Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
These are the five not-to-miss shows of the week
Wednesday, April 19–Den-Mate, Nuex, Purrer @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $12 DOS
Last week, D.C.’s Den-Mate released one of our favorite records of the year so far. Entropii is a stunning EP that shows Den-Mate’s evolution as an artist, balancing dark electronica with pop sensibilities. On Wednesday, she’ll have an official release show for Entropii that also features electronic pop duo NUEX and Baltimore rock project Purrer.
Thursday, April 20–Oddisee & Good Compny and Olivier St. Louis @ 9:30 Club. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $25
Oddisee may have left the DMV for Brooklyn some time ago, but he’s never forgotten about his hometown. D.C.’s influence is the driving force behind his latest release, The Iceberg, which is also one of the most relevant albums to come out this year. On Iceberg, Oddisee’s insights on race, class and discrimination hit close to home, noting to Time in a recent interview that living in Prince George’s County had a deep impact on his formative years. After spending the last few months on the road to promote the record, Oddisee will bring his powerful tour to the 9:30 Club on Thursday. D.C. soul artist Olivier St. Louis will open the show.
Thursday, April 20–CTRL Space CMD @ Capital Fringe. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $10 advance or $20 DOS
There’s only two more CTRL Space CMD shows left, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to make some moves soon. This Thursday’s theme, Sauvage: The Untamed Planet, promises to be a ‘journey to an Oasis in space,” featuring performances from Nag Champa, R&B singer-songwriter Crue, experimental hip hop project Urban Shaman and many more rising artists from the region.
Saturday, April 22–Abdu Ali @ Georgetown Library. Show 2:30 p.m./FREE
If you’re free during the day on Saturday, head to Georgetown Library. Yes, Georgetown. It’s not exactly the first place that comes to mind for an experimental music show, but it’s where Capital Fringe will present Baltimore’s Abdu Ali. One of the region’s rising vanguards, Ali’s music cohesively melds various influences and sounds of the city into his genre-bending brand of hip hop. He’s one of the best live performers around, and whenever he plays a show in the area–let alone a free show–it’s essential to see him in concert.
Saturday, April 22–Will Eastman+Special Guests @ U Street Music Hall. Show 10 p.m./Tickets $10
A few years ago, prolific D.C. DJ and U Street Music Hall co-owner Will Eastman found out the shocking news that he was adopted. After making this discovery, Eastman channeled his emotions into a beautiful record called Hilo, which features several D.C. musicians who provided vocals for the album. This Saturday is when you can see Hilo come to life, as Eastman will perform songs off the record with guest vocalists Outputmessage, Haile Supreme, Ameer Dyson, Philco and Ozker. Flash Frequency will also provide the visuals for this show.