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YAIRMS with Oppo – Monday, February 2 @ Velvet Lounge:

There’s something almost eerie about Yairms: the shaky vocals escape from fuzzy guitar melodies that are egged-on by the technicality of the drums. The way that this band from Durham, North Carolina expertly plays with rhythm offers a solid reason to come early for this show.

SNEAKS with Pinkwash – Thursday, February 5 @ Black Cat:

The way that D.C.-native Sneaks’ pseudo-monotone phrases mingle with bouncing bass lines and perpetually steady drums has a hypnotic effect. The music is minimal yet fun, and the beat is sure to get people dancing at this Thursday show.

CHAPPO with White Arrows – Friday, February 6 @ DC9:

Chappo’s sound is phoenix-like: reborn from the ashes of 70s psychedelic rock bands and revitalized with burning, new energy. The Brooklyn band’s grooving chord progressions are topped with frontman Alex Chappo’s gritty voice and supported by boyish background vocal harmonies. It’s an early show so be sure to head straight to DC9 Friday afternoon if you plan on catching Chappo’s awesome set.

PRIESTS with Parquet Courts – Saturday, February 7 @ Black Cat:

If you’ve already managed to snag tickets to the sold-out Parquet Courts show, get to the Black Cat in time to catch D.C.-based punk outfit Priests. The band’s aggressive riffs reinforce the agitation expressed in its lyrics. Priests pack so much energy into their music that it’s sure to be an exhilaratingly chaotic performance.

BABY BRY BRY & THE APOLOGISTS with Paperhaus – Saturday, February 7 @ 9:30 Club:

D.C.’s own Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists will take the stage for DC Music Download’s birthday bash at 9:30 Club. Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists’ music features sporadic vocal harmonies that tie together runs of clean punk rock. The band’s neat execution of guitar-driven melodies topped with Baby Bry Bry’s unique brand of vocals makes getting to the 9:30 Club a little early definitely worthwhile.