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D.C. has a thriving music scene. Here are some of this week’s best opportunities to catch up with local sounds.


Crocodiles, Shark Week, Dark Tunnels @ Comet Ping Pong

Crocodiles, a California based indie-pop outfit, will perform at Comet Ping Pong in support of their latest release, “Boys.” The jangly, hook-driven album draws on vintage rock and retro pop inspirations for an altogether nostalgic listen. D.C. indie-rockers Shark Week will also perform, and mix things up with a healthy dose of twangy, fuzzy, reverb soaked surf-rock. New York’s Dark Tunnels rounds out the bill with its expansive, experimental noise-rock fusion.



Landshapes, Tigers are Bad for Horses @ DC9

London pop quartet Landshapes brings their eclectic mix of chiming guitars, rolling bass, and toe-tap inducing drums to DC9 in support of their 2015 release, Heyoon. D.C. natives Tigers are Bad for Horses open. The local duo, which consists of Mellen Funke and Lyell Evans Roeder, blends lilting vocals with Jazz-infused, R&B rooted tracks. Taking cues from the likes of Sylvan Esso or Haitus Kaiyote, Tigers are Bad for Horses is one of the top local bands to watch moving into 2016.


Nightmares on Wax, Christine Moritz @ U Street Music Hall

Leeds, England, based DJ George Evelyn – better known as Nightmares on Wax – will bring his blend of psychedelic, hip-hop inspired downtempo to U Street Music Hall. The late show will kick off with local DJ Christine Moritz, whose tracks are catchy enough for a casual dance but sufficiently laid-back to enjoy with a mid-week beverage – a win either way.



Milo, Safari Al, Ardamus @ Velvet Lounge

Chicago rap artist Milo has collaborated with the likes of Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle, but continues to prove his own worth on the recently released So the Flies Don’t Come. The young rapper folds a wide range of influences into his tracks, but Milo’s strength as a writer remains at the center of his performances both in and out of the studio. Milwaukee native Safari Al will also perform, still in support of “Fear, Uncertain,” released January 2015. Local artist Ardamus will kick off the evening, and will likely showcase tracks from Beats for Sale, which was released over the summer and blends hip-hop beats with classic funk and soul samples.

Witch Coast, Bless, Joy Buttons @ Songbyrd

D.C. lo-fi punk outfit Witch Coast will perform in support and celebration of Burnt out by 3PM, which will be available on limited edition cassettes at the show. Fellow D.C. natives Bless (funk-influenced rock) and Joy Buttons (punk, hardcore) will perform opening sets.

DJ Shea Van Horn: Dark & Stormy Dance Party @ Black Cat

For those more interested in dancing than house shows, the Black Cat hosts local DJ Shea Van Horn for a monthly dance party. The cavernous, synth-heavy nu-wave influenced tracks are downright dark – perfect for those already in the Halloween spirit and even better for anyone needing that final push.



Adams Morgan PorchFest

Keep yourself in high autumnal spirits with Adams Morgan’s PorchFest. Dozens of local musicians, from hip-hop artists to jazz pianists, are set to fill the streets with heaps of live music from almost every stoop or porch in the neighborhood. The event runs from around 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., meaning there’s still plenty of time to hit U Street – or hell, stay in Adams Morgan – after it all winds down.