The top five local shows this week, plus a short-hand list of other cool events
Tuesday, February 9–Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, Footwerk, Party Like It’s, Cherie Sweetbottom, Dainty Dandridge, Brandon Wetherbee @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $15
Every year, D.C. musician Jonny Grave throws his big Mardi Gras show that brings together some great D.C. bands, burlesque dancers and other performers for a gigantic celebration. Tuesday’s show at U Hall will have Grave with his full band, genre-bending act Footwerk, cover band Party Like It’s, burlesque by Cherie Sweetbottom and Dainty Dandridge with You, Me, Them, Everybody‘s Brandon Wetherbee hosting.
Wednesday, February 10–The Walking Sticks, Wylder, Tigers Are Bad For Horses @ W Hotel. Show 8 p.m./FREE
Three up-and-coming D.C. bands headline the W Hotel’s Valentine’s Day-themed bash this Wednesday. Synth-pop trio The Walking Sticks, rising folk rock band Wylder and electronic duo Tigers Are Bad For Horses will play a free show on the hotel’s roof.
Friday, February 12–The El Mansouris and Elena & Los Fulanos @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
One of the best venues to see live music, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will host a couple talented D.C. acts on Friday night. Local supergroup The El Mansouris brings their innovative musical offerings to the Luce with bilingual folk rock outfit Elena & Los Fulanos.
Friday, February 12–Heavy Breathing, Time is Fire, Smoota @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $12
Anyone who’s been a longtime follower of DCMD does not need an introduction to Heavy Breathing. The D.C. trio brings their electronic psych-rock music to life with a fantastic, arena-like live show that douses you with laser lights, heavy fog and some twistedly-delightful humor thrown into the mix for good measure. You’ll thank yourself for going once the show’s over.
Sunday, February 14–Protomartyr, Priests, Protect-U @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $15
Performing with Detroit’s Protomartyr at Black Cat are two longtime favorites of DCMD, D.C. hometown heroes Priests and the ingenious electronic duo Protest-U. If you’re looking for a solid show to hit up on Sunday, this is the place to be.
Plus other cool shows this week…
Tuesday, February 9–Ezra Furman, BRNDA @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $12
Wednesday, February 10–Pell @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $15
Thursday, February 11–Kid Cudi @ Echostage. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $55
Thursday, February 11–The Sweater Set, Jessica Eliot Myhre, Letitia VanSant @ Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m./FREE
Friday, February 12—Hey Marseilles @ U Street Music Hall. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $15
Friday, February 12–Witch Coast, The Rememberables, Mission Creep, Collider, Schroeder @ American University’s Kay Spiritual Life Center. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $5-$7
Friday, February 12–Lauren Calve, Sara Curtin, Marian McLaughlin @ Songbyrd. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS