Category Archives: shows

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/21

Friday 2/21:
Sometimes four band bills are too much, but tonight’s indie rock & dream pop lineup at the Pie Shop feels just right. See Stray Fossa from Charlottesville, The Colonies, Child Ivory and Makeup Girl starting at 8 PM, with a side of pie.


Saturday 2/22:
Only one band plays Saturday night’s benefit for Thrive DC at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, presented by Positive Force. One’s all you need when it’s Coriky, the new band comprised of Joe Lally, Amy Farina and Ian MacKaye. There’s no advance tickets and free admission, so get there early and give generously to an important cause.

Sunday 2/23:
Wrap up this February weekend at Galaxy Hut Sunday night with garage punk band Apollo 66, Charlottesville pop-punk kings Girl Choir, and “electronica madness” NorthWoods, which we couldn’t find anywhere online.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 2/18

Tuesday 2/18:
Tuesday nights are tough sometimes, but Slash Run saves the day with DC punk bands Teen Cobra and Terminal Vertigo welcoming touring rock band Paint Fumes from Charlotte.


Wednesday 2/19:
The strength of DIY Takoma Park venue Rhizome lies in their pristine curation and bold experimentation. This Wednesday night DC jazz stalwarts Luke Stewart and Nik Francis support Philly’s Elliott Levin and Norwegian freejazz group Friends & Neighbors.

Thursday 2/20:
DC rock band Tosser’s debut album Total Restraint is full of angular post-punk goodness. It’s out Thursday, timed perfectly for the album release show at the Pie Shop with opening sets from Den-Mate and experimental hip-hop act Model Home.



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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 2/07

Friday 2/07:
DC’s incredibly long running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One returns to Mount Pleasant’s Marx Cafe tonight with guest DJ Matt Cohen, former arts editor of the Washington CityPaper and half of drone band Literals, and a live set from Katie McD of feminist punk band Bacchae.

Saturday 2/08:
Saturday night stay up late, eat some Comet Ping Pong pizza, and see two of our #DCmusic faves: unhurried, refined pop songs from Bal Boheme and big anthemic dance hits with Mystery Friends (featuring Nah’s Zack Be & Color Palette’s Jay Nemeyer!), along with Philadelphia’s Church Girls.

Sunday 2/09:
Sunday night‘s lineup at the Vinyl Lounge in AdMo’s SongByrd features folk act Rosie Cima & What She Dreamed and soulful powerpop from Petty Indulgences.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/31

Friday 1/31:
Tonight Petworth neighborhood burger bar Slash Run hosts crispy indie rockers Spirit Plots and goofy dance-rock duo DMV Kars, plus everyone can make friends with New Jersey band Zero For Conduct!


Saturday 2/01:
Join alt-country quartet Run Come See for the second installment of their residency at The Public Option Saturday night with bilingual folk singer Elena Lacayo as the featured performer and honorary band member for a night of unpretentious music in the coolest little brewery in DC.


Sunday 2/02:
Good news/bad news: Piramid Scheme‘s new EP Seen This Before is out today, but Sunday night‘s release show at the Black Cat will be the last hometown show before frontwoman Lisa Said moves to Portugal. See them off with openers Warm Sun in the Red Room.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/28

Tuesday 1/28:
Vienna’s Jammin’ Java presents Women Who Rock tonight, featuring full band performances from Ashleigh Chevalier, Mary-El and Baltimore’s Rachel Ann Morgan.

Wednesday 1/29:
Music event boosters FoSho present a Wednesday night of reggae and African influenced vibes from Shamans of Sound and Nkula at U Street Music Hall.

Thursday 1/30:
Sup Pie Shop, we see you with your superfine #DCmusic bookings. Thursday night witness jam band leader Gordon Sterling, folk looping from Bellweather Bayou, and rockin’ blues maestro Jonny Grave leading a trio.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/24

Friday 1/24:
Drew Beckman, self-described queer cowboy & folk musician, celebrates the release of his debut EP Blue Horses with his band The Boundary Boys at DC9 tonight, with support from snappy indie pop band Frass Green. Warm up with this languid music video for Beckman’s tune Blue Ridge Mountain Boy from director Matias Breuer.

Saturday 1/25:
Pop-punk superheroes American Television, organizers of the Breakin’ Even Fest, take over the Pie Shop Saturday night to release their glorious new record Watch It Burn on Wiretap Records along with sets from Philly’s Crossed Keys, DC’s Teen Cobra, and Foxhall Stacks featuring members of Velocity Girl, Government Issue, Jawbox and Minor Threat (!!).



Sunday 1/26:
Two of DC’s strongest groups pushing the boundaries of jazz are cellist Janel Leppin‘s Ensemble Volcanic Ash and the Low Ways Quartet featuring a mind-blowing lineup of Mark Cisneros (The Make-Up, Des Demonas), Anthony Pirog (The Messthetics), Luke Stewart (Blacks’ Myths) and drummer Ian McColm. See them both Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome, where else?

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/21

Tuesday 1/21:
Tonight! Take the orange line to Virginia Square, grab some delicious El Pollo Rico chicken, and find American Legion Post 85 to see NYC punk act Decisions with their DMV buds Saffron and Dissonance.

Damn, this show was last night. Sorry everyone!


Wednesday 1/22:
Heavy rock bands Mona Speaks Mountains and A Shrewdness of Apes play a free show Wednesday evening upstairs at the Evening Star Cafe in Del Ray.

Thursday 1/23:
See the “Sweethearts of Americana” Karen Jonas, Lauren Calve, and Mink’s Miracle Medicine from Harper’s Ferry Thursday evening at The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/17

Friday 1/17:
Troubadour Justin Trawick celebrates his 29th birthday for the 10th time tonight with a blowout gig with his band The Common Good at Pearl Street Warehouse, with an opening set from bluesy Americana band The Judy Chops from Staunton VA. Justin is well known for putting his Americana spin on crowd-pleasing songs, so get down to this live cover of disco classic Stayin’ Alive.


Saturday 1/18:
Surely you read this strong profile of indie pop band Nah. in the Post this week. See them headline Pearl Street Warehouse Satudray night along with an impressive lineup that includes Philly rock band Dominy and two DMV gems, The Duskwhales and Milo in the Doldrums.



Sunday 1/19:
CapitalBop and founder Shannon Gunn brings the 5th Annual Jazz and Freedom Festival back to Eaton DC the Sunday before MLK Day to present a full day of programming, including a panel discussion, poetry from community advocate Claudia Rojas, and of course jazz from the Angel Bethea Trio, the Cristian Perez Quartet, the Todd Marcus Trio, and trombonist Gunn’s Jazz and Freedom Octet. The proceeds go to benefit the ICE Out of DC coalition.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/13

Monday 1/13:
Experimental pop musician Kai Orion from Fredrick MD kicks off a month-long tour at Galaxy Hut tonight along with West Virginia’s Little Lawnmowers.

Tuesday 1/14:
Barking Carnies and Mistress Tigers are two DC bands in the sprawling community fostered by the 7DrumCity studio. See them Tuesday night at 7DC’s The Pocket supporting Austin TX’s Sadie & The Ladies. Come hungry because free Hot Pockets are promised to all.

Wednesday 1/15:
Jake Reid of Screen Vinyl Image is in the midst of moving, so his normally electronic set as Secret Wilderness on Wednesday night at Del Ray’s Evening Star Cafe is a rare acoustic offering instead. Then he joins instrumental shoegaze band Ice Out on bass, and everyone goes home happy.

Thursday 1/16:
Rhizome curates a wild lineup Thursday night as experimental rap duo Model Home and indie rock band Staffers open for singer-songwriter Paul McMahon from Woodstock NY.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/10

Friday 1/10:
Songwriter-focused rock bands The Walkwaways and No Second Troy take over Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf tonight. Feel those Iota vibes.

Saturday 1/11:
Get funky & weird at Slash Run Saturday night as electronic rock band Catscan! (RIYL TMBG) celebrate the release of their new album Yucca Mountain with assistance from Electric Grandmother and Crab Legs.



Sunday 1/12:
Top DC jazz site CapitalBop hosts another in their venerable Jazz Loft series Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome. Always stretching boundaries, installment includes Baltimore mandolin player Corey Thuru and “Not-Jazz” duo FIASCO! celebrating their debut album release.


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