Top 5 Songs This Week

Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week


Monday, March 16-Makeshift Shelters, Taking Meds, Polyon @ Comet Ping Pong. Show 9pm/Tickets $12 DOS only

D.C./Boston rockers Makeshift Shelters released a great album last month called Something So Personal via Broken World Media, and tonight the band will celebrate the record at Comet Ping Pong. This is the last chance to catch Makeshift Shelters before they head out on tour (and possibly before they leave the area for good) so if you’re looking to see them live-now is the time to do it.


Tuesday, March 17-Janel Leppin’s Ensemble Volcanic Ash @ Union Arts. Show 8pm/Tickets $10+

Janel Leppin is one of D.C.’s most distinguished artists who’s also one half of the masterful duo Janel and Anthony. This Tuesday, the Washington Women in Jazz Festival will host Leppin’s moving ensemble, which recently completed a residency at Twin Jazz last year.


Thursday, March 19-Polyon, Solids, Stronger Sex @ DC9. Show 8:30pm/Tickets $8 DOS only

Rising rock act Polyon, featuring members from Mass Movement of the Moth, Pash, Monument and Typefighter, is one of the best new bands to emerge in the music scene. With experimental group Stronger Sex also opening on Thursday, this is a killer lineup that you shouldn’t miss this week.


Friday, March 20-The North Country, Stranger in the Alps, The Nighttime Adventure Society, Big Mama Shakes @ Babe City. Show 7pm/$5 suggested donation

Before The North Country embarks on a national tour to support their forthcoming album, the excellent Americana band will take over DIY venue Babe City this Friday. Joining them are some of our favorite local acts like Stranger in the Alps and The Nighttime Adventure Society, so for just five bucks, you’re getting a lot of great music for your hard-earned dollars.


Saturday, March 21-The Juke Joint Blues Revue: featuring Jonny Grave & the Tombstones, The Eli Cook Band, Laura Tsaggaris, Cherie Sweetbottom, Deepa de Jour, Dainty Dandridge, Jamel Johnson. Doors 9pm/Tickets $10 advance or $15 DOS

Last week, D.C. singer-songwriter Jonny Grave unveiled a great new song from his forthcoming album, which he recorded in just a day. This Saturday will be the official release show for record, and in typical fashion, Grave will supply more than just a mere concert at Black Cat. Expect the best in burlesque and comedy to complement the musical performances on Saturday night.