Here are the top five local shows to know this week, plus a short-hand guide to other cool events.
Monday, September 14–Den-Mate, Warehouse, Breathers, Swings @ Above the Bayou. Show 7 p.m./$5 donation
In March, we named Den-Mate as an artist to watch this year. Her evocative performances, which includes a stellar show at 9:30 Club last month, have attracted a growing number of fans in D.C. On Monday, Above the Bayou will host the Babe City Records’ artist and rising D.C. rock band Swings, who just signed with notable recording label Exploding in Sound.
Wednesday, September 16–Daybreaker @ Flash. Show 6 a.m./Tickets $20
Yeah, 6 a.m. is pretty damn early, but hear us out: Daybreaker is worth it. The show starts off with a yoga session followed by a dance party, with smoothies, coffee and other breakfast snacks included. By the end, you’ll feel a lot more refreshed and energized than waking up past your alarm. This Wednesday’s show will feature Eau Claire, who recently made our short list of rising D.C. DJs to know.
Thursday, September 17–Quintron’s Weather Warlock, Escap-ism (Ian Svenonius), Olivia Neutron-John, Laughing Man, DJ Baby Alcatraz @ Union Arts. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
The wizardry of Martin Quintron’s Weather Warlock is pretty interesting. Essentially, it’s an analog synth that’s controlled solely by the weather. Various sensors detect changes in the wind, temperature, sunlight and rain, which are translated into sounds that are streamed 24 hours a day on a site called Weather for the Blind. Give it a try–it’s a pretty hypnotizing listen. For the live show this Thursday, the sounds will be accompanied by Quintron on the guitar along with several musicians from D.C. and New Orleans (which is Quintron’s hometown). The lineup also includes Ian Svenonius’ project Escap-ism, the incomparable Olivia Neutron-John and experimental act Laughing Man.
Saturday, September 19–Brodown Throwdown @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 12 p.m./FREE
An event we always look forward to every September is Brodown Throwdown, which happens right in the middle of H Street Fest. Each year, Rock and Roll Hotel picks the city’s top local acts to perform in one room for a free show, and this year’s lineup does not disappoint. Highlights include singer-songwriter Justin Jones, electro-pop acts The Walking Sticks and Color Palette, rock supergroup The Effects, surf rock quartet Shark Week, lo-fi rockers Witch Coast, psychedelic rock outfit The Duskwhales and DJs Will Eastman and Eau Claire. Click here for the full schedule.
Sunday, September 20–Sonic Circuits @ Pyramid Atlantic. Show 5 p.m./Tickets $20
Experimental music festival Sonic Circuits returns this weekend, with Silver Spring’s Pyramid Atlantic serving as the main hub for the event. One of the best showcases will take place on Sunday, featuring the very talented Janel Leppin and Anthony Pirog of Janel and Anthony along with experimental guitar collective Boat Burning.
…plus other cool shows this week
Tuesday, September 15–On & On, Eliot Sumner, Dosh @ DC9. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $12 advance or $14 DOS
Wednesday, September 16–Stromae @ Echostage. Doors 7 p.m. SOLD OUT
Thursday, September 17–Ride and DIIV @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $35
Friday, September 18–Alabama Shakes @ Merriweather Post Pavilion. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $40+
Friday, September 18–Tycho @ Hirshhorn Museum. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $35+
Friday, September 18–Vacationer @ U Street Music Hall. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $18
Friday, September 18–Viceroy @ 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $18
Sunday, September 20–Of Monsters and Men @ Merriweather Post Pavilion. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $40+