The top five shows you should see this week
Wednesday, September 20–The Mynabirds @ DC9. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $12 advance or $15 DOS
D.C. native Laura Burhenn has an extensive catalog of projects under her belt, but nothing has quite stuck like The Mynabirds. The band’s delicate, dream pop sound is an interesting contrast to the unwavering, politically charged lyrics Burhenn writes. Touring behind their latest effort, Be Here Now, Burhenn chronicles the emotions she felt immediately after the inauguration and Women’s March that took place in January.
Friday, September 22–Majority Rule, PG. 99, Multicult, Homosuperior @ St. Stephen Church. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $15
There are no shortage of bands who’ll reunite to cash in on the nostalgia wave, and then there are others–like legendary hardcore group Majority Rule–whose reunion not only feels organic, but purposeful. Touring with recently-reunited D.C. punks PG. 99, both bands will play at St. Stephen Church this Friday with Baltimore noise rock band Multicult and District punks Homosuperior. Majority Rule and PG. 99 have reserved their entire tour to benefit several non-profits in need, and all proceeds from their D.C. show will go to LGBTQ advocate group Casa Ruby. Advanced tickets to the show are already sold out, so make sure to get there early if you want to get a seat.
Friday, September 22–Kool A.D., Weekend Money, Sugg Savage, Cult Days, Mike of Doom, Sharkmuffin, Sir EU @ Uptown Art House. Show 7 p.m./Cash Donations
Uptown Art House has become a mainstay on this list for its visionary approach to music booking. Friday’s show features a progressive slate of live performances from acts like Kool A.D. (formerly of hip hop group Das Racist) and dynamic D.C. rappers Sugg Savage, Mike of Doom and Sir E.U.
Besides new restaurants and bars, Blagden Alley also has a DC Alley Museum, which is a collection of stunning murals designed by some of D.C.’s best visual artists. On Saturday and Sunday, the museum will host a two-day festival with art, film screenings, kids activities, yoga and live music from Nag Champa, Luke Stewart, Boat Burning, Janel Leppin’s Volcanic Ash and much more. If you’re also out and about on Saturday, make sure to check out Art All Night.
Sunday, September 24–Rare Essence @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $15
There’s really no better way to wrap up the week than by going to see the Wickedest Band Alive in concert on Sunday. Typically Rare Essence performs at larger venues around town, so it’ll be a real treat to see them in a smaller, more intimate space like U Street Music Hall. Don’t miss it.