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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 25

twenty|one|pilots, Smallpools, Sirah @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: Fueled By Ramen bands

Twenty One Pilots

Caspian, 65DaysOfStatic, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: openers with incredibly long names, bands who let go of feers

The Kin @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: bands who shout things like “This is a musical robbery!”


Richard Campbell’s Frankenstein (a prog-metal rock opera) @ Black Cat

RiYL: weird rock operas

Allen Toussaint @ The Hamilton

RiYL: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame jazz pianists

Tuesday, November 26

MGMT @ DAR Constitution Hall

RiYL: FreeFest 2013 bands whose website I dislike, bands whose bio includes “musical terrorists”

Simone & the Spectrum – Holiday Show and Food Drive – with Starryville and Edy Blu @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: weirdly colored photos, food drives


Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: architects of metal, black t’s

Thundercat @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: bands who don’t want you to take their photo, Indian feathers

Agrimonia, T.O.A.D. (Take Over And Destroy from Phoenix) @ Black Cat

RiYL: dark and heavy Sweden

Amos Lee (Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song tour), Mutlu @ Warner Theatre

RiYL: $58 tickets

Wednesday, November 27

Rob Zombie, Scar the Martyr @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: musicians who are also filmmakers and like to terrify crowds, Dragulas

Rob Zombie

K. Michelle, Sevyn Streeter? @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: Love & Hip Hop K.Michelle

Temples, Myrrh Myrrh @ DC9

RiYL: bands who have never played in the US, vocals that reference The Twilight Zone

Watermelon, Paperhaus, The North Country, Rich Mahogany @ Black Cat

RiYL: bands named after fruit

Owen Danoff @ Kennedy Center

RiYL: twenty-something year olds playing at the Kennedy Center, smiles

Owen Danoff (Uncredited)


Nappy Riddem and ROZ LIDJ @ Tropicalia

RiYL: Dancehall, reggae, gogo




Thursday, November 28

Nhu Loan, Dan Truong, Ngoc Huyen, and more @ Rams Head Center Stage

RiYL: Vietnamese comedy at a casino, it’s Thanksgiving, not a lot is going on

thanksgiving dedicated

Rex Riot, The Clown Prince, Shanti Shree @ DC9

RiYL: not stuffing your face with turkey all day/night


Friday, November 29

Alice Smith @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: amazing singers who opened for Gary Clark Jr.

Brent & Co @ The Hamilton

RiYL: free shows at The Hamilton

Little War Twins, Satro, Ms. Fridrich, The Petticoat Tea Room @ Black Cat

RiYL: bands who provide recipes to make their band

Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour @ Warner Theatre

RiYL: $125 tickets, retro swing

Cane, Dunson, Lyriciss @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: local hip hop at a place that’s called Rock & Roll Hotel

Lady Gaga vs Beyonce vs Rihanna – a Diva dance party with DJ lil’e @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: diva dance parties without Lady Gaga, Beyonce or Rihanna

Lady Gaga vs Beyonce vs Rihanna - a Diva dance party with DJ lil'e

Animal Collective DJ Set @ U Street Music Hall

RiYL: a better DJ set than the thing going on at the 9:30 Club

The Walkmen, DJ Will Eastman and Sunwolf @ Union Market

RiYL: Indie rock, shopping


Afrofunk Dace Party @ Tropicalia

RiYL: Afrofunk, dancing, parties


Saturday, November 30

Brett Eldredge (Bring You Back Tour), The Railers @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: country singers from absolutely non-musical families

 Brett Eldredge: Bring You Back tour

Carnage @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: people who admit to being “a big black guy who loves to rage”


Drop Electric, Me & Karen, Black Hills @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: songs that were accidents, fantastic projected visuals behind a band

Ra Ra Rasputin, PLOY, Bearshark @ DC9

RiYL: DC bands with gyrating fans

Foxes @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: twenty-somethings who like to write happy-sad songs

Thread presents The Walkmen @ Union Market DC

RiYL: bands, designers and art galleries inside a warehouse


Mojo Blues Trio @ DC Brau Brewery

RiYL: Blues, beer


Junior League @ Black Cat

RiYL: Female driven indie pop, Jenny Lewis



HariKaraoke Band @ The Howard Theater

RiYL: Karaoke

Harikaraoke Official_2

Litz @ Area 121

RiYL: Funk, ska


NRIs, Fire and The Wheel @ Iota Club

RiYL: Local music, country rock and roll


Rockers Galore, The Infamous They and Candice Mills

RiYL: Psychadelic blues


Sunday, December 1

Animal Collective, bEEdEEgEE @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: bands who list four different hometowns on Facebook, bands who had exhibits at the Guggenheim Museum

Kelly Rowland, Black Alley @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Destiny’s Child

Spoonboy, Jason Anderson @ Black Cat

RiYL: nice punk rock

Anthony Pirog Trio @ Twins Jazz

RiYL: Janel & Anthony, people who went to Berklee College of Music & NYU


Sansyou @ Marx Cafe

RiYL: “Gravity guitar instrumentals”