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Monday, November 17

In This Moment @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RIYL: bands that apparently sound like Five Finger Death Punch, wearing dresses like that while being metal, not dads

Michelle Chamuel @ Howard Theatre

RIYL: comparing music to houses

Ani Difranco @ Lincoln Theatre

RIYL: Americans United for Separation of Church & State

Ani DiFranco, David Wilcox and Melissa Ferrick

Ignacio Joseph Orzal & Rodrigo Carazas Portal, The LeDroit Chamber Players, Reb Livingston, Tim Denevi @ 6714 Poplar Avenue

RIYL: installed art, socializing, some random dude you may or may not know giving you a ride to the show in his car

Tuesday, November 18

 Jacques Greene, Gorgeous Children @ Black Cat

RIYL: no faces, just texting

Melissa Etheridge @ Lincoln Theatre

RIYL: “This is M.E.” tour, that sort of weird play on words

Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E.

Wednesday, November 19

alt-J @ Echostage

RIYL: bands apparently like Bastille

Caught in a Crowd, Not Afraid, Nuclear Age @ Smash! Records

RIYL: shows in record stores

Natural Child, Wanted Man @ Black Cat

RIYL: stoners

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: lies, no jetpacks, bands like Jesus and Mary Chain

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Politics & Art @ John A. Wilson Building

RIYL: literally, politics and arts.

Thursday, November 20

The Wild Feathers @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: bands whose related searches include “Cage the Elephant” because of the word “the”

The Wild Feathers

Kill the Noise @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: turning around and not accepting this show based on the flyer alone

Kill The Noise

The Delafield String Band @ The Argonaut

RIYL: string bands, bluegrass

Friday, November 21

The New Pornographers @ 9:30 Club

RIYL: having to say who’s in this band during this tour

The New Pornographers Featuring A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar (Destroyer)

8×8 @ Black Cat

 RIYL: J. Lima Foxtrot, Brandon Moses

Home Body, Pleasure Curses, Stronger Sex @ Comet Ping Pong

RIYL: pizza and music and beer

Black Clouds, The Deadmen, Tereu Tereu @ Black Cat

RIYL: Dreamcation, new music by Black Clouds


Backbeat Underground, Feedel Band, Ramy Essam @ Tropicalia

RIYL: the Egyptian revolution

Saturday, November 22

50 Cent, G Unit @ Fillmore Silver Spring

RIYL: asking yourself what year it is

Blonde Redhead @ Howard Theatre

RIYL: questioning if that just means Strawberry Blonde.

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ Hampden Mansion


Drop Electric, Cigarette, Young Rapids @ Black Cat

RIYL: benefit shows for Girls Rock! DC

The Walking Sticks, PLOY, Lean Quatifah @ Rock & Roll Hotel

RIYL: EP release parties, locals

Fellow Creatures, Baby Bry Bry, Gully Waters @ DC9

RIYL: all locals again, “swampy indie”

Hailu Mergia, Low Mentality @ Atlas Performing Arts Center

RIYL: modern vintage world music, photos I’m trying not to judge

The Last Waltz Tribute @ The Hamilton

RIYL: recreations of Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, etc.

The Last Waltz Tribute

Sunday, November 23

Wildcat! Wildcat!, Sun Club @ DC9

RIYL: “End of the World Everyday”

Pepper @ Howard Theatre

RIYL: songs that give me bad memories, like the song below by Pepper

GoldLink @ U Street Music Hall

RIYL: musicians who don’t allow photographers to photograph their face


Horse Lords, Dura, Teen Liver, McColm/Pirog/Stewart @ Union Arts

RIYL: musical improv, history and concepts