Come Early For… Openers You Must See
allisondesy | Jul 17, 2017 | 3:00PM |

This week we are coming out to support the D.C. local music scene. Whether big or small, veterans or newbies, every local band deserves some support. Music is a great way to find out more about this great city in which we live, so come out early to catch some great sets from local openers!

MONDAY (1)

DANDELION HUNTER, L’ortolan, and Julian @ Dew Drop Inn

Upon first listen, Dandelion Hunter’s sound feels busy and overwhelming. By the end of their latest release, High Beam II, I felt satiated by lo-fi goodness and catchy lyrics. Swing by Dew Drop Inn early to catch Dandelion Hunter’s set and find out how they incorporate such phenomenal samples so seamlessly.

 

TWO INCH ASTRONAUT (D.C.), Western Star, and Count Vaseline @ Black Cat

Every time I hear Two Inch Astronaut, I am brought back to the basement of my favorite show venue back home. Suddenly, I’m in high school again and the only thing that has changed is that my taste in music has marginally improved. Two Inch Astronaut is the best kind of approachable post-punk. If you like the sounds of Queen Moo or Glocca Morra, you will definitely enjoy this. Come by the Black Cat early to see your new favorites.

WEDNESDAY (3)

MOUNT RAINER (D.C.), Paper Tether, and Spookstina @ Bossa Bistro

Stratum presents a night of experimental music at Bossa Bistro and it’s going to be amazing. Mount Rainer presents ambient drone music in an accessible way, like an introduction to listening to and appreciating experimental music. It’s like the sad music that’s played after a death in an old Western film. Check out their live set at Rhizome below.

 

THURSDAY (2)

 

REDLINE GRAFFITI (D.C.) and Amadou & Mariam @ 9:30 Club

I am partial to many things when it comes to music. Piano-playing vocalists, genuine enthusiasm for the music being played, and D.C. bands named after parts of the city are some of those things. Redline Graffiti lays down some versatile jams ranging from jazz to R&B to electronica and everything in between. Stop by the 9:30 club early to see Redline Graffiti open on Thursday.

FRIDAY (2)

HIM HORRISON, Dylan Dunlap, Boat Water, and Near Northeast @ The Void

Him Horrison sings about things that matter with psychedelic death rock in the background. It’s less of a niche thing than that description implies. The eight-minute long song, “Bodies” is an absolute banger. Make sure to show up early to The Void to see Him Horrison on Friday night. Message the event page for the address, you dirty punk.

 

SATURDAY (1)

BENCOOLEN (D.C.), Big Mama Shakes, and Aztec Sun @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Kicking off a night of rock ‘n roll at the Rock & Roll Hotel, Bencoolen’s big band, jazzy feel is sure to bring something new and different to the stage. The highly technically talented 5-piece lineup brings strong vocals, dueling guitar and saxophone solos, and lots of variation. Get to Rock & Roll Hotel early so you don’t miss Bencoolen.

 

GOOD SHADE, Cherry, Psychic Subcreatures, and The Max Levine Ensemble @ Comet

Listening to Good Shade is like drinking a shot of espresso every half hour on the hour for the rest of your life. Someday you’ll probably get used to it, but the intense energy is absolutely jarring at first. If the Bandcamp recordings of Shane Natalie’s vocals feel this passionate and energetic, you have got to get to Comet early to hear them live.