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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 11/05

Don’t stay home, DC. Get out, vote, and be a part of the DC music community. We all need each other more than ever.

Monday 11/05:
Galaxy Hut has some beautiful ambient music on offer this evening. Tristan Welch, who always takes the stage in a professional suit, creates works on a theme to “Abolish Work” and “Fire Your Boss”. Doug Kallmeyer, also of the group Super!Silver!Haze!, performs on tenor bass as The Ambient Eye with visual projections from Monica Stroik. Also see the debut of new instrumental group Ice Out.

Tuesday 11/06:
Just vote. And hold your breath.

Wednesday 11/07:
Capitol Hill bar Trusty’s hosts songwriter Laura Tsaggaris on the first Wednesday of each month. Each show features a special set of cover songs from an album that was particularly influential for her.

Thursday 11/08:
DC’s most prolific photog roXplosion now curates shows at H Street NE’s Dangerous Pies for a series called Dangerous Sessions. This Thursday he’s serving up a full course meal, including appetizer: Higher Numbers (grit *and* passion), entree: NOE (progressive grunge), and dessert: Throwdown Syndicate (groove ghetto metal). Show your support and buy this man a lot of pie.


Don’t Stay Home 11/02

Friday 11/02:
Friday night gets loud and and atmospheric at H Street NE’s Dangerous Pies. Longtime scene shoegazers Koshari just released a sparkly new single, and Norm Veenstra’s instrumental quintet TONE always dazzles with creative textures. Joining them is Cincinatti electric cello band Lung.

Saturday 11/03:
Whoa, huge go-go get-down at Echostage on Saturday night. D&T Entertainment, Epic Concepts/Uptown Production & R&G Entertainment (that’s a lot of hosts) presents The Blend II – The Only Show with Two Bands on Stage at the same time giving you hit for hit. Rare Essence, Backyard Band, Junkyard Band and New Impressionz are all DC go-go legends and this will be the party of the season!

Sunday 11/04:
The collective arts space Hole In The Sky is one of the few remaining DIY gems in the city. Sunday night Philly psych outfit Laser Background brings their brand new EP to town, and our own Cigarette and Pearie Sol support the show.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/29

We’ve got DC music for you to check out every night this week. Why stay home?

Monday 10/29:
Galaxy Hut has a killer beer selection and two DC bands worth checking out tonight. Passing Phases are formerly known as Glue Factory, and Mildewdz features members of Jumpin’ Jupiter, United Mutation and DT & The Shakes covering Flamin Groovies, MC5 and more.

Tuesday 10/30:
This Tuesday night bill at the Black Cat Backstage is a total slam dunk. Sara Curtin and her eponymous band are vets of our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage series, and this will be their final show before Curtin welcomes her twins into the world. Lauren Calve has also played our Millennium Stage series as a core member of Run Come See and is a powerful solo artist in her own right. And we still adore Honey‘s unmissable tune “F*ckboys”.

Wednesday 10/31:
Trumpeter Joe Herrera pops up everywhere around DC, playing with See-I, The Harry Bells, Eastern Standard Time and countless jazz groups small and large. This Wednesday he leads his quartet called Remix in a special Halloween Monster Mash-Up set at Blues Alley.

Thursday 11/01:
Here’s what you do: text your friends and tell them you have a cool under the radar spot for happy hour on Thursday. Meet them at the Luce Center sandwiched between the Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 6 PM, buy a round of drinks and enjoy the neo-soul sounds of Jenna Camille.