Category Archives: shows

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.


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.


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.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 1/06

Monday 1/06:
Listen up DC, DIY house shows aren’t dead yet! Find your way to the secret house venue Chill Factory tonight to see beloved veteran DC pop-punk band The Max Levine Ensemble along with upstart punks Two Thumbs Down and Constant Insult, a Minneapolis band featuring DC ex-pat Sara Pette.

Tuesday 1/07:
Mr. Daywalker, allthebestkids and NC’s Zack Mexico bring the uplifting experimental energy to the Pie Shop Tuesday night. And if that’s not enough, there’s always pie!

Wednesday 1/08:
Jazz bassist, guitarist and composer Joshua Bayer leads his quartet featuring Harold Summey on drums, Elijah Jamal Balbed on sax, and Herman Burney on bass this Wednesday evening at Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society.

Thursday 1/09:
Celebrate peppy queer surf pop band Born Dad‘s new single “IDC” Thursday night at DC9, along with chicx guapx and Emperor Plum.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 1/03

Friday 1/03:
Three awesome genre-bending DC bands hit the Pie Shop tonight, and so should you. Fill your ears with Park Snakes, Time Is Fire and cumbia immigrant group La Colombopercutiva, and bring some gently used winter gear for Thrive DC’s Coat Drive.

Saturday 1/04:
Perhaps you found more room in your diet for pie, or some lady-fronted rock bands. Head back to the aforementioned Pie Shop Saturday night to see Higher Numbers, Maryjo Mattea and Winchester’s Azure Wolf.

Sunday 1/05:
Canny singer-songwriter Drew Gibson and his full band generously fills Sunday evening at The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse with thoughtful ballads, for no cover charge.


Don’t Stay Home This Week 12/30

Monday 12/30:
The day before the excitement of 2020’s impending arrival, four bands play tonight at Galaxy Hut for “Happy This Year! Music Festival”. See Freddy Hall, Cartesian Theater, Sly Samudre and Drew Jenkinson starting at 9 PM.

Tuesday 12/31:
If you’re still without elaborate, expensive and overrated plans for New Year’s Eve, head to Evening Star Cafe in Del Ray for the 10th (!!) annual NYE show hosted by classic folk rock band The Beanstalk Library, along with very special guests Uptown Boys Choir. There’s no cover charge! You cannot go wrong.

Wednesday 1/01:
In association with the inaugural National Bell Festival that rings bells all over DC on New Year’s Day at 2 PM, Mr. Henry’s hosts a free and super-chill late afternoon show by Griefcat, the sparkly new duo of singer-songwriters Louisa Hall and Nardo Lilly.

Thursday 1/02:
Get a jump on your New Year’s resolution to see more live music this Thursday night with three kick-ass rock bands Thursday night at the Pie Shop. See Company Calls, Ménage À Garage and Venray, and ruin your New Year’s diet with delicious pie too.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/27

Friday 12/27:
Ace #DCmusic photog Roxplosion promises “The Greatest Concert Ever” tonight at Slash Run with RVA band Shagwüf and three fine rock bands from our town, Sheila, More AM Than FM, and the final performance by beloved psychedelic punks Pagan Reagan. Pretty unmissable, we say.

Saturday 12/28:
Sanctuary DMV is a grassroots organization fighting to protect our undocumented sisters and brothers here in the DC area. Support their mission and see Dischord Records newest bands Saturday night at St. Stephen’s Church on Saturday night with a benefit show featuring The Messthetics, Hammered Hulls, Philly’s Rainbow Crimes, and a special set by Blacksmyths/Low Ways Quartet/Janel Leppin. The suggested donation is $10 but bring more if you can afford it.

Sunday 12/29:
Instead of live music, how about a movie? Director Mark Robinson first saw Butch Willis and the Rocks perform in April of 1985 as a high school student opening for seminal DC post-punk band No Trend. He became an instant life-long fan. At a basement show in 1988, he saw a microphone not being used, walked on stage uninvited and started dueting with Butch on the song “The Gardens Outside.” After meeting Butch that night, the two stayed in touch and Butch joined Mark’s Teen-Beat record label in 1989. In 2006, Mark had the idea to create a documentary film about Butch. He started interviewing Butch, Rocks band members, and other primary characters that next year. After years of collecting rare audio and video footage, the film was finally completed in 2019. See a screening of Amateur On Plastic Sunday evening at Songbyrd.


Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 12/20

Friday 12/20:
It’s queer DC indie pop night tonight at the Black Cat with sets from Lightmare, Lotion Princess and Born Dad. Sooooo many great show options tonight, but these three bands together are too good to miss.

Saturday 12/21:
College Park indie rock band with the snappy name ¿bruce take nap? celebrates the release of their new album nearing at AdMo’s SongByrd Saturday night along with Dali and Will Kobus.

Sunday 12/22:
Rock, pop-punk and modern ska collidein the mosh pit at the Pie Shop on Sunday night with the all-DC lineup of Accidents, The Can’t Evens and Mona Speaks Mountains.