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Not to be a Debbie-downer, but summer is coming to a close. That gives you an excuse to go to all of the great shows happening this week.

Monday, August 19

Howard Jones @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Freddie Goes to Hollywood, synth-pop

Cake and Calculus, Soft Punch @ Galaxy Hut

RiYL: bands with cool names, local indie rock

The Mavins, Ghost Hotel, Jon Books @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: saxphones, music that reminds you on the 80s

Dream Oven Delafiesta featuring the music of David Klinger and Johnny Fantastic @ Hotel DR International

Cabaret, story-telling, live music, and more. I mean honestly, what more could you want?

Tuesday, August 20

Carolyn Wonderland @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: blue grass, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan

We The Kings with Breathe Carolina, T. Mills, The Ready Set, Like the Movies @ Rams Head Live

RiYL: pop punk, All Time Low

Black Kids with k i d s @ DC9

RiYL: Hot Hot Heat, Chromeo, The Black Ghosts

The Sword, Castle, American Sharks, and Asthma Castle @ Ottobar

RiYL: heavy metal

Wednesday, August 21

Turquoise Jeep @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Flint Flossy, ridiculous rap music about nonsense

The Coathangers, Slow Jerks, and Wet Brain @ Ottobar

RiYL: heavy rock band made up of all girls

Lexie Hayden, Adam Bruno, Drew Stevyns, Eli Staples @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: generic country-like music

Thursday, August 22

Mike and Cody with Basement Batman and Average White DJ @ DC9

RiYL: Daft Punk, of Montreal, Radiohead

This September, The Garden, Hybrid Baby, Sung for Streetlights @ Ottobar

RiYL: a funky combo of jazz, rock, and punk

Albert Lee with Forward Motion @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, R&B guitar

The Chuck Brown Birthday Bash ft. The Chuck Brown All Star Band @ Howard Theatre


 Friday, August 23

No Scrubs 90s Dance Party with DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion @ 9:30 Club

Get your groove on to your favorite 90s jams, whether it be TLC or Spice Girls.

RiYL: the 90s

No Scrubs - '90s Dance Party with DJs Will Eastman & Brian Billion

The Prince and Micheal Jackson Experience @ Howard Theatre

A dance party dedicated to two kings of pop music.

RiYL: Michael Jackson, Prince, fun


Mid-Atlantic Band Battle Finals @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: local bands battlin’ for cash money


Cherry Tree @ The Rock’n’Roll Hotel

RiYL: Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath

The Deadmen @ IOTA

RiYL: revival, Justin Jones, Brandon Butler

Gramophonic @ Acre 121

RiYL: Americana, folk, blues

Saturday, August 24

GOODIE MOB: CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, and T-Mo @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: Southern hip-hop, Outkast

GOODIE MOB: CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, & T-Mo

Iration with Through the Roots, Fortunate Youth, Micah Brown @ U Street Music Hall

RiYL: alternative/reggae, Rebelution

Iration�s Automatic Tour

Soft Metals, Pleasure Curese, Motion Lines @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: lots and lots of dark synth pop

Candice Mills Project with Gordon Sterling and Colin Thompson Band @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: local funk


Kicking Spit, Mobius Strip, Joy Buttons, Aloners @ Casa Fiesta

RiYL: DC rock/punk, Mexican food

Megaphone Barons Record Release Party @ DC9

RiYL: United Royalty, local D.C. music that is great

Black Checker with The Fed and Southern Problems @ The Pinch

RiYL: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Replacements, Green Day

Spades @ The Rock’N’Roll Hotel

RiYL: beautiful, beautiful blues

Rich Morel’s Hot Sauce @ The Black Cat

RiYL: DJ sets a.k.a. techno/electronic/house/etc

Luray with Kindlewood @ Sixth and I Synagogue

RiYL: banjos, Bon Iver, music you’d listen to in a cabin in the mountains

Sunday, August 25

North County, Miniboone @ Galaxy Hut

RiYL: bands with violins, indie-folk

Diarrhea Planet with The So So Glos, Big Christ, Skull Theft @ Metro Gallery

RiYL: drunken pop rock

Green River Ordinance “Chasing Down the Wind” Release Show @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: Graham Colton, Jason Reeves, The Icarus Account


The Archives @ Luce Unplugged

Luce Unplugged invites local musicians to perform after art talks. The Archives will play reggae influence by dancehall music.

RiYL: ART, reggae, dancehall

Pree, Plastic Visions, and Bad Cop @ The Paperhaus

RiYL: cool indie/electronic/folk nonsense