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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).




Right now, highly esteemed UK guitar wiz Johnny Marr is touring behind The Messenger. You know him from the Smiths, and then there was that time he was an official member of Modest Mouse. He’ll be at 930 tonight.


Rihanna’s been literally everywhere since 2005. Tonight she’ll be at the Verizon Center, and anything could happen.


Jay Brannan press quotes:  “…wistful singer-songwriter fare…” –David Swanson, ROLLING STONE   His voice is completely distinctive and new. Perhaps if Nick Drake, Janis Ian and Liz Phair all were mixed up in a blender you’d get his sound and songwriting skills.” –Matt Budd, THE HUFFINGTON POST   The Male Joni Mitchell” –Alex Catarinella, GEN ART PULSE

Kaki King

The guitar work that Kaki King has become internationally known for in the last 10 years is characterized by slap heavy percussive elements and intricate finger tapping grooves that reveal how many possible sounds a guitar can make within the span of just a few measures of a song. See her at the Howard this evening. Oh yeah, and we interviewed her this week, too.

No, this isn’t technically a show, but it’s a discussion about music and arts in our community hosted by Listen Local First, starting at 6:30pm, and will focus on ways to grow the impact of the DC arts community. Obviously this is something you should check out if you’ve got two cents, y’hear?


“A fifteen song collection of Americana music, We’re From Here seamlessly jumps from sparse folk tunes to fuzzy guitar filled garage rock. Miss Shevaughn’s haunting vocals weave through the sonic landscape provided by Yuma Wray, and when it is his time to sing the contrast is powerful. Their music is more than just songs, each tune is a story and as story tellers it is up to Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray to bring these tales to life.” – Chris Martin / ATLANTA EXAMINER


Avant-poppers Pleasure Curses bring some local synth jams to Velvet Lounge tonight, with Lenorable and Love and Radiation in tow.

Get lucky with a free show and evening with DC alt Rocker Derek Evry, currently touring under his third studio album “Here’s To Better Misery.”




I’ve heard it said many times that Trent Reznor is a genius. If you think so, you most likely already have tickets and are pretty damn excited about this show. If you’re willing to be convinced of this fact, see him tout his project post Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels.


The last time I saw My Morning Jacket was in Cincinnati, OH and it was some kind of awesome. From what I hear, the guy can really command a room even without the MMJ support system behind him. Fact: Jim James howls roofs off of buildings, it’s insane. Everyone should be jealous of the people that have tickets to this show.


“They think they are playing folk music because rock is folk music now, and anyway… they’re country educated. Warm tones, heavy vibes. Although they drink the same water as the real believers of the past 40 years like Great Society, Relatively Clean Rivers, Meat Puppet and Lucinda Williams, Gun Outfit don’t get too comfortable with the past, because they’ve got their own strange moment to capture.”




The ensemble’s special sound combines traditional Jewish melodies with African – Ethnic rhythms and a taste of folk/singer-songwriter qualities.


The bluesy, soul-filled sounds of this very multi-faceted band are headed to 930 this Wednesday, and those of you with tickets know what kind of goodness you’re signing up for. Enjoy, and for those who haven’t heard, here’s the Tedeschi Trucks Band youtube page.


Born Patrick Denard Douthit in Winston-Salem, NC, 9th Wonder is a Grammy Award Winning Producer, DJ, College Lecturer, and Social Activist. “Hip-Hop is the voice of at least 2 generations. At one time, it was the POSITIVE voice, as stated earlier. Chuck D was the black history teacher I never had, along with countless other black Americans my age. It can be that again, but with the right voices and the right players. As the late Curtis Mayfield said, “We must educate and Well as Entertain.” (via artist bio)


Tech N9ne is getting ready to raise the Hip Hop bar even higher. We’re proud to announce that Tech N9ne’s “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour will be heading your way beginning March 2012! With 90 shows in 99 days, Tech N9ne will set the record for the longest Hip Hop tour ever done! So don’t miss your chance to be a part of history in the making (via tech n9ne’s facebook page)


As long as we’re clear that this guy’s name is Tittsworth.

Tittsworth is not only known for his talent in music and commerce, but also by his amazing palette for strange foods. His favorite and most memorable dish is live octopus. Tittsworth has harnessed the powers of these mighty sea beasts for the good of humanity, and consumes them one at a time… ALIVE (excerpt from soundloud profile)




In spring 2013, Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt will release an album together on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk, and rock worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes. Night features original songs written for the duo by Brad Mehldau and Patty Griffin, as well as classical selections and Merritt’s own work. The Washington Post wrote of one of their early performances together: “Merritt blew on a pair of harmonicas to add a taste of hickory to Dinnerstein’s take on Schubert’s ‘Nacht und Träume.’ During a medley of reworked old-timey folk songs, Dinnerstein got off her stool and under the hood of her pristine Steinway Grand and hammered its strings like a dulcimer to accompany Merritt’s strumming of a beat-up acoustic guitar.



Amen, Omen, you ain’t gonna get to see this show unless you already purchased tickets. If you did, enjoy!


You should definitely check out this cover of Daft Punk’s new single “Get Lucky” that Daughter did for BBC radio. “In the trio’s folky hands, the disco jam turns into a brooding lament, with the slow wail of guitars and frontwoman Elena Tonra’s scorn-filled vocals adding layers of subtext to the free-and-easy lyrical content.”


The North Country [dc psychedelic slam-twang freak fest], Black Masala [dc balkan freak-funk groove machine], and Adam Friedland [dc alternative comedy freak show] ALL play the Dunes. Kick off the evening with a screening of “Helicopters,” the new Paperhaus music video, and check out Matt Hollis’ new installation before getting your faces melted off. Cool? Cool.


As a vanguard of forward thinking bass music, Antiserum continuously defines the sound of today. Spawned in a laboratory of collaborations with heavy hitters such as LA dubplate warrior 12th Planet, he has found himself continuously at the forefront of bass music’s list key players. His releases on Smog Records and Caspa’s Dub Police label have established him as a mainstay of sub-heavy music. (text from UHall web page)


Yup, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The godfather of soul will come back to life this Thursday at Tropicalia.


The Glow Sessions present Dance for the Dying at the Heurich House.  Both this band and the venue are worth your Thursday evening $$$.


The Highballers, Jonny Grave, South Rail, Caryn Sever, Wes Tucker and The Skillets, Rachel Levitin, and many more play for a great cause. An amazing line up of local blues, Americana and rock performers. Don’t miss it.


Emy Tseng and her trio of musicians will be performing fresh Brazilian Jazz all night, if you’re into it. (We think you probably should be.)


Exciting local violinist/ artist in residence at the Strathmore, Chelsey Green, will perform an awesome show on Thursday Evening


Solid local entertainment and, as the flier says, miss this show and you may die from unknown causes. So… you know, why chance it?



Free Energy has come to define what it means to make solid, fun pop rock. From their initial self-titled EP with stand out track “Something in Common,” to Stuck On Nothing, the anthemic LP released under James Murphy’s DFA label, to their newest effort Love Sign, this group hasn’t had a mishit yet. Make your way over to RnR this Friday to see for yourself.


The Open book tour just reinforces why Justin is one of the most real and soulful people in music today.  A man willing to strip everything down to its core to connect with his audience in a way few artists do today. If you have a chance to see Justin on this tour, I implore you to take it. You will walk out with a new appreciation of art and the REAL people living the stories behind the music. Who knows, you might just find your own miracle. (via insideSTL.com)


Growing like wildfire under the canopy of live electonica and world roots music comes Beats Antique, a masterful merge of modern technology, live instrumentation and seductive performance. Beats Antique combines the sounds of the Middle East and orchestral gypsy music with the styles of hip-hop, brass band, downtempo, glitch and dubstep in a new collage of music that is mixed and broken down withclever breakbeats for an adept international flair. (via the band’s facebook)


You should read his facebook bio, because it’s excellent: “Between 4 green towers composite of the best known human words for “strength” there was luxury to befit the king of octopuses, broad limestone podiums upholstered with kelp. Currents tackled the furniture west and replenished it relentlessly. In this way there was motion without change, and for the king of octopuses only the stimulant tickles of shaking kelp to measure the passage of time. He wound his tentacles into a spiral and languidly unfurled them again to expose the blood of baby seals to the current. Before him a planar formation of his children imitated the motion in vertical array, some tangling each other into rounds of dosey-do by the interspersal of their sticky pads.”


Featuring the likes of local bands Bonnie Rash and Skelliton (and North Carolina’s Groove 8) performing some funky punk jams.


Band interests: Spaghetti. Check out Hot Pink Delorean’s Soundcloud.


From Indie Adams Morgan: “DC’s own celeb Hip Hop Artist Asheru aka Boondocks Star, headlines with Konshens and his State of Mind at the Heaven Venue for Indie Adams Morgan Friday May 3.”



While all the douches make their way to the Gold Cup you can celebrate Derby Day with live fucking ponies, The Sweater Set, Rattlesnake Hill Bluegrass Band and Split String Soup at the Hill Center 😉


There’s no doubt about it; this show is absolutely going to blow your mind if you a) bought tickets already and b) have a soul. If you’re going, enjoy yourself.


Danny Brown sounds exactly like he looks. A little bio for you if you’re curious: Born Daniel Sewell on March 16, 1981, Danny Brown is a hip hop artist from the Dexter-Linwood area of Detroit, Michigan. Danny is an unconventional hip hop artist employing multiple flows and cadences thus the moniker of “The Hybrid”. His style varies from low pitched gravely tones to a manic, high pitched, squawk.


Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009.


Featuring ten prismatic, synth-laced songs, Pacifica sees The Presets boldly venture into new, uncharted musical territories. Traversing both light and shade in energy and emotion, the album was produced by the band – Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes – and mixed in Los Angeles with Tony Hoffer.

MatthewDearDJ_web Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for the Fabric mix series and Get Physical’s Body Language. He maintains four aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw, and Matthew Dear), each with its own style and distinct visual identity. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none—and he’s just hitting his stride.


Janel & Anthony, D.C.’s best experimental rock duo, headline The Velvet Lounge.


Come on out and check out songwriter/Americana rocket Taylor Carson’s CD Release Show.



A little message from Steve Moakler to those going to see him on his current tour, which stops at the Hamilton this Saturday night: “In the next couple of months, I’m going to be back on the road! For the large majority of shows, I’ll be headlining (playing last) for the first time in many places. I want to thank those of you who have supported me by repeatedly coming out to see me as an opening act over the last couple years. We’re thrilled to finally have the chance to play more songs and to have more time to sing and dance with you.  I hope that we’re coming to a room near you so you can be a part of our memories.”


Rush is more than iconic, it’s fucking Rush. You should absolutely go see them this Saturday.

foals-03Both of these bands happen to kick serious ass, putting forward big, highly catchy, super melodic tunes that will keep you coming back way more times than is usually possible. See Foals’ “My Number” and Surfer Blood’s “Weird Shapes“, and regret not planning ahead.


 Motion Lines is a shoegaze/synth-pop band from the Washington DC area, consisting of Chris McCrea, Carson McCain, and Patrick Sullivan.


The Girls Upstairs are a folk punk band from College Park, Maryland. Or maybe they’re just an angry pop band. Or pop punk with fiddles and accordions. It’s complicated. Made up of Shane O’Loughlin (vox, rawks), Alex Leidy (guitar/ukulele/fiddle/mandolin/kitchen sink), Stefan Zavalin (bass, lead enthusiasm), Natalie Piegari (lady vox, lady rawks, smiling) and Logan Seith (drums, rhythm smiling), The Girls Upstairs are here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and we brought enough bubblegum to share. (facebook bio)