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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/18

DC, you made it through a dreary, rainy week, so reward yourself with some #DCmusic joy. Here are our picks for the weekend!

Friday 5/18:
We start out with one of those good news, bad news situations. The good news is that folk band Handsome Hound released their debut full length album Mountain on Fire today, and celebrates with an album release show tonight at Black Cat. The bad news is that soon core members Claire Daviss and Cuchulain Kelly are moving to the west coast. Womp womp. Catch them here while you can, and don’t miss openers Lauren Calve of Run Come See and DuPont Brass, either.

Saturday 5/19:
We know a couple of you out there missed our epic Millennium Stage show with go-go legends The Chuck Brown Band last month. Get right with your soul at their big show Saturday night at Pearl Street Warehouse. And look at that, Three Man Soul Machine are kicking off the show! They are damn good.

Sunday 5/20:
Our love of The Harry Bells is shameless and profound. The jazz group dedicated to the sweet vibes of Harry Belafonte, the King of Calypso, plays a neighborhood concert Sunday afternoon in the Silver Spring area. Keep checking your favorite weather app and email the band for the address.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/14

Every week we tell you about the best #DCmusic shows to check out every night of the week. This week we are doing it again!

Monday 5/14:
LA-based street musician Sunny War picked two great DC acts to open her show at the Rock & Roll Hotel tonight. Tarica June channels positivity and social consciousness with a throwback rapping style, while Oh He Dead is all about the party-soul vibes.

Tuesday 5/15:
Tuesday night is your chance to support the long running homegrown experimental music festival Sonic Circuits. Takoma Park venue Rhizome hosts a benefit show featuring Isreali band uru and a new improvising ensemble called Myelin Nation, featuring Sarah Hughes, Corey Thuro, Maria Shesuik, Aaron Mertes & Daniel Ostrow.

Wednesday 5/16:
Can we interest you in a Wednesday night live music show in a bathtub? Not really, it’s the Bathtub Republic house, this night hosting Brooklyn’s Anna McClellan, Nice Breeze, Staffers and housemate Leah Gage’s new solo moniker Crab Legs.


Thursday 5/17:
It’s hard to keep track of all the musical projects of Uptown Arthouse head Jamal Gray. He’s gathered members of his band Nag Champa to form Raygunomics, and they take over the Dew Drop Inn Thursday night for a night of hip-hop, go-go and future jazz.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/11

If you still have room in your hearts for some #DCmusic this weekend, here’s the shows we have picked out for you.

Friday 5/11:
True story: last year I walked up to the Hamilton for the Bumper Jacksons May show thinking there will be plenty of tickets available at the door. Turns out seats were sold out, I got standing room only tickets and ended up hanging out with Elena Lacayo, who is opening tonight‘s Bumper Jacksons show at the same venue. Learn from my wisdom and grab your tickets now!


Saturday 5/12:
DC, did you hear that there is a big neighborhood music festival happening on Saturday afternoon, with multiple stages dedicated to showcasing DC’s astounding local talent? That’s right, the Takoma Porch Music Festival happens from 2-6 PM and features Ms. Fridrich, Louisa Hall, Marian McLaughlin, Uptown Boys Choir and much much more.



Of course there’s also a Parade of Funk going down on U Street, but did you really need us to tell you about it?

Sunday 5/13:
Rhizome is the place for your Sunday evening cerebral expansion. Drummers Ian McColm and Nate Scheible unite with dancers Aquiles Holladay and Shay Turner for a truly unique performance, plus experimental rapper Nappy Nappa and Cleveland’s Mourning(A)BLKstar.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/07

Every week we help you dig deep into the #DCmusic events around town you might otherwise miss. Here are our picks for the week upcoming.

Monday 5/07:
The first Monday of the month is Blues Night at Takoma Park restaurant Republic. Tonight they host the rockabilly style of The Rock-A-Sonics, with a side of family-style fried chicken.

Tuesday 5/08:
Win or lose on the casino floor at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover MD, you cannot go wrong with a free show from DC go-go legends Trouble Funk this Tuesday night.

Wednesday 5/09:
Strathmore‘s Artist-In-Residence program incubates and develops some of DC’s finest musical talent. Wednesday night current AIR Cecily celebrates the release of her soulful new album Songs of Love and Freedom, featuring collaborations with Diggs Duke, Columbia Nights, Drew Kid And Aaron Abernathy, at the Mansion at Strathmore.

Thursday 5/10:
Thursday night is the release party for a new zine called We Have Roots In Barry Farm, featuring art and memories of DC’s first black neighborhood post-Civil War. Head to Dew Drop Inn to buy a copy and catch sets by Thaylobleu, One Identity, Ardamus, Brandon Moses and Mary El and Gordon Sterling.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/04

May the #DCmusic be with you.

Friday 5/04:
Stay up late tonight and celebrate the glorious new record There Is No Stronger Sex by synthpop crooners Stronger Sex at Comet Ping Pong tonight with Raindeer from Baltimore and Berndsen from Reykjavik.

Saturday 5/05:
Queer pop singer Be Steadwell‘s stellar new album Queer Love Songs comes out Saturday, and that’s the day you can see her & full band perform songs from it at Strathmore’s AMP.

Sunday 5/06:
Have you visited Mobius Records out in Fairfax yet? Sunday afternoon is a great time to buy some physical media from them, while enjoying free post-grunge and hardcore punk performances from Short Lives and Virginia Creep.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/30

There are many live music and going out roundups in the DC blogosphere, but only ours gives you top notch DC music picks every single night. Count on it.

Monday 4/30:
Kudos to Galaxy Hut for consistently providing great #DCmusic options on quiet Monday nights. Tonight the Clarendon hot spot hosts Lindsay Collette’s new band Mona Speaks Mountains and indie prog rockers Bad Robot Jones.

Tuesday 5/01:
Lisa Said’s new band Piramid Scheme just released their debut EP Get Rich Quick Too last week. Keep the celebration going with their headlining show at Black Cat Tuesday night with grunge from Short Lives and delightful indie pop with Olivia Mancini & The Mates.



Wednesday 5/02:
DC blues rock champion Jonny Grave ranges from raucous honky tonk stompin’ to quiet mellow ballads, and everywhere in between. This Wednesday Grave plays a free show at Pearl Street Warehouse, a perfect opportunity to make friends with one of DC’s newest music venues.

Thursday 5/03:
Seems like we were just hosting a show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage last week (it was!). But they can’t keep us away, so we’re bringing the classic and folk rock sounds of The Beanstalk Library to your ears and your hearts this Thursday. The free show starts at 6 PM and streams online live if you have to work late.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/27

The weekend is here, don’t you want to go out? Here’s our #DCmusic picks for this beautiful weekend ahead.

Friday 4/27:
Sub-Radio make anthemic synthpop to rival Walk The Moon. Celebrate their new EP release at Jammin’ Java in Vienna tonight with Throwing Plates and FIVES from Baltimore.

Saturday 4/28:
Wow this bill at Rock & Roll Hotel Saturday night! Blight Records synth queen and birthday girl Loi Loi, mystic sufi rock band Time Is Fire, the glam new wave theatrics of Mundy, and Brooklyn trash pop trio Nihiloceros. This show is guaranteed to wear you out!

Or, if electronic dance music is your jam, celebrate the album release of DC legend Will Eastman‘s Hilo (Remixed) at U Street Music Hall with an open-to-close DJ set featuring special guests and visuals by Flash Frequency.

Sunday 4/29:
Tenor sax player Elijah Balbed heads the JoGo Project and plays with many other groups. Catch the hard-working musician this Sunday as featured performer at the weekly DC Jazz Jam hosted by the Brixton, and tip extra cuz there’s no cover.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/23

Happy Monday, #DCmusic fans. Whichever nights are your nights to get out, we’ve got hometown sounds to fill your ears.

Monday 4/23:
Psychedelic rockers The Beginner’s Mynd team up with experimental cellist Janel Leppin as Mellow Diamond at Arlington’s beloved Galaxy Hut tonight to send your souls to outer space.


Tuesday 4/24:
The Anacostia Arts Center‘s monthly free live music series All The Way Live brings growing audiences to talented DMV artists. This Tuesday the center hosts sweet and soulful vocalist Cecily.

Wednesday 4:25
Singers & songwriters Justin Trawick and Louisa Hall have both released new albums this year, and we’ve loved them both. Catch them both Wednesday evening at Dupont Underground, and you’ll have a grand time.

Thursday 4/26:
This Thursday we are humbled to present our biggest Millennium Stage show yet! The Chuck Brown Band continues the legacy of DC’s legendary Godfather of Go-go. Skip out of work early and head to the Kennedy Center for an unforgettable performance!

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/20

Happy Friday DC! It’s 4/20, so do whatcha wanna. Here’s some options to get some #DCmusic in your life this weekend.

Friday 4/20:
We gushed about Bound on our podcast, and today’s the day that their methodically developed full length album No Beyond drops. Celebrate with an album release show at the Pinch tonight featuring Railsplitter and Será, with all proceeds benefitting Safe Shores, the D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center.



Saturday 4/21:
Beloved expat saxophonist Jonathan Parker returns to DC to lead his jazz quintet in a Saturday night set at the Colony Club. There’s no cover charge, so tip heavily.

Sunday 4/22:
Mr. Daywalker, aka Donovan Edmund Duvall, blew us away with his musical and visual creativity on last summer’s album Warmth. Don’t miss him headlining the Black Cat Sunday night, with support from Afro Punk darlings +E and Philly’s GREAT TIME promoting their new release GREAT ALBUM.

Mr. Daywalker, GREAT TIME, AddE @ Black Cat DC

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/16

Did you know that you can go out and see #DCmusic every single night of the week? We’re here to show you how. Hang on tight.

Monday 4/16:
We recently featured Leesburg VA’s Woodgrove on our excellent & informative podcast. Tonight the lo-fi band opens for Poly Action from Austin TX at Galaxy Hut, where you can also get an IPA on draft called Knee Deep Man Juice.

Tuesday 4/17:
In case you haven’t noticed, benefit shows are all the rage now. Tuesday night you can rock out with FuzzQueen, fall for the indie pop songs of Baby Grill and space out with ambient electronic musician Chaand Soorij while supporting the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence at the Lab at Convergence in Alexandria.


Wednesday 4/18:
ProjectHERA is a nonprofit devoted to inspiring females in music to freely explore their creativity and self expression. Wednesday night they host an open mike night and networking event at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, featuring songs and wisdom by Erin Frisby of FuzzQueen.

Thursday 4/19:
No one works harder to keep ska vibrant in the DMV than BlueBeatDC. Their monthly showcase of punk rock’s peppy, brassy cousin returns to the upstairs room at Wonderland Ballroom to present The Capitvators and Interstate Rivals.

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