D.C. has a thriving music scene. Here are some of this week’s best opportunities to catch up with local sounds.
Indie-punk outfit Run Forever is performing at University of Maryland in anticipation of their forthcoming third album. Local trio Kid Claws, who blend shoegaze and ambient influences for a dream-pop sound, will perform an opening set.
DC natives Priests spearhead a night at the Black Cat with their raucous, hyperactive blend of surf-infused punk. London based trio Shopping will also perform, and bring a similar mix of washed-out, new-wave inspired punk rock. Local trio Puff Pieces will play an opening set of their off-kilter art-punk that aims destroy every condo in city limits.
If you’re feeling classy, Jazz City will perform as a quartet alongside vocalists Steve Washington and London Edge at Blues Alley. Jazz City houses some of DC’s top-tier jazz musicians – as in they routinely perform at fancy events we common-folk aren’t even invited too. So impress a date, class it up with a friend, or go alone and feel like you have your life together – whatever floats your boat.
Blend genres and broaden your horizons with two local acts that will blow your mind. Electro-pop duo Tigers Are Bad For Horses combine soulful vocals with densely layered synths for a laid back listen. The Bulldog Alley Alley cats liven up the bill with their six-piece backed mix of funk, jazz, and blues.
Hailing from Silver Spring, Two Inch Astronaut bring their fuzzed-out indie rock to Songbyrd. Fellow indie-rockers Wing Dam and New York-based Infinity Girl (shoegaze, noise-rock) will perform opening sets. The latter is touring in support of their recently released LP Harm.
Punk infused indie-rock outfit Newish Star (Buffalo, NY) are performing in support of You Missed Everything, a two-part release the band put out between October and November 2015. Based out of Pittsburgh, Secret Tombs join the bill on their tour supporting Andy Knows (August 2015). Local acts Laughing Man (art-punk, noise-rock) and Lackluster (pop-punk) will also play, rounding out an excellent evening of punk influenced acts.
Celebrate the release of Fit Me In with indie-pop project Frankie Cosmos. The New York band is joined by post-punk four-piece All Dogs, still supporting their August 2015 release, Kicking Every Day. Local indie-rock trio Foozle blends buzzsaw guitars with pop-punk hooks, and will perform a supporting set.
Join DC fuzz-pop outfit Polyon as they celebrate the release of Blue EP. Fellow local acts Homosuperior (queer punk) and Governess (surf-rock, power-pop) will open, along with Philadelphia fuzz-pop trio Hurry.
Trek out to the Rock and Roll Hotel while you still can (it’s not that cold, yet) for a night of local punk. Hemlines (art-punk, rock) are joined by Company Calls (punk, lo-fi) and Psychic Subcreatures (synth-punk). Hemlines continue to support their recently released EP, All Your Homes.
Local punk-rockers The Max Levine Ensemble celebrate their first release in eight years, Backlash, Baby. Fellow District natives Maneuvers (pop-punk, lo-fi) and Richmond visitors Sundials (indie-punk, pop-punk) start the night off.