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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/15

We’re midway through October already? How the hell did that happen? Don’t let the mild days blow past you without

Monday 10/15:
Our love affair with Monday night shows at Galaxy Hut will never end. Tonight the Only Clarendon Bar That Matters hosts two DC indie bands, Dougie and a podcast feature from earlier this summer We Capillaries.

Tuesday 10/16:
AdMo’s Songbyrd hosts three diverse DC bands in the upstairs lounge to liven up your Tuesday night. The free and all ages show features The Neuro Farm, Babbling April and Makeup Girl, plus Brooklyn band Monograms. While you’re there, buy some vinyl or tapes and keep everyone going strong.

Wednesday 10/17:
Drummer and booker Jim Thomson’s Multiflora Productions is midway through its impressive month-long festival called Flash of the Spirit, bringing far flung sounds from all over the world to venues all over the city. We’d like to highlight the show Wednesday night at Multiflora’s frequent haunt Bossa Bistro, presenting DC area groups whose music evokes the spirit of the Danube and Eastern European traditions. Broaden your horizons with Orchester Praževica, Lyuti Chushki and Orfeia Vocal Ensemble.

Thursday 10/18:
We’ll be honest here: part of the reason to recommend the Thursday night show at Takoma Park venue Rhizome is the meditative soundscapes of Tristan Welch and thoughtful and quiet intensity of Greg Svitil’s group Teething Veils. The other part is to post this excellent flyer by Cash Langdon, who seems to be the it flyer artist of the moment. Two touring bands from Iowa, Brooks Strause and Extravision, round out the evening.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/12

Friday 10/12:
“Punk-adjacent” songwriter Anna Connolly celebrates the release and vinyl pressing of her debut album After Thoughts tonight at Dew Drop Inn. Her live backing band features Teething Veils’ Hannah Burris, Don Godwin and Devin Ocampo of The Effects, and the evening’s bill also includes a solo set from Panini Girlfriend and Fugazi bassist Joe Lally with Jerry Busher and Anthony Pirog. So much punk cred at this show.

Saturday 10/13:
Come on, do you really need us to tell you to go to the rescheduled H Street Festival on Saturday? The Rock & Roll Hotel hosts their annual Brodown Throwdown event featuring Mystery Friends, Loi Loi, Ardamus and Of Tomorrow, while the Pie Shop hosts Frass Green, VVOVVEE and more.

Sunday 10/14:
On Sunday the Dew Drop Inn hosts a day long festival of awesome DMV music to support Rock The Vote’s efforts in the upcoming election, which you may have heard is rather important. Come rock out with FuzzQueen, Thaylobleu, Pagan Reagan, Bal Boheme, Flowerbomb and a whole lot more.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/08

If you love live music as much as we do, then you’ll be needing show recommendations every single night this week. Here are our picks of the finest #DCmusic happenings for the week to come.

Monday 10/08:
Find your way to the off-the-grid creative space Dwell in Trinidad tonight for an intimate show featuring Etxe RecordsTeething Veils, a solo set from Cris Crude of the much-missed Sterling band Pygmy Lush, and Seattle emo band Scarves. There is no possible way you will regret this.

Tuesday 10/09:
City Winery is the new hot spot for classy music in DC. Tuesday night the Ivy City venue hosts grammy nominated soulful singer Carolyn Malachi, with support from “The Peace & Body Roll Duo” BOOMscat.

Wednesday 10/10:
We are honored as hell to host another monthly show at the Kennedy Center’s free daily Millennium Stage series this Wednesday. Grab the free shuttle from the Foggy Bottom metro stop and grab a seat before 6 PM for bluesy garage rock band Wanted Man!

Thursday 10/11:
Alert: two of our very fave indie pop bands Bad Moves and BRNDA are on the same bill! We are so in. Thursday night at Comet Ping Pong, the show also includes touring act Nana Grizol from Athens GA. Get there early, all tickets sold at the door.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/05

It’s Friday! You know the drill! Here are the #DCmusic shows we’d like you to see all weekend long.

Friday 10/05:
The new upstairs venue at H Street’s Dangerous Pies has great sound, a beautiful roof deck and also duh PIES. Tonight two of our fave new DC music discoveries, beautiful synthpop Mystery Friends and corporate indie rock Tired All The Time, share the stage with each other and their hearts with you. No cover charge means more $ for PIE!

Saturday 10/06:
If you are a beloved listener of our podcast, you are probably just as excited as we are to hear the brand new album Trains and Moonlight Destinies by gypsy brass funk band Black Masala. Saturday night the CD release party rages at Pearl Street Warehouse with support from My Son The Hurricane.

Sunday 10/07:
You always know what to expect at Slash Run: good burgers and good rock n roll. Sunday night you can catch two hometown bands, Nice Breeze and Frend, along with Boston’s Zip-Tie Handcuffs.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/01

Welcome to October! You won’t be as excited to begin a new month until next April. While the weather remains warm, clear and unusually perfect, why not get out of your house and go to some shows?

Monday 10/01:
Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut is quite often king of Mondays for DC music. Tonight the indie beer bar hosts two new bands, feminist rock band The OSYX and sludgy punks BOAYT, plus legendary Inner Ear Studio head Don Zientara.

Tuesday 10/02:
Two shows got combined into one (double booking perhaps?) at Slash Run on Tuesday night. The overstuffed five band bill now includes two powerful DC acts, blue-haired Elizabeth II and loud punk from The Sniffs.

Wednesday 10/03:
We understand a couple of you missed the insane performance by DC’s dance punk powerhouse Light Beams at our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage last month. They’re back in town and tour tight, playing a free set Wednesday evening at SongByrd’s Vinyl Lounge in AdMo, supporting Lotion Princess and Cincinatti’s Leggy.

Thursday 10/04:
The countdown is on for the final shows at the Black Cat‘s intimate Backstage space. This Thursday night the legendary but doomed room hosts beloved crooner Seán Barna and delightful indie rock band Milo in the Doldrums, plus touring Atlanta band The Head.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/28

Well that was a hell of a week, right? Let’s release some of that tension this weekend with some #DCmusic. Here are our picks!

Friday 9/28:
A night of righteous feminist punk music from Hemlines is just the thing DC could use tonight. Sadly it’ll be the last one we get, as the powerful quartet calls it a day after their farewell show at the Black Cat. Perfectly paired opening band Bacchae scratches the same itch.

Saturday 9/29:
It’s an embarrassment of riches on Saturday night, with too many fantastic options to pick from. We’re giving our nod to the positive dance vibes from the Afrofunk big band Chopteeth at Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s, with long time ska vocalist Caz Gardiner opening.

Sunday 9/30:
Damn, the Black Cat Backstage has been absolutely killing it with great DC music billing recently. There will be a big hole to fill when this space closes later this year. Sunday night‘s lineup of dream rock band Cigarette, future soul & funk vocalist Dreamcast, and ambient craftsman IMKA (formerly Flash Frequency) is truly inspired and not to be missed.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/24

Welcome to another rainy week, DC. Remember, there’s always great #DCmusic to check out every day, so don’t stay home!

Monday 9/24:
Today‘s the day for our FREE monthly #DCmusic showcase at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage! The seats open at 5:30 PM for the punk mysticism of Time Is Fire!

Tuesday 9/25:
Head to the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn museum Tuesday evening for a sneak peak at the upcoming documentary Anacostia Delta about the unheralded guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton. See performances by Anthony Pirog (guitar), Dave Chappell and Jim Stephanson (guitar, vocals), Barry Hart (drums), John Previti, bass, and Dave Elliott (vocals, raconteur).

Wednesday 9/26:
Summer is officially over, but on Wednesday evening you have one more chance in 2018 to catch the DC Library’s Punk Archive initiative take over the roof of the Woodridge Library for live music. The final show includes Glue Factory and Honey, plus a rescheduled set from Boomscat.

Thursday 9/27:
The informal, off the beaten path Dew Drop Inn consistently hosts some of the most interesting music in DC. Thursday night‘s offering includes Dave Klinger’s keys and vox project Forgetter and a solo set from El Mansouris singer Fiona Kohrman.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/21

Let’s have a hurricane free, DC music filled weekend, shall we? Here are our picks for live music all weekend long.

Friday 9/21:
In case you missed it, this week Paste Magazine picked out 15 DC bands they think everyone needs to know about. That list is fairly monochromatic and entirely rock & punk, but includes a lot of bands we love. You can catch three of Paste’s picks on the same bill tonight at the Black Cat, when catchy af pop band Bad Moves celebrates its long awaited record release with support from The Obsessives and Ultra Beauty. Expect a low ticket warning at any moment.

Saturday 9/22:
We have repped bilingual folk singer Elena Lacayo on HTS for many years, because she is both talented in songwriting and passionate about important causes. Saturday night Mount Pleasant’s indie movie theater Suns Cinema hosts Lacayo in a discussion and performance about her homeland of Nicaragua and the dire political situation that continues to unfold there. Proceeds from this unique event will go toward directly to supporting the struggle in Nicaragua and to supporting organizations in DC.

Sunday 9/23:
Trip hop mood-setters Luna Honey just released their debut album Peace Will Grind You Down through Blight Records in June of this year. As they set off on a promotional tour, the quartet also released a gorgeous live album Peace Lives showing how the songs have evolved over the life of this young band. The fall tour kicks off with a hometown show Sunday night at the Black Cat Backstage, along with fellow DC bands Kid Claws and Knife Wife.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/18

Ok, brief intermission over! Hometown Sounds is back in the saddle with live music picks to show you how DC is rocking all week long.

Tuesday 9/18:
Head to DC9 for an all-DC bill tonight. The groovy Lovejet celebrates the release of their new EP This Band Called Lovejet, with support from Reed Appleseed and the girl-power pop band Not Your Groupies.

Wednesday 9/19:
How about a good excuse to check out the new Dangerous Pies venue on H St. NE? Two DC bands, psychedelic band FuzzQueen and moody rock newcomers Casual War, share the stage with touring acts The Stone Eye and Mountain Tamer. Also the pies are THA BEST.

Thursday 9/20:
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain at Pearl Street Warehouse‘s occasional free DC music shows. Thursday night Backbeat Underground, veteran of our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage showcase, lays down the funk along with jam band leader Gordon Sterling.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 9/07

You made it to the weekend, and there’s a lot of fun to be had all around town. Here are our picks for the best #DCmusic all weekend long.

Friday 9/07:
The Dew Drop Inn has some hot newness for you tonight. Erotic Thrillers is a new band featuring Basla from Beauty Pill and Kristina of Edie Sedgwick. Not Bored is “DC Protest Punx”, and anchoring the night is the adorable indie rock band Spirit Plots. You can also drop in on the Three Sheets Lecture Series and discover what beverage Andrew Grossman of The North Country pairs with his lecture on German electronic band Kraftwerk.

Saturday 9/08:
There’s a lot of great shows going down Saturday night, but we have to give the nod to the FTW FR fundraiser at Black Cat. Mock Identity, Park Snakes, Jail Solidarity, Clear Channel, Winzday Love and the Nightshade DJ Collective come together to raise money for Ayuda and HIPS.

Sunday 9/09:
Adams Morgan Day has had its ups and downs over the years. Sunday‘s 40th anniversary of AdMo’s celebration of its eclectic and vibrant style is going to be the best in years, with a music lineup that includes Trouble Funk, DuPont Brass, Batala, Kino Musica, Lavender and Bossa’s resident West African griot musician Cheick Hamala Diabate.