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Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/13

Can’t stay home and hear the finest #DCmusic live, can you.

Monday 5/13:
Legendary DC producer and Inner Ear Studio head honcho Don Zientara plays AdMo’s Songbyrd tonight, along with Lisa Said’s rock band Piramid Scheme. No cover = buy some vinyl while you’re there.


Tuesday 5/14:
Jazz saxophonist and passionate go-go supporter Elijah Jamal Balbed joins 7DrumCity‘s FREE, Live & Local series on the patio at The Pub & The People from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening. The rain’s gotta stop sometime, right?

Wednesday 5/15:
AdMo’s Bossa is well known as a DC hub of global sounds. This Wednesday they host the Tributary Project, modeled after band lead JaJa Bashengezi‘s experiences in refugee camps across east Africa.

Thursday 5/16:
Any weekly show listing wouldn’t be complete without a couple of determined young indie rock bands supporting a touring act. The Pie Shop‘s Thursday night includes DC’s Friends of Friends and Lovejet, welcoming Dominy from Philly.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 5/10

There’s some big shows and festivals hitting DC this weekend. We like to illuminate some more intimate #DCmusic shows worthy of your attention.

Friday 5/10:
Perhaps you heard our recent podcast takeover with Lilly from Erotic Thrillers and Javier from Spirit Plots. Devin Ocampo produced the new album by Spirit Plots, and his tight indie rock band The Effects joins Spirit Plots and Erotic Thrillers tonight at Slash Run to celebrate the ablum’s release and give away vinyl copies with every ticket!



Saturday 5/11:
The Funk Parade fills venues up and down U Street with bands Saturday night, but one lone showcase is far away from the traditional Black Broadway. Pianist and bandleader Aaron Abernathy, who we featured in our Millennium Stage series, brings a FREE taste of the funk to the Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse.

Sunday 5/12:
DC jazz site CapitalBop returns to Takoma Park’s Rhizome for their excellent monthly Jazz Loft series. This Sunday brings saxophonist Brian Falkowski, featured performer at Donvonte McCoy’s regular gig at 18th St Lounge, and percussionist Dan Kurfist who recently relocated here from NYC. Bring $10 for the performers and your instrument to jam into the wee hours.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 5/06

Monday’s here, and it’s time to plan your week of hitting up live music. Here are our #DCmusic picks for the week ahead.

Monday 5/06:
Surfgazers Coral Benders, recently featured on our podcast, team up with Club Scout, powerful indie rock band featuring recent podcast guest host Javier Diaz, tonight at Slash Run. They host Baltimore’s Silent October and Minneapolis band Kiss The Tiger, touring to support their new album Let Me Bleed.

Tuesday 5/07:
The DIY spot Dwell really has captured the wayward underground house show energy in DC. Tuesday night the lineup at the red brick carriage house includes Lotion Princess, Weston Smith, Social Station and Philly’s Mavis the Dog.



Wednesday 5/08:
It takes some nerve to name your band Dentist, for obvious reasons. The touring NJ band hits the Pie Shop Wednesday night with support from two DC acts, The Countess and Olivia Mancini & The Mates.


Thursday 5/09:
Just look at this Thursday night bill at Dew Drop Inn. Bal Boheme. The Electric Grandmother. Jack On Fire. Baltimore friend Marian McLaughlin. Varied in genre, style and volume, this is quintessential and irresistible. Also, holy shit this flyer.




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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/29

Now that we wasted so much of the weekend with Endgame and the Battle of Winterfell, how about cooling off with some live #DCmusic? Here are our picks for the week ahead.

Monday 4/29:
Underground hotspot Dwell hosts a four band indie rock bill tonight with two touring acts, Lost Dog and Cool Original, and two DC acts we recommend from our podcast series, Max Gowan and Spring Silver.


Tuesday 4/30:
Get an early taste of this year’s Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival this Tuesday night at Pearl Street Warehouse. Justin Trawick‘s long-running 9 Songwriter Showcase gathers musicians playing at Saturday’s festival, including Reed Appleseed, The October Sessions, Jess Eliot Myhre of the Bumper Jacksons, and more. But first, here’s Trawick and his trio The Common Good playing a new song called “These Days” in Pearl Street’s green room for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest.




Wednesday 5/01:
GoldPants Party wins the battle of Wednesday night with superhero Emma G and feisty synthpop diva Loi Loi. Get to Sauf Haus by 8 to see Emma G’s new music video for the latest single “Smile”.

Thursday 5/02:
Thursday evening the after-work showcase Luce Unplugged at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center presents soul and funk band Backbeat Underground, veterans of our Kennedy Center Millennium Stage series.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/26

Friday 4/26:
The 2019 Breakin’ Even Fest 3 takes over the Pie Shop for 3 nights of punk glory this weekend. Tonight’s lineup is the most DC-stacked, with Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Homosuperior, and fest organizers American Television. AMTV entered their new song “Great Divide” in NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest, giving a fun taste of their pop-punk energy. Help these fine gents not lose too much money celebrating punk and indie music.

If punk music isn’t quite your speed, tonight Pearl Street Warehouse hosts the album release show for singer-songwriter Drew Gibson and his band of Dave Hadley on pedal steel, Jon Nazdin on bass, Ryan Walker on keys and Ben Tufts on Drums. Plus you also get an opening set by the always lovely Emily Henry.


Saturday 4/27:
On Saturday night Comet Ping Pong hosts a not-surprise birthday party for a member of the surprise Birthday Band. The two non-surprise indie rock bands on the bill are Foul Swoops and Saturday Night. Hmmm, who could the surprise band be?



Sunday 4/28:
DC rapper Ardamus was scheduled to play The Pub & The People‘s Free Live & Local series a month ago, but had to postpone when a health issue landed him in the hospital. We’re thrilled that the prolific performer and member of The Lucky So & So’s and Strangers That Clique is back on his feet and ready for his showcase this Sunday from 6-8 on the outdoor patio.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/22

Don’t Stay Home. There’s too much #DCmusic to miss. Here we go!

Monday 4/22:
The fine folks at euphonx.com host a night of “unabashed rock euphoria” tonight at The Pinch. Helping Baltimore’s Home Town Girl kick off a tour are DC bands Nice Breeze, Leisure Burn and the debut of a new band called Moonwheels.

Tuesday 4/23:
Tuesday night‘s FREE, Live & Local series at The Pub & The People welcomes Tuff Lover, the side project of Bottled Up’s Nikhil Venkat. Thanks 7DrumCity!

Wednesday 4/24:
Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s hosts two excellent DC indie pop bands Wednesday night, The Duskwhales and Skyline Hotel. Since we love Tiny Desk Contest entries for NPR Music like nothing else, here’s an unreleased groove by Skyline Hotel called “Ember in the Night” to put you in the mood for a Wednesday night of fun.

Thursday 4/25:
DC’s incomparable jazz resource CapitalBop presents the first of a two night spotlight residency by soulful singer Akua Allrich & The Tribe at Local 16. Advance tix are only $5 and let you choose between 7:30 & 9 PM sets, so find a date to impress and grab tickets now.

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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/19

Friday 4/19:
Alums of our Millennium Stage series We Were Pirates bring their polished indie pop style to Luce Unplugged tonight. The music starts at 6 and there’s no cover, so this is your official after-work happy hour plan.

Saturday 4/20:
This one’s pretty obvious, right? The Womxn Fuck Shit Up DC Festival returns to The Wharf’s Union Stage Saturday night to dismantle the patriarchy. The epic lineup includes Honey, Black Folks Don’t Swim?, The OSYX, Rosie Cima and about a million other female and nonbinary identifying artists. How’s about grabbing advance tickets right now?


Sunday 4/21:
Sunday is Easter and also hopefully when shit starts happening in Game of Thrones. Let’s all chill out a bit on the outdoor patio of The Pub & The People with some mellow folk and classic blues from the master Jonny Grave, courtesy 7DrumCity‘s FREE Live & Local series.

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Don’t Stay Home This Week 4/15

We bet you couldn’t even stay home if you wanted to this week. Here’s our live #DCmusic picks, now go be a part of DC’s awesome live music scene.

Monday 4/15:
Galaxy Hut has a triple threat of DC area music tonight. Head to the only cool bar left in Clarendon at 9 PM for alt-rock band Smokin’ On Planes, newcomers Indiana Jonesin, and queer shoegaze from Anemoya.


Tuesday 4/16:
7DrumCity‘s live music series on the outdoor patio at The Pub & The People is exactly where we want to be now that the weather has turned to Spring. This Tuesday check out the constantly innovating saxophonist Sarah Hughes and her new project “Booked” featuring looped processed electric bass.

Wednesday 4/17:
Heads up music fans, the special live album recording this Wednesday from VeVe & The Rebels, artists-in-residence at the Anacostia Arts Center, has been moved from there to the Honfleur Gallery a few doors down. Grab tix now and be a part of this soulful, poignant musical legacy.

Thursday 4/18:
The Pie Shop has a sultry lineup for your Thursday night. Pleasure Train describe their sound as #sexgroove, while Sweet Something make classy retro jazz. This show has no cover charge, so you can buy an extra slice of pie.


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Don’t Stay Home This Weekend 4/12

Damaged City Fest. Record Store Day. RIA Porch Fest. There’s quite a lot of music in DC this weekend. Here are our #DCmusic picks that might have flown under your radar.

Friday 4/12:
The new generation of folk and bluegrass take the stage tonight at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown. Our own Bearcat Wildcat plays with Annapolis newgrass band Swamp Donkey and Lord Nelson from Nelson County, VA.

Saturday 4/13:
The monthly showcase from the feminist musical organization This Could Go Boom returns to Dew Drop Inn Saturday night, presenting an all-DC women & nonbinary fronted lineup of Born Dad, Lightmare, The OSYX and Rosie Cima & What She Dreamed.


Sunday 4/14:
Move over Justin Trawick, there’s a new collaborative songwriter showcase in town. 5×5 presents 5 songwriters performing 5 songs for only $5, 5 times a year. The inaugural showcase takes over Galaxy Hut this Sunday night featuring Sauf Haus open mic host Ginny Hill, YellowTieGuy frontman Daniel Hill, Gabrielle Zwi, Justin Shapiro and Eli Lev.


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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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