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Selections by Alyssa Moody. Philip Chevalier, Stephanie Breijo, Svetlana Legetic and Christopher Naoum of Listen Local First

Look, it’s simple: Every week we’ll be bringing you all the information you can handle about the cool concerts to hit up in D.C. Don’t say we don’t love you. (p.s. BANDS/VENUES-looking to get your shows in front of us? Just head over to our AGENDA page, it is super easy to post your events there and it guarantees us seeing them).




  • Andrew McMahon @ 9:30 Club The man behind Something Corporate, Jacks Mannequin, and Snakes on a Plane: The Album, is headed to 930. (MF’ing S O L D O U T)


  •  Esben and the Witch + Heliotropes @ DC 9 Prepare for a night of macabre intrigue. Brighton’s gothic rock three-piece Esben and the Witch are venturing over to DC9 to showcase their doom rock stylings and will be joined by NYC’s Heliotropes.



  • Jeff Lorber Fusion @ The Hamilton The smooth jazz sounds of Jeff Lorber have been alive and well since the mid eighties, and now, after many years spent tinkering behind the production booth on other people’s albums, this grammy nominated keyboardist is back to let us hear it all again. Smooth jazz is the new smooth jazz, in case you haven’t heard.


  • Chris Dave + The Drumhedz @ Howard Theatre Chris Dave and the Drumhedz is a revolving door of world class musicians. The band may include a combination of any of the following: saxophonist, key player, bassist, guitarist and drummer (Chris Dave). With a lively set that has been known to feature covers of songs by J-Dilla, Radiohead, Jimi Hendriz, and many more, you can expect this show at the Howard to contain a mixed bag of sharply honed sounds.


  • Presidents-of-the-United-States-of-America-BandThe Presidents of the United States @ 9:30 Club  I have always loved this band. Their fun, somewhat lude rock and roll brought them wide success with the release of their eponymous debut album in 1994. Highlights like “Peaches”, “Lump, and “Naked and Famous” were total sing-along jams, to the chagrin of my elementary school teachers.


  • London Souls @ DC 9 Touring behind their recently released LP Here Come The Girls, NYC-based London Souls are bringing their impromptu jams and power-chord driven builds to DC9. Listen to the hard-hitting “I Think I Like It“, and keep in mind that these guys started as a band by practicing over cell phones.


  • Suuns @ Black Cat These Montreal rockers are following up the release of their second full length, Images Du Futur, with a tour through the states that includes a stop at DC’s own Black Cat.

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  • Collie Buddz @ 9:30 Club Collie Budz’ moniker has a THC content of its very own. He plays reggae music. Go see him this Wednesday.


  • Ivan and Alyosha @ DC9 Seattle, Washington’s indie-folksters Ivan and Alyosha first took the national stage with their 2010 SXSW performance, catching the ear of NPR’s All Songs Considered. Consider their songs, and possibly ponder some Dostojevski,  this Wednesday at DC9.




  • Hatebreed @ Rams Head Live Metalcore. Think metal, then get to the very core of the genre, trim away all that remains, and there ya go. Metalcore.

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  • Acre 121 DC Band Showcase with Bellweather Hall, Brooks Long, and Gramophonic – Three bands performing roots rock/ soul/ americana music and the audience gets to vote and decide who will comeback to play a full set in the near future.  Great concept and great way to explore new music. /




  • METZ @ Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel The Canadian no-shit rockers METZ are packing up their garage and taking it to RnR Hotel this Thursday. It’s a return to everything that’s good about loud, ecstatic live music; a frantic nod to Nation of Ulysses, Shellac, The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, and Public Image Ltd. at their most vicious, while still carving out some heavy new business. They play the instruments, the amps, and the room. (description found on band’s website)

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  • Rhett Miller @ The Hamilton Rhett Miller of Old 97s fame is gracing the stage at the Hamilton with his alt country sounds this Thursday. Chords will be strummed, and songs will be sung.

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  • D.L. Hughley @ Howard Theatre Hot off his Dancing With the Stars run, this original King of Comedy is returning to the throne this Thursday at Howard.


  • The Physical Things @ Velvet Lounge In anticipation of their forthcoming debut effort, Maryland rockers The Physical Things are making it to the Velvet Lounge this Thursday. Before you get too hard over this, their “about” section on Facebook offers some warnings about commitment: The Physical Things aren’t your typical booty call. Before you and I get serious you should know we’re in this for the long haul. We enjoy long walks on the beach, paddle boating on warm summer days, and candlelight dinners with a few glasses of a chilled White Zinfandel. Singer/ songwriter Bradley Jaymes and brothers Ryan and Mike, with lifelong friends Pat Schaefer and Nick Fornoff make up The Physical Things’ lineup, cultivating a wide-ranging style rooted in alternative rock. If you’re still reading this and not listening to our music you’re wasting your time. It should tell you everything you need to know.


  • RHYE @ Sixth and I If you havent been listening to “The Fall“, the single from this LA indie duo’s recent Woman, I’m inclined to say you’ve been missing out. It will be well worth seeing what these guys are able to bring to Sixth and I – their album is quite a treat.


  • Bleached @ DC9 Fresh after the release of their dynamic debut album Ride Your Heart, Bleached takes to DC9 this Thursday. I’m assuming both members of the band are natural brunettes. 


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  • Papadosio @ 9:30 Club Bringing their Future Forest tour to Washington, D.C. this Friday, Papadosio can reasonably be expected to jam out hard. The audience at this show will no doubt be densely populated with forest nymphs. Heady, man.


  • Vietnam @ Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel Michael Gerner is the sole original member of Vietnam. The release of an A.merican D.ream. signals him as a songwriter that’s here to stay. Newyorknighttrain.com writes aptly, “They’ll remind you less of The Band, Bob Dylan, Niel Young, and the Velvet Underground, than they will Music from Big PinkBlood on the TracksTonight’s the NightLoaded.” 



  • Ben Ottewell of Gomez @ The Hamilton As part of an indie songwriting triumvirate called Gomez, Ottewell has gained attention for his gravelly voice and rich baritone – conjuring images of a young Tom Waits and a newly minted Eddie Vedor. Fresh off the release of his debut solo effort Shapes and Shadows, he’ll be bringing that voice to The Hamilton this Friday. 


  • Living Colour @ 9:30 Club Living Colour is back to 930 this week – bringing in tow their funky, jazzy, hard rock style, and of course, their signature cult of personality.


  • Matt Costa @ U Hall Brushfire Records’ very own Matt Costa will be bringing his much loved singer-songwriting style to U Hall.

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  • Justin Trawick Group at Iota Club.  You may know Justin Trawick as the creator of the 9 Songwriter series, but when Just join his full band to play a show the audience is in for a treat.

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  • JJ Grey & Mofro @ 9:30 Club  Formerly touring simply as Mofro, JJ Grey and clan have established themselves as a soulful blues collective that you should definitely make a trip to go see this Saturday.


  • DJ Rekha @ Black Cat London born musician DJ Rekha has been pioneering Bhangra music in North America since 2007, mixing her Indian heritage with the hip hop and dance sounds that drew her into life as a DJ. Saturday at Black Cat will be a fun, worldly experience.


  • The VOTE 4-20 RALLY @ The National Mall DC City Council candidate Paul Zukerberg is kind of the man. As a marijuana defense attorney in the D.C. area, he’s got plenty of first hand experience when it comes to how jam-packed the prison system is with people who just wanted to get high and eat potato chips. Take to the Mall on 420 for some civic activism in the name of every stoner whose mellow was wrongly harshened. 


  • Laura Stevenson @ Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel Formerly the keyboardist for Bomb the Music Industry!, a band with a name that seems destined for a Supreme Court case on the limits of free speech, Laura Stevenson will be bringing the sounds from her third full-length Wheel to RnR hotel this weekend.


  • Holly Williams @ The Hamilton She’s from a family of musical legends. Granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr., daughter of Hank Williams Jr., and, you guessed it, half sister of Hank Williams III, Holly Williams will not be rebelling against the family business this Saturday at the Hamilton. Enjoy.


  • Gary Beck @ U Hall At the helm of UK’s electronic production scene, Gary Beck is widely considered to be fantastic at what he does. He sees something authentic about the styles and techniques that began his genre, and puts them to use in his show. From his SoundcloudRefusing to be caught up in the new wave of sync technology Gary prefers to work with turntables along with Traktor and controllers keeping the old and new school vibe alive.


  • CLUTCH @ Rams Head Live These rockers, who started making music as CLUTCH in the early ’90s in Germantown, Maryland, now own their own label, Weathermaker. They’re going to be making it rain at Rams Head Live this Saturday.

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  • The Joy Formidable @ 9:30 Club These Welshmen are taking their alternative rock sounds to the DMV this weekend, touring behind Wolf’s Law, released this past January via Atlantic Records.


  • Acid Mothers Temple @ DC9 Acid Mothers Temple is a Japanes psychedelic band, so if you’re looking to eat a handful of something interesting and experience some out-of-this-world musicality (or, for that matter, otherwise looking to step outside the box you live in), then take your clan over to DC9 this Sunday.


  • Twin Tigers @ Black Cat Spin Magazine writes, “(Twin Tigers) manages to sound simultaneously claustrophobic and expansive while sharply swerving guitar lines and cymbal swirls bleed color into an otherwise black-and-white landscape”.


  • The Vespers @ The Hamilton Two brothers, Taylor and Bruno Jones, and two sisters, Callie and Phoebe Cryer, comprise this Americana folk group hailing from Nahsville, TN. Their show gets to the roots of folk music — see them pluck many a string this Sunday at the Hamilton.


  • Delta Rae @ Rams Head Live Another southern folk band consisting mainly of siblings, Delta Rae hails from Durham, NC. Ian, Eric, and Brittany Holljes transpose their upbringing into sounds you can definitely sink your teeth into.