Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
So many shows, so little time. Back from Thanksgiving weekend, there’s a lot going on this week–don’t let these five shows slip under your radar.
Following their excellent debut, Whatever, Again, D.C. rock group Brushes are gearing up to drop their second record this week. The EP will be a split release with Massachusetts surf-rock band Today Junior, who joins Brushes and Homeshake for Monday night’s show at Songbyrd. If you plan on going, it’s probably wise to get tickets in advance–the show is pretty close to selling out.
If you haven’t done so yet, take some time this week to dive into the punchy rock gems found on Greenland’s latest album, Shitty Fiction. The band’s best work to date, Greenland will celebrate its release at Songbyrd this Thursday with an awesome all-D.C. lineup that includes post-rockers More Humans and shoegazers Kid Claws.
Thursday, Dec. 1–Hothead, Six Six, KAG @ Comet Ping Pong. Doors 9 p.m./Tickets $12 DOS only
To say the least, it’s been a rough few weeks for Comet Ping Pong in the wake of a completely false and outrageous story that made its rounds on the web. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to show support towards this awesome venue, and one of the best ways to do so is by attending their shows. Thursday’s stacked lineup features the saccharine pop-rock of Baltimore/D.C. act Hothead, avant-garde music virtuosos Luke Stewart and Anthony Pirog as Six Six, and Priests’ Katie Alice Greer (aka K A G), who’ll celebrate her tape release.
Saturday, Dec. 3–The Riverbreaks, Wylder, Bearcat Wildcat @ Gypsy Sally’s. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS
Gypsy Sally’s presents three local folk and Americana bands who know how to put on a great show. After selling out the venue last year, The Riverbreaks will bring their high-energy set to the venue on Saturday night with folk-pop group Wylder. D.C. Americana collective Bearcat Wildcat rounds out this awesome bill that’s definitely worth the trek to Georgetown.
Sunday, Dec 4–Bad Moves and the Afterglows @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
After a busy week filled with shows, Black Cat is where you should be on Sunday. Bad Moves is a new D.C. rock group comprised of David Combs of The Max Levine Ensemble, Daoud Tyler-Ameen of Art Sorority for Girls, Katie Park of Hemlines, and Emma Cleveland of Booby Trap. On Sunday, the band celebrates the release of their self-titled record which comes out this Friday via Don Giovanni Records.