D.C. has a thriving music scene. Here are some of this week’s best opportunities to catch up with local sounds.
Soak in the sights and sounds of D.C. with local favorites Lightwaves and Incredible Change. Lightwaves folds electronica influences into their dance-ready pop for a vibrant, upbeat listen. Incredible Change follows suit, and blasts out groove-infused tracks topped off with old-school synths for infectiously good vibes. Local music plus top notch views and specialty cocktails make this a must-see for the week and a perfect Tuesday pick-me-up.
El Vy is a collaboration between The National’s Matt Berninger and Bret Knopf (Ramona Falls, Menomena), and it’s exactly as cool as it sounds. El Vy blends Berlinger’s signature lyrical narratives with Knopf’s pop sensibilities and top notch production. Baltimore native Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) will perform an opening set with her solo project Flock of Dimes, which pulls an array of influences into expansive, layered soundscapes that remain grounded by Wasner’s strong vocals.
Indulge your darker side with Ireland natives Malthusian, whose densely layered blend of black/doom metal weaves sweeping guitars and thunderous drums for maximum effect. New York natives Mutant Supremacy (death/heavy metal) and Imperial Triumphant (black metal) will perform supporting sets. Richmond natives Left Cross round out the bill with their bombastic blend of punk-infused death metal.
Get an early start on your weekend dancing with Brutalism as the D.C. electronica trio celebrates the cassette tape release of their EP No Rave. Brutalism will be joined by fellow District locals Bearcat Wildcat, whose acoustic blues-rock is inspired by “wild places, whisky, and the open road.” Half-Metal Alchemist (aka Brock Boss of Incredible Change) will perform a supporting set, rounding out a fine sampling of D.C.’s finest sounds.
Join Savannah based indie-rockers Triathlon in celebrating the release of their dreamy, reverb drenched LP Nothing Bothers Me. DC natives Laughing Man and The Sea Life will perform supporting sets, with The Sea Life debuting its new lineup.
Local post-punk pop outfit Dot Dash joins the folks of Church Night for an evening of music, comedy, and more. Guest performances from local talents including Nik Oldershaw (stand up), Dana Fleitman (stand up), and Baby Rosemary (burlesque) make this a must-see mix of DC culture.
Celebrate Friday the 13th in style with OhBree’s horn-infused indie-rock imported directly from Philadelphia. D.C. natives The Electric Grandmother will perform a supporting set featuring songs from their synthy, punk-influenced The Bodyguard Soundtrack, released October 2015. Fellow locals (and hosts) Sealab will also perform a laid-back, psychedelic set that’s sure to please.
Join local garage-rock veterans Nice Breeze in celebration of their recently released Schrodinger’s Cat’s Grave. Local favorites BRNDA will perform a supporting set. The local acts will be joined by Ontario based Vile Creature, who mix atmospheric and psychedelic elements into their beautifully bleak black metal. Philadelphia natives Bakerman also join the bill, and round out the evening with a healthy dose of shoegaze-infused indie-rock.
Broaden your horizons and get experimental with local experimental outfit The Lost Civilizations. The group will be joined by The Duo Exchange, a collaborative poetry project between Rod Smith and Dan Gutstien, as well as local artist Michael McMorris (aka Utenzil) as part of the Indie Adams Morgan series at The Black Squirrel.