D.C. has a thriving music scene. Here are some of this week’s best opportunities to catch up with local sounds.
Computer Magic, ChrushnPain @ Black Cat
Danielle “Danz” Johnson – better known as Computer Magic – will bring her synth-heavy sound to DC in support of her newest EP “Dreams of Better Days.” Filled with dance-ready beats and pop-conscious hooks, singles like “Fuzz” and “Be Fair” should move even the stiffest Black Cat back-table wallflowers. Local songwriter Austin Gallas, a.k.a Crushnpain, will perform an opening set. Gallas’ lush synths wash over subtle vocals, and make for an immersive laid-back listen – the perfect local opener for Computer Magic.
Two Inch Astronaut, Woozy, Fern Mayo, Swings @ Above the Bayou
Maintaining momentum from an Audtiotree appearance earlier this year, Maryland natives Two Inch Astronaut (indie-punk/rock) will perform at Above the Bayou. The DIY destination will also host New Orleans’ Woozy (indie-rock), whose new LP “Blistered” is set to release in mid-October. Opening sets will be performed by New York based Fern Mayo (alt-rock, lo-fi) and DC locals Swings (post-rock, indie-rock).
Pää Kii, Umbrage, Psychic Subcreatures, Jail Solidarity @ Hot Tub House
Finnish (yes, from Finland) punk rockers Pää Kii will perform at Hot Tub House – and yes, they sing in Finnish. Local Spanish-speaking punk outfit Umbrage will also perform, making this the one of the most diverse shows you’ll see all week (all month?). Opening acts will be performed by local acts Psychic Subcreatures (punk-tinged synth beats) and Jail Solidarity (post-hardcore, noise-punk).
BRNDA @ Black Cat
D.C. favorites BRNDA (indie-rock) continue to support their latest release, Year of the Manatee, in the most major of their slew of recent shows. They’re part of Bentzen Ball alum’s Church Night’s show.
Hard Stripes, Vanity, Semper Eadem, The Defense, O Inimigo, Spite @ The Pinch
Those not preoccupied with the All Things Go Fall Classic festivities can also catch Richmond natives Hard Stripes at The Pinch alongside fellow D.C. hardcore bands Semper Eadem, Spite, and The Defense. In addition to the local groups, Brazilian punk rockers O Inimingo will perform, continuing this week’s de facto international theme. New York natives Vanity (punk, oi) will also perform a set. The band continues to ride the waves of praise earned by their late 2014 release, Vain in Life.
Royal, Ben Browning, KEYLOW @ U Street Music Hall
For those who were preoccupied with the aforementioned ATG festivities, the party doesn’t have to (shouldn’t) stop with Kygo’s headlining set. DC’s own Royal and Ben Browning of Cut Copy will perform DJ sets after the Fall Classic at U Street Music Hall. DC producer and Houston transplant Keylow will perform an opening set, rounding out a day of performances with dance-ready beats for those who still have energy.