Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
We’re back after the long holiday weekend–here are the top five shows you should see during this short week:
Thursday, July 6–Mock Identity, TK Echo, Weird Babies @ Fort Reno. Show 7 p.m./FREE CANCELED due to rain
There are a lot of places to watch outdoor music in D.C., but nothing really surmounts to the longstanding tradition of seeing a Fort Reno show. Some of music’s most influential bands have played on its small iconic stage, and it’s become a crucial starting point for up-and-coming bands too. The first Fort Reno show of the year will happen this Thursday evening with punk quartet Mock Identity, TK Echo and Weird Babies. Also check out the full schedule and find out ways to support Fort Reno.
Thursday, July 6–Humble Fire @ Otherfeels. Show 7 p.m./Cash Donations
Later this month, Humble Fire will release their new album, Builder. The songs that have been released from the record so far have been excellent, including “Taliesin,” “Fine Line,” and its title track which will get a proper single release show this Thursday. It should also be noted that “Builder” comes with a beautiful music video that’s also our newly crowned Video of the Week.
Friday, July 7–Release the Pressure @ 9:30 Club. Doors 9 p.m./Tickets $10
Release the Pressure is a dance party meant to “get rid of modern day pressures in a positive, safe environment.” Some of D.C.’s top producers will spin music throughout the night, who include Martín Miguel (founder of Better Listen Records), Hot Coffee and Samantha Francesca (of the Sticky Fingers Collective) and OZKER (who hosts several residencies around town at U Street Music Hall, Dodge City, Rock and Roll Hotel, Velvet Lounge and Marvin.)
Saturday, July 8–Crue, Free Thyme, Havana Seoul, Illectric Gold, Pxrris, Yanju @ Uptown Art House. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Uptown Art House is a new D.C. DIY venue spotlighting innovative music and visual art. Starting this summer, Uptown Art House will host a series of exhibitions and concerts, which includes Saturday’s show presented by Capitol Sound and thefctry. Forwarding-thinking local acts like R&B artist Crue, PG County emcee Havana Seoul and Maryland hip hop duo Free Thyme will all perform at one of D.C.’s most interesting creative spaces.
Saturday, July 8–Justin Jones @ IOTA Club. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $12 DOS
Whether with a full band in tow or solo, Justin Jones’ guitar wizardry and high-energy performance is something to be seen on any given chance possible. If your Saturday night plans are still open, head to IOTA Club.