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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/09

We’re back with more great reasons to get up off the couch and check out the thriving #DCmusic scene.

Tuesday 4/09:
Tonight Sauf Haus‘s Tuesday night open mic features power-pop duo DoubleMotorcycle. Sign up in advance with hostess Ginny Hill to share your tunes with a friendly crowd.

Wednesday 4/10:
New Zealand-born singer Emma G‘s Superhero tour lands at H Street’s Pie Shop Wednesday night, with support from hip-hop MC Dior Ashley Brown and allthebestkids’ caped crusader Cody Valentine.

Thursday 4/11:
Check out the new wave of reggae experimentation Thursday night at Pearl Street Warehouse with 2019 Wammie-award winning Shamans of Sound, Alexandria’s FeelFree, and Roots of a Rebellion from Nashville.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/05

You thinkin’ about staying home this weekend? Binging that new Netflix show, leveling up in Destiny or trying your hand at baking bread? Then you’d miss the warm Spring temps, cherry blossoms and of course these recommended #DCmusic shows.

Friday 4/05:
Strong and diverse lineup at the Pie Shop tonight, which is just what we like to share with you here. Punk-adjacent singer-songwriter Anna Connolly plays her first hometown show in a few months, joined by dark trip-hop faves Luna Honey and Baltimore’s manners manners.


Saturday 4/06:
Prolific drummer and beard-grower extraordinaire Ben Tufts presents another in his crowd pleasing tribute concert series Ben Tufts & Friends. This time Tufts pays homage to the legendary musical year 1969, with Aztec Sun as Sly and the Family Stone, Black Dog Prowl as Led Zeppelin, The Beanstalk Library as Neil Young, Bobby Thompson Trio as The Beatles / Fleetwood Mac / The Band, Cynthia Marie Trio as Joni Mitchell / Joan Baez / Blind Faith and so much more. Head to Gypsy Sally’s early Saturday night and bring your generous spirit to benefit the The Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund.

Sunday 4/07:
Let’s wrap up this weekend with a chill night of jazzy tunes out in the ‘burbs. Sunday night‘s lineup at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax features recent podcast features Sweet Something, Albino Rhino and newcomers agmité.


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Breakin’ Even Fest 2019


‘Tis the season to come out of winter hibernation and shake off the dust with music festivals all over the city. We love the pop-punk curated Breakin’ Even Fest for its commitment to quality and shrugs at chasing profit. This year’s throwdown takes over H St NE’s Pie Shop for 3 nights of fun from Friday April 26th to Sunday April 28th. Commit to the 3 Night Pass right now and get an free exclusive Breakin’ Even T-Shirt, but only 20 passes remain so don’t think too hard. Get pumped about Homosuperior, Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, American Television, Substatics, Worriers, Double Motorcycle, a Say-10 Records pop-up shop, and so much more (like pie!).

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/01

No April Foolin’ here, just our Monday roundup of the best live #DCmusic to catch all week.

Monday 4/01:
We’re as excited as everyone about the Breakin’ Even Fest taking over the Pie Shop at the end of April, but tonight Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut hosts a preview show. See our pop-punk faves American Television and two NC acts, Late Bloomer and Alright for only $5.

Tuesday 4/02:
Keep things loud & experimental Tuesday night at Slash Run. Kohoutek and Heavy Breathing are two veteran DC bands that haven’t shared a stage until this, welcoming math-rock power trio Loolowningen & the Far East Idiots from Japan.

Wednesday 4/03:
Here’s what Slash Run wants you to know about their Wednesday night show: “What’s the news? Glue Boy’s gone. What else is new is that this very show is gonna take you back to the old days when glue was food and Glue Boy wasn’t news. Walk/run to Slash Run for old tunes and new news.” All we can add to that is Light Beams and Panini Girlfriend join a NYC band called Shake the Baby Til the Love Comes Out. $5, 8 PM.


Thursday 4/04:
Masters of chill rock Cigarette headline DC9 on Thursday evening, along with DC’s Palette, their Ohio split cassette buds Child Princess, and New York’s Giggly Boys.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/29

It’s the weekend already! Isn’t live music just the thing you need? Here’s our #DCmusic picks for the weekend.

Friday 3/29:
Celebrate indie pop band Nah.‘s album release tonight at Pearl Street Warehouse with supporting sets from Skaii and The Duskwhales, plus comedy from Jenny Questel.


Saturday 3/30:
The Rock & Roll Hotel has three fantastic DC bands on the lineup for Saturday night. Bottled Up scratch your classic garage rock itch, Mystery Friends perfect the art of dance-rock, and anthemic synthwave band Honest Haloway celebrate their impressive new music video “Atonement”.



Sunday 3/31:
Strum the Fox‘s new EP is called Vulpeculated, which is an old-timey word meaning “Robbed by a fox”. Come see this genre-defying band (featuring euphonium!) headline the Pie Shop on Sunday evening, along with heartthrob faves Bal Boheme and Maryjo Mattea.


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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/26

Don’t stay home, friends. There’s awesome #DCmusic every night this week. Here’s our picks for the week ahead.

Tuesday 3/26:
Soul singer Tashera recently relocated from her native Baltimore to our nation’s capital. Don’t miss her prestigious debut on the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage tonight at 6 PM as part of the Direct Current festival.

Wednesday 3/27:
For your Wednesday night dose of culture, Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society hosts trombonist Reginald Cyntje and his quartet performing songs from his recent release Rise of the Protester.

Thursday 3/28:
Thursday night‘s lineup at Dew Drop Inn is a lovely dose of intimate bedroom pop with Lotion Princess, Forgetter and Fiona Kohrman of The El Mansouris.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/22

A #DCmusic show for every style and every night. Don’t stay home this weekend.

Friday 3/22:
Tonight Dupont Underground welcomes a night of music, art and shopping with some of Southeast DC’s finest performers and artisans. Presented by Washington Performing Arts Society’s Mars Urban Arts Initiative, the evening features current artist-in-residence VeVe & Tha Rebels, visual art installation “Ground Up” produced by Tendani, and a pop-up shop from 8 Arts & Culture.

Saturday 3/23:
Indie rock band Trajectories just released their debut EP You Want It You Got It today. Frend plays their very last show as a DC band before most of them move to Philly to focus more on music. Tuff Lover make “crestfallen compositions for broken people”. All this and more happens at DC9 on Saturday night.



Sunday 3/24:

Galaxy Hut. Sunday night. Piramid Scheme. (New lineup!) Erik Bradford. (Short Lives!) 9 PM. Five dollars. Let’s go.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/18

Twice a week we recommend shows to fill your evenings with the diverse sounds of #DCmusic. We call it Don’t Stay Home. Here we go.

Monday 3/18:
The Washington Women in Jazz Festival kicks off today, and we might run out of pixels recommending all their fantastic shows to you. Start with tonight‘s All-Stars show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage featuring Amy K Bormet, Ana Barreiro, Karine Chapdelaine, Shannon Gunn, Sarah Hughes, Shacara Rogers, and YaShauna Swan, and follow their packed calendar for lots more mind-blowing jazz throughout March.

Tuesday 3/19:
Doomy MA band Elizabeth Colour Wheel headlines a show Tuesday night at the VFW 9274 in Falls Church, supported by three dark DC area acts we dig: skygazers The Orchid, dystopian post-punk band Tired All The Time, and ambient guitarist Tristan Welch.


Wednesday 3/20:
The GoldPants Party is back at Dupont Circle’s Sauf Haus this Wednesday night. Host Ginny Hill brings together singer-songwriter Nardo Lilly and hard rock trio A Shrewdness of Apes.

Thursday 3/21:
DIY hotspot Dwell hosts a night of experimental electronic and acoustic sounds Thursday night with Teething Veils of Etxe Records, electronic producer Tony Cruise and Philly/DC ensemble Tadzio on Blight Records.



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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 3/15

Do. Not. Stay. Home. Go see #DCmusic instead! How about these shows?

Friday 3/15:
What’s up my NOVA peeps. Live music is scarce in the burbs, but we’ve actually got a show pick in Tysons Corner tonight! Backbeat Underground, vets of our Millennium Stage series, bring their jazz & soul groove to the 1st Stage Theater tonight at 8 PM.

Saturday 3/16:
In case you missed the many times we have plugged Loi Loi’s record release show on Hometown Sounds, let’s make sure everyone is covered. Saturday night, 10 PM, eat some delicious Comet Ping Pong pizza and then hear Born Dad, Millennium Stage alums Light Beams, and then the dark sensual synthpop of Me Dystopia.



Sunday 3/17:
Keep the weekend going until late Sunday night and catch two charismatic DC bands, the theatrical MUNDY and saucy Honey, open for performance art group Princess at Comet Ping Pong.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 3/12

DC, the sun is setting an hour later so that’s one less reason to stay home. Here are our #DCmusic picks to check out for the week ahead.

Tuesday 3/12:
Georgetown’s Blues Alley hosts a quartet of DC’s leading jazz figures on Tuesday night. Drummer Sriram Gopal‘s 2016 album The Fourth Stream provides the source material, and trombonist Shannon Gunn of the Bullettes, guitarist Garrett Gleason, and bassist Benjamin Rikhoff fill out this powerhouse group. Choose your set now, 8 or 10 PM.

Wednesday 3/13:
On Wednesday at 6 PM the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage partners with Strathmore’s prestigious Artist-in-Residence program to present soul singer Cecily. Celebrating Women’s History Month, Cecily will focus on the contributions of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, Gladys Knight, and others with Love & Freedom: A Tribute to Women of Soul.

Thursday 3/14:
Too many great options on this night. We give our Thursday night nod to Slash Run‘s bill featuring Mystery Friends and Maryjo Mattea, two choice pop/rock acts with brand new singles for your weekend playlists.


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