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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, December 2

Vegas with Randolph (CD Release), Jamie & Steve (from “The Spongetones”), The GoAround @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: music that’s been called the “thinking man’s party music”


Short Lives, The Mind Set @ Galaxy Hut

RiYL: fake Polaroids

Tuesday, December 3

Hadag Nahash @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: Chanukah

Hadag Nahash

The Walking Sticks, Pleasure Curses, White Gold with Alex T of Paperhaus, Br’er @ The Dunes

RiYL: twins, laying in the grass

Alarms & Controls, Soccer Team, Talk It @ Black Cat

RiYL: getting CDs for going to shows

Bombino @ The Hamilton

RiYL: members of Ifoghas tribe

The Melodic, Vikesh Kapoor, Bird Courage @ IOTA

RiYL: Latin folk from London


Wednesday, December 4

Jagwar Ma, Fascinator @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: American Apparel

Holograms, TV Ghost @ DC9

RiYL: Stockholm

Intent, New Brigade, Unified, Zoom, Protester @ Casa Fiesta

RiYL: seeing five hardcore bands in two hours, DIY hardcore waffle house flyers


Megadeth, Fear Factory, Nonpoint @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: 80’s hair, trash metal, symphonies of destruction, hating Obama

Never Shout Never (the Xmas Tour), The Downtown Fiction (acoustic) @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: people who have made Bryan of BryanStars cry

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Thursday, December 5

Phantogram, Until The Ribbon Braks, Weeknight @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: bands who write and record in barns


The Walking Sticks @ DC9

RiYL: seeing the same band a second night at a different venue.

Blueheart Revival (featuring Bobby Thompson and Tommy Lepson) @ Gypsy Sally’s

RiYL: being “born out of the emotional desperation”

Blueheart Revival (feat. Bobby Thompson, Tommy Lepson)

Hugh Cornwell, Dot Dash @ Black Cat

RiYL: British people, The Stranglers

Friday, December 6

NOFX @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: Fat Mike, punk


Dark Star Orchestra (continuing the Grateful Dead Experience) @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: Grateful Dead, but not

Dark Star Orchestra


The Riverbreaks, Mission South, The Sea Life @ Black Cat

RiYL: songs written in a Costa Rican jungle


Thee Lolitas, Musicband (ex-Goons), The Brooklyn What, The Sniffs @ The Pinch

RiYL: donation-based shows

Skelliton, Equiknox, Color School @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: French army, snakes

South Rail @ Acre 121

RiYL: hanging out on train tracks


Justin Trawick Trio @ The Hamilton

RiYL: playing under Christmas lights

Legs Like Tree Trunks, Cope Ascetic, The Raised By Wolves @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: feather boas and trombones

Here We Go Magic, Paperhaus @ Paperhaus

RiYL: birthday parties, Paperhaus because it’s their last DC show for awhile


Saturday, December 7

Dark Star Orchestra (continuing the Grateful Dead Experience) @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: another night of not Grateful Dead

Dark Star Orchestra


Anthony Green (Circa Survive), Dave Davison (Maps & Atlases), Psychic Babble @ Ottobar

RiYL: Circa Survive


The Bottom Dollars, The Nuclears, The Mellish @ DC9

RiYL: bands CMJ names as “Professional Sonic Assassins”

Matthew E. White @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: people who say that they’re “Spacebomb”

Nervosas, Pygmy Lush, Priests, Dudes @ the Pinch

RiYL: punk and fried pickles



Vinny Vegas, Beauchene Skulls, Moniker, Bravenoise @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: whales

Fire & the Wheel @ IOTA

RiYL: projections as part of your promo shots

The 9 Songwriter Series @ Black Cat

RiYL: seeing nine singers for $10


Black Masala @ Acre 121

RiYL: gypsy

Sunday, December 8

History Repeated, Sick Sick Birds, (Stop Worrying &) Love the Bomb @ Smash! Records

RiYL: Corn that has been prepared by Kyle Corn and the Baltimore Orioles because that’s what they like

JD Samson & MEN, Ex Hex, Coup Sauvage & the Snips (7″ release show), DJ Dean @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: electronic-feminist-punk

Max Bemis (Say Anything), Matt Pryor (the Get Up Kids / the New Amsterdams), Sherri DuPree Bemis (Eisley), Perma (Max Bemis & Sherri DuPree Bemis), Merriment @ Ottobar

RiYL: Say Anything, husbands and wives playing together


Rock-N-Shop @ Black Cat

RiYLgetting awesome punk Christmas presents, garage sales

Sinister Haze, Corsair, Genocide Pact @ The Pinch

RiYLdoom death metal

Moon Taxi, the Shack Band @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: Nashville, photos that cut people off