Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
These are the five shows we’re looking forward to this week
Wednesday, Feb. 22–Dreamcast @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Dreamcast is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter, producer and visual artist from the District who makes soulful, funky music that feels ahead of its time. Taking cues from icons like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, Dreamcast puts a futuristic spin on old school techniques and cultivates a sound that’s completely refreshing and unique. His musical prowess shines through on his new track, “Liquid Deep,” which was given a proper release via esteemed D.C. record label Peoples Potential Unlimited. This Wednesday, Dreamcast will perform with a few friends at Black Cat’s backstage to celebrate the seven-inch record release of Liquid Deep.
Wednesday, Feb. 22–Hamilton Leithauser @ Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./SOLD OUT
After The Walkmen decided to take an ‘indefinite hiatus,’ Hamilton Leithauser has found success with his recent solo endeavors. The latest gem from the D.C. native is his 2016 record I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, which features 10 gorgeous songs written in conjunction with ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam. On this album, both musicians are able to shine both independently and collaboratively. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to Leithauser’s show at Rock and Roll Hotel, you’ll be one of the first to hear these lovely songs live.
Thursday, Feb. 23–Brushes @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 5:30 p.m./FREE
Aside from his time performing with Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists, D.C. musician Nick Anway is making waves with his own excellent project called brushes. The guitar virtuoso crafts emotive, earnest rock songs that display his dexterous musicianship and impressive vocal range. On Thursday, brushes will perform a free show at the gorgeous Luce Foundation Center inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum. At the concert you’ll get to hear a new song from the band based on Gene Kloss’ painting “Midwinter in the Sangre de Cristos,” which is currently on display at the museum.
Friday, Feb. 24–ALB Rock the Stacks @ MLK Library. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $75+
The D.C. Public Library has unexpectedly become one of the city’s best venues for live shows. On Friday, the library will take its music efforts one step further with its very own festival, featuring D.C.’s finest musicians and visual artists. Rob Myers of Thievery Corporation, Fort Knox Five, Super Silver Haze (featuring Fugazi and Rites of Spring’s Brendan Canty and Phantogram’s Doug Kallmeyer), Furniteur, Boat Burning and more bands will take part in the big event. A compilation album featuring new music from the festival’s performers will be released on the same day. Proceeds from the record and the show will benefit the D.C. Public Library Foundation, so get out there on Friday and show your support.
Sunday, Feb. 26–Greenland and Two Inch Astronaut @ Galaxy Hut. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $5 DOS only
Two excellent D.C. rock bands are banding together to raise money for the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. At Galaxy Hut this Sunday, take in the pulsating post-rock offerings of Two Inch Astronaut and the inventive rock sounds of Greenland all in the same night. Your hard-earned dollars will go to a worthy cause.