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Fresh off tours with The Lumineers and Delta Rae, these four massively talented New Yorkers are bringing their eclectic, critically-acclaimed indie-folk chunes to the District next month.



“We thought we could expand what a New Orleans brass band could do. Bands like Dirty Dozen started the ‘anything goes’ concept, bringing in the guitars and the drum kit and using the sousaphone like a bass guitar. We thought we could push things a little further,” said Bonerama co-founder Mark Mullins. If you’re in the mood for a fusion of funk, rock, jazz and even a little improv.. you really can’t miss this show.



Bohemian Operatic Steampunk Cabaret, (you read that right,) from the city of eternal free-thinkers, Portland, Oregon. Ever wondered what it would be like to see a show that fused opera, americana, jazz, tango, folk, punk and, (wait for it..) Balkan belly dance music? Well, wonder no more, folks! Vagabond Opera will make all of your dreams come true.

new order merriweather post july

What were we THINKING leaving New Order off this list??? Better late than never. You should definitely buy tickets to see them carry on the mantle of Joy Division at Merriweather in July. Here’s some history from the about section on New Order’s Facebook: When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis committed suicide in May 1980 the three remaining members, Bernard Sumner (b. Bernard Dicken, 4 January 1956, Salford, Manchester, England; guitar, vocals), Peter Hook (b. 13 February 1956, Manchester, England; bass) and Stephen Morris (b. 28 October 1957, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England; drums) continued under the name New Order.


Join DJ Lil’e as she pits dance tracks from pop powerhouses Lady Gaga and Madonna against the music of Boy Bands like Backstreet Boys, One Direction, and New Kids on the Block in an epic musical battle for dancefloor domination.



Pete Holmes is a comedian. Maybe you know him from his podcast You Made It Weird. Or his videos with FrontPage Films. Maybe you saw his half-hourComedy Central Presents. Or on Conan. Or Jimmy Fallon. Or maybe you saw him on VH1. Or heard him as the e*trade baby or on Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans. Pete was named one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2011. Pete also draws cartoons for The New Yorker, wrote for NBC’s “Outsourced” and FOX’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.” This is his website. (via website bio page)



Cute is what Cute is What We Aim For aims for. Check out the Buffalo, NY band at 930 in June.



I know what you’re thinking. This can’t be real life. Well guess what – It totally frickin’ is. Kid Rock AND Kool and the Gang AND UNCLE CRACKER SAY WHAAAAAA


John Grant

American singer songwriter John Grant is currently touring behind his album Pale Green Ghosts, on which Sinéad O’Connor gets a vocal credit. U Hall will house his tunes this June.



Despite sharing their name with a northeastern state, the Maine formed in 2007 in Tempe, AZ, a collegiate suburb of Phoenix. Most of the bandmembers — singer John O’Callaghan, guitarists Kennedy Brock and Jared Monaco, bassist Garrett Nickelsen, and drummer Pat Kirch — were in high school at the time, and the guys wasted little time turning their ’90s radio rock band influences into a familiar, infectious pop-punk sound. (via YouTube About page)

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Music is such an outlet. Hip hop probably fits us best because it’s the only genre of music where you can get away with saying things you’d like to say in everyday conversation but now can actually get away with — great way to blow off some steam or reveal your cocky side. (via Facebook about page)



Sam Cooper & the Sleepwalkers is an independent band from the outskirts of Washington, DC. Combining acute melodic sense, experimental leanings, and a fierce DIY attitude, the band strives to make music that is as emotionally affecting as it is enjoyable. Led by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sam Cooper, the Sleepwalkers are guitarist John Middleton, bassist Michael Stettes, and drummer/percussionist Chris Sies. (via band bio)



CityPaper writes, Emo, as we’ve come to know it, gets fairly bad press. But Monument is one of a handful of bands across the country that is reimagining the sound by resurrecting something akin to the ’90s version of it.


The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.(via Facebook about page)



According to the band’s Wikipedia page, Marianas Trench vocalist Josh Ramsay has a vocal range that spans three octaves. Buy tickets to see them at the Fillmore in June.


Villagers are an Irish band from Dublin fronted by Conor J. O’Brien. They have performed at several music festivals and toured with Tracy Chapman, Bell X1 and Tindersticks. Enjoy in June! (via Guardian)


Let us introduce you to the world of FRANKMUSIK, aka Vincent Frank. A St Martins dropout with his music HQ in Croydon and gran as a stylist. A self-taught multi instrumentalist, producer, remixer, talented graphic designer, photographer, video director by default and future music impresario. (via band’s Soundcloud)


Chaise Lounge at IOTA

The answer Chaise Lounge gave in an NPR interview when asked if they had any self-proclaimed genre affiliations reassures me that I am not alone in being unable to come up with a neat set of descriptive terms for their sound. “I don’t know,” Barnett says. “I put a call out to try and find this out. The best one I heard was ‘chill ska.’ … I’m not even sure if that comes close. I ended up thinking, maybe not so much a musical term, but more like ‘music to dress up by.’ It’s kind of like the hottest sounds of 1962 that really didn’t happen in 1962.”





  • July 17 — Lil Wayne w/ T.I. @ 1st Mariner ArenaLil’ Wayne had some not-so-lil’ health issues recently, but he’s got to be unstoppable – even when he’s layin’ on his back, he’s never backing down. See him throw down the gauntlet and laugh in the face of destiny with T.I. and Future mid July.


Barry will be bringing his new songs to audiences in throughout 2013. Continuing the momentum from 2012 that took him through Canada, Australia, America, and supporting the likes of Frank Turner in the UK. Tim Barry will jump the pond this summer to return on a slew of headlining dates. For details on his touring schedule and 40 Miler check hiswebsiteTwitter, and Facebook page. “40 Miler” and his other three studio albums are available at Chunksaah.



Most of those dreams are broken, others are buried, and some are simply burned. On their new album, American Tragedy, Hollywood Undead dissect those very same dreams with a volatile and vibrant hip hop swagger, a magnificent metallic crunch, and a danceable industrial soul. (via band bio)



Go, or he’ll put a boot in your ass.


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Fresh off her breakup with the Biebs, this young (former) Disney Channel starlit is definitely going to be aiming for all-grown-up at the Patriot center this fall.


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