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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 9

Matisyahu’s Festival of Light @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: everything in life, especially music, exists in mixtures and blends, shaving your beard

Matisyahu's "Festival of Light�

Audio Push, Luke Christopher, Major Van Winkle @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: people with “the swagger of elder statesmen”

MUNDAY Launch Party @ Tropicalia

RiYL: journeys through space and time

Perfect Pussy, Fell Types (last show), Jail Solidarity @ Black Cat

RiYL: Fell Types,  the band name Perfect Pussy

Panic! at the Disco, Hellogoodbye, The Colourist @ Rams Head Live! (Baltimore)

RiYL: closing the goddamn door

Panic! At The Disco


Tuesday, December 10

The Hives @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: having an unbelievably long bio on your 9:30 Club’s event listing

The Hives

The 19th Street Band @ Hill Country Live

RiYL: classically trained Celtic and Country musicians

The 19th Street Band

Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra – Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite @ Blues Alley

RiYL: sold out shows with trombones

Norma Jean @ Empire

RiYL: Southern Metalcore

Wednesday, December 11

Lupe Fiasco @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: people who ride camels, drive Ferraris and then have an impact in hip-hop community

Billy Woodward @ DC9

RiYL: people who perform on Broadway

Muscle Worship, Mittenfields, Static Scene @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: horrible photos of your band

The Raised by Wolves @ Dupont Circle

RiYL: riding bikes

The Church Night Holiday Bazar @ Wonderland Ballroom

RiYL: intoxicated Christmas shopping

The Ar-Kaics @ Black Cat

RiYL: Chris Naoum’s taste in music, garage pop

Thursday, December 12

Ghost Beach (live) @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: stealing photos of MTV’s Instagram

Bad People, Ramones tribute (3/4 of Coke Bust + James HY), $40 Fuschia, Straight Lace @ Smash! Records

RiYL: last minute shows at record stores, Ramones covers

Jimmy Eat World @ Rams Head Live! (Baltimore)

RiYL: “Whoa,oh,oh,oh,oh,oh” and “Ah,oh,oh,oh,oh,oh”

Jimmy Eat World

Run DMT @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: not trying to get confused with Run DMC,  trap from Austin

Wild Child @ Black Cat

RiYL: gypsy music from Austin about love and heartbreak

Heavy Breathing, The Jet Age,  Tereau Tereau @ Tropicalia

RiYL: supporting local rock curated by local people


The Cowards Choir, Lowland Hum @ Sixth & I

RiYL: North Carolina folk music

Jonny Grave @ The Dunes

RiYL: good music, whiskey, stories

Friday, December 13

Flosstradamus @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: three hour DJ sets


Goblin @ 9:30 Club

RiYL:  Italian soundtracks


Crankin’ Christmas with the Chuck Brown All-Star Band @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: the holidays and Christmas music

Chain & the Gang, Guerilla Toss, Blanche Blanche Blanche @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: “Down with liberty!… Up with chains!”

Knuckleberry Finn, Myrrh Myrrh, Jack Nicholson, Atlas At Last @ Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center

RiYL: $3, emo champions

Carolyn Crysdale @ Ebenezers Coffeehouse

RiYL: Carolyn Crysdale because you won’t see her for the rest of the year

Carolyn Crysdale's photo.

Ginuwine @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: “the ’90s heyday of hip-hop soul”

Flashband Class of 13’ Reunion Show @ Zeba Bar

RiYL: musician speed-dating

Mix 106.5’s Mistletoe Meltdown – The Plain White T’s, Avril Lavigne, Gavin DeGraw, Sara Bareilles, Backstreet Boys @ SECU Arena at Towson University

RiYL: remembering the early 2000’s

Andrew Grossman & The Man and Who Needs a Pulse @ Paperhaus

RiYL: The North Country, house shows


Saturday, December 14

The Pietasters, Big D & the Kids Table, Kill Lincoln @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: local punk/ska, pies, shows you could have seen in Winchester last month but without Big D & The Kids Table

The Pietasters

Ja Rule @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: thinking you can’t lie to yourself in the mirror

Bilal @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Philly jazz, soul and hip-hop artists

Benoit & Sergio, Bicep, DJ NAV @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: open letter dance jams

Upshur Holiday Street Art and Holiday Craft Fair (11am – 4pm) @ 800 block of Upshur Street NW

RiYL: getting your Christmas presents at a craft fair

AG/LG, Alex Tebeleff, Go Cozy @ The Dunes

RiYL: Holiday parties, festivus of 2013

B Side Shuffle and Big Country Express @ DC9

RiYL: Album releases, old school funk

Sunday, December 15

Ms. Lauryn Hill @ 9:30 Club

RiYL“Doo-Wop,” “Killing Me Softly”

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Diarrhea Planet @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: people who want to “make every living guitar hero cry out of joy and/or despair”

Brazos @ DC9

RiYL: staring at walls of products

Andrew Dice Clay @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: comedy at the Fillmore, people who sold out Madison Square Garden

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