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Brightest Young Things and Chris Naoum of Listen Local First team up every week to bring you the list of shows you should definitely attend.

Monday, October 28

Disclosure, T. Williams @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: British guys with scary lines drawn on their faces


William Tyler, Janel & Anthony, G.B. Parker @ DC9

RiYL: calming, avant garde noise and folk

Stephen Brackett (Flobots), Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Raul Pancheco (Ozomatli), and Brandon Canty (Fugazi) @ The Hamilton

RiYL: Jail Guitar Doors benefit shows, excellent all-star bands

Jail Guitar Doors USA

Pvre Matrix, Sofia Reta, Fielded, Bernard Herman @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: photos from 2013 that look like they’re from 1983

The Weathervanes @ IOTA Club

RiYL: sitting on the couch with your bros

Tuesday, October 29

Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin @ Lincoln Theatre

RiYL: alternative pop/rock singer-songwriters, fellas that write songs for ladies on Grey’s Anatomy

Matt Nathanson

Frightened Rabbit, Augustines @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: hating the ex that broke your heart, drinking til you’re about to die but don’t actually die

Frightened Rabbit

The Piano Guys @ Birchmere

RiYL: classical covers and originals with piano, department store music

Cults, Sacco, Mood Rings @ Black Cat

RiYL: good stuff from buzz bands, looking like you don’t care but you do care

Tarrus Riley with special guests Dean Fraser & the Black Soil Band @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: wearing ballcaps on an angle

Dowsing, Run Forever, Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Ryan Ford @ The Lab

RiYL: shows with posters that were obviously made by people on drugs

Dan Abh's photo.

We Came as Romans, Silverstein, the Color Morale, Chunk No Captain Chunk,  Dangerkids @ The Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: Warped Tour ’07, teens

Brandon Ables of Presto Bando, Conveyor, Pree @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: good stuff from local bands, beeps and boops

Shark Week’s Halloween Eve Spooktacular @ The Pinch

RiYL: buzz bands, hating on buzz bands, our friends, spooky parties

Wednesday, October 30

Fitz & the Tantrums, Capital Cities, Beat Club @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: “Out of My League,” “Moneygrabber, ” bands with stylists

Crystal Stilts, Zachary Cale @ Black Cat (Backstage)

RiYL: guys leaning against the wall

The Dickies, Dot Dash @ Black Cat (Mainstage)

RiYL: older dudes playing punk, older dudes wearing cow costumes

Neko Case, Shonna Tucker, Eye Candy @ Lincoln Theatre

RiYL: being sad, appreciating truth and beauty, amazing songs of murder and love lost, good things

Neko Case

The Dirty Guv’nahs and the Federal Hillbillies @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: bands that spell Governors Guv’nahs

Mike & Cody Halloween Show @ DC9

RiYL: watching people who met on OK Cupid on their first date

Thursday, October 31

2013 Halloween Circus Outlaw Blues & Country Extravaganza with Sean K Preston & The Loaded Pistols, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray and Jonny Grave & The Tombstones plus Burlesque @ Black Cat

RiYL: fun, costumes, ladies, people shoving nails in their face

Fitz & the Tantrums, Capital Cities, Beat Club @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: a second night of Fitz & the Tantrums

Drake, Miguel, Future @ Verizon Center

RiYL: Canadian teenagers in wheelchairs, crying

Jessie Ware @ Fillmore

RiYL: You got hit by a soul train

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Cypress Hill, Smoke DZA @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: getting high in 1993

The Sea Life, Sun Club @ DC9

RiYL:  not bad local music

Passion Pit, The Joy Formidable @ Echostage

RiYL: future arena rock and/or past-their-prime buzz bands


Psychedelic Brazillian Gypsy Halloween with Alma Tropicalia and Black Masala @ Tropicalia

RiYL: more Halloween

Morrison Brothers Band @ Harp & Fiddle

RiYL: Southern rock from guys that put their hands in their pockets

Blankus Larry, Louis Weeks @ Paperhaus

RiYL: sideburns

U Hell: Ghoul’s Night Out – Gent & Jawns, Obeyah, Hyx & Houston, Rex Riot, Teszero @ U Street Music Hall

RiYL: costume contests and local beer

Friday, November 1

Holy Ghost! @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: the idea of cool

Holy Ghost!

Built to Spill @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: dudes that own worn paperback copies of Kurt Vonnegut novels

Built To Spill

Incognito @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: bands that play in blue lights

King Khan & the Shrines, Hell Shovel, The Ar-Kaics @ Black Cat

RiYL: tall boys of PBR, wearing black band t-shirts

See – I @ National Geographic Museum

RiYL: dreads

Elikeh @ IOTA Club

RiYL: bands that do not give a shit about press photos

Beatles Cover Show @ Acre 121

RiYL: a couple doing Beatles covers, stable 9-5 office jobs

Saturday, November 2

James Blake @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: falling in love with that skinny boy with the sensitive hair and very good dance moves

James Blake

Solange @ Lisner Auditorium

RiYL: Beyonce but way more approachable/fun


The Fratellis, The Ceremonies @ U Street Music Hall

RiYL: band reunions due to one hockey team winning 2 championships in 4 years that use your one hit song after every goal so, like, millions of NHL fans hear it every week for years and now that song is in your head and the band got back together! Go Blackhawks!

Ballyhoo!, Passafire, Feed God Cabbage @ State Theatre

RiYL: dudes with horrible haircuts/facial hair

Black Lips, Subsonics @ Black Cat (Mainstage)

RiYL: more bands with Black in their name


Honest Haloway, Mission South @ The Lot at Union Kitchen

RiYL: guys that cross their arms

Laura Tsaggaris Late Show @ Gypsy Sally’s

RiYL: Instagram photos

Late Show! Laura Tsaggaris

Horse Lords, Janel Leppin and Layne Garrett @ Union Arts

RiYL: last shows

The Highballers @ IOTA Club

RiYL: Americana for nice people with nice jobs

Sunday, November 3

The Pretty Reckless @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: Gossip Girl

Born Ruffians, Twin Peaks @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: bands that you’ll see on summer festival bills in 2014

Albert Hammond Jr., Nightbox @ U Street Music Hall

RiYL: guitar players in The Strokes that abused heroin for years

Federico Aubele and Leif Vollebekk @ DC9

RiYL: good haircuts