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

Monday, February 3

Charlotte Martin @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: special Lotto giveaways for buying a ticket


Chimaira, IWrestledABearOnce, Oceano, Fit for an Autopsy, Reflections, Tortile @ Empire

RiYL: Greek mythology, heavy metal

Tuesday, February 4

The Wild Feathers, Saints of Valory, Jamestown Revival @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: modern rock & roll, laced with nostalgia, built for the new millennium (Willennium -ed)

Cities Aviv, Mind Dynamics, Fainting Spells @ DC9

RiYL: Memphis rap

The Hotelier, osoosooso (JD from State Lines), Wish List @ CD Cellar

RiYL: Anthemic punk, not being an idiot

Stereo Sleep, Crunk Witch, Company Calls, Electric Grandmother @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: suiting up and shipping out

Wednesday, February 5

Yuna @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: rising from DIY to international stardom

Darkside, High Water @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: not knowing what kind of record you’re making

Darkside- Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington Live scenography by Children of the Light

Mutual Benefit, Teen Mom @ Black Cat

RiYL: acting different in different cities and different people

Young & Sick, Brenda, Black Girls @ DC9

RiYL: wondering what hides within a lie

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A Place In Time, Liotta, The Good Fight, Red Light Distraction @ The Lab

RiYL: no jerks at shows

Thursday, February 6

Lord Huron @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: musical and visual projects

Lord Huron

Bass Drum of Death @ Black Cat

RiYL: “Fast, fuzzed-out, and full of bad attitude”

Catscan!, Ghost Hotel, Tarfu, Technicians @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: being Batman, “Jackie Chan”

Drowners, Big Air @ DC9

RiYL: thinking New York feels like home

The Ringers featuring Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock, Etienne Mbappe, and Gary Novak @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: super group of Rock, Funk, Jazz, Blues and African

Alex Tebeleff and Sam McCormally @ Mellow Mushroom

RiYL: being alone and then together

Friday, February 7

Railroad Earth @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: “souped-up string band”

Railroad Earth

Pissed Jeans, Purling Hiss, Priests @ Black Cat

RiYL: ice skating to punk

Pleasure Curses @ Wonderland Ballroom

RiYL: Pleasure, cursing, high quality production of 80s inspired synth-based dance rock


Jake Starr & the Delicious Fullness, The Lonely Teardrops, The Ubangis, Monsters From the Surf @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: bands described as “Jungle Sex Music For Teenage Cave People”

Karmin @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: bands best known for covers on Youtube

The 9 Songwriter Series @ Ebenezers Coffeehouse

RiYL: almost 30 songs by nine artists in one night

The 9 Songwriter Series

Copstabber, The Screws, The Culper Ring, Holdfast @ Fat Tuesday’s

RiYL: bands whose members include “Copstabber Dave” and “Matt Stabber”

Playground Etiquette @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: people who just sold out Metro Gallery

Playground Etiquette

Saturday, February 8

Holy Ghost! (DJ set) @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: bands being DJs for a night

San Fermin, Son Lux @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: people who studied music at Yale

The Walking Sticks, How To Be Topp, America Hearts, Klauss @ The Dunes

RiYL: cuddling up in a blanket

Collapser, American Television, Atlas At Last, Light Arms @ The Pinch

RiYL: whiskey, minutes of indie bursts


Kill Lincoln, Aspiga, May Weather, Thirteen Towers, Accidents @ Empire

RiYL: shows that had drama on Facebook, fantastic ska punk

Kill Lincoln

Sirsy, Shane Hines @ IOTA Club & Café

RiYL: bad/good Photoshop jobs

Sun Club @ Metro Gallery

RiYL: bands who just played 9:30 and didn’t know how to pronounce the headlining band’s name

Transmissions curated by Patrick Noecker (aka RAFT and formerly of Liars and These Are Powers) featuring drones by Amanda Kleinman, Deena OH, Doug Kallmeyer, Elise Pierre, Erick Jackson, Jasmine Cherhrazi, Marian McLaughlin, Milena Aradski, Norm Veenstra, Ted Zook, The Grey A. @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: holding notes for an hour straight

The B Side Shuffle @ Tropicalia

RiYL: album releases, DC funk/rock/reggae powerhouse

Sunday, February 9

Ms. Lauryn Hill @ Lincoln Theatre

RiYL: paying $75-125 tickets to see Lauryn Hill when just missed her at 9:30

The Murder City Devils @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: garage punk from the 90’s

Regents, J. Robbins, Des Ark, Title Tracks @ DC9

RiYL: DC9 celebrating ten years, hardcore