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Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week

By Stephanie Williams | Top 5 Shows This Week

Make the most of this gorgeous week by checking out these five shows:

Thursday, April 13–CTRL Space CMD @ Capital Fringe. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $20 DOS

D.C. music visionaries Jamal Gray and St.Clair Castro present the second installment of their ambitious performance piece, CTRL Space CMD. It’s a four-part event that explores “mankind’s intrinsic connection to Space, Time, & The Creator,” telling compelling narratives through high-concept visuals and live performances from some of D.C.’s finest. This Thursday’s sci fi-inspired show, “ALTER: Interstellar Escape Plan,” features music from rising producer Tony Kill, who’ll celebrate the release of his excellent new record, Thought Crimes, Maryland R&B group Jenna Camille and the Free Radicals and more.




Saturday, April 15Rhode Island Ave Main Street Porch Fest. Show 2 p.m./ FREE

As the weather warms up this week, Porch Fest returns on Saturday with a full afternoon of events. It’s all happening along the main strip of Rhode Island Ave. in Northeast, with a bunch of participating businesses opening up their doors for live music and other artsy activities. Take a stroll down the neighborhood, support local bands and businesses, and make the most of the gorgeous weekend weather.




Saturday, April 15–Same, Joy Buttons, Spirit Plots, Mt. Rainier @ The Dougout. Show 8 p.m./$5-$10 donation

Saturday is a busy night on the live music front, but The Dougout should be on your short list of places to check out. Saturday’s standout lineup features the solid indie rock offerings of Pittsburgh’s Same, the melodic hardcore sounds of D.C.’s Joy Buttons, infectious rock tunes from Spirit Plots and new ambient instrumental project Mt. Rainier.




Saturday, April 15–Near Northeast, Rios & Rays, Letters to Nepal, Chase Winters @ Bossa Bistro. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $5 DOS only

One of the understated gems of Adams Morgan is Bossa, a small venue dedicated to highlighting some of the most interesting music in town. Saturday night’s genre-bending lineup features D.C. avant-garde folk group Near Northeast, who’s set to release a brand new album next month. They’ll be joined by local folk band Rios & Rays, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Serbia electro-pop act Letters to Nepal and Brooklyn singer-songwriter Chase Winters for a very eclectic evening of sounds.

Cristina & The Rays perform “Rain Fall” from DANILANDIA on Vimeo


Saturday, April 15–Sweet Earl Greene @ Otherfeels. Show 8 p.m./$5 donation

Otherfeels, recently named best house venue by the City Paper, will host a fundraiser on Saturday night for a worthy cause. Featuring the soulful sounds of D.C. group Sweet Earl Greene, all proceeds made from the show will benefit City Blossoms, a program that fosters and develops creative, kid-friendly green spaces.

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