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Brightest Young Things and Listen Local First team up every week to bring you the list of shows you should definitely attend (with or without a Valentine’s Day date).

Monday, February 10

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings @ Lincoln Theatre

RiYL: thinking that giving people what they want is love

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Chain & the Gang, Puff Pieces @ DC9

RiYL: describing your sound as “something found”

Julianna Barwick, Vasillus @ 6th & I

RiYL: people who opened for Sigur Ros and played the opening night party of Pitchfork Festival Paris

Justin Trawick @ Galaxy Hut

RiYL: being from Leesburg, folk and bluegrass


Tuesday, February 11

Skinny Puppy, Army of the Universe, Technophobia @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: people who are suing the US

Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality @ Kennedy Center

RiYL: Listen Local First, nostalgic moments

The Fab Four @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: celebrating The Beatles first US Concert Appearance with none of The Beatles

Justin Jones, The Cowards Choir, Dead Professional @ DC9

RiYL: saying “I’m a 68-year-old black guy with one green eye and a couple gold teeth,” no auto-tune

Adam E Project @ Black Squirrel

RiYL: not the Vitruvian man

Wednesday, February 12

Paper Diamond, Loudpvck, Gent & Jawns, RaceCarBed, Yola @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: high energy

Paper Diamond

Nappy Riddem @ Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage)

RiYL: Listen Local First

Hunters, Bleeding Rainbow, Dudes @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: bands who don’t give a fuck

Star Fk Radium, MetroSongs by Jason Mendelson, Pryvate Tails, Ryan Schutt @ Wonderland Ballroom

RiYL: Church Night, shots and tots

Thursday, February 13

Galactic, Ryan Montbleau @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: New Orleans funk


End Crimes, Thee Lolitas, DJs Baby Alcatraz, Mad Squirrel, Collin @ Black Cat

RiYL: benefits for the Travis Jackson Memorial Fund

Haerts, Panama Wedding, Chordashian @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: musical love affairs

Supreme Commander, Beasts of No Nation, Joy Buttons @ DC9

RiYL: DC9 celebrating 10 years, being hardcore, also helping host house shows in McLean

Yuck, Alvvays, Joy Classic, Sun Club @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: very poppy, far less noisy

Friday, February 14

Shpongle,  Desert Dwellers @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: Turkish operatic singing with double bass

SHPONGLE: The Museum of Consciousness Tour

SpeakeasyDC’s Suckers for Love Valentine’s Day Show @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: talking about your exes

SpeakeasyDC's Sucker for Love Valentine's Day Show

Dead Meadow @ DC9

RiYL: music featured on The Wire

The Black Angels, Roky Erickson & The Hounds of Baskerville, Golden Animals @ Black Cat

RiYL: equal parts Velvet Underground and Spiritualized

Supreme Cuts, The Lothario, Chomp Chomp @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: being “scholars of every genre they borrow from”

Saturday, February 15

Delta Rae, The Falls, Angelica Garcia @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: people who shared the stage with Michelle Obama

Delta Rae

Kodaline, LP @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: people already ready to make a second album


Nouveau Riche @ DC9

RiYL: reunion shows for anniversary shows

Static Scene, Lucy in Battle Armor, Soundtrack to Sleep @ BDU House

RiYL: house shows in the suburbs (McLean), wondering how these punks didn’t get the cops called on them for their house shows while being surrounded by old people

Tarfu, Gloria Adios @ 194 35th St NE

RiYL: New Howard U clubs

Those Darlins, Diarrhea Planet, Paperhaus @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: realizing you’re not optimistic anymore

Sunday, February 16

The Casket Girls, The Stargazer Lillies, Creepoid, Dreamend @ DC9

RiYL: happening on accident, blindfolding yourself

Glasvegas, The Ceremonies @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: broken relationships and “the mad energy” of the world

History Repeated, Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb, Musicband @ Smash! Records

RiYL: live post punk in record stores

Humble Fire, Wanted Man, Stranger in the Alps @ The Dunes

RiYL: hiding in plain sight