The top five local shows you should know this week, plus other cool events to check out around town.
Thursday, March 31–Logic and Dizzy Wright @ Echostage. Show 7 p.m./SOLD OUT
One of the most successful MC’s to come from the area in the last few years is Logic, whose recent album, The Incredible True Story, shot straight to the top of the Billboard rap chart last year. For this record, Logic concocted a mini sci-fi script for it, set 100 years into the future. It’s an off-kilter concept that still seemed to resonate with his loyal fanbase, as the album ended up selling fifty thousand more copies in its first week than his first record, Under Pressure, did in 2014. On Thursday, Logic will be greeted by a completely sold-out audience at Echostage.
Friday, April 1–All Fools Night w/ Aztec Sun, Margot MacDonald, Jonny Grave & the Tombstones, with a sideshow by Moloch’s Midway & Cabinet of Infernal Mysteries and hosted by Chelsea Shorte @ Black Cat. Doors 9 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS
D.C. singer-songwriter Jonny Grave, known for throwing his big holiday parties at different venues around town, introduces his April Fools bash this Friday. Sonically, the lineup is all over the map–besides Jonny Grave’s band, funk band Aztec Sun and singer-songwriter Margot MacDonald will perform. Adding a little mischief to the April Fools festivities, sideshow performers Moloch’s Midway & Cabinet of Infernal Mysteries will also take the stage.
Friday, April 1–Pree, Sleepy Kitty, Shana Falana, Louis Weeks @ Above the Bayou. Show 7:30 p.m./Donations
If you haven’t been to house venue Above the Bayou yet, you’ve only got a few more months left to visit before it closes for good. And trust me, you’ll want to be in attendance for this Saturday’s show. The lineup features four innovative acts from D.C. and beyond; avant-garde pop rock quartet Pree, prolific composer Louis Weeks, St. Louis rock duo Sleepy Kitty and psych dream-pop duo Shana Falana will all play in the same room. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2–MACROCK. Click here for tickets and venue locations
MACROCK is a good excuse to take a road trip this weekend. Just a couple hours outside of D.C. in Harrisonburg, VA, the DIY music festival has a killer lineup set this year. Den-Mate, punk quartet Hemlines, rock trio Bless and Maryland prodigy Abdu Ali are just some of the reasons why MACROCK is worth the drive.
Saturday, April 2–The Nighttime Adventure Society and Brushes @ 2206 First St. NW. Show 7 p.m./Donations
Nick Anway of D.C. rock band Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists has branched out to an exciting new project called Brushes. We had the honor of premiering one of the singles from his forthcoming album last week, which you can listen to below. On Saturday night, Brushes will celebrate their tape release with D.C. indie rockers The Nighttime Adventure Society.
Plus other cool shows this week…
Monday, March 28–Melanie Martinez and Alvarez Kings @ 9:30 Club. Doors 6:30 p.m./SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 30–Chad Valley, Brett, Blackbird Blackbird @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $12
Thursday, March 31–DMA’s and Cold Fronts @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $12
Friday, April 1–Citizen Cope @ Lincoln Theatre. Show 6:30 p.m./Tickets $46
Saturday, April 2–Tobacco @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $20
Saturday, April 2–The Naked and Famous @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 3–Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./SOLD OUT (Monday show tickets are still available)
Sunday, April 3–Young Fathers @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $15
Sunday, April 3–Frankie Cosmos, Eskimeaux, Anna McClellan @ DC9. Show 8 p.m./SOLD OUT