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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.

Monday, April 21

Boy George @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: (Seriously, if I have to describe why this is recommended, you need to go find yourself a life.)

Boy George

Dan Croll, Panama Wedding @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: “electro boy with links to the folkie scene”

The 9 Songwriter Series @ Jammin Java

RiYL: Garber Family Benefit Show


Bastard Cult, Pure Disgust, The Sniffs @ Smash! Records

RiYL: DCHC and hardcore from Texas

Tuesday, April 22

Christina Perri, Birdy @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: aw, defiant break-up songs

Christina Perri

Taking Back Sunday, The Used @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: two bands that used to be really good and in reality, I just forget that they’ve changed to be worse

Robbie Fulks @ Jammin Java

RiYL: Jon Langford, Kelly Hogan, Neko Case

Wednesday, April 23

Tech N9ne, Freddie Gibbs @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Hopsin, Yelawolf, Madlib

Avers, The Jackfields, The Beanstalk Library @ Black Cat

RiYL: bands declared as DC Band of the Month by The Deli

Pree, Native America, The Sea Life @ The Dunes

RiYL: solid electric folk

 Thursday, April 24

DDM, RA the MC, Sheila D Yeah @ W Hotel

RiYL: BYT Super Sampler musicians

Riff Raff @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RiYL: people who went on dates with Katy Perry, rappers I can’t take seriously, Spring Breakers, spring break

Galantis @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: Miike Snow, Syle of Eye


EMA, Downtown Boys @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: “taking the chaos and angst of the modern age and making it relatable”

Frankie Cosmos, Aaron Maine, Spoonboy, Foozle, Two Inch Astronaut @ CD Cellar

RiYL: shows in record stores in the suburbs

Friday, April 25

Ludacris @ Patriot Center

RiYL: Fast 2 Furious, Crash, Hustle & Flow, that rooster from that video

Kix, Extreme, Lita Ford, Winger @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

RiYL: M3 Rock Festival

M3 Rock Festival, Day ONE

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Black Cat

RiYL: HIPS benefit show

Rebecca vs. Mexico, Real Clothes backed by EMMA, The Duskwhales, Whitman @ Studio V Recording

RiYL: Fest Too Benefit Show

Saturday, April 26

5th Annual Kingman Island Folk & Bluegrass Festival presented by Whole Foods Market @ Kingman Island Park

RiYL: bluegrass music, DC food trucks; Sierra Nevada beer; games of chance in the Whole Foods Market midway; kayak paddling, rock climbing and outdoor skill classes with REI; bike giveaway and stunt course with BicycleSPACE; organic kombucha from Barefoot Bucha; children’s stage and family activities tent with Boogie Babes

Alabama Shakes @  9:30 Club

RiYL: stories of bands that start in high school psychology classes

Alabama Shakes

Tesla, Night Ranger, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche, Slaugher, Stryper, LA Guns, Jack Russell’s Great White, Keel, Autograph, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Femme Fatale, John Corabi, Heaven’s Edge @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

RiYL: M3 Rock Festival

M3 Rock Festival, Day TWO

Perfect Pussy, Yamantaka, Sonic Titan, Green Dreams, Golden Looks @ DC9

RiYL: band “that plays hard AND plays even harder.”

Lo Fang, Kate Berlant @ Sixth & I

RiYL: Matthew Hemerlein, Seaton Smith

Zombie Zombie, Deathfix, Young Rapids, Heavy Breathing, DJ Name Names (Ian Svenonius) @ Comet Ping Pong

RiYL: shows at Comet Ping Pong partially organized by the French Embassy

Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys @ The Hamilton

RiYL: Springsteen but better

Beasts of No Nation, Supreme Commander, Enemy Insects @ BDU House

RiYL: Fest Too Benefit Show

Sunday, April 27

M.I.A., A$AP Ferg @ Echo Stage

RiYL: being about “about truth and lies, freedom of speech and the struggle of media”


Better Than Ezra, Jon McLaughlin @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: starting out by touring the Southern college circuit, being good, “Good”

Better Than Ezra

Toadies, Supersuckers, Battleme @ Black Cat

RiYL: Rubberneck 20th Anniversary Tour