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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, November 4

The Head & the Heart, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Quiet Life @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: sold out 9:30 Club shows, acoustic folk, Americana, and pop

The Head and The Heart

Braids, Hundred Water, Kodak to Graph @ DC9

RiYL: Canadians, experimental pop

Barenaked Ladies, Whitehorse @ Lincoln Theatre

RiYL: bands I forgot existed, Canadians, one week

Barenaked Ladies

Melt Banana, Brain Tentacles, Mutwawa @ Black Cat (Backstage)

RiYL: Asians, Punk Tokyo, Noise Fest, songtitles like “We Love Choco-Pa!” and “Frog Swims The River Down Giggling”

Tuesday, November 5

Ani DiFranco, Melissa Ferrick and Buddy Wakefield @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: singer-songwriters, folk punk

Ani DiFranco

Big D & the Kids Table, Red City Radio, Thirteen Towers, May Weather, Sweat Life, Stone Age [email protected] Empire

RiYL: Boston ska bands from the 90’s, strict DIY

Jenny Hval, Kirin J Callinan @ DC9

RiYL: famous in Norway, us

Tim Kasher, Laura Stevenson, Des Ark @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL:ruminative rock/pop, opening bands who play backwoods hippy stuff that is profane and vulgar

Gungor (I Am Mountain tour) @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: bands with “concept albums that celebrate the beauty of life even in the midst of darkness and pain

GAG, Misled Youth, Protester, Pure Disgust @ The Dougout

RiYL: HXC punk, basement shows with rules

Wednesday, November 6

Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: electro-r&b goth-pop, bands with good names


Albino Rhino, Dr. Spinlove, Penguin Gentry @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: rock, blues, funk, bad band names

And So I Watch You From Afar, TTNG, Mylets @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: tropical guitar pop, trumpets, a flute melody, guitar riffs

Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Five Iron Frenzy @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: ska band that’s been around forever (or 20 years)

Taking Back Sunday, Polar Bear Club, Transit @ Rams Head Live!

RiYL: Not Adam Lazzara because he won’t be there, bands where basically everyone was in that band, Tell All Your Friends

Communion Presents @ Black Cat

RiYL: DC Folk

First Wednesdays with Flo w/Angela Pine & Jud Lawrence @ Chief Ike’s

RiYL: free live local music, bad smells

Alison Carney @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: lips, people who performed at Capital Fringe

Thursday, November 7

J. Roddy Walston & the Business, No BS! Brass Band @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: bands that name albums after nervous-system disorders, Southern rock, Tennessee bands moving to Baltimore

J. Roddy Walston and The Business

Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lee DeWyze @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: bands that broke up in the 90’s, melodic modern rock

Toad The Wet Sprocket

Dieselboy, Rad, Level-one @ U Street Music Hall

RiYL: dubstep

Everyone Orchestra ft. John Kadlecik of Further, Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), and special guests @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: bands who I don’t understand on one stage

Electric Grandmother, Catscan!, Goddamnit, Matty Rockville @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: Instagramed collage photos

New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: 90’s pop punk, one good band and one bad band

Listen Local First presents The Morrison Brothers Band @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

RiYL: free local music at the Kennedy Center

The Green, Lucky Dub @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: Hawaiian Reggae, horrible flyers

Friday, November 8

Leftover Salmon, Swear & Shake @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: bands who have been around for over 25 years, bands who take indefinite hiatus, bands who keep changing line ups

Leftover Salmon

The Blow and Love Inks @ Black Cat

RiYL:bands that play music based off their dreams, probably a weird time

Grouplove, The Knocks, Saints of Valory @ American University

RiYL: Grouplove and didn’t get tickets to their two sold out shows in October


Lily & Madeleine, Margot MacDonald @ IOTA Club & Cafe

RiYL: all female shows, not bad shows in Arlington

Pacman & Peso, DJ 2Coat$ @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: rappers that want to film videos in North Korea for fame

Justin Jones @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: electrified country and roots-rock

Saturday, November 2

Lotus, Cosby Sweater @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: music that doesn’t do it for me


Paramore, Metric, Hellogoodbye @ Patriot Center

RiYL: Hayley Williams, red hair, skinny jeans


Rock Harvest II 2013 @ House of Rock

RiYL: rock bands who sound familiar and then don’t

Mt Pleasant House Concert with Ballad’ve, Harris Face, Elena Los Furlanos

RiYL: house shows in Mt. Pleasant where you have to ask for the address

Sunday, November 10

Lotus, Up Until Now @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: a second night of a band I’ll never see


Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Patriot Center

RiYL: screaming “Free Bird” at shows

Redline Graffiti @ The Dunes

RiYL: drink specials, screenprinting, free afterparties

Timeflies @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: dubstep from Boston, another show I probably won’t attend

Sam McCormally, Letitia Van Sant @ Luce Foundation

RiYL: solo sets in art museums.