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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/14

As always, we’ve got fantastic, not-sold-out options for you to get out of your house and bring your friends to see some #DCmusic. Here are your weekend picks!

Friday 12/14:
The Blackbyrds are true DC legends, crafting unforgettable R&B and soul jams as “Walking In Rhythm”, “Happy Music” and “Rock Creek Park”. Don’t miss your chance to see them live tonight at City Winery in Ivy City.

Saturday 12/15:
This Saturday the Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse hosts a holiday-themed tribute to Anacostia Delta guitar master Danny Gatton. It’s a rare treat to see both Pirog brothers Anthony (The Messthetics) and Kenny (Wanted Man) shred guitars on the same stage together. Admission is free but RSVP to guarantee admission.

Sunday 12/16:
We have loved CapitalBop‘s intense dedication to DC’s jazz scene for many years (though we confess we can never remember if it’s CapitAL or CapitOL). Their Jazz Loft live music series shows their excellent curation when the right space aligns to host it, though those perfect spaces (Red Door, The Dunes) don’t stick around forever. Now the Loft has a new Sunday night home at Takoma Park’s Rhizome, so make Gio & Luke feel welcome as they host an all-star group including Nate Scheible, Layne Garrett, Sarah Marie Hughes, Steve Arnold, Elijah Easton and Allen Jones. Bring cash for the door and drinks to share.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/11

This is Don’t Stay Home, our twice weekly round up of the finest #DCmusic to check out every night of the week. Let’s get to it!

Tuesday 12/11:
Hey hey, we get to host a show tonight! DC’s gargantuan experimental guitar band Boat Burning takes the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage this evening at 6 PM. Expect towering live versions of songs from their recent self-titled EP and some unexpected holiday cheer. Grab a good seat up front starting at 5:30, and remember you can stream the show live online if you can’t make it in person.

Wednesday 12/12:
Intersectional punk takes over the Black Cat backstage Wednesday evening. The ferocious lineup includes Dundalk’s Bust Down and two well known DC bands, Jail Solidarity and Homosuperior.


Thursday 12/13:
The most unexpected announcement of 2018 in DC music was the resurrection of Washington Social Club. The powerful indie pop band fronted by Martin Royle and Olivia Mancini rocked DC stages all through the naughts and went quiet after the sold out hometown shows and national tour supporting their sophomore album Bigger Than Your Boyfriend in 2007-2008. Come hear the classics like “Diamond Hipster Boy” and “Charlie the Russian” along with brand new material Thursday night at the Black Cat. Show up on time for the opening set from Bryan Gerhart’s new band Slow Love.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/07

Don’t stay home! If you do you’ll miss these recommended #DCmusic shows and they’ll never happen again.

Friday 12/07:
Oof, there’s a lot of strong choices to recommend tonight. But we have to give our nod to the sometimes hard rockin’ frontman, sometimes introspective blues scholar Jonny Grave. The State Theatre in Falls Church hosts Grave tonight with an opening set from DC’s Cathy Ponton King.

Saturday 12/08:
Come on Black Cat Backstage, are you trying to make us miss you more when you’re gone with these rad December shows? Saturday night things get dreamy and dancey with three awesome DC rock bands you should be friends with: Lavender, The Colonies and Mystery Friends.


Sunday 12/09:
This Sunday night Pearl Street Warehouse and nonprofit boosters Project HERA host an all star night of DC Women Who Rock paying tribute to the 90s. The list of performers is ridiculously huge, including Lauren Calve, Flo Anito, Hayley Fahey, Emily Henry and on and on and on. On this crowd-pleasing night both the future and the past are female!

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/03

It’s time for the Hometown Sounds #DCmusic picks for the coming week. There’s quality live music every night of the week, and no reasons whatsoever to stay home.

Monday 12/03:
Tonight Galaxy Hut hosts two DC indie rock bands, Oppo and SleepMarks, plus a solo set from Oppo’s Finely Martin. We bet you don’t know them yet. What better way to get acquainted than with some new songs over delicious beers.

Tuesday 12/04:
Vocal jazz group Véronneau have enjoyed widespread acclaim for their 2018 album Love and Surrender, but we think the holidays are the best time to enjoy Lynn Veronneau’s gorgoeus voice and Ken Avis’s worldwide musical influences. Georgetown’s Blues Alley hosts their trio playing music from Snowtime Tuesday night for two shows, 8 and 11 PM.

Wednesday 12/05:
Assuming Takoma Park house venue Rhizome is still standing after tonight’s insane Priests gig, head there Wednesday night for lo-fi punk poets Nice Breeze supporting Toronto’s Clara Engel and Azalia Snail of the duo LoveyDove.

Thursday 12/06:
Chinatown’s Lucky Strike hosts DC’s legendary go-go heroes Rare Essence, along with Jas Funk and DJ Jealousy, on Thursday evening. Bring a toy donation for Cozy Christmas at Gateway DC and party through the overnight scenario.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/30

As the legendary Black Cat moves closer to consolidating their smaller Backstage space, expect a lot of quality #DCmusic show recommendations there. Here are our picks for an awesome weekend full of live music, and this time every single one has an awesome flyer.

Friday 11/30:
Post-punk trio Flasher, featuring members of Priests, Big Hush and Bless, had a breakout year with the release of their debut full length album Constant Image on Domino Recording Company, but they’ve generally opted for touring far & wide over playing DC stages. Tonight‘s show at the Black Cat Mainstage with openers Public Practice from NYC and China’s Gong Gong Gong is your best chance to show them some hometown love.

Saturday 12/01:
The Rock & Roll Hotel‘s Saturday night show serves as the live debut of alt rock band Endless Winter, helmed by Joshua Thomas Hunter of Color Palette and Dance for the Dying. Also featuring indie rockers The Neuro Farm and a rare reunion of Maryjo Mattea and Joel Wu’s duo Two Dragons and a Cheetah.



If you’re feeling more boogie, less rawk, celebrate DC’s top DJ Will Eastman’s birthday at the Black Cat Backstage. With a lineup including Stereo Faith, Ozker, Nick Garcia and more, and drinks by Chad America, you can dance until your legs give out.

Sunday 12/02:
With a few key members moving away from DC, the sprawling ensemble The NRIs are going on hiatus after Sunday night‘s show at the Black Cat Backstage. Catch the emotional, thoughtful and friendly band one last time at the Black Cat Backstage Sunday night with NOVA lo-fi band Woodgrove.


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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/26

Back in town after the Thanksgiving break? Want to reconnect with the sounds of DC? Hometown Sounds has you covered with DC music picks every night of the week.

Monday 11/26:
Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut saves the day with another quality Monday night lineup. Tonight experience the sonic stylings of Venray and The SuperChargers.

Tuesday 11/27:
In case you haven’t noticed, the Black Cat Backstage is blowing out booking fantastic DC bands in its last month of hosting shows. Tuesday night anthemic punk band Des Demonas celebrates the release of their new single “Bay of Pigs” with support from Knife Wife and Penguin, a new band with superlative cred featuring Devin Ocampo (The Effects, Faraquet, Medications), Renata Ocampo (Warm Sun, Pearie Sol & the Raindrops), Burleigh Seaver (Shortstack, Alarms and Controls), and Jerry Busher (Fugazi, All Scars, Fidelity Jones, French Toast).

Wednesday 11/28:
The DIY house show spirit in DC is waning, with the loss of Bathtub Republic, Paperhaus, The Beehive and more. Luckily a new spot called Dwell is rising to fill the void. Wednesday night their all-DC lineup includes Poppy Patica, Max Gowan and Emperor Plum.


Thursady 11/29:
Soulful jazz ensemble Champion Sound Band just got a well-earned profile bump by WaPo‘s Chris Richards. See them celebrate the release of their new 7″ vinyl single at Sotto on Thursday night, with two sets at 8 and 10.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/19

We’ve got a short week of #DCmusic show picks before everyone heads home for Thanksgiving. Let’s get to it!

Monday 11/19:
Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut is well known both as a music venue and a vegan grill. Enjoy Tofurkey Monday tonight with an all-DC indie rock lineup including Cherry Ames, Flowerbomb, and Abby Rasheed & The Sundry Collective.



Tuesday 11/20:
We’ve got two good reasons to head to Takoma Park house Rhizome on Tuesday night. First is to see two experimental locals, Knife Wife and Clear Channel. The second is to lend a little support to Sabrina Is Not In This Chat, the LA trio with a memorable name that had a rough car crash in last week’s snow and needs help with repairs. It’s always the season to help out music family near and far.

Wednesday 11/21:
For all the lucky souls who don’t have to hit the roads and airports on the day before Thanksgiving, we’ve got a free treat for you. Head to the Kennedy Center‘s Millennium Stage before 6 PM to see a mesmerizing set by dark trip-hop group Luna Honey, one of the best new DC bands of 2018.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/16

DC, let’s go see some shows this weekend. Trust me, it’ll be grand. Here are our picks for #DCmusic every single day.

Friday 11/16:
We love ’em so much we hosted allthebestkids at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage this past summer. Tonight the genre-spanning ensemble celebrates the release of Allthebestkids Have Mental Breakdowns at Dupont Underground with balloons, confetti, an adult ballpit, healing and their trademark style of “Hip Pop Psychedelic Love Music”. Loi Loi of Blight Records opens the show in divine style!

Saturday 11/17:
How about a cozy night of tears for beers? The Pinch hosts a great night of darkwave/emo/shoegaze music Saturday night, featuring DC bands Replicant Eyes, Bound and Case Graham of Birds For Eyes, supporting touring act Juna from Atlanta. Also, peep this beautiful flyer.



Sunday 11/18:
Two extra-fine ska bands take the stage Sunday night at Dangerous Pies. Eastern Standard Time are veterans from the 90s ska boom with a classy, soulful style, while The Scotch Bonnets, split between Baltimore and DC, channel classic Jamaican vibes with modern punk style.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/12

There are many roundups of things to do in DC. Only this one clues you in to under the radar DC bands worth checking out. Here are your DC music picks for the upcoming week!

Monday 11/12:
Slash Run gets psychedelic tonight with DC’s The Beginner’s Mynd and Nashville’s Ttotals.

Tuesday 11/13:
Priests frontwoman Katie Alice Greer approaches all her musical projects with intensity and ambition, whether shouting punk lyrics or crafting experimental tape releases. Tuesday night see her latest obsession, covering Dixie Chicks songs, at Comet along with Baltimore’s Hothead and State Champion from Louisville.

Wednesday 11/14:
Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society is the latest jazz spot in DC with a laserlike focus on music quality. Wednesday night they host Howard-grad, straight ahead jazz singer Sendy Brown.

Thursday 11/15:
In addition to their free, after work Luce Unplugged performance series, the Smithsonian American Art Museum & Portrait Gallery also hosts jazz on Thursdays in the gorgeous central Kogod Courtyard. This Thursday bassist & vocalist Nicole Saphos performs with her trio and guest vocalists Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary of The Sweater Set.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/09

Happy Friday, DC. You made it. Feel like going out this weekend? As always, we’ve got live DC music to recommend every single day. Go for it.

Friday 11/09:
Devoted fans of our fortnightly podcast already know about new reggae band Shamans Of Sound. Tonight they celebrate the release of their second single “Love Lessons” with a FREE early show at Tropicalia. Doors open at 8, the music wraps up by 11, and then you’re right at 14th & U ready to party into the wee hours and make bad decisions.

Saturday 11/10:
Now that we’re firmly in jackets and cozy boots weather, how does a romantic Saturday night at a secret speakeasy featuring soulful vocal jazz sound? Pretty awesome, right? Good thing you’re reading this, because Akua Allrich is the featured act at this Saturday at the Alex Speakeasy inside the Graham in Georgetown. Make your reservations now on OpenTable before this sells out.

Sunday 11/11:
Mmmmm, a top notch 3 band lineup of some of our absolute fave bands Sunday night at Dangerous Pies. Bassist Kevin de Souza’s folk-rock quintet Uptown Boys Choir celebrates their sophomore release Get Help along with Bad Robot Jones and Olivia Mancini & The Mates. What a delightful way to wrap up a weekend.


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