Top 5 Shows This Week

Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week


The top five local shows this week, plus a short-hand list of other cool events.

Thursday, September 24–Two Inch Astronaut, Dirty Dishes, Lobo Marino, Tereu Tereu @ The Pinch. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $7 DOS

Two admirable labels, D.C.’s Bad Friend Records and New York’s Exploding in Sound, will join forces for a great show at The Pinch Thursday night. The lineup is a solid, diverse mix of bands, featuring post-punk stalwarts Two Inch Astronaut, rising New York rock outfit Dirty Dishes and D.C. veterans Tereu Tereu, plus the worldly folk rock sounds of Richmond’s Lobo Marino. For just seven bucks, you’re going to see a lot of great talent.

Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27–Landmark Music Festival @ West Potomac Park. Show 12 p.m./Tickets $105+

Austin has Austin City Limits, Chicago has Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, and now D.C. has a big festival coming its way: Landmark. The two-day event serves as a fundraiser for restoring the National Mall, taking place right beside it at West Potomac Park. It’s got all the bells and whistles of a buzzworthy show: a star-studded lineup featuring Drake, The Strokes, alt-J, Chvrches, Twin Shadow, Dan Deacon and more music heavyweights, plus a food lineup curated by celebrity chef José Andrés. Aside from all the aforementioned things, it’ll be interesting to see how a festival like Landmark does in the District. Check out all the D.C. acts performing on Saturday below:

Saturday, September 26--Mynabirds @ U Street Music Hall. Show 6 p.m./Tickets $15

D.C. native Laura Burhenn, formerly one half of local rock group Georgie James, just released a new album with The Mynabirds last month. Although her return to D.C. is somewhat overshadowed by all the hype around Landmark, we’re looking forward to seeing her show this Saturday and hearing “Semantics” live, one of our favorite songs from Lovers Know.

Saturday, September 26–Art All Night @ Gateway Pavilion [1100 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC] Show 7 p.m./FREE

We’re teaming up with Art All Night to present a FREE festival in Congress Heights on Saturday night. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., we’re transforming the neighborhood into an art mecca, with the heart of the show taking place at Gateway Pavilion. The Main Stage features nearly a dozen rad D.C. acts like neo-soul band Black Alley (who currently has a residency at Rock and Roll Hotel), Grammy-nominated artist Kokayi, DJ Ayes Cold and more, with an art market, live paintings, art installations and a fashion show. Just around the corner, the Pepco building will be transformed into a pop-up art gallery, featuring work from local artists, plus free yoga and meditation sessions and a lot more stuff going on. You can’t really find anything else like it for free, so make sure to RSVP and come check it out–cool?

Saturday, September 26–Bliss @ U Street Music Hall. Show 10:30 p.m./Tickets $10

Started by D.C. influencer and U Street Music Hall owner Will Eastman in 2000, Bliss is one of the city’s longest running DJ nights. After a solid 15 year run, Eastman will put the party to rest this Saturday, ending it with a six hour set.

Plus, some other cool shows this week…

Tuesday, September 22–Mikal Cronin @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $15

Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24–Sturgill Simpson @ Lincoln Theatre. Doors 6:30 p.m./SOLD OUT

Wednesday, September 23–The Cribs @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $20

Thursday, September 24–Lianne La Havas @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $33.50

Friday, September 25–Black Masala @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $15

Friday, September 25–Yo La Tengo @ Lincoln Theatre. Doors 6:30 p.m./Tickets $35

Sunday, September 27–The Jesus and Mary Chain @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $35