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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 28

Band of Skulls, SACCO @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: bands NME thinks is “evocative,” old high school friends

Ben Folds @ Lisner Auditorium

RiYL: solo Ben Folds, Planned Parenthood

Raul Midón and AVERYSunshine @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: jazz, soul, , Blu Blockers

Farewell Party for The Dunes @ The Dunes

RiYL: Jonny Grave’s BYT article on The Dunes

Tuesday, April 29

Chvrches @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: sharing mothers

The Standells, Jake Starr & the Delicious Fullness @ Black Cat

RiYL: aggressive garage rock

Strunz & Farah @ Howard Theatre

RiYL: Whatever this photo makes you feel


Wednesday, April 30

Chvrches @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: a second night of CHVRCHES

Chrome Sparks, Infinity Shred, LanceNeptune @ DC9

RiYL: going to Michigan for music school

Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ Gypsy Sally’s

RiYL: “fast-paced, horn-driven rock and roll”

Holy Ghost Tent Revival


 Thursday, May 1

Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Oh Hang @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: Singles, great frontmen, Baltimore

Future Islands

Go Cozy, The Dig, Conveyor, BRNDA @ Paperhaus

RiYL: dreamy, shoegaze rock, really great DC + NYC bands

Megafaun, Grandma Sparrow @ DC9

RiYL: what Rolling Stone called “acoustic grace” and “clanging percussion” (What the fuck is acoustic grace? -ed.)

Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro

RiYL: Ethopian Funk, Soul + Jazz


Friday, May 2

Against Me!, Tony Molina, Big Eyes @ Rams Head Live!

RiYL: Laura Jane Grace, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

Against Me!

The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo), Nick Diamond (of Islands) @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: creating hashtags (#dumbie)

The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)

Black Masala, Joe Quarterman, Jahsonic @ The African American Civil War Memorial Museum

RiYL: Funk Parade Block Party

Saturday, May 3

Funk Parade

RiYL: funk up and down U Street venues, shows I would definitely go to

Typefighter, Shark Week, Sunset Guns, Teen Mom @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RiYL: CD release parties, best show of the week

311, SOJA, Cage the Elephant, Foals, KONGOS, Semi Precious Weapons, Brick + Mortar, J Roddy Walston & the Business @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

RiYL: DC101’s Kerfuffle, shows you’ll need a car or some other vehicle to get there, being down, feeling amber

Matt Pond PA @ Black Cat

RiYL: Emblems 10 Year Anniversary

Norman Rockwell @ Jammin’ Java

RiYL: farewell shows


Sunday, May 4

Nickel Creek @ 9:30 Club

RiYL: people who started their band 25 years ago, strings

Nickel Creek

A Minor Forest, Two Inch Astronaut @ DC9

RiYL: reunion shows