Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
There’s plenty to see and a lot to do this week, but these five shows are ones not to miss.
Thursday, April 6-Sunday, April 9—Damaged City Fest. Various Venues and Times
For four days, Damaged City Fest will host some of the world’s best hardcore and punk bands across a slew of D.C. venues. Some of the highlights on the schedule include Thursday’s pre-show, featuring local acts like hardcore stalwarts GIVE and Protester. Saturday’s main show at St. Stephen’s Church will offer up a stacked bill that includes headliners The Marked Men, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads and Glue, with an art show taking place outside the venue at the same time. Bookending the festival is Sunday’s main show at Black Cat’s Backstage, with a second performance from The Marked Men plus performances from D.C. hardcore band Coke Bust, punk trio Flasher, New York’s Haram and L.A. punks Dirty+His Fists.
Thursday, April 6–CTRL Space Command @ Capital Fringe. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $20 DOS. You can also purchase passes to all four shows for $37
Jamal Gray and St. Clair Castro of D.C. arts collective CMPVTR CLVB are putting on a high-concept, existential multimedia exhibition that will span over the course of four weeks. CTRL SPACE Command promises to be an “immersive series of conceptual performance pieces dissecting mankind’s intrinsic connection to space, time and the Creator,” elevated by cinematic video installations and performances from some of D.C.’s best musicians (who will be announced later this week). Each event offers up something unique from the last, pushing musical boundaries and experimentation.
Thursday, April 6–Witch Coast, Kal Marks, BRNDA @ Comet Ping Pong. Doors 7 p.m./$5-$10 suggested donation
Across town from Capital Fringe, Comet will host another great show in its backroom on Thursday night. Still riding high since the release of their new EP, Devil Vision, D.C. punks Witch Coast will bring their high-powered live show to Comet with Babe City labelmates BRNDA and Exploding in Sound’s own Kal Marks.
Friday, April 7–Feed Me Disco @ U Street Music Hall. Show 10:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Besides making her own music, performing around the world and running her own label, sought-after D.C. DJ/producer Eau Claire also has her own dance party at U Street Music Hall called Feed Me Disco. On Friday, Los Angeles’ Plastic Plates and local DJ zacheser will join Claire for the April installment of her recurring series.
Saturday, April 8–The Duskwhales, Milo in the Doldrums, Kid Brother @ Jammin’ Java. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $15
Jammin’ Java will host not one, but two album release shows in one night. One of our favorite acts to see live, D.C. psychedelic rock trio The Duskwhales, will have a dual record release party with Virginia rock band Milo in the Doldrums on Saturday. Also performing at the show is Kid Brother, who released their impressive debut album in February, Baltimore Street Rat.