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Selections by Alyssa Moody. Philip Chevalier, Stephanie Breijo, Svetlana 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).





Folk laureate John Darnielle is gracing the 930 club this evening. If you bought tickets in advance, you’re in for some anthemic tunage.


My friend texted me the other day saying, “I’m pretty sure that during ‘Take My Hand’ by Charlie XCX, I saw God.” At the time, he was sitting on a plane, still pretty lifted after having smoked hash for the first time the night before. Listen to the song for yourself and prepare for a pretty awesome time tonight @ UHall



The sun-kissed indie-popstress is coming to 930 tomorrow night.

A benefit concert for the Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation. The other two bands are Cairo Fred and Watermelon.

Canadian punk/ska trailblazers The Flatliners (previously seen in DC opening for groups such as Anti-Flag) are headed to the Cat tomorrow night for what is sure to be a high-energy show.


First entering the limelight with a solid run on Making the Band in 2004, Richard has since signed on with Diddy’s label and, reality TV behind her, now has a full-on career worth paying attention to. See her tomorrow at the Hamilton.


Do you remember? The 21st night of September? Me neither. Go see the legendary Earth Wind and Fire tomorrow night at Wolf Trap.



  • Tomahawk @ 9:30 Club

The metal supergroup Tomahawk includes Fantômas, ex-Mr. Bungle, and Faith No More singer/keyboardist Mike Patton. Go see them Wednesday at 930 club.


So, obviously, this is an amazing moniker, right? The producer/DJ’s real name is perhaps even cooler: Orlando Higgenbottom. He’ll be spinning at UHall Wednesday night.


New Zealand doesn’t just produce hilarious comedian musicians like Flight of the Concords; The Bats, hailing from Christchurch, have been rocking the down-down-under since 1982, and are taking their electropop style to DC9 this Wednesday.


Here’s something I didn’t know about Toad the Wet Sprocket: they got their band name from an audio-only Monty Python sketch by Eric Idle, in which he says, “I was trying to think of a name that would be so silly, no one would ever use it, or dream it would ever be used, so I wrote down ‘Toad the Wet Sprocket’”. See them at Bmore Soundstage this Wednesday.


The jam band mantle has been carried most notably since the end of the Grateful Dead most notably by two bands: Phish, and Widespread Panic. See the latter at Wolf Trap this Wednesday night.


You can listen to the jazz stylings of Roy Haynes on NPR, and after doing so you might want to consider dropping by the Hamilton this Wednesday night to check him out.





Dream-pop duo and Baltimore natives Beach House are playing a sold out show at 930 this Thursday.


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)


Things are gonna get pretty damn bassy down in the uninhibited UHall dungeon this Thursday, as this electronic trifecta will be there. Should be an awesome time!


Touring behind their new album Trouble Will Find Me, The National come to Merriweather Post this Thursday. In other National-related news, Game of Thrones was INTENSE last night. The National helped foreshadow what went down (I won’t spoil it, for all you DVR folks) by recording a version of the Lannister Revenge Song that aired after the first episode of this season. The Lannisters send their regards.


These Canadians are headed to the Cat this Thursday. Never heard em? Check out “Graves“. It’s a loud, brash indie jam that is making my dog do ridiculous things as I listen to it and type this.


Mobb Deep will be, well, mobbing pretty deep over at Howard Theatre this Thursday night.


The award winning Mexican duo is bringing their fresh latin sound to the Fillmore this Thursday night.


It’s a good week for all you jam band fans out there. Tea Leaf Green is bringing their heavily improvised style to the Hamilton this week and you should probably go.


  • The Dig EP Release show with Brett and Wheelie @ Beats
    NYC’s the Dig are kicking off their “Tired Hearts” EP release tour at the DIY Beats Venue in DC.  The pristine harmonies, soulful rock melodies and epic bass lines of this indie foursome exhibit themselves in one of the most exciting live acts around.  Topped off with opening performances from DC’s own Brett and Wheelie.  This show will be a treat for any real music fan.



  • Sansyou @ Treehouse Lounge
    Sansyou, Lost Civilizations, and CigarBox Planetarium–three DC Experimental rock bands, one awesome show.



  • Black Girls @ Tropicalia
    Two local bands–Black Girls AND Congo Sanchez hit Tropicalia for an evening of solid party.






You guys, the time has come to get VERY, VERY excited for June 7th when we’re partnering with Capital Pride to throw the official DC pride weekend kick-off party for the 4th year running. Save the date/get tickets


The Australian electro-pop dudes will be at 930 this Friday, and unfortunately for everyone who’s only now hearing about it, it’s sold out.



  • Paperhaus @ R’n’R Hotel
    Paperhouse, Shark Week and The Young Rapids, possibly one of the most exciting DC music lineups of the entire year.  This show is not to be missed


Need we say more? Some jazz in our lovely nation’s capital. Hard to go wrong there.


It can be said that Tony Humphries has left an inerasable impression on the global dance music industry. To date over 300 venues he has gigged worldwide, done over 200 studio remixes, the latest being Janet Jackson’s hit “Together Again”. Throughout tremendous recognition, tons of awards and accolades from his peers, he has remained humble.
Indeed, the man… the music… the legend, Tony Humphries.


California’s agressive punk rock representatives are making it all this way to rock your faces off. Listen to their song “Don’t Turn Away” and go see them at the Cat this Friday night.


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 this Friday.


We reviewed the movie, noting that it “isn’t so much an act of filmmaking as it’s an attempt to curate a grab-bag of collective cultural emotional memories.” Relive the golden age of rock music in person at Wolf Trap this Friday night.






The progressive, howling rock n roll style of Portugal. The Man is hard not to be blown away by in person. They’ll be at 930 Club this Saturday night.

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These three headliners and much, much more (Rupaul drag race anyone???) will be happening next to the Nellies beverage garden this Saturday.


After a wild showing at SXSW this year that received rave reviews that note several jaws dropping in the audience, Reignwolf should be considered by you and yours to be well worth seeing. Make it out to DC9 this Saturday night to do just that.


Make love, not war, this Saturday at RnR hotel.



After helping define the sound of alternative-rock with Hüsker Dü in the ’80s, fronting the power-pop band Sugar in the ‘90s and fusing hard-rock and heavy electronica in his last solo release, Body of Song, in 2005, Bob Mould is now redefining pop music with Blowoff, his collaboration with producer/remixer extraordinaire Richard Morel. (description via Blowoff’s bio page)


Everybody’s favorite unapologetic cover artist is coming to UHall this saturday.


I said it before in this very post, and I’ll say it again: it’s a great week for the jam band readers out there. Infected Mushroom is playing Baltimore Soundstage, so get your tickets now. Spoiler alert: Lotus is playing there the following night.



See how close to the bulls-eye of cuteness these dudes can get this Sunday at the 930 club.

When I saw Seawolf a couple years ago, he passed out percussive instruments to the audience and commenced with a very moving version of “Leaves in the River.”  See what he has in store this Sunday at RnR hotel.


NYC’s rising noisetress Pharmakon is bringing her reputably in-your-face live show to the Black Cat. Curiosity piqued? Check out this rising artist feature on Pitchfork for everything you need to know.


If you have enough energy stored up at this point in the week, good for you. You should most likely check out Lotus, who fall somewhere in the hyphy stratosphere of Bassnector et al.


Check out the hard-edged Jazz stylings of Roy Hargrove this Sunday at the Hamilton.