D.C. has a thriving music scene. Here are some of this week’s best opportunities to catch up with local sounds.
Oakland, California garage-rock band Shannon and the Clams adds a nostalgic twist of vintage 60’s rock to the standard indie fare. The band is touring in support of their September release Gone by the Dawn. Opening acts include Brooklyn’s Las Rosas (vintage-inspired rock), and D.C. natives Gauche (punk, experimental).
Local indie-rockers Paperhaus will perform for the first time with a new line up,and will share the bill with fellow D.C. outfit Stronger Sex, who released a 6-track, self-titled album earlier this year. Chicago dream-pop group Santah released their first new material in almost 5 years, and will likely show off some new material.
Blues-infused punk rockers Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (bonus points for the Kubrick reference) share the bill with Milwaukee punks Indonesian Junk. The latter released their vintage-tinged 7”, “Crimes,” earlier this year. D.C. pop-punk outfit The Maneuvers opening.
D.C.’s Big Hush, a four-piece rock outfit with elements of spacey surf-rock, shares the bill at ATB with The Goodbye Party. Hailing from Philadelphia, the latter’s atmospheric folk-rock is filled out with everything from slide guitars to pitch-warping synths. Opening sets will feature Philly veteran Missing Earth (diy rock) and D.C. natives Collider (alt-rock, shoegaze).
Philadelphia natives Radiator Hospital are still riding high from their late 2014 release Torch Song. The rock/pop four-piece folds in a healthy serving of scrappy Philly punk, which pairs well with D.C. punk-outit The Max Levine Ensemble. The latter was once lambasted by punk legend Ben Weasel, but took the criticism in stride (or in spite, releasing a fake collaboration with Weasel). Fellow D.C. punks Flasher (formerly Young Trynas) will perform an opening set, rounding out a solid evening of local (ft. Philly) punk.
Get a head start on Halloween with a slew of tunes from some of D.C.’s best local artist. Lineup features Milky Angel Baby (antifolk, singer/songwriter), off-duty neuroscientists The Neuro Farm (atmospheric, alternative), Ménage À Garage (garage rock, punk), Escape Point (post-punk, noise), and Morning Bananna Diet (alternative, punk). Show is 21+
Virginia natives Eternal Summers blend dreamy indie-pop with driving alt-rock for catchy, easy listening. Lineup also features D.C. locals Soccer Team, who’s lilting, drifting lo-fi alt-rock keeps the mellow vibes going. Fellow D.C. outfit Polyon injects some driving energy into the mix, making for a solid wind down for the week.