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Selections by Alyssa Moody, Philip ChevalierStephanie BreijoSvetlana Legetic and Christopher Naoum of Listen Local First

Look, it’s simple: Every week we’ll be bringing you all the information you can handle about the cool concerts to hit up in D.C. Don’t say we don’t love you. (p.s. BANDS/VENUES-looking to get your shows in front of us? Just head over to our AGENDA page, it is super easy to post your events there and it guarantees us seeing them). 





Regarding the title of her most recent effort Ripely Pine, Aly Spaltro of Lady Lamb and the Beekeeper told us, “I made it up; ripely’s not a real adverb, but to pine for something ripely, you know? So it’s really that, but it progresses from my voice on the record being really angry about not having what I want, and then sort of settling into realizing (lyrically, overall) that what I thought I wanted I could have given myself, that you don’t need to seek things from people and you have the power to give yourself what you think you need from people.” Whoa. Right? Check her out at Black Cat this evening.


As the guitarist for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Scott Tournet’s mostly acoustic style might be more familiar to you than you were aware. He’ll be bringing his solo A-game to Jammin’ Java in Vienna tonight.



We know, we know: The “R” in Korn is supposed to be both upper-case and backwards. You’d be doing your politically conscious adolescent self a favor by heading to the Fillmore in Silver Spring.



The 20th anniversary of Anti-Flag comes to DC 9 tonight and tomorrow. So go get punched in the face, or punch someone else’s face; who gives a shit? – Anti-Flag definitely doesn’t.



If you haven’t heard Random Access Memories, tomorrow night at U-Hall is a great chance to hear it the way it should be: Loud as shit. While you’re making plans to go dance to a pretty awesome record, you should definitely read what twitter had to say about it.


D.C. natives and hard core visionaries Coke Bust play Black Cat tomorrow night.



If you haven’t heard Caroline Smith’s lyrical, lilting brand of songwriting, first you should check out this quaint video of her playing alone outside of the Louvre, next you should imagine how gut-punching her songs most likely are with a talented group of musicians behind her, then, finally, you should buy tickets to go see her at RnR Hotel tomorrow night.



The DMV Celebrates the Bday of the Greatest MC The Notorious BIG!! An Old School Extended Happy Hour: Celebrating The Life & Music Of The Notorious BIG
Music By Ciroc & Bad Boy Ent @DJSNS

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9 performers, 27 songs and collaborations. Definitely worth the time/money. 



When we went to see him late last year, “Holmes discussed his youth, how it was filled with religion and even claimed that if there are multiple universes, this is the only one where he’s not a youth pastor.” See what the comedian has to say tomorrow night at the 930 Club.


San Francisco, USA producer Chris Dexter is the artist behind oOoOO. Drawing from acts as diverse as Ludacris, Britney Spears, and Broadcast, oOoOO marries hip-hop-influenced beats with pop melodies and experimental sounds. A self-titled CD-R (oOoOO) was released by Disaro Records in early 2010. Shortly after, a split 7″ with the track Seaww was released with the band White Ring, and a self-titled 12″ followed the same year. oOoOO’s second EP, Our Loving Is Hurting Us, is released through Tri Angle Records in April, 2012.


Stephen Gardner of DC 90’s heavy-hitters Lorelei sat down with us last year, telling us, “As has happened since the birth of rock, we were inspired by a distant scene and in the trying to absorb, follow and replicate it, we instead haphazardly built something else – a sort of strange translation.” Find out what this means Wednesday night at the Black Cat.


Just last Saturday, the singer for Toots and the Maytals was rushed to the hospital after a 19-year-old audience member threw a glass bottle at his head. Fear not when it comes to this Wednesday night show, though, as ABC news reports, “Despite the incident, festival organizers said Hibbert remained in good spirits and was disappointed the concert had to be ended early.”



Spanish. Experimental. Heavy metal. Need I go on? See them at the Howard this Wednesday.


Okay, so it’s sold out, but it’s still quite awesome. Phish frontman and all around Dionysian high-priest Trey Anastasio is teaming up with a little group called the National Symphony Orchestra for some sure to be epic sounding jams at the Kennedy Center this very Wednesday.


We went to see Pree, noting the presence of their front-woman as “A lithe, solitary figure, even on stage with her bandmates, Tabol’s

the clear center of gravity around which this talented band orbits. ” Check them out for yourself this Wednesday night! 



DJ Mustard has never been hotter. This week’s YG album is one of the best albums to come out on a major label in some time, and it features ten (!) Mustard beats. The Los Angeles-based producer has taken over the charts, with four songs (Kid Ink’s “Show Me,” YG’s “My Hitta,” Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid,” and Trey Songz’s “Nana”) in the hip-hop airplay top ten (and a fifth, T-Pain’s “Up Down (Do This All Day),” at No. 11). His is hip-hop’s sound of Now, the way Mike Will’s was a year previous. As if that’s not enough, Mustard not only stole the crown from Mike Will, but from Atlanta as a whole. It’s been years since a producer so redefined the industry’s dominant beat style from outside Atlanta.


It’s not often that a band can successfully evoke a multi-sensory experience in an audience member, but apparently it happened when we saw the Futurebirds: “I craved fried chicken and an IPA while they played. What’s that a sign of? I’m not sure, but no band has ever made me hungry before. I suppose I mean to say they’ve achieved a nice mix of both marijuana- and BBQ-appropriate college-rock-alt-country-ness. For comparison: The Gun Club, The 13th Floor Elevators, Richmond Fontaine, and Wilco (if Wilco were ballsier). They’d also tour well with These United States.”

DC Songwriter Justin Jones opens for Futurebirds at 9:30 Club – https://www.facebook.com/events/294676193999931/


Under the prestigious DFA mantle, Shit Robot has pumped out some damn fine analog funk and disco music. Does he regret the decision to go by Shit Robot? You’d have to ask him that. Shit’s gonna be funky at UHall this Thursday.


Touring behind Sister Faith, released this past April, Coliseum is bringing punk rock in full force to the Black Cat this Thursday. You can listen to “Black Magic Punks”, the single from Sister Faith, on the front page of their website. So click the link.



Hailing from the DMV, Sam Cooper and the Sleepwalkers have been making music together since at least 2010, when this video came out (his second ever). If you want an excellent indication of what you’re getting into this Thursday at Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, you can stream this “Live from Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel” album they put out. Pretty convenient.


As ‘that guy behind the hook on Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights“‘, there is absolutely no way Dwele’s voice has escaped any of you. Check out the Detroit R&B powerhouse at the Howard Theatre this Thursday night.


Macy Gray’s voice draws few appropriate comparisons, but we all know it, and we all think it’s pretty great. You can predict the Birchmere to be drenched in soul this Thursday.

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Blues and Southern rockers




“Now widely considered one of the most promising new talents on the East Coast,” (Washington Post) Honor By August makes music characterized by “distinctive, inviting vocals and anthemic, reverb-drenched guitars” (MetroMusicScene.com) and built on “award-winning songwriting, strong vocals, catchy melodies, and dynamic live performance” (OnTap Magazine).


The man is a career DJ that has spent decades behind turntables. “Todd is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music. With almost two decades of dance floor domination under Todd’s belt the quality of his productions goes from strength to strength. Welcome to the church of house music presided over by Todd the God. Are you a believer?” (via event page)



Catch the second wind of this post-hard core band. Forming in ’94 and disbanding in 2007, the group came back after three years to keep up with demand, and are now in the third year of their second installment. See them at RnR this Friday.


Speaking of come back stories, SWV made a name for themselves as among the top acts in the R&B world back in 1993, and have since reunited (2005) to go on to perform countless shows and continue to amaze w/ their silky smooth voices.


Risa Binder opened for Akon at NYC’s z100 Zootopia in 2010, and you might have even seen her perform the National Anthem at RFK. This Friday, the talented songstress will be at Jammin’ Java.


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All DC line up that you do not want to miss including performances from Linsay Deming, Andrew Grossman, BRENDA and Fire and the Wheel.



When we went to see the Elephant Six psych-pop group Of Montreal a little while back, we learned a couple important things: “During the band’s epic closing tracks “Heimdalsgate like a Promethean Curse” and “She’s a Rejecter”, I learned that Captain America is always victorious, God made rainbows gay, but not the gays, and confetti is underused in indoor venues.” Go see what lessons will be bestowed by the tenured indie pop stars this Saturday at Flying Dog Brewery.



Favorite summer music?  The Band, The Descendants, Deep Forest

Favorite summer movie? The Sandlot, E.T., Bad Boys 2

Favorite summer food?  Tacos, Hot Dogs, Philly Cheese Steaks
Read more in our interview with JEFF the Brotherhood and check them out this Saturday at RnR Hotel.


We sat down to speak with The Nerdist, Chris Hardwick, at which time he posited the difference between nerds and hipsters: “The difference being that a nerd would wear a D&D shirt because he loves D&D while a hipster would wear a D&D shirt because it’s ridiculous that he is wearing a D&D shirt. There’s no ironic appreciation of things we love, even of things that are in fact ridiculous, which a hipster might take and own and show the world the humor in it.” Learn more this Saturday at the 930 Club.

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You can count on UHall being very much alive this Saturday night, as BLISS is going to be there. Prepare for some electronic goodness to last you well into the wee hours of Sunday morning.


As Pitchfork aptly writes, “Total Control are as close to a supergroup as a tandem of cult Australian punks can get. Each member is involved in another band, the most well-known of which being guitarist Mikey Young’s Eddy Current Suppression Ring— which, if you only have a passing knowledge of current garage-rock, can elicit the same sort of confused blank stare as if you told someone your band’s most famous member also plays in the Growlers.”



Funk isn’t so much a style of music as it is a state of mind. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty band understands this, having been around for over a decade and at this point completing three national tours each year. Count on experiencing something pretty danceable at the Hamilton this Saturday.


You might be thinking, “Hey, that guy looks pretty familiar.” And that’s because James McCartney is Sir Paul MacCartney’s progeny. He’s definitely got his father’s knack for melodies, so check him out this Saturday at your favorite Vienna, VA coffee house/all around sweet place to watch live music.


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DCs new pop punk outfit opens at DC9.  



Tech house will be explored in full at UHall this Sunday, and there’s no better introduction to it than by taking the hand of Carlo Lio and letting him take you to uncharted places. Be there.



Put on that dress. You know, the one with the puffy shoulder things going on. Next, head over to Howard Theatre this Sunday to (re)live your 80’s prom night to the fullest.



These two powerhouses of R&B are going to be getting bodies moving all across the Fillmore in Silver Spring this Sunday, but like The Dream says, “Enough with the motherfuckin’ dance songs, you gotta slow it down.” Time to get all sensual on that dance floor.

janka nabay

Whether you know Janka from the Fojol truck or elsewhere, this DC transplant can put on one of the best dance parties around.