstate Rivals.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/13

Happy Friday the 13th! For the non-triskaidekaphobic, here are our DC music picks for this weekend.

Friday 4/13:
Even though passes have sold out, Takoma Park’s festival of American Primitive Guitar, The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose, still holds options for those interested in the style. Tonight’s performances open to the public include Rhizome, Takoma Beverage Co., Busboys & Poets and Republic, featuring Max Ochs and many more.

Saturday 4/14:
Boy, the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street folks sure lucked out with the weather forecast for their 2018 Porch Fest. Visit the NE DC neighborhood Saturday afternoon to catch Cuchulain Kelly of Handsome Hound, Flo Anito, the Boundary Stones, Atoms Apart and many many more.

The Velvet Lounge hosts intersectional funk music Saturday night when The CooLots provide the hometown anchor for NY based The Phryg and tubafresh of the PitchBlak Brass Band.

Sunday 4/15:
Low Red Moon, featuring members of Strange Boutique, Tone, Siddal and SansYou, cap off your weekend with some beautiful dream pop instrumentals at Galaxy Hut Sunday night. Dennis Kane starts the show with music from his upcoming record as The Hunted Hare, due out next month on Verses Records.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/09

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s exciting DC music goings on every single night of the week. We’re here every Monday to tell you what not to miss.

Monday 4/09:
The Kennedy Center’s weeklong SHIFT Festival sends the National Symphony Orchestra out into unique locales around town, while other regional symphonies perform innovative works in the concert hall. This evening we recommend bundling up and heading to the historic Congressional Cemetery to see the NSO perform chamber music, no tickets required.

Tuesday 4/10:
Bossa in AdMo hosts a night of experimental and emotional music Tuesday night with post-hardcore Mock Identity and doomy Literals, with New York free jazz trio GRID.


Wednesday 4/11:
DC recently noted the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the ensuing riots that reshaped the city for decades following. On Wednesday Marc Eisenberg’s DC Music Salon discussion series at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library hosts a retrospective on the street photographs of Michael Horsley as he documented rarely traversed parts of the city from 1984 to 1994.

Thursday 4/12:
Head to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage after work on Thursday to catch a special collaboration between UMD’s Hip Hop Orchestra, electro funk band Box Era, 20NVR and artists from all over the DMV. As with all Millennium Stage shows, no tickets are required but get there at 5:30 to nab a good seat.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/06

DC, Friday night is one of those nights where we all the good shows happen at once. Choose your own adventure, and have an awesome weekend.

Friday 4/06:
The mysterious Red Panda House hosts a rare performance tonight by Maryjo Mattea‘s garage rock duo Two Dragons and a Cheetah, along with the silver-jumpsuited Cody Valentine’s cosmic ensemble allthebestkids.


Ryan Walker’s classic folk-rock band The Beanstalk Library adds a horn section for their feature set tonight at The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse, with support from Throwing Plates.

Two hugely funky vets of our Millennium Stage series, Backbeat Underground and Aaron Abernathy & his live band Nat Turner, team up for a killer night at the Rock & Roll Hotel.


A few months ago we got a turn behind the wheels of steel (actually, we just brought a laptop) for Rick Taylor’s post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One. Tonight the party celebrates 14 years of excellence at the Marx Cafe with DJ Porcupine a special performance by synth wizards Blacklodge + em.g.

Matt Dowling has held down the bassline in DC indie rock bands Deleted Scenes, Paperhaus and The Effects. Now he takes a solo turn as Swoll, with an album release show tonight at Comet Ping Pong featuring Natural Velvet, Toxie Moxie and Loi Loi.


Saturday 4/07:
Off-the-grid creative space Dwell in NE DC (powered by sun and rainwater!) hosts an early evening of poetry from Peyman Allahvirdizadeh and experimental indie folk from Near Northeast. Please arrive on foot.

Sunday 4/08:
U Street Music Hall brings classic go-go back to NW DC Sunday evening with Experience Unlimited, aka EU. Show up on time for gypsy brass band Black Masala!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/02

If you like to go out every single night of the week, we have you covered. And even if you only have one night of live music in you, we’re here to help.

Monday 4/02:
DC area metal shows seem to have found synergy with the city’s indie brewing works. Monday night Atlas Brew Works hosts two Colorado bands, Primitive man and Spectral Voice, and two hometown gems, Ilsa and Genocide Pact. If the phrases “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”, “Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”, “Corpse Fortress” and “Order of Torment” speak to you, then you know where you need to be.



Tuesday 4/03:
The Black Squirrel is well known in Adams Morgan, but did you know they have an outpost in Virginia’s Dunn Loring? Songwriters’ Association of Washington hosts their Tuesday night open mike night, and Jason Mendelson, famous for writing songs about every single metro station in the system, is the featured performer. Here’s the song Mendelson wrote about Dunn Loring.

Wednesday 4/04:
Frank Mitchell Jr is one of the funkiest sax players in town, blowing for See-I, Black Masala, The Funk Ark, The Harry Bells and many more. His current group is Three Man Soul Machine, with Carter Stevens on organ and Mylie Durham IV on drums, and they hold down a residency the first Wednesday of the month at Colony Club on Georgia Avenue.

Thursday 4/05:
When Justin Trawick was coming up as a developing songwriter, he hit upon a winning formula to showcase the genre successfully to diverse audiences. His 9 Songwriter Series is still going strong, and this Thursday it hits Union Stage at the Wharf with featured performers including Sol Roots and Elena Lacayo.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/30

Twice weekly we pick out the best options for you to get out of your house and see some #DCmusic. Here are your weekend recommendations:

Friday 3/30:
Experimental DIY space Rhizome continues its expansion into rock territory tonight with two fantastic acts we love. Heavy Breathing is known for intense psychedelic jams, while Warm Sun features DC music icons Devin Ocampo, Jason Hutto and Renata Burger.

Saturday 3/31:
We told you a few weeks ago about the fire that severely damaged long time Maryland rockabilly roadhouse Hank Dietle’s. Saturday night Bethesda’s Rock Creek Mansion hosts a fundraiser to help the bar rebuild. See The Nighthawks, Rock-A-Sonics and many other bands, or donate online through GoFundMe.

The Sweater Set celebrates 10 years of harmonious music with a live album recording Saturday night at Tonal Park Studios (formerly Airshow) in Takoma Park. This is an amazing chance to be a “Fly on the Wall” for singers Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary and be a part of their creative process.

Sunday 4/01:
Easter is a time of family brunches and potluck meals. Music school and studio 7DrumCity gathers their musical fam together for their monthly potluck jam at 6 PM this evening. Bring a dish, grab a nametag and introduce yourself to some new musicians.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/26

Seeing live music is good for your health and your soul. We’re here twice a week to clue you in to the good stuff being made right here in DC.

Monday 3/26:
Catch a couple of strong DC indie rock bands, Flowerbomb and Reyna Valencia, support Canadian touring band Bike Thiefs tonight at Slash Run.

Tuesday 3/27:
Rhizome has firmly established itself as the home of experimental music in DC, but it’s great to see the Takoma Park DIY space branch out into other areas, like poetry readings, making yogurt, and punk music. Tuesday night you should catch Mock Identity and Park Snakes support Minneapolis queer punks Royal Brat.


Wednesday 3/28:
There aren’t enough quality hip hop shows in DC these days. Wednesday night College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse hosts the 10th Anniversary Tour of Fake Four, the DIY label run by Ceschi Ramos. See him spit fire alongside Onry Ozzborn, Moodie Black, ESH and a couple of our DC faves, Ardamus and Prowess The Testament.


Thursday 3/29:
This Thursday night one of those nights with a lot of strong DC music options. We have to give the edge to quirky snackcore rockers BRNDA (vets of our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage series) for their tape release show at Dew Drop Inn, with DC’s Puff Pieces and Heatmap from NY/Philly. Plus, all of BRNDA’s tape sales, and a portion of the door donations will go to benefit Homeless Children’s Playtime Project.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/23

There’s a whole lot going on in DC this weekend. Why not add some #DCmusic into your weekend plans? Here’s our picks for the best of the weekend!

Friday 3/23:
College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse hosts a packed & stacked night of pop-punk and psych rock gems, including Ménage À Garage, Pagan Reagan and Honey Kill, supporting SXSW NPR darlings Particle Devotion.


Saturday 3/24:
In case you haven’t heard, millions and millions of people are coming to DC Saturday for the March For Our Lives. You can support the event financially as well as with your feet with a benefit show at the Pinch Saturday night featuring FuzzQueen, Cosmonaut Radio, The U.S. Americans, the Well, Free Soil and BabeRage.


Sunday 3/25:
Finish off your weekend strong with some classy folk and bluegrass at Solly’s Tavern on U Street with Two Ton Twig and Ed Snow.

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