Category Archives: shows

Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/21

Monday 10/21:
Tonight Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut has two sets of 60’s influenced soul pop from veteran ska vocalist Caz Gardiner, formerly of The Checkered Cabs and The Ambitions.

Tuesday 10/22:
Going out on a Tuesday night is the mark of the truly dedicated. Stay up late at Comet Ping Pong with soulpunk band Lightmare opening for New Jersey’s Delicate Steve.

Wednesday 10/23:
We love plugging the experimental ambient sounds of guitarist Jeff Barksy’s Insect Factory project, as well as the “fiery punk jammers” Panini Girlfriend. See them both open for NYC’s Gold Dime at Rhizome Wednesday evening.


Thursday 10/24:
Are you free Thursday evening? Perhaps we can interest you in anti-capitalist songwriter and The North Country frontman Andrew Grossman and queer feminist band Born Dad at Dew Drop Inn, along with French punks Avenir on Thursday evening? We thought so.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/18

Friday 10/18:
The Public Bar‘s grand opening week includes The 5×5 Songwriter‘s Showcase tonight, featuring Dave Phenicie, Pleasure Train, Ya Minko, Chevre from Frederick, and Richmond’s Deau Eyes.

Saturday 10/19:
Organized by our #DCmusic compatriots at Listen Local First, Down in the Reeds is a day-long fall celebration and music festival with a mission of healing through community and music. Set around the amphitheater at the historic campus of the former Walter Reed Medical Center, now called The Parks at Walter Reed, see performances from Aaron Abernathy, Dove Lady, IMKA, Denise Henderson and lots more this Saturday afternoon.



Sunday 10/20:
The Pie Shop‘s Sunday night lineup is especially delicious. See DC indie/dream pop bands Child Ivory, Basil (featuring members of Teen Mom and The El Mansouris) and Lavender, celebrating the release of their new EP Head in the Clouds / Adrenaline.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/15

Tuesday 10/15:
Toronto’s Bike Thiefs roll through town tonight playing at Slash Run, and we recommend their DC indie rock openers Weird Babies and Flowerbomb.

Wednesday 10/16:
Rhizome‘s Wednesday night bill features American primitive guitarist Jon Camp and his full band, opening for sonic experimentation from Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond, Milwaukee’s Kendra Amalie and Franco-German bassist and composer Pascal Niggenkemper.

Thursday 10/17:
Darkness falls over the Pie Shop Thursday night with the 7″ release show and tour kick off from Luna Honey. Cincinatti’s Hissing Tiles, GRÜN WASSER from Chicago and DC’s own SYZYGYX round out the sinister lineup.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/11

Friday 10/11:
Like the many varieties of sweet & savory pies on offer downstairs at the Pie Shop, different delicious flavors of pop music take the upstairs stage tonight. See The Eli Lev Collective, Nah. and Mystery Friends starting at 8 PM.


Saturday 10/12:
This past summer the trio of Ian MacKaye, Amy Farina and Joe Lally avoided adopting a name in an effort to keep their music offline and in the moment of live performance. Now they’ve settled on the name CORIKY and Saturday afternoon they help to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the DC Library’s Punk Archive initiative at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, along with exhibitions of photography and zines and punk ephemera.

Sunday 10/13:
“Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton holds it down every Wednesday at Jojo on U Street, hosting an eclectic session that features hard-hitting groove adaptations of jazz standards alongside spoken word, Afrobeat and even stand-up comedy. Drummer Kelton Norris… is young, but you can hear him on the bandstand with giants of D.C. jazz like Michael Bowie and Allyn Johnson, executing everything from deep, Blakey-like swing to slick drum & bass grooves.” See both DC jazz musicians lead their own ensembles at CapitalBop‘s monthly Jazz Loft Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/08

Tuesday 10/08:
The Pie Shop‘s Tuesday night lineup features DC indie pop acts Frass Green and Pen Palindrome supporting Charlottesville chill-wave band Stray Fossa.

Wednesday 10/09:
On Wednesday night music streaming platform Audiomack presents “Hometown Heroes” at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. The hip-hop heavy lineup includes DMV residents and alums Adé, Q Da Fool, Shordie Shordie, DJ TGUT and our chief export Wale.

Thursday 10/10:
The Kreeger is a hidden museum gem on Foxhall Road NW. Thursday evening you can see their impressive permanent collection and catch a rare concert in the Great Hall with indie soul band Oh He Dead. Watch this new music video for “Stay”, recorded at the Lily Pad in the same session as their viral Tiny Desk Contest entry “Lonely Sometimes”.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/04

Friday 10/04:
Our friends at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art host another Luce Unplugged Community Showcase tonight. The fall focus on DC’s jazz scene continues with Washington City Paper‘s curated acts, neo-soul singer “Ms. DivaBlue” Alison Crockett and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Prather. The free music starts promptly at 6 PM.

Bonus pick! Stay up late tonight with long-running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One at the Marx Cafe in Mt. Pleasant with live music from electro-funk duo DMV KARS and DC tunes spun by Hometown Sounds founder Paul Vodra.

Saturday 10/05:
With the literal breath of fresh air, Porch Fest season is just in time for the long awaited arrival of autumn. The sprawling Adams Morgan Porch Fest sets up Saturday afternoon with sets from Near Northeast, Keith Butler Jr., Strangers That Clique, The Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers, Peter Maybarduk and on and on and on.





Sunday 10/06:
Not to be outdone in the DC music department, Sunday‘s Takoma Park Street Festival presents The Sweater Set, King Soul, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, The Nighthawks and many more gems.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/30

Monday 9/30:
It’s a night of beautiful instrumental music tonight at Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut with experimental viola & cello duo Coven Tree and post-rock band Ice Out.

Tuesday 10/01:
Welcome back Philly indie rock band The Obsessives, once based here in DC, Tuesday night at Comet Ping Pong, along with two bands that still love our town best, Magazine Beach and Makeup Girl.



Wednesday 10/02:
Wednesday evening Singer-songwriter Laura Tsaggaris‘s monthly cover project at Trusty’s Bus Bar in SE DC gets into October’s spirit with her take on MJ’s album Thriller. Halloween decorations are already up, so take your costume out for a test drive.

Thursday 10/03:
Queer cowboy drag singer Drew Beckman and his band The Boundary Boys headline DC9 Thursday night, along with new DC shoegaze band Emperor Plum.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/27

Friday 9/27:
Tonight Epicure Café in Fairfax has funky tunes from jam bandleader Gordon Sterling and jazzy sounds from Sweet Something. Ease into your weekend in style.

Saturday 9/28:
Every year drummer and educator Ben Tufts presents a benefit show featuring a multitude of his talented friends to benefit the memorial fund for his father Craig Tufts. This year Ben Tufts & Friends presents “As Heard on TV”, an extravaganza of theme songs including Cheers, MASH, Gilligan’s Island, The Simpsons, The Jeffersons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ducktales, The Love Boat, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Muppets, The Wire, The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, Mad Men, Star Trek, Law & Order: SVU, Knight Rider, Golden Girls, Laverne & Shirley, Jeopardy, Scrubs, Welcome Back Kotter, WKRP: Cincinnati and of course, The Andy Griffith Show and more. Head to Vienna’s Jammin’ Java on Saturday night for an incredible dose of musical nostalgia.

Sunday 9/29:
DC jazz site CapitalBop‘s Spotlight Residency takes over Local 16 on U Street Sunday night (& Saturday as well) for two sets with a quintet led by Black Myths’ drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup III.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/23

Monday 9/23:
You And Me And You are a sweater folk-forward trio wrapped up in the warmth of nostalgia and the tides of friendship. See them tonight at Dwell DC along with solo sets from Bal Boheme‘s Laurel Rose and Rhode Island’s Will Orchard.

Tuesday 9/24:
“An insomniac daydreamer with an addiction to looking at the bright side”, singer-songwriter Jahnel Daliya plays one of the final FREE Live & Local sets Tuesday evening at The Pub & The People from 7DrumCity.

Wednesday 9/25:
Dreamgaze band Nah. are always worth checking out live. This Wednesday night you can see them open for Gold Connections at AdMo’s SongByrd Music House.

Thursday 9/26:
Dwell’s Thursday night show features jazz fusion band Cordoba from Chicago, along with dreamy indie pop band novo and Tuff Lover, the side project of Bottled Up’s Nikhil Venkat.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/20

Friday 9/20:
Find your way to Dupont Underground tonight to see three diverse DC acts, Bottled Up, October ’71 feat. Rob Stokes, and Daniel Sohn, sponsored by Asteria Entertainment.



Saturday 9/21:
Saturday night is an unmissable night of indie pop at the Black Cat. Feminist supergroup The OSYX starts things out, then queer-ish animated superheroes Bad Moves rip through their polished hits. Capping off the evening is the celebration of They’re Talking to Me Strange, the first new music from Washington Social Club in over a decade.


Sunday 9/22:
We heartily endorse Sunday night‘s indie rock lineup at Galaxy Hut. You all know Spirit Plots, they’ve been rocking DC stages since 2014. Yes Vacancy is probably new to you, anchored by veteran DC drummer Ryan Nelson of Soccer Team and The Most Secret Method.

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