Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
The top five local shows you should know this week, plus other cool events to check out around town.
Monday, April 11–Princess Reason, Hovvdy, Tall Friend, Jauze @ Above the Bayou. Show 7:30 p.m./Donations
The Monday grind might suck, but at least there’s Above the Bayou’s show to look forward to at the end of the long day. This will be D.C. fuzz rock trio Jauze‘s first live performance, an exciting new project featuring veteran musicians Ryan McLaughlin, John Scoops and Erik Sleight. Also on the bill is rock trio Princess Reason from Baltimore, Austin bedroom pop duo Hovvdy and D.C. rock group Tall Friend.
On Thursday, DCMD is unveiling a brand new intimate show experience called The DCMD Salon at Songbyrd. The night is a glimpse into D.C.’s creative scene and all the awesome, innovative people who are a part of it–featuring artistic, forward-thinking performances of all types.
Catch avant-garde powerhouse duo Janel and Anthony, the soulful genre-bending offerings of Kokayi, prolific local composer Louis Weeks and dance to the tropical beats of DJ Ayes Cold in-between sets. Dance company Capitol Movement will perform some tap, hip-hop and other freestyle routines to the featured music, plus you’ll get to hear the interesting history of Songbyrd and how famous musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Charlie Byrd came to frequent its old space. Plus, before doors, scope out our pop-up D.C. music photography exhibit, as we’ll show off some of the gorgeous photos taken by the DCMD photographers over the past few years.
Friday, April 15–Fellow Creatures @ Tropicalia. Show 10 p.m./Tickets $15
Last week, D.C. rock duo Fellow Creatures released their long-awaited debut album. It’s an excellent 11-song record that’s one of the most sonically ambitious and forward-thinking releases to come out of the gate this year. On Friday night, Fellow Creatures will celebrate the album at Tropicalia with D.C. afro-funk band Kino Musica.
Friday, April 15–Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Saintseneca, Little Scream @ 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $20
When The New Pornographers came to 9:30 Club last year, it was their opener, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, who really stole the show. The level of musicianship and versatility that Falls Church native Thao Nguyen has is something to be revered and seen in a live show experience. From the moment she steps onstage to the bitter end, it’s never a dull moment–Nguyen is able to improvise her performance in a way that keeps things fresh and engaging throughout the entire show. It’s great to see Thao & the Get Down Stay Down headlining instead of opening 9:30 Club this time around. Another band to look forward to is Ohio’s Saintseneca, so make sure to get there early.
Saturday, April 16–Bless, Swim Team, Journalism, Flasher @ Bathtub Republic. Show 7 p.m./$8 Donation
If you’re looking for a good show to hit up on Saturday night, look no further than Bathtub Republic. On the bill is D.C. rock trio Bless, rock group Flasher (featuring members of Priests, Big Hush and Bless), Ohio thrash-pop band Swim Team, with New York rock quartet Journalism completing this great lineup.
Plus other cool shows this week…
Tuesday, April 12–Napalm Death & Melvins and Melt Banana @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $30
Wednesday, April 13–Bleached @ DC9. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $12 advance or $14 DOS
Wednesday, April 13–The Joy Formidable @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $25
Wednesday, April 13–Geographer @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $20
Friday, April 15–Yuck @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $15
Friday, April 15–Le1f @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $15
Friday, April 15–Chairlift @ Black Cat. Doors 9 p.m./Tickets $15
Saturday, April 16–Porch Fest @ Rhode Island Ave. NE. Show 2 p.m./FREE
Saturday, April 16–Johnny Fantastic, 100 Watt Horse, Wild Coast, Oh, Rose @ Doghouse. Show 8 p.m./Donations
Sunday, April 17–The Dandy Warhols @ 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m./Tickets $25
Sunday, April 17–Vandaveer @ Gypsy Sally’s. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $13 DOS.