These are the top five shows you should see this week
Wednesday, Aug. 10–DC Punk Archive presents Dove Lady @ Woodridge Neighborhood Library. Show 6:30 p.m./FREE
Dove Lady’s new album, One, is an exhilarating record that keeps you on your toes the entire way through. The duo’s sweeping, genre-bending sound frenetically weaves between punk, post hardcore and free jazz on each punchy track. If there’s one takeaway from this week’s Top 5 column, it’s this: if you haven’t seen Dove Lady live yet, you’re sorely missing out.
Builder is dream rock quartet Humble Fire’s best work yet, a deeply personal record that explores loss, death and failed relationships, and how the band’s close bond has helped them to persevere through these experiences. On Friday, Humble Fire will headline Rock and Roll Hotel for their record release party, featuring D.C. duo NUEX, experimental folk band Near Northeast, and Baltimore’s Frenemies.
Friday, Aug. 11--BUST OFF. Louder Than Quiet, fats, Dissonance, Cartoon Weapons @ The Commune. Show 6 p.m./Free, but donations encouraged
If you’re still without plans on Friday, DIY venue The Commune has a stacked bill set for the night featuring some of D.C.’s finest. Hardcore stalwarts BUST OFF. never fails to deliver an explosive show, and you’ll get to see them in the same room as Maryland’s Louder Than Quiet, who is gearing up to play Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival this month.
Saturday, Aug. 12–Dawkins, Dreamcast, Leach, Crue @ Uptown Art House. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $10 DOS only
Missed Dawkins’ EP release show last month at Uptown Art House? This is another chance to see the D.C. experimental pop quintet in concert. Also on Saturday, one of D.C.’s smoothest voices, Dreamcast, will celebrate the release of his new single.
Saturday, Aug. 12–Run for Cover @ Black Cat. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $12
Run For Cover goes above and beyond an average cover band night, as local musicians grace the stage with their wildest, most over-the-top ideas to reimagine classic songs and legendary icons. It’s always fun to see what crazy costumes and stage props each act comes up with, and in keeping with tradition, all proceeds made from the show will benefit Girls Rock! DC.