Top 5 Shows This Week

Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week

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

Monday, November 30–Big Hush, Wildhoney, Cigarette @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS

While you were gone for Thanksgiving, you might have missed Big Hush’s fuzzed-out new single “Cough,” which premiered on The Fader last week. “Cough” is a taste of what’s to come from their forthcoming EP, Who’s Smoking Your Spirit, due out December 1. The D.C. shoegazers will celebrate their new release with another longtime local favorite of ours, celestial rockers Cigarette, and Baltimore dream rock band Wildhoney.




Friday, December 4–Kingsley Flood and The North Country @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $16

It’s always a treat seeing Kingsley Flood live–the group is made up of six very talented and skilled musicians who bring a ton of energy to each and every show. It’s one reason why all their shows here are usually sold out or packed to the brim with people. On Friday, Kingsley Flood will celebrate their third EP of the year with another favorite of ours, The North Country, who will bring their introspective Americana music to the U Hall stage.




Friday, December 4–Swings, Paperhaus, Friend Roulette, Half Waif @ Songbyrd. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS

Earlier this month D.C. rock band Swings released their solid sophomore album Sugarwater via Exploding in Sound. On Friday, Swings will celebrate Sugarwater‘s release at Songbyrd with a great lineup that includes veteran D.C. rockers Paperhaus and New York’s Friend Roulette and Half Waif.




Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5–Magnificent Intentions @ DC9 and IOTA Club. Click here for show times and tickets

Spotlighting some of D.C.’s best bands, this year’s Magnificent Intentions festival has grown from one venue into two with over a dozen acts performing. Some of the standouts on the lineup include Middle Distance Runner’s album release show at DC9, power-pop group Title Tracks, experimental rock group The El Mansouris, folk artist Sara Curtin, new pop-rock band Lighting Fires and psychedelic rock band The Duskwhales.




Saturday, December 5–Heavy Breathing, Tone, The Caribbean @ Comet Ping Pong. Show 10 p.m./Tickets $12 DOS only

It was Cherry Blast 2012 and I accidentally walked right into Heavy Breathing’s show. I turned to my right and saw the keyboardist who was wearing a pink ski mask and cracking jokes in a weird distorted voice. Before anyone could even comprehend what in the hell was happening, she ran back on stage, where Heavy Breathing launched into their set that looked like a rock show from a dream–the room was filled with heavy fog, laser lights and Heavy Breathing’s otherworldly psychedelic/electronic sound. On Saturday, the D.C. trio will perform with the atmospheric instrumental band Tone and experimental pop-rockers The Caribbean. It’s a show you shouldn’t miss if you can help it.




Plus other cool shows this week…

Monday, November 30–Kelela @ U Street Music Hall. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $20

Wednesday, December 2–All Them Witches @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $12

Thursday, December 3–Low Cut Connie @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $12

Thursday, December 3–ROM, Booby Trap, Psychic Subcreatures @ MLK Library. Show 6:30 p.m./FREE

Friday, December 4–Panama Wedding @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $15

Friday, December 4–Ben Folds with the National Sympthony Orchestra. Show 9 p.m./SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 5–Deerhunter @ 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m./SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 5–Baby Bry Bry & Friends, ADIR L.C., Art Sorority for Girls, UVF Rays @ Songbyrd. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS

Saturday, December 5–Nappy Riddem @ IOTA Club. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only

Saturday, December 5–Black Masala and The Shack Band @ Gypsy Sally’s. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $12 advance or $14 DOS

Sunday, December 6–June Gloom, Very Fresh (feat. members of Leapling, Ava Luna, Palehound, Babement, Railings), Operator, Two Inch Astronaut @ Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $10