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Have some shows to get real excited for this week (there are a lot, don’t worry).

Monday August 5

The Lost Dogs with Jason Harrod @ Jammin’ Java

The Lost Dogs RiYL: The Violet Burnings, Waterdeep

Jason Harrod RiYL: The Greencards, The Steel Wheels, Trent Wagler


Viking Moses, Landing, Kuschty Rye Ergot @ Galaxy Hut

Viking Moses RiYL: Devendra Banharts, Neutral Milk Hotel, weird folk music

Landing RiYL: dreamy synth rock

Kuschty Rye Ergot RiYL: Psychedelic rock, weird

viking moses

Steel Magnolias vs. Waiting Exhale: A Lip-Synched Mash Up Musical @Howard Theatre

RiYL: “Steel Magnolias,” “Waiting To Exhale,” karaoke, drag shows


Listen Local First Pick

The 9 Songwriter Series Show @ Blues Alley

Tuesday August 6

Beres Hammond @ Rams Head Live

Beres Hammond RiYL: Reggae, Sanchez, Luciano


Alive & Aware: Benefit Concert for To Write Love on Her Arms ft. Lakeview

RiYL: Pop punk and dudes with long hair


Under the Sun Tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball @ Wolftrap

Smash Mouth RiYL: the 90s

Sugar Ray RiYL: Third Eye Blind, Everclear

Gin Blossoms RiYL: Better Than Ezra, Collective Soul, Blues Traveler

Vertical Horizon RiYL: Fuel, Hootie and the Blowfish

Fastball RiYL: The Verve Pipeline, see above

under the sun

He Is Legend, The Life Review, Octaves, Good Morning Tides, and Guests @ Ottobar

RiYL: Norma Jean, Between the Buried and Me, mosh pits, screaming

he is legend

Black August ft. Dead Prez, Maimouna Youssef, Martin Luther, Gods’illa, and Farafina Kan @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: politically charged yet catchy hip-hop


Wednesday August 7

Beth Orton with Dawn Landes @ 9:30 Club

Beth Orton RiYL: Joni Mitchell, The Zombies

Dawn Landes RiYL: Indie rock, singer/songwriters, Regina Spektor, glockenspiels

beth orton

Jessie Ware with Sam Smith @ Rams Head Live

Jessie Ware RiYL: Santigold, Janelle Monáe

Sam Smith RiYL: Mikky Ekko, Clean Bandit

jessie ware

Ugly Purple Sweater, Royal Forest & The North Country @ The Paperhaus!

RiYL: The Decembrists, solo Ted Leo, house shows

The Idle Gossip, Atlantic Thrills, Assless Chaps @ Metro Gallery

RiYL: Local punk music


Eric Johnson and Mike Stern @ Howard Theatre

Eric Johnson RiYL: sick guitar solos, Asia, Cheap Trick

Mike Stern RiYL: Blood, Sweat, & Tears, sweet saxophones


Thursday August 8

Keith Urban with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch @ Merriweather

Keith RiYL: Martina McBride, Lonestar

Little Big Town RiYL: Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Trace Adkins

Dustin Lynch RiYL: See above


The Mantras with Stomp Status and Aarodynamics @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: Umphrey’s McGee, Particle, funk, jazzy jams


May Tabol, Andrew Grossman, Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Josue of Paperhaus @ Mad Momos

RiYL: DC indie rock

may tabol

Peter Frampton, B.B. King, and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds @ Pier Six Pavilion

Peter Frampton RiYL: Paul McCartney, The Doobie Brothers, Bread

B.B. King RiYL: Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong

Roger McGuinn RiYL: The Byrds, Donovan

Peter+FramptonGispy Kings @ Wolftrap

RiYL: Buena Vista Social Club, Sergio Mendes

gipsy kings

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Sterling Sisters, and Barbelith @ Ottobar

RiYL: Weird yet awesome country/punk fusion music


Listen Local First Pick

Friday August 9

MH & His Orchestra with Paperhaus and Atoka Chase @ 9:30 Club

MH & His Orchestra RiYL: Electronic funk with some violins

Paperhaus RiYL: quiet indie pop

Atoka Chase RiYL: banjos

Budweiser Made In Baltimore Party ft. Savoy @ Rams Head Live

RiYL: Lots of dancing and booty-shakin’

Drivin’ N Cryin’ with Country Mice and Grand Revial @ Jammin’ Java

Drivin’ N Cryin’ RiYL: The Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin

Country Mice RiYL: Neil Young, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth

Grand Revival RiYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Freddie Mercury

drivin and crying

OneRepublic with Mayer Hawthorne and Serena Ryder @ Pier Six Pavilion

OneRepublic RiYL: Cobra Starship, The GooGoo Dolls

Mayer Hawthorne RiYL: She & Him, the bird and the bee

Serena Ryder RiYL: Tegan and Sara, Adele, Griffin House


Don McLean with Judy Collins @ Wolftrap

RiYL: singer/songwriters, American Pie


Story League @ Black Cat

This isn’t necessarily a rock show but it showcases both singing and story-telling. The best of both worlds.

RiYL: This American Life, The Moth, RISK!


Stooges Brass Band with special guest The Good Thing @ Artisphere

RiYL: Soul, big New Orleans bands, jazzy funk


Listen Local First Picks

Doah Fest – an eclectic mix of local and VA musicians perform on a beautiful farm in Luray VA for the weekend
Reginald Cyntje’s Love Album Release @ Twins Jazz

Saturday August 10

The Killers with The Virgins @ Merriweather

The Killers RiYL: La Roux, The Verve, The Kooks

The Virgins RiYL: Phoenix, Peter Bjorn and John, The Submarines

the killers

EL-P & Killer Mike with Kool A.D. @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: angry hip-hop, Gold Panda, Madlib


Bit Gen Gamer Fest @ Rams Head Live

RiYL: video games, 8-bit music

bit gen

Believe in Music Benefit ft. Dark Star Orchestra and The Bridge @ Pier Six Pavilion

RiYL: The Grateful Dead, Phish, jam bands


Lush Farm Album Release Party with The New Media and Goat @ Ottobar

RiYL: Muse, Temper Trap, good local music

Listen Local First Pick

Andy Zipf and Wendell Kimbrough @ Iota Club

Sunday August 11

Jimmy Eat World with Royal Bangs @ 9:30 Club

Jimmy Eat World RiYL: your teenage angst, Dashboard Confessional, Third Eye Blind

Roya Bangs RiYL: The Unicorns, Wolf Parade


Speedy Ortiz, Soccer Team, and Two Inch Astronaut @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: post-punk, local alternative

speedy ortiz

Hunx & His Punx, Chain and the Gang, Hunters, and Thee Lolitas @ Ottobar

RiYL: Riot grrls, angry punk, The Misfits

hunx punx

Slightly Stoopid & Atmosphere with Tribal Seeds @ Pier Six Pavilion

RiYL: 311, Rebelution, Sublime