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Monday, November 10

Usher @ Verizon Center

RIYL: “Love in this Club”


RIYL: not “Level Up,” bedroom recording projects”

Aaron Carter @ Jammin Java

RIYL: watching someone’s career end.

Aaron Carter

J Pope and Funk Fridays @ Tropicalia

RIYL: Monday shows with after parties

Pavika Blues @ Republic

RIYL: “the way the blues were meant to be”

American Authors @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: Honda Civic Tour

American Authors

Tuesday, November 11

The Concert for Valor @ National Mall

RIYL: Veterans Day, ditching work to go to a concert

Justin Jones & the B-Sides @ Gypsy Sally’s

RIYL: locals, beards, mountains, 9:30 Records

Alvvays @ DC9

RIYL: band portraits shot on film

Furnietur @ Comet Ping Pong

RIYL: pizza and synth pop

Kat Dahlia @ Howard Theatre

RIYL: “Gangsta,” “Crazy”

Wednesday, November 12

Lake Street Dive @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: seeing a band who was just here last summer

Dream Police @ Black Cat

RIYL: the band, not the Cheap Trick song

Veronneau @ Blues Alley

RIYL: songs in multiple languages

Church Night @ Wonderland Ballroom

RIYL: saying goodbye of an era and hello to the mega church that is Black Cat

Blue October @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RIYL: not remembering this band is still alive, eyeliner


Thursday, November 13

Stars @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: nighttime-only bands


Gems @ U Street Music Hall

RIYL: All Things Go, locals

Jah Works, Lucky Dub @ Gypsy Sally’s

RIYL: local reggae, collectives

Jah Works

Electric Youth @ Black Cat

RIYL: the 80’s

Black Masala @ Bossa

RIYL: seeing a member of a punk/ska band playing gypsy funky rock

Friday, November 14

 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: not to be confused with the NASCAR driver

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Mint Condition @ Howard Theatre

RIYL: wondering how many more times they can play at Howard Theatre in a week before it gets old

Positive Force: More than a Witness @ St. Stephen’s

RIYL: We are Family benefit, the DC punk scene, punk activism

Saturday, November 15

Andrew McMahon @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin, freaking out that you helped Andrew McMahon buy pants at your job like I did three years ago…

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Empires @ DC9

RIYL: not telling lovers, asking how good it feels


Caribou @ Black Cat

RIYL: genre-hopping, sold out shows

By & By @ Electric Maid

RIYL: being folksy

Mint Condition @ Howard Theatre

RIYL: seeing Mint Condition again for the third time in a week.

Freedom’s Plow @ Congressional Chorus

RIYL: premieres

Sol Roots @ Gypsy Sally’s

RIYL: jam bands, world class

The Birthday Massacre @ Empire

RIYL: thinking a band was dead and hoping it was, shows I wouldn’t go to

Sunday, November 16

TV on the Radio @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: TV on the Radio without Gerard Smith

TV on the Radio

Mint Condition @ Howard Theatre

RIYL: the idea of Mint Condition living at Howard Theatre.

Paige Allbritton, Utenzil, The Lost Civilizations @ Black Squirrel

RIYL: Indie Adams Morgan

A$AP Ferg @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RIYL: people who launched clothing and jewelry lines first, Chris Brown’s belts