THURSDAY, May 28
Death @ Black Cat. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $20 advance or $25 DOS
Influential Detroit punk band Death will make a rare D.C. appearance this Thursday at Black Cat. The show is still not sold out yet, so if you’ve been slacking off on getting tickets, you’ve got some time left.
FIDLAR and METZ @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $17
After releasing an excellent album earlier this month, METZ will join forces with garage punk outfit FIDLAR for a fantastic night of music at 9:30 Club. Make sure to also get their early to catch Baltimore’s Sun Club before they perform at Sweetlife Festival this Saturday.
Paperhaus will host a few of D.C.’s best comedians. Jamel Johnson, Jenn Tisdale, Valerie Paschall and more will perform this Thursday night–a lineup that is guaranteed to have you laughing from beginning to end.
Louis Weeks, Fellow Creatures, The El Mansouris @ The Howard Theatre. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $12+
Top 5 Show This Week-If we could put together a dream lineup featuring our favorite rising acts of the moment, this would be it. Over the last couple months, we’ve been awestruck by the new songs that Louis Weeks has released from his new album, haha. He’ll be joined by rock outfit Fellow Creatures (featuring members of Ugly Purple Sweater) and newcomers The El Mansouris (featuring members of Young Rapids, Cigarette and more) for his record release show this Thursday at Howard Theatre.
Escape-ism w/ Ian Svenonius @ Fringe. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
Top 5 Show This Week–After performing with Chain and the Gang last week, Ian Svenonius will return to Fringe’s art space this Thursday with Escape-ism. Using various sample recordings, Svenonius describes the solo project as a “found sound dream drama” that’s meant for the audience to immerse themselves in and “escape” from their realities. If you’re curious as to what Escape-ism has in store, then make sure to mark your calendar for Thursday.
FRIDAY, May 29
Purity Ring, Braids, Born Gold @ 9:30 Club. Doors 6 p.m. and 10 p.m./SOLD OUT
Synth pop duo Purity Ring will perform a double-header show on Friday night, which hopefully you got a ticket ahead of time for!
Coup Sauvage & The Snips, Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists, Hemlines @ St Stephen’s Church. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
Top 5 Show This Week–Help a great cause this Friday at St Stephen’s Church. Two dynamic D.C. performers, Coup Sauvage & The Snips and Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists, are guaranteed to get you up and dancing during the show. Proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profit Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, an organization that provides children living in temporary housing programs opportunities for playtime and learning. Through donations, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project also gives clothing, school supplies and food to those in need.
SATURDAY, May 30
Radio CPR Record Fair and Flea @ La Casa. Show 9 a.m./Free
Looking to beef-up your record collection? Several local labels and record stores like Dischord, Sister Polygon and CD Cellar will participate in this Saturday’s installment of Radio CPR’s record fair. Guest DJs for the event include experimental rock duo Janel and Anthony and Jon Meyers of The Vinyl District. The event is also one of several promotional shows for In It Together Fest, a massive celebration of D.C. music and art which will take place from July 30-August 2.
Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion. Show 12 p.m./Tickets $97.50+
Sweetlife will return this weekend for two-days worth of music at Merriweather Post Pavilion, featuring headliners like Kendrick Lamar, Pixies, Banks, Phantogram and more. Besides securing a better lineup of touring acts for this year’s event, Sweetgreen has also strengthened the local music roster compared to past years–Goldlink, The Walking Sticks, Holychild and Sun Club are the bands representing D.C. and Baltimore.
SUNDAY, May 31
The Sea Life, Swings, All People, Pope @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Top 5 Show This Week-Two excellent labels join forces for a solid showcase at Black Cat this Sunday. D.C.’s Babe City Records (formerly known as Chimes Records) and New Orleans’ Community Records will host The Sea Life, a longtime favorite of DCMD’s who also sold out their EP release show at the Black Cat last year. Rounding out the bill are D.C. rockers Swings along with New Orleans post-punk outfit All People and rock stalwarts Pope.
Showtime‘s Two Year Anniversary. Show 3 p.m./Free
One of our favorite late night haunts will celebrate its two year anniversary with a huge party this Sunday. Starting at 3 p.m., the show will kick-off with a massive DJ lineup that will lead into Showtime’s acclaimed house band Granny and the Boys at 7 p.m.
Pixies and Mynabirds @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $55
If you’re not going to Sweetlife this weekend, you can catch the Pixies a bit closer to home at 9:30 Club this Sunday night with another one of our favorite acts, Mynabirds. Pre-sale tickets are live now, while general public tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.