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.

Wednesday, October 7–Two Inch Astronaut, Woozy, Fern Mayo, Swings @ Above the Bayou. Show 7:35 p.m./$5 Donation

Post-punk outfit Two Inch Astronaut is a name we’ve mentioned many times on the top five list, as they are one of the best acts in town. This Wednesday’s show at house venue Above the Bayou is your chance to catch them and their Exploding in Sound labelmates, Swings, who’s about to drop their new album next month.

Thursday, October 8–Br’er, Pleasures, EvilArtForm @ The Pinch. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $7 DOS only

Pushing the musical boundaries and keeping D.C.’s music scene interesting is experimental noise-pop band Br’er. After releasing a couple solid singles off their forthcoming album, the group will officially celebrate their record’s release this Thursday at The Pinch, featuring Florida experimental act Pleasures and D.C. electronic project EvilArtForm.

Friday, October 9–Dot Dash and Nox @ Comet Ping Pong. Show 10 p.m./Tickets $12 DOS only

By now you’ve probably heard of/have seen Salad Days, the documentary that takes a closer look at D.C.’s punk scene in the ’80s and its impact on the city. Since it was released last year, the film has gotten a ton of press, including a spot on the Billboard music video charts. This Friday is Salad Days‘ DVD release show at Comet Ping Pong, which had to be rescheduled due to the hurricane that fortunately never came. A fitting headliner for this event is post-punk act Dot Dash, comprised of ex members from Minor Threat, Youth Brigade and more, who’ll perform on Friday.

Friday, October 9–Boat Burning @ MLK Library. Show 12 p.m./FREE

Boat Burning is a psychedelic math-rock collective that brings together some of the city’s most talented musicians for an impressive, orchestral-esque performance. They’ll be playing a free show at MLK Library this Friday, so if you’re in the area during lunch, head on over.

Sunday, October 11–CrushnPain, Collin Crowe, Nitemoves @ Hole in the Sky. Show 1 p.m./$5 Donation

Instead of wasting your money away on bottomless brunch, use those hard-earned dollars to support some D.C. bands.  This Sunday’s show at DIY venue Hole in the Sky is a place to escape from the brunch apocalypse that’s taken over the city, featuring local electronic experimental acts CrushnPain and Nitemoves along with Collin Crowe of D.C. band Buildings.

Plus other cool shows this week…

Monday, October 5–Destroyer and Jennifer Castle @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $20

Wednesday, October 7–Pure Bathing Culture and Wild Ones @ DC9. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $12

Wednesday, October 7–Wavves and Twin Peaks @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $20

Thursday, October 8–Kurt Vile & the Violators, Waxahatchee, Luke Roberts @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $20

Thursday, October 8–Saintseneca, the Sidekicks, Yowler @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $12

Thursday, October 8–Teen Daze, Heavenly Beat, Lance Neptune @ DC9. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS

Friday, October 9–Mew @ 9:30 Club. Doors 10 p.m./Tickets $25

Saturday, October 10–Lower Dens @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 7 p.m./FREE with RSVP

Saturday, October 10–All Things Go’s Fall Classic w/ Kygo, the Knocks, Penguin Prison, Niykee Heaton, Powers, Tigertown, Chelsea Lankes, the Walking Sticks @ Union Market. Show 12 p.m./Tickets $60+

Saturday, October 10–The Growlers @ 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $20