Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
Keep cool, stay hydrated and check out these five shows this week. Also read our Outdoor Music Guide if you’re interested in seeing some live music outside.
Thursday, July 27–The Caribbean, H.O.W. @ Studio 1469. Show 8 p.m./Donations
It’s not often that Columbia Heights arts venue Studio 1469 hosts a concert, but it’s a cool space to see your favorite bands play in a more intimate space. On Thursday, D.C. avant-garde rock trio The Caribbean–a longtime fixture in the D.C. music scene–will perform with Baltimore’s H.O.W. For a group that pushes the boundaries of musical experimentation, it seems fitting for The Caribbean to be at a venue that’s just as progressive.
Thursday, July 27–Reagan Bombs, Mista Selecta, Kelow Latesha, Ciscero @ Songbyrd. Show 9 p.m./Tickets $10
DJs and producers Jesse Tittsworth and Scott Sanders have joined forces for a new, go-go influenced project called Reagan Bombs. The duo recently released their debut record last month, which hones in on their richly-layered sound that fuses house music, various found sounds and percussion from go-go legends Stomp and Smoke of Northeast Groovers. Thursday’s show at Songbyrd will mark their album release show, featuring a nice representation of rising D.C. acts like emcees Kelow Latesha and Ciscero along with producer Mista Selecta.
Friday, July 28–Jenna Camille, NKO, Milk$ @ Flash. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $5 DOS only
If you’re free on Friday, head out to Flash nightclub in Shaw. Otherfeels and This/Side are presenting three emerging stars that are making waves in D.C. Jenna Camille’s poetic, soulful R&B offerings will be front and center with the fiery rhymes of NKO and hip hop duo Milk$.
Saturday, July 29–Janel Leppin, John Lindaman, Luciernaga, Mike Nigro @ Rhizome. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
Janel Leppin, a musician that needs no introduction for those who read this column frequently, will bring her compelling live set to Takoma’s Rhizome on Saturday night. The accomplished cellist’s expansive and inventive sound is something to be seen and admired at all opportunities possible. Guitar virtuoso John Lindaman, guitar-centric ambient recording project Luciernaga and electronic musician Mike Nigro will also perform.
Saturday, July 29–Heroes Are Gang Leaders @ Uptown Art House. Show 6 p.m./$10 Donation
The day after their appearance at the Kennedy Center, Heroes Are Gang Leaders will perform at new DIY arts venue Uptown Arts House on Saturday. The ensemble brings to the table an eclectic live show that encompasses spoken word, visual art and free jazz that will stimulate all senses.