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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 16

Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball: Miley Cyrus, Austin Mahone, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Jason Drulo, Fifth Harmony, Flo Rida @ Verizon Center

RiYL: twerking, tweens, The Tigger Movie

Show Pony (EP Release Show), Two Inch Astronaut, Amanda Schoepflin @ Galaxy Hut

RiYL: intergalatic parks, astronauts

Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, Ms Mr, NONONO @ Rams Head Live!

RiYL: thinking music is a vessel

Tuesday, December 17

Beartrap, Pure Disgust, Demands @ Smash! Records

RiYL: hardcore in a record store

Margot MacDonald, Janel & Anthony @ Black Cat

RiYL: full band Margot, new albums

Michael Bolton @ Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

RiYL: hanging out with a former “Sexiest Man Alive,” car commercials

Wednesday, December 18

Beyoncé (The Mrs. Carter Tour) @ Verizon Center

RiYL: not taking photos of Beyonce, Beyonce

Funny Moms @ The Wonderland Ballroom

RiYL: Bentzen Ball comedians, Dan from Roseanne

Gordon Chambers @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Grammy-nominated 17-year-old protégées

Humble Fire (album release show), Greenland, Louis Weeks @ DC9

RiYL: electro-folk sorceror melting your face

Moombahton Massive XXXII – Sabo, Uproot Andy, Geko Jones @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: Holiday EDM

Thursday, December 19

Dillon Francis, Anamanguchi, gLAdiator, Pentamon @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: not giving a fuck or Santa

4″ x 6″ East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2013 Opening Reception featuring Boardroom Heroes, Collapser, The Sniffs @ Gypsy Sally’s

RiYL: free punk, photos posted on BYT, dozens of photos by East Coast photographers of East Coast bands

Classixx @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: music school and record label drop outs

Dinosaur Bones @ Living Social

RiYL: supposedly Canada’s best new rock export, mediocre flyers

Holiday Nine Showcase (presented by Listen Local First DC) @ Kennedy Center

RiYL: nine songwriters performing ten holiday songs, tilted heads

Mojo Blues Trio and The DC Brau Holiday Party @ Quarry House

RiYL: alcohol at holiday parties

Paint Branch, More Humans, and Big Hush @ Black Cat

RiYL: Q and Not U, people who played with The Dismemberment Plan at 9:30 Club this year

The Deadmen @ DC9

RiYL: looking like it’s Halloween again

Friday, December 20

Chris Reynolds & His Fantastic Steam Powered Orchestra @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: nothing steam powered in the band, liars

Lenorable, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, Cavale @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: no holiday cheerfulness, cold and dark parties, dark duos

White Ford Bronco @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: hot bowlfuls of “OMG-I-Freakin’-Love-This-Song!!!!!!,” the consistent question of “Why would a band name itself after a car chase that polarized a country?”

Pleasure Curses @ 1719 Lamont St. NW DC

RiYL: house shows, DC synth scene

Saturday, December 21

Scythian @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy

Bookworms (live), Protect-U (live), Beautiful Swimmers (DJ Set) @ U St Music Hall

RiYL:  more holiday parties

Darkest Hour, Pig Destroyer, Black Clouds @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: destroying pigs in darkness

Donna the Buffalo @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Donna

Jonny Grave, Pria Puss, Sara Armour, The North Country @ Black Cat

RiYL: Church Night, the holy sacrament of shots-n-tots communion

Nappy Riddem @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: slogans like “Keep It Nappy”

Sunday, December 22

Amber Bullock @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Black Nativity Christmas

I the Breather @ Empire (formerly Jaxx)

RiYL: “The [band] name stems from God’s allowing of us to breathe; breathing is meaning,” whatever that means

Puff Pieces, Argos @ Galaxy Hut

RiYL: “twice the bass, and literally none of that other stuff”

Todd Wright’s Eleventh Annual Santa [email protected]%! Christmas Spectacular @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: not just typing out “fuck”

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