Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week


Monday, September 17-Oddisee @ Liv Nightclub. Show 8PM/Tickets $15

Oddisee will kick off his world tour tomorrow in none other than his hometown stomping grounds. With an exotic instrumental album coming out in October, Oddisee justifies that he’s a multi-dimensional musician who can throw a few wildcards every now and again. Last week, the former D.C.-based artist released a trippy new video for his debut song from The Beauty in All called “After Thoughts”. Props are definitely warranted to Oddisee for this emotive video, with prepossessing visuals that are just as hypnotizing as the song itself.

Monday, September 17-Sonic Circuits @ Kennedy Center. Show 6PM/FREE

Yes, free shows at Kennedy Center start really early during the work days, but this free show is worth the trek to Foggy Bottom. To give a preview of what will be in store at Sonic Circuits next month, 10 performers will take the stage during the one hour show. Two D.C. Music Download favorites, Janel Leppin and Anthony Pirog, are among the batch of experimental artists scheduled to appear. While there’s no doubt you should attend, one question remains: how exactly are 10 people supposed to perform in one hour? You’ll just have to find out for yourself.

Saturday, September 21– H Street Festival. Show 12PM/FREE

H Street Festival is one of the best neighborhood events, and this year’s line-up spans a wide spectrum of music. Reggae outfit Nappy Riddem is slated to perform alongside Gavin Holland, Chris Nitti and a ton of other acts across 10 difference stages. The festival will host a DC Fashion Week preview juxtaposed with art exhibits, seminars, food and drink tents and more. The best part? This is a free event, so if you missed out on getting Freefest tickets, then you can cut some of your losses with this festival.

Saturday, September 21-Plums, Like Like The The The Death, and Thee Lolitas @ The Pinch. Show 9PM/FREE

The Pinch has done a great job with booking shows on a consistent basis. In some respects, it does remind me of Comet Ping Pong’s business model. The Plums appeared on my radar last year with their ballsy 32-minute number ‘Nixon’s Mess”, which was one of the best works the experimental stalwarts have done in their 11 years together. Garage rock band Thee Lolitas are highly underrated, and while it’s been a while since they’ve released any new music, they continue to perform regularly which is a relief for their loyal fans (like me). On top of this being a great line-up, this show is also free-so you have nothing to lose.

Saturday, September 21-Paperhaus, Starlight Girls, and Zuma @ The Lot @ Union Kitchen MOVED TO 906 H Street NE. Show 5PM/FREE

After an exhaustive North American tour earlier this year, Paperhaus is set to do it all over again. This Saturday’s show at The Lot will kick-off their two-week excursion that will lead-up to their homecoming show on October 13 at The Dunes. Recently, Paperhaus added Ugly Purple Sweater’s Sam McCormally to their line-up, who is one of the best male vocalists to hail from D.C. There are very few places to enjoy good music outdoors at this time of year, so take advantage of The Lot while it’s still around.