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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. It’s Christmas week so you should probably stay home with your family, but you know, the few shows this week are more important.

Monday, December 23

Raheem DeVaughn @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: the idea that love makes the world goes around

Spank Rock, Tittsworth, Dope Body, the Death Set, and Ami Dang, with DJ sets from Dirtyfinger, Baby Eagle, DJ Dad Weed, and Adam Gonzo @ Ottobar

RiYL: getting drunk enough for this to seem like a good reason to go to Baltimore

Tuesday, December 24

Good For the Jews featuring Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: Jewish hipsters


Wednesday, December 25

All-Star Christmas Day Jam: Chuck Redd (host/vibraphone), Robert Redd (piano), Lenny Robinson (drums), Tom Williams (trumpet), James King (bass), and Delores Williams (vocals) @ Kennedy Center

RiYL: traditions, jazz

Super bob (Christmas show) @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: avoiding your family on Christmas


Thursday, December 26

Clutch @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: going to the 9:30 Club for the first time in a four days, good riffs


Corey Smith @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: being a world history teacher and then playing Country music

Fall Seattle, Emma, A Marc Train Home @ DC9

RiYL: redneck Reston, Virginia

Sarah Vaughan featuring Indigo Love @ Blues Alley

RiYL: not Sarah Vaughan


The Slide Brothers @ Gypsy Sally’s

RiYL: “the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition” according to their bio on Gypsy Sally’s, drummers on drum risers

Supreme Commander, History Repeated, BSR, and Music Band @ Black Cat

RiYL: taking photos in the shower, people who also do house shows in McLean

Zedd @ Echostage

RiYL: “Clarity”

Friday, December 27

Gogol Bordello, Man Man @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: being a total outsider, handlebar mustaches

Gogol Bordello

Hardwell @ Echostage

RiYL: people who don’t come to DC often

Hardwell at Echostage

Common @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: “lyrical tyrants,” Kanye, Lupe

American Pink Floyd Symphonic Spectacular: recreating music from The Wall with the Washington DC Temple Orchestra @ the Hamilton

RiYL: tribute bands, not Pink Floyd

Mykki Blanco, DJ Larry B, Boychild, T.E.A.M.S. @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: not giving a fuck about gender or labels, getting it

Saturday, December 28

Alesso @ Echostage

RiYL: neon clothes, bass

alesso washington dc 2013

Gogol Bordello, Man Man @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: two nights of being an outsider, all smells, purple

Lucky Dub, Justin Trawick Group, Margot MacDonald @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: DC melting pots

Tennis System @ DC9

RiYL: people from DC who moved to LA

Sunday, December 29

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, London Souls, The Funk Ark @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: New Orleans

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

RDGLDGRN @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: “I Love Lamp,” locals who played DC Chili Cook Off


Rare Essence @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: bands founded by childhood friends Footz, Whiteboy, Funky Ned and John.

The Felice Brothers @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: bad things that happen to bands such as destroyed homes, skin disorders and shot Winnebagos

Booze Riot, Harvey Pekar, DISCON @ The Pinch

RiYL: not giving a fuck, causing bodily harm