Looking for a good show to hit up this week? Check out our top five local picks, plus a short-hand list of other notable concerts happening this week. Also, don’t sleep on our Free Outdoor Music Guide.
Monday, August 10–Title Tracks and Beach Slang @ DC9. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $12
Besides making music with Paint Branch, John Davis has also spearheaded the power-pop project Title Tracks. The full band hasn’t played together live since last fall, as Davis has been busy writing material for a new album. Monday’s show will be Title Tracks’ first performance of the year, and the group will be joined by rising Philly punk outfit Beach Slang.
Friday, August 14–Mellow Diamond @ MLK Library. Show 12 p.m./FREE
D.C. virtuoso Janel Leppin, who also represents one half of the acclaimed experimental group Janel and Anthony, will perform under her new solo moniker, Mellow Diamond. In April, Leppin gave us a taste of her new project through the song “Namesake,” a dreamy, entrancing number that was accompanied with a hypnotizing music video. If you’re looking for a mid-day escape from work, the MLK Library is where you should be on Friday afternoon.
Saturday, August 15–Boardroom Heroes, Rememberables, Canker Blossom, American Television, Six Foot Machine @ St Stephen’s Church. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $8 DOS only
What better way to start your Saturday night than with a good punk show? A few of our favorite bands like Boardroom Heroes and Six Foot Machine will perform all under the same roof, for just eight bucks.
Saturday, August 15–Sneaks, Ursula, Cool People, Default Handshake @ Babe City. Show 7:15 p.m./$5-$7 suggested donation
Sneaks is one of the best new artists to emerge in D.C., receiving acclaim from outlets like Impose for her self-titled release. The record features a stripped-down rock sound carried by melodic, mesmerizing bass lines along with a pithy vocal delivery. This Saturday, the enigmatic artist will perform at house venue Babe City with a diverse bill that includes Boston punk outfit Ursula, D.C.’s Cool People and Virginia’s Default Handshake.
Sunday, August 16-Two Inch Astronaut, Fond Han, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Steamy Wolves @ The Dougout. Show 8 p.m./$5 suggested donation
Continuing its streak for hosting excellent house shows, The Dougout presents another great lineup this Sunday night. If you missed them headline Fort Reno a few weeks ago, this is your chance to see Maryland rockers Two Inch Astronaut, who put out one of the best albums of 2014. Joining them are New York’s Fond Han, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control and the experimental electronic outfit Steamy Wolves from Baltimore.
…plus other cool shows this week
Tuesday, August 11–Failure, Hum, Nothing @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $25
Tuesday, August 11–Vic Mensa @ U Street Music Hall. SOLD OUT
Wednesday, August 12–Bellows, Sitcom, Bless @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Thursday, August 13–Basement, Adventures, LVL UP, Palehound @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $16
Sunday, August 16–Ne-Hi, Stereoriots, Alex Tebeleff @ DC9. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Sunday, August 16–The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Pianos Become the Teeth, Turnover, Take One Car @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $16