Top 5 Shows This Week

Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week

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Looking for a good show to hit up this week? Check out our top five picks. Also, don’t sleep on our Free Outdoor Music Guide.

Thursday, August 27–Shark Week, Flowers of Evil, Gnarwhal, The Great Deceivers, The Black Sparks @ The (Sea) Lab. Show 7 p.m./$5 donation.

After releasing their debut album in May, D.C. rock outfit Shark Week has kept themselves busy this summer with notable gigs like Northside Festival in Brooklyn and the National Building Museum’s popular BEACH late night showcase. This Thursday is your chance to catch the fiery quartet in a more intimate spot, featuring some great touring acts like New York’s Flowers of Evil (featuring members of Crocodiles, A Place To Bury Strangers, SISU and Young Boys) and Exploding in Sound Records stalwarts Gnarwhal.




Friday, August 28–Screaming Females, Vacation, GIVE @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $12

After a long wait, Screaming Females will come to D.C. this Friday, bringing along their labelmates Vacation for what will be a fantastic night of music. Even more, harDCore stalwarts GIVE will also deliver an explosive performance to start the night off right.




Friday, August 28–Alex Vans & the Hide Away, Mundy, Justin Trawick and The Common Good, The Deeply Concerned (feat. members of Virginia Coalition), Jimi Haha (of Jimmies Chicken Shack), Margot MacDonald @ 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $15

Besides running the successful The 9 singer-songwriter series and managing his own solo career, the multi-faceted D.C. musician Justin Trawick has also had time to run a podcast called The Circus Life. But, it should be said that this podcast isn’t just some amateur project–it’s grown into a popular weekly show that’s invited notable names from both inside and outside the District. To celebrate another successful year, The Circus Life is hosting a big show at 9:30 Club this Friday, featuring local acts like power-pop act Alex Vans & the Hide Away, singer-songwriter Margot MacDonald and Trawick with his full band, The Common Good.




Friday, August 28–Lighting Fires and Clones of Clones @ IOTA Club. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $5 DOS only

Two rising names in the local rock scene will come together at IOTA Club this Friday. Lighting Fires recently dropped a solid EP that we premiered on DCMD, while Clones of Clones just unveiled an excellent new song last week, “Somebody Else,” that will soon appear on their forthcoming album. If you’ve been out of the loop this summer, stream both releases below before heading to the show on Friday night.




Saturday, August 29–Trillectro w/ Chance the Rapper, RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, Dom Kennedy, Kehlani, JMSN, D.R.A.M., Tunji Ige, Chris McClenney, Masego, Babeo Baggins, Mista Selecta, Hi$to, NativeSun, Ayes Cold @ Merriweather Post Pavilion. Show 12:30 p.m./Tickets $58+

Hip hop/electronic music festival Trillectro returns for its biggest show yet at Merriweather Post Pavilion this Saturday. There are the big headliners like Chance the Rapper to look forward to, but there’s also a good mix of rad local artists appearing this year like DJ Ayes Cold and Babeo Baggins of the acclaimed rap collective Barf Troop.