The top five local shows this week, plus a short-hand list of other cool events.
Monday, November 2–Trunkweed, The Black Sparks, Tomato Dodgers, Night Kitchen @ The Pinch. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $5 DOS only
Start off your week the right way by going to a good show on Monday night. The Pinch will host a nice lineup of music in its cozy downstairs space, featuring acts like Baltimore surf-rock stalwarts Trunkweed and D.C. hardcore outfit The Black Sparks.
Thursday, November 5–Den-Mate @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
In the last year, Den-Mate has blossomed into one of the city’s best live acts. She’ll be making her debut at this Thursday’s Luce Unplugged show at the American Art Museum, with an art talk starting at 5:30 p.m. leading into her performance at 6 p.m. It’s a free show that’s really incomparable to anything else out there–come hang out with us, explore all the great American art inside the museum and take in a great set from Den-Mate. RSVP here.
Friday, November 6–Elikeh and Edy Blu @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $15
Some of our fondest concert memories were at an Elikeh show. The Afropop band’s set is full of energy, spirit and also makes for a great night of dancing. This Friday, Elikeh will celebrate their EP release at Rock and Roll Hotel with the soulful D.C. singer, Edy Blu.
Sunday, November 8–Wydyde, Great Smokey, Baby Bry Bry & the Apologists @ Hole in the Sky. Show 1 p.m./$5 donation
Escape from all the overpriced brunches and go to Hole in the Sky instead. The Northeast DIY space has some cool bands rolling through on Sunday afternoon, like DCMD favorite Baby Bry Bry & the Apologists, psych-soul rock outfit Great Smokey and garage rockers Wydyde.
Sunday, November 8–DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Chili Cookbook Launch Party @ Showtime. Show 4 p.m./FREE
Recently, a bunch of our favorite bands put together their best chili recipes for the DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Chili Cookbook, a project that’ll raise money for D.C. non-profit, Bread for the City. The book also comes with a compilation album that you can purchase online or at the launch party at Showtime this Sunday. While you’re there, you’ll get to sample some of the chili recipes in the book and see a few DJ sets throughout the afternoon. Participating musicians/music people on Sunday include: Booby Trap, BRNDA, Fort Reno Rumors, Granny’s Ball of Odds, Head-Roc, Hemlines, Incredible Change, Jack on Fire, Kriston Capps, Mittenfields, MIYAZAKI, Nice Breeze, Not Bored, Pat Walsh, Plums, Polyon, Puff Pieces, Sara Curtin, Technicians, Tereu Tereu.
Plus other cool shows this week…
Monday, November 2–Ra Ra Riot @ DC9. Show 9 p.m./SOLD OUT
Monday, November 2–The Districts, Lady Lamb, Sun Club @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $20
Monday, November 2–TOPS @ U Street Music Hall. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $15
Tuesday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4–Beirut @ Lincoln Theatre. Doors 6:30 p.m./Tickets $40
Friday, November 6–Deafheaven @ The Howard Theatre. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $20 advance or $22 DOS
Friday, November 6–Marina and the Diamonds @ Lincoln Theatre. Doors 6:30 p.m./SOLD OUT
Friday, November 6–Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ 9:30 Club. Doors 6 p.m./Tickets $17
Saturday, November 7–Yacht @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $20
Saturday, November 7–DIIV @ Black Cat. Doors 9 p.m./Tickets $18 advance or $20 DOS
Saturday, November 7–Odesza @ 9:30 Club. Doors 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m./SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 8–MisterWives @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./SOLD OUT