Category Archives: shows

Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 11/01

Friday 11/01:
Long-running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One returns to Marx Cafe in Mt. Pleasant tonight with choice records spun by The Caribbean’s Michael Kentoff and two live sets: American primitive guitarist Jon Camp and melodic rocker Jamie Linder.

Saturday 11/02:
Celebrate the opening weekend of The Pocket, the exciting new venue inside 7DrumCity Studios, with Saturday night’s lineup of Jenna Camille, Skyline Hotel and Richmond’s Scuml°rd.

Sunday 11/03:
Cap off the weekend Sunday night with pizza, ping-pong and live music at Comet Ping Pong including mystical punks Time Is Fire opening for Providence’s Minibeast and Control Top from Philly.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/28

Monday 10/28:
The Diane Scream Show is DC’s premier (only, let’s be honest) Diane Rehm-themed Talking Heads tribute band, and they play a special one-off show tonight at AdMo’s Songbyrd along with world-groove-jazz trio Djesben. NPR legend Diane Rehm herself is intruiged.

Tuesday 10/29:
The Capitol Lab Band brings their original big band jazz music to Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening. The tunes starts at 6 PM to provide a cool tailgate for World Series game 6.

Wednesday 10/30:
Alternative rock band Higher Numbers and funky hip-hop collective Strangers That Clique come together Wednesday evening at Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s one more time before the beloved live music spot shuts its doors later this year for condo redevelopment. Sigh.

Thursday 10/31:
DC’s premier brass bands Black Masala and DuPont Brass throw a special Halloween Night bash at Tropicalia, with a costume contest and DJ sets from v:shal kanwar of Meso Creso.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/25

Friday 10/25:
The Ian Svenonious-led “Gospel Yeh-Yeh” band The Make-Up are a critical part of DC music history. Catch a rare reunion show tonight at the Black Cat with Light Beams (our Millennium Stage vets!) and Taraka of Prince Rama.


Saturday 10/26:
Comet Ping Pong has the late night pizza and indie rock your Saturday night deserves. BRNDA (more Millennium Stage vets!) and Poppy Patica open for super-generically-named New York trio Patio.


Sunday 10/27:
The Nats are obviously going to take the World Series in four games flat. That frees your Sunday night up to take in A Night With We Capillaries And The Moonbugs at Galaxy Hut.


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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/21

Monday 10/21:
Tonight Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut has two sets of 60’s influenced soul pop from veteran ska vocalist Caz Gardiner, formerly of The Checkered Cabs and The Ambitions.

Tuesday 10/22:
Going out on a Tuesday night is the mark of the truly dedicated. Stay up late at Comet Ping Pong with soulpunk band Lightmare opening for New Jersey’s Delicate Steve.

Wednesday 10/23:
We love plugging the experimental ambient sounds of guitarist Jeff Barksy’s Insect Factory project, as well as the “fiery punk jammers” Panini Girlfriend. See them both open for NYC’s Gold Dime at Rhizome Wednesday evening.


Thursday 10/24:
Are you free Thursday evening? Perhaps we can interest you in anti-capitalist songwriter and The North Country frontman Andrew Grossman and queer feminist band Born Dad at Dew Drop Inn, along with French punks Avenir on Thursday evening? We thought so.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/18

Friday 10/18:
The Public Bar‘s grand opening week includes The 5×5 Songwriter‘s Showcase tonight, featuring Dave Phenicie, Pleasure Train, Ya Minko, Chevre from Frederick, and Richmond’s Deau Eyes.

Saturday 10/19:
Organized by our #DCmusic compatriots at Listen Local First, Down in the Reeds is a day-long fall celebration and music festival with a mission of healing through community and music. Set around the amphitheater at the historic campus of the former Walter Reed Medical Center, now called The Parks at Walter Reed, see performances from Aaron Abernathy, Dove Lady, IMKA, Denise Henderson and lots more this Saturday afternoon.



Sunday 10/20:
The Pie Shop‘s Sunday night lineup is especially delicious. See DC indie/dream pop bands Child Ivory, Basil (featuring members of Teen Mom and The El Mansouris) and Lavender, celebrating the release of their new EP Head in the Clouds / Adrenaline.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/15

Tuesday 10/15:
Toronto’s Bike Thiefs roll through town tonight playing at Slash Run, and we recommend their DC indie rock openers Weird Babies and Flowerbomb.

Wednesday 10/16:
Rhizome‘s Wednesday night bill features American primitive guitarist Jon Camp and his full band, opening for sonic experimentation from Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond, Milwaukee’s Kendra Amalie and Franco-German bassist and composer Pascal Niggenkemper.

Thursday 10/17:
Darkness falls over the Pie Shop Thursday night with the 7″ release show and tour kick off from Luna Honey. Cincinatti’s Hissing Tiles, GRÜN WASSER from Chicago and DC’s own SYZYGYX round out the sinister lineup.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/11

Friday 10/11:
Like the many varieties of sweet & savory pies on offer downstairs at the Pie Shop, different delicious flavors of pop music take the upstairs stage tonight. See The Eli Lev Collective, Nah. and Mystery Friends starting at 8 PM.


Saturday 10/12:
This past summer the trio of Ian MacKaye, Amy Farina and Joe Lally avoided adopting a name in an effort to keep their music offline and in the moment of live performance. Now they’ve settled on the name CORIKY and Saturday afternoon they help to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the DC Library’s Punk Archive initiative at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, along with exhibitions of photography and zines and punk ephemera.

Sunday 10/13:
“Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton holds it down every Wednesday at Jojo on U Street, hosting an eclectic session that features hard-hitting groove adaptations of jazz standards alongside spoken word, Afrobeat and even stand-up comedy. Drummer Kelton Norris… is young, but you can hear him on the bandstand with giants of D.C. jazz like Michael Bowie and Allyn Johnson, executing everything from deep, Blakey-like swing to slick drum & bass grooves.” See both DC jazz musicians lead their own ensembles at CapitalBop‘s monthly Jazz Loft Sunday night at Takoma Park’s Rhizome.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/08

Tuesday 10/08:
The Pie Shop‘s Tuesday night lineup features DC indie pop acts Frass Green and Pen Palindrome supporting Charlottesville chill-wave band Stray Fossa.

Wednesday 10/09:
On Wednesday night music streaming platform Audiomack presents “Hometown Heroes” at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. The hip-hop heavy lineup includes DMV residents and alums Adé, Q Da Fool, Shordie Shordie, DJ TGUT and our chief export Wale.

Thursday 10/10:
The Kreeger is a hidden museum gem on Foxhall Road NW. Thursday evening you can see their impressive permanent collection and catch a rare concert in the Great Hall with indie soul band Oh He Dead. Watch this new music video for “Stay”, recorded at the Lily Pad in the same session as their viral Tiny Desk Contest entry “Lonely Sometimes”.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/04

Friday 10/04:
Our friends at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art host another Luce Unplugged Community Showcase tonight. The fall focus on DC’s jazz scene continues with Washington City Paper‘s curated acts, neo-soul singer “Ms. DivaBlue” Alison Crockett and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Prather. The free music starts promptly at 6 PM.

Bonus pick! Stay up late tonight with long-running post-punk DJ night We Fought The Big One at the Marx Cafe in Mt. Pleasant with live music from electro-funk duo DMV KARS and DC tunes spun by Hometown Sounds founder Paul Vodra.

Saturday 10/05:
With the literal breath of fresh air, Porch Fest season is just in time for the long awaited arrival of autumn. The sprawling Adams Morgan Porch Fest sets up Saturday afternoon with sets from Near Northeast, Keith Butler Jr., Strangers That Clique, The Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers, Peter Maybarduk and on and on and on.





Sunday 10/06:
Not to be outdone in the DC music department, Sunday‘s Takoma Park Street Festival presents The Sweater Set, King Soul, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, The Nighthawks and many more gems.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 9/30

Monday 9/30:
It’s a night of beautiful instrumental music tonight at Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut with experimental viola & cello duo Coven Tree and post-rock band Ice Out.

Tuesday 10/01:
Welcome back Philly indie rock band The Obsessives, once based here in DC, Tuesday night at Comet Ping Pong, along with two bands that still love our town best, Magazine Beach and Makeup Girl.



Wednesday 10/02:
Wednesday evening Singer-songwriter Laura Tsaggaris‘s monthly cover project at Trusty’s Bus Bar in SE DC gets into October’s spirit with her take on MJ’s album Thriller. Halloween decorations are already up, so take your costume out for a test drive.

Thursday 10/03:
Queer cowboy drag singer Drew Beckman and his band The Boundary Boys headline DC9 Thursday night, along with new DC shoegaze band Emperor Plum.

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