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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/26

Hometown Sounds is determined to give you a dose of #DCmusic every single day. Slide into your costume and check out our live music picks for Halloween Observed weekend.

Friday 10/26:
We love Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant for its dedication to innovative DJ nights with live music features. Tonight DC’s ska queen Caz Gardiner hosts a Creepy Underground Party with DJ Suburban Hi-Fi spinning creepy soul, rock, rocksteady, tiki and exotica.

Saturday 10/27:
Another night of stupid bands and stupid costumes! The Pinch and Damaged City host their 12th! Annual Halloween Benefit Cover Show Saturday night. Expect to see well-known DC bands channeling The Pixies, Joy Division, The Kinks and more, with all proceeds going to support HIPS.

Sunday 10/28:
Greater District Sound Club, the fine DC music boosters behind the Audioteka showcases, are throwing down with bands all weekend at cocktail bar The Passenger. Sunday‘s lineup, billed accurately as Halloween Hangover, starts early at 4 PM and includes Promise Nothing, The Wingers, Hide Your Fires and Ménage À Garage.


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Don’t Stay Home This Week 10/22

Here’s your Don’t Stay Home agenda to get out and see #DCmusic every night this week.

Monday 10/22:
The Electric Grandmother hosts a night of joy and oddity tonight at Slash Run, with support from Chapel Hill’s S.E. Ward and a solo set from crooner Seán Barna. EG describe themselves as “Into all kinds of ill shit. If you don’t know, you better ask somebody. They’re from Greenland, but you can’t tell. Mess up you up.” Also, enjoy this flier.


Tuesday 10/23:
The legendary blues showman Jonny Grave returns to BBQ joint Hill Country. There’s no way you’re doing better than this on a Tuesday night.

Wednesday 10/24:
Wednesday night is your chance to catch sets from two buzzy indie rock bands, Poppy Patica and Saturday Night, as they open for Brisbane Australia’s The Goon Sax at Songbyrd.

Thursday 10/25:
Funk band Albino Rhino play gigs around town pretty frequently, but new recorded music is a rare treat. This Thursday the quartet celebrates the release of their new EP of funkified jazz standards with a show at Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s, with support from a mysterious new band called Skaii.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 10/19

We’ve got synthpop at DC9 and two fantastic matinee shows for your #DCmusic weekend highlights.

Friday 10/19:
DC9 has a fantastic synthpop lineup tonight. Lavender, NUEX and The North Country are all bands we have featured on our fortnightly podcast, but stream the songs below for a refresher. Don’t stay at work too late, the music starts early at 7 PM!


Saturday 10/20:
Multiflora Production‘s monthlong Flash of the Spirit Festival highlights rarely seen world music in venues all over the city. Saturday afternoon at 2 PM the Anacostia Arts Center hosts an eclectic matinee featuring worthy DC bands including Light Beams, Warm Sun, No Plans, Time Is Fire’s Kamyar Arsani, Panini Girlfriend and more. Bring $10 for a suggested donation to support live music in DC!



Sunday 10/21:
Born in Lebanon, Huda Asfour is a cultural ambassador for Arabic music in DC. Her 2018 album Kouni كوني draws inspiration from Iraq, Tunisia, Palestine and more. On Sunday the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery hosts two free performances by Asfour, at noon and 1 PM.

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