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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, January 13

Turtle Recall, Freakandy, The Senecas @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: bands playing in honor of people, benefit shows

I Kill Giants (farewell tour), Everything Ever, Rozwell Kid @ CD Cellar

RiYL: Farewell tours, summer punk in the winter

The Jauntee, A Marc Train Home, Moonrise Funk @ Jammin Java

RiYL: diving into the weird, smiling


Tuesday, January 14

St. Lucia @ Black Cat

RiYL: blending nostalgia, nuance and pop production

Suburban Living @ DC9

RiYL: not fitting in and floating in clouds, erotic noise, bowties

Saintseneca, Lvl Up, Spoonboy @ Black Cat

RiYL: merging of rustic and modern, post-punk energy

Boardroom Heroes, Ask the Dead, In Circles, Booze Riot @ Velvet Lounge

RiYL: new guitarists, beer-chugging machines

Scott Kurt & Memphis 59, Justin Trawick, Michael Sheppard Group, Craig Honeycutt (from Everything), Crooked Crow @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: benefit shows to let musicians with terminal cancer record one last time.


Wednesday, January 15

Dizzy Wright @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Sin City rappers

Cate Le Bon, Kevin Morby (of Woods and the Babies), Pree @ DC9

RiYL: staring out of windows while looking sad

Ava Marie, Queer Rocket, Rebecca vs. Mexico @ CD Cellar

RiYL: local dreamboat, folk and punk at the same show

The 9 Songwriter Series @ Gypsy Sally’s

RiYL: Justin Trawick, nine musicians

We Are The 9 Songwriter Series

Thursday, January 16

Jay Z (Magna Carter World Tour) @ Verizon Center

RiYL: greatness


Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: victim of love


Broncho @ Black Cat

RiYL: dirty-dishwater punk roots, DIY authentic

Skream @ U Street Music Hall

RiYL: British dubstep


Marian McLaughlin, Ethan Foote, Lies About Butter, DeenaOH @ DC9

RiYL: DC music that isn’t made by a bunch of dudes

Sex Prisoner, Abuse., Meth Lab, Genocide Pact, Vile Faith @ The Pinch

RiYL: the names of these bands

Anthony Pirog Trio @ Atlas Performing Arts Center

RiYL: Anthony of Janel & Anthony, people in Guitar Player magazine

Friday, January 17

Tereu Tereu, Drunken Sufis, Raw Feels @ Black Cat

RiYL: growing up in the shadow of DC greats

T. Williams @ U St Music Hall

RiYL: DJ sets that take forever


Naylor Court @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: locals with violins and piano

Speedy Ortiz, Grass is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Collapser @ The Dougout

RiYL: bands that plays shows and eats stuff, bands that should be at sold-out venues

Teen Mom, The Can’t Tells, The Mean Season @ The Dunes

RiYL: bands that play love songs

Michelle Raymond Band @ Acre 121

RiYL: grooving and laughing


19th Street Band @ The Hamilton

RiYL: free late night music

Kill Lincoln, Dead End Lane, Enemy Insects, Throwback @ Metro Gallery

RiYL: DC bands in Baltimore

Saturday, January 18

Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Hazel Miller @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: your older brother

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Olivia Mancini & the Mates, Who Needs a Pulse, Walking Sticks @ Black Cat

RiYL: supporting your local music scene, rowing boats

Playground Etiquette @ Metro Gallery

RiYL: CD releases, bands that take from Green Day’s art designer

Philip Noss, FarAway, Tiffany Thompson @ Ebenezers Coffeehouse

RiYL: free shows at coffee shops

Sunday, January 19

Coup Sauvage & the Snips, Teen Liver @ Black Cat

RiYL: people who live in a haus, not house but haus

Johnny Flynn @ DC9

RiYL: modern renaissance man, people selling out Music Hall of Williamsburg and DC9

The Shifters @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: Jamaican Ska movement

Teedra Moses @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: doing things that fulfill you


Salvatore Rex, Inty & the Confused, Scrap Kids, Oklahoma Car Crash @ Queens Castle

RiYL: having to ask for the address for shows, sober shows, playing Mario Kart 64