These are the top five shows you should see this week.
Wednesday, October 25–Die Nerven, Homosuperior, Hand Grenade Job, Heavy Breathing @Dupont Underground. Show 7 p.m./Tickets $5-$10 donation
Celebrating the opening of the Goethe-Institut’s exhibition “Brilliant Dilletantes – Subculture in Germany in the 1980s,” the D.C. Public Library will host a punk show in the subterranean quarters of Dupont Underground. For just a small donation of $10, you’ll get to see four awesome acts play, who include: German punk band Die Nerven, D.C. punks Homosuperior, electronic rock trio Heavy Breathing, and rock duo Hand Grenade Job.
Wednesday, October 25–The Effects, Super Silver Haze, Light Beams @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10
Black Cat will host three of the fall’s biggest record release shows this week, the first one being The Effects. Composed of prolific D.C. musicians Devin Ocampo (Faraquet and Medications), David Rich (Buildings) and Matt Dowling (Deleted Scenes, Paperhaus), the trio will celebrate the release of their excellent debut full length on Wednesday night with D.C.’s Super Silver Haze and Light Beams.
Thursday, October 26–Ace Cosgrove and Hardwork Movement @ Velvet Lounge. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $15 DOS
If you’ve listened to Ace Cosgrove rhymes, it’s clear how much his hometown of Gaithersburg, Maryland has inspired and shaped his worldview. But for his latest effort, Ms. Claire’s Basement, Cosgrove goes beyond the confines of his home to reflect on the political and social turmoil that followed the Presidential election. He always delivers a high-energy, freewheeling performance wherever he goes, and seeing him in a small room like the Velvet Lounge will be a real treat.
Thursday, October 26–Sara Curtin, The North Country, PNMA @ Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $15
Sara Curtin recently released her best and most candid record yet, a gorgeous album called Or So It Seemed. On the album, she muses on pivotal life moments and issues like gentrification on “When Was the Last Time” and experiencing sexism on “What Do I Know.” On “Blame Time,” she addresses the all-too-familiar excuse that most people use of being ‘too busy’ to keep up with loved ones. Her candor and confidence shines through on Or So It Seemed, which she’ll be celebrating at Black Cat’s backstage this Thursday.
Friday, October 28–Paperhaus, Go Cozy, Tony Kill, DJ Nenet @ Black Cat. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $12 advance or $15 DOS
Paperhaus has been a fixture of the independent music community for several years now. For as long as they’ve been around, they’ve never been complacent when it comes to evolving their music and overall creative process. Their recent album, Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask?, shows Paperhaus pushing the boundaries even more–challenging conventions and further experimenting with their sound. On Friday, you’ll want to head back to Black Cat for their album release show.