Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
Welcome to the first week of September–here’s what you should see:
Thursday, September 7–Snakes @ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Show 6 p.m./FREE
The best thing about the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Unplugged shows is getting to discover new bands that you wouldn’t hear of otherwise. On Thursday, we’re happy to present Maryland’s Snakes, a group that makes punchy rock ‘n’ roll music with a twangy country western aesthetic. They’ve recently released a demo record that features a heartfelt cover of “Goodnight Irene”–check it out below.
Friday, September 8–Mount Eerie and Cigarette @ St. Stephen’s Church. Show 7 p.m./SOLD OUT
What’s better than watching Mount Eerie’s sublime live show in a church? Nothing much. Touring behind his new record, A Crow Looked at Me, Phil Elverum will play a special acoustic show (that’s already sold out) at St. Stephen’s on Friday. What’s more, the show will be opened by D.C.’s own Cigarette, who couldn’t be a more perfect fit for this lineup.
Friday, September 8–Awesome Sommerfest @ Goethe-Institut. Show 3 p.m./FREE
The DC Public Library’s Punk Archive will host a sweet local show at Awesome Sommerfest, an event that’ll celebrate the Goethe-Institut’s new exhibition–Konzept Geniale Dilletantes—which profiles German subculture in the ’80s. Two bands that we’ve raved about here plenty of times, experimental noise-pop band Br’er and rock group Foul Swoops, will close out the party from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The Punk Archive will also display some of its collection at the event, and there’ll be other activities on site like film screenings, workshops and karaoke.
Saturday, September 9–Honey Groove Festival @ Union Market. Show 2 p.m./Tickets $60
Honey Groove, a music and art festival that celebrates LGBTQ creatives, is coming back with its biggest lineup yet. For this year’s installment at Union Market, Honey Groove has snagged Big Freedia to headline its day-long show, supported by some of our favorite locals like Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi, Be Steadwell, BOOMscat, DJ Ayes Cold and more. Support the cause and check it out this Saturday.
Saturday, September 9–Lobby Floor, Protect-U, Pacific Fur Co., James CC @ Airshow. Show 6 p.m./$10 DOS only
Some exciting news on the D.C. music front: electronic duo Protect-U has a new record out. Well, sort of new. The group has released a very impressive batch of previously-unreleased demos under their new tape label, U-Udios, and will celebrate it at Takoma’s Airshow on Saturday night.