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Another week, another slew of shows we want you to go to because they are fantastic. Here we go!

Monday July 29

Plain White T’s with The Wind and The Wave at 9:30 Club

If you don’t know who Plain White T’s are, you probably know their song “Hey There Delilah.” They’ve been around for over a decade, becoming almost a staple in the current pop/rock music scene. If you prefer your rock with a little more pop, then this show is for you.

Plain White T’s RiYL: Jason Mraz, The Script, The Fray

The Wind and The Wave RiYL: The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, River City Extension


Beyonce at the Verizon Center

Do I really need to give you a reason to go to this show? I shouldn’t have to convince you to see the fiercest chick in the game.

Beyonce RiYL: Destiny’s Child, Leona Lewis, Janet Jackson


Sonny Vincent (of the Testors), Hard Dads, and Sick Thoughts at Metro Gallery

If you want to dance and kick and punch stuff, hit up this show, especially since it’s at a small venue where the atmosphere is sure to be intense. All three bands are going to make you head bang and mosh to your little punk ass’s content.

Sonny Vincent RiYL: The Dead Boys, Erazerhead

Hard Dads RiYL: Cramps, Germs, Avengers

Sick Thoughts: RiYL: your favorite lo-fi garage band comprised of teenagers, also Sex Bob-omb

Sandi Thom and Andrew Tufano at Jammin’ Java

Singer-songwriter Sandi Thom sports a guitar and  a pretty voice, perfect for a venue like Jammin’ Java. Don’t expect to dance a whole bunch, just expect pretty music, a quiet night, and two talented artists.

Sandi Thom RiYL: KT Tunstall, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson

Andrew Tufano RiYL: Never Shout Never, The Scene Aesthetic, Owl City

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Priests, Humble Fire, and The Accidentals at Fort Reno

I mean, Fort Reno means free punk rock so that’s attractive by itself. But also, Priests has a badass girl lead singer, Humble Fire also has a badass girl lead singer, and, out of left field, The Accidentals are a well-known acappella group. So it’ll be an eclectic show to say the least, but it’ll be outside and it’ll be great.

Priests RiYL: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart

Humble Fire RiYL: Beach House, Girls

The Accidental RiYL: anything acappella/covers of popular songs sans the instrumentals

Listen Local First Pick: North Country at DC9

Tuesday July 30

Beyonce at the Verizon Center

Do I really need to give you a reason to go to this show? I shouldn’t have to convince you to see the fiercest chick in the game

Beyonce RiYL: Destiny’s Child, Leona Lewis, Janet Jackson

Paul Weller with Matthew Ryan at 9:30 Club

If you’re looking for a more classic rock show, the Paul Weller show is right up your alley. He founded The Jam and has remained a well-known artist since the late 70s. If you’re sick of the generic pop rock scene and yearn for something more, check out Paul Weller.

Paul Weller RiYL: The Clash, The Jam, The Byrds

Matthew Ryan RiYL: Great Northern, Peter and the Wolf, Colin Hay

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Gauntlet Hair with Jackson Scott at Black Cat

Dreamy, druggy, fun music that’ll get you swaying and make you feel like you are in the music, man. Also, Jackson Scott describes himself as a player of apocalypse pop, so that’s pretty cool, too.

Gauntlet Hair RiYL: Animal Collective, Surfer Blood, Yeasayer

Jackson Scott RiYL: Weezer, Deerhunter, Ty Segall


Ted Leo and the Pharmacists with Plurals and Crimson Wave at Ottobar

Some good “ol’ fashioned” alternative rock music, what else needs to be said? It’s fun music that’ll you can dance like an idiot.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists RiYL: Man Man, Plants and Animals, The Thermals

Plurals RiYL: Dinosaur Jr., The Pixies

Crimson Wave RiYL: The Breeders, Sonic Youth, lady bands

Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Sniffs, Nervous Impulse at Fort Reno

More free hardcore/punk rock in the out of doors!

Stop Worry and Love the Bomb RiYL: The Ramones, Ian MacKaye

The Sniffs RiYL: The Ramones, Teengenerate, Angry Samoans

Nervous Impulse: The Goons, Barfight

Listen Local First Pick: The 9 at IOTA

Wednesday July 31

Michael Kiwanuka with Kat Edmonson at 930 Club

He’s a modern singer with a swing/blues/jazz feel. It’s quieter, more low-key music but it’s a break from loud, sweaty concerts. Kat Edmonson has a cute, fairy-like voice that can’t help but make you smile.

Michael Kiwanuka RiYL: Bill Withers, Etta James, She & Him

Kat Edmonson RiYL: Sara Watkins, Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones


Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy with the Murphy Beds at Sixth and I Synagogue

If you like various types of string instruments and the weird shit people can do with them, then you may really want to go to this show. Both groups consist of almost exclusively string instruments, from guitars to mandolins. So that means a quiet, low key show with some cool guitar tricks thrown in.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy RiYL: Bon Iver, Phosphorescent, Vetiver

Murphy Beds RiYL: traditional Irish music

Amit (Live) with Kahn & Neek, and more at U Street Music Hall

So think of the weird dance scene from the second Matrix movie. This show might be something like that without being literally underground. It’s all really intense British dubstep. Which means lots and lots of dancing. And maybe drugs.

AMIT RiYL: Sonic Youth, Joy Division, music that makes you feel mildly uncomfortable

Kahn and Neek RiYL: Kodiak, Synkro


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Big Something, and Tauk at 8×10

Besides their name being fantastic, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are similar to Phish as they are similar to a jam band with some more funk and electronic thrown in there. If you like long jams but don’t want a Phish show, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong might be worth a try.

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong RiYL: Phish, The String Cheese Incident, anything funky

Big Something RiYL: Widespread Panic, Yes, CAKE

Tauk RiYL: Phish, jam bands without any lyrics

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Listen Local First Picks: All Star Jam Session For Mali at Liv Nightclub DC, FarAway EP release at Jammin’ Java

Thursday August 1

O.A.R. with Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone at Merriweather

Y’all know who O.A.R. is as they are called a Maryland staple (they’re from Rockville). It’s roots rock with some reggae and a little jam band thrown in to create a cocktail of great music. Also, Andrew McMahon is the man behind Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate, in case you didn’t know.

O.A.R. RiYL: Third Eye Blind, Barenaked Ladies, Mat Kearney

Andrew McMahon RiYL: Barcelona, The Hush Sound, Carbon Leaf

Allen Stone RiYL: The Format, Dispatch, Citizen Cope


Frank Turner with Ben Marwood and Off with Their Heads at the Fillmore

Turner was once a part of the punk rock band, Million Dead, but now he’s head down a more acoustic/folk/pop sound as a solo artist. You’ve probably heard his song, “Recovery” on the radio. It’s right up your alley if you like poppier music. Off With Their Heads brings Frank Turner back to his punk roots while Ben Marwood is a nod to the acoustic side of Turner’s new music.

Frank Turner RiYL: Ben Folds, We Are Scientists, Manchester Orchestra

Ben Marwood RiYL: Elliot Smith, Death Cab for Cutie

Off with Their Heads RiYL: Dillinger Four, Kid Dynamite

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Schoolboy with Eptic at U Street Music Hall

Dance music that’s a little creepy but you dance to it anyway. What more could you want on a Thursday night?

Schoolboy RiYL: Zomboy, Skrillex

Eptic RiYL: Rabbit Killer, 501, 8-bit


Cris Jacobs at 8×10

You like Jerry Garcia? Well Cris Jacobs is doing a tribute to the Grateful Dead’s front man. Yeah, he isn’t Jerry Garcia, but he’s talented in his own way. What else are you gonna do on a Thursday?

Cris Jacobs RiYL: Further, The Wood Brothers

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Under The Influence Of Music Tour: Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky & More at Jiffy Lube Live

Lots of hip-hop, lots of booty, lots of other things that may or may not be legal. Sounds like a good time, right?

Wiz Khalifa RiYL: Young Money, DJ Khaled

A$AP Rocky RiYL: The Weeknd, Busta Rhymes


Listen Local First Picks: Glow Sessions at the Heurich House, Tiffany Thompson Trio and Justin Trawick at DC9, Lindsey Buckingham Palace and Black Checker at Velvet Lounge

Friday August 2

Mad Decent Block Party with Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Flosstradamus, and more at Merriweather, NOW WITH U HALL BBQ STAGE!

If you like dancing to music that involves a lot of machines, hit up the Made Decent Block Party. It’ll have some of the best hip-hop/dance/electronic artists all over the lawn.

Major Lazer RiYL: M.I.A., Public Enemy, Flight Facilities

Zeds Dead RiYL: Bassnectar, Rusko

Flosstradamus RiYL: Zeds Dead, deadmau5


Robert Randolph and the Family Band with Tauk at 930 Club

What don’t Robert Randolph and the Family Band have? They’re a fusion of country, blues, gospel, and just about anything that’ll get their audience dancing. Their opening act, Tauk, is a little more mellow and a little more like a jam band.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band RiYL: The Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveller, Dave Matthews

Tauk RiYL: Phish, jam bands without any lyrics


Lil Wayne at the Verizon Center

The prince of auto-tuning is coming to the Verizon Center. You probably know all about the pot-smoking, gun-toting, hip-hop star Lil’ Wayne so he needs no introduction. You either love him or you hate him. Either way you probably know all the words to his most popular tracks.

Lil Wayne RiYLK: Lil’ John, T-Pain, J. Cole

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Corey Smith with Logan Mize at Rams Head Live

Admittedly there isn’t a lot of country music on this list but now there is! Country music for you country folk.

Corey Smith RiYL: Montgomery Gentry, Tracy Byrd, Josh Turner

Logan Mize RiYL: Outshyne, Kevin Fowler, Brad Paisley

Summer Slaughter Tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan at The Fillmore

A show with the word “slaughter” in the title is a little off-putting, but hey, maybe you all have bigger balls than I do. Get ready to mosh and break some skulls.

The Dillinger Escape Plan RiYL: Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me

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Listen Local First Picks: 2 Days of Local and Improvisational Hot Hazy Noise and Music at Dog Days Fest at the Union Art Space, MUSTOCK 2013 in Lignum VA, DC Music Download presents: Brett, The Silver Liners, Ra Ra Rasputin and Honest Holloway at the Rock & Roll Hotel

Saturday August 3

Summer Spirit Festival with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, and more with special guest host Mike Epps at Merriweather

Calling all R&B fans. If you’re looking for a show/festival full of soul, check out the Summer Spirit Festival.

D’Angelo RiYL: The Isley Brothers, The O’Jays, Al Green

Erykah Badu RiYL: Janelle Monae, Rick James, Aretha Franklin

Busta Rhymes RiYL: Eve, LL Cool J, Will Smith

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Melvins with Honky at 930 Club

You a punk rock kid/adult/kid adult? You gonna like Melvins (and Honky). They’ve been around awhile and continue to deliver their heavy, punk rock sound. Honky isn’t so heavy/punk rock/bass-orientated so they sound more like a classic rock band (I’m thinking a little Lynrd Skynrd with less country).

Melvins RiYLK: Black Flag, Minor Threat, Electric Wizard

Honky RiYLK: Dwarves, Asteroid, Mondo Generator

Carbon Leaf with Jenn Grinels at Rams Head Live

They’re another D.C. area staple so that’s a good sign. They’re described as a band with Celtic influence, which you can definitely hear, so if you’re looking for something similar to Flogging Molly without the screaming, check them out.

Carbon Leaf RiYL: Dispatch, Dave Matthews, Nickel Creek

Jenn Grinels RiYL: The Whiffenpoofs, Chelsea Williams

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Big Something and Moogatu at Jammin’ Java

They open for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong earlier in the week, and then they get the spotlight on the weekend. Not too shabby. Like I said before, they’re a funky jam band, what’s not to love? Also, if Moogatu doesn’t make at least one Zoolander reference, I will be very upset.

Big Something RiYL: Widespread Panic, Yes, CAKE

Moogatu RiYL: Umphrey’s McGee, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead

Freeform Radio, Company Calls, and Wojcik at Comet Ping Pong

Bluesy rock trio, post-punk girl band, and a girl on the ukulele. That string of words describes the show at Comet Ping Pong. It has a little something for everyone in a rad venue.

Freeform Radio RiYL: Jack White, Modest Mouse, The Black Keys

Company Calls RiYL: The Cute, Tune-Yards

Wojcik RiYL: White Stripes, The Dresden Dolls, Bright Eyes

Listen Local First Picks: Sea Life and other favorites at Paperhaus, B Side Shuffle at Velvet Lounge

Sunday August 4

Ducktails with Hubble at The Black Cat

When Matt Mondanile isn’t busy being part of the indie band Real Estate, he’s being the brains and manpower behind Ducktails. This band is full of saxophones, synthesizers, and fun indie pop music.

Ducktails RiYL: Atlas Sound, Kurt Vile, The Sea and Cake

Hubble RiYL: L.A. Vampires, Oval


Kris Kristofferson at Rams Head OnStage

Country legend with coolest name in the industry is coming to the tiny Annapolis Rams Head stage. If you like quiet, intimate shows where you can also eat delicious food, this show is a pretty good choice.

Kris Kristofferson RiYL: Hank Williams, Willie Nelson

AJ Smith with Mikki Hommel at Jammin’ Java

Award-winning Australian rock/pop star AJ Smith is like a pop version of Mumford & Sons. It’s not really acoustic or folky, but there are banjos and acoustic guitars on top of pop instrumentals. It sounds weird and contradictory but I promise it works. Hommel spices things up with some soulful singing.

AJ Smith RiYL: Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, One Republic

Mikki Hommel RiYL: Etta James, Adele, Eric Hutchinson

Dick Dale at Birchmere

That song at the beginning of Pulp Fiction? Yeah, that one? Miserlou? Dick Dale wrote that. He’s “King of Surf Rock” and he’s still playing music even though he’s old. So you should see this bad ass on stage.

Dick Dale RiYL: The Inkspots, Johnny Winter, surfing

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Listen Local First Pick: Loose Lips Reunion w/ Dance for the Dying at Velvet Lounge