Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
These are the shows we’re stoked to see this week.
Wednesday, Nov. 16–Stronger Sex, Reighnbeau, The Galaxy Electric, CrushnPain @ DC9. Show 8:30 p.m./$8 DOS only
BLIGHT. Records is a vanguard in D.C. for progressive music and art. One of the most active labels in the city, its current roster features some of the most forward-thinking acts in the area. This week, BLIGHT. will showcase some of its best work into a compilation record, BLIGHT Makes Right, which will be released digitally and on cassette. A few of the awesome D.C. bands featured on the album, like experimental noise-pop group Stronger Sex, cosmic-pop duo The Galaxy Electric and producer CrushnPain, will play at BLIGHT.’s release show on Wednesday at DC9–don’t miss it!
Thursday, Nov. 17–Big Hush and Big Bliss @ Bathtub Republic. Show 7 p.m./$8 DOS only
After a long day of work on Thursday, head to D.C. house venue Bathtub Republic and see local shoegazers Big Hush. The quartet will share a bill with another ‘big’ band, post-punk group Big Bliss from New York. Big Bliss will also take donations on behalf of Planned Parenthood, ACLU, RAINN and The Future Project, so make sure to bring a few extra dollars to the show.
Friday, Nov. 18–Title Tracks and Light Beams @ Comet Ping Pong. Doors 10 p.m./Tickets $12 DOS only
It’s been five years since D.C.’s Title Tracks released their last album, but the group will return this Friday with a brand new record, Long Dream. Based on the new song that they dropped last month, the infectious power-pop jam “Low Cool,” the forthcoming album seems promising. Friday’s show at Comet Ping Pong marks Long Dream‘s album release party, with D.C. rock band Light Beams opening.
Saturday, Nov. 19–Kingsley Flood, Fellow Creatures, and Louis Weeks @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $15
Another album release show happening this week is D.C./Boston folk outfit Kingsley Flood’s. The group is pretty prolific when it comes to making music, releasing three EPs just last year and a new album, Another One, last month. Their epic, high-energy shows have sold-out nearly every time the band rolls through town, and their upcoming set at Rock and Roll Hotel will probably be no exception. Besides Kingsley Flood, the entire bill is excellent, featuring the avant-garde electronic sounds of Louis Weeks and groovy swamp-rock offerings of Fellow Creatures.
Sunday, Nov. 20–April+VISTA, Yaya Bey, Odd Mojo, TOMIyeyo, Kleonaptra, Jessicunt @ Black Cat. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $10
D.C. producers and innovators CMPVTR CLVB are rolling out another music series, Glow End Theory, that’ll spotlight some of the forward-thinking acts from the city. The inaugural show features rising R&B duo April+VISTA, who recently put out a fantastic EP that we raved about earlier this summer. There’s also Yaya Bey, vocalist of D.C. group Gully Waters who has soared with her recent solo project, and Maryland emcee Odd Mojo. Resident DJs TOMIyeyo, Kleonaptra and Jessicunt will keep the good vibes going throughout the night.