Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week
These are the top five shows you should see this week.
Thursday, November 2–Loud Boyz, Cool Moon, Pee Circles @ Black Cat. Doors 8 p.m./Tickets $10
There are few bands in the city who can deliver the same raucous energy that Loud Boyz can live. This show isn’t for the conservative wallflower who wants no part in the headbanging, thrashy goodness that’ll take place both on and off stage. On Thursday, be prepared for the loudest boys in D.C. to unleash an explosive show at Black Cat’s backstage.
Thursday, November 2–SIR E.U, Roz & the Rice Cakes, Shana Falana @ Paperhaus. Show 7:30 p.m./Donations
Sir E.U’s otherworldly rhymes and beats will be front and center at Paperhaus this Thursday. The veteran DIY space has done a great job with diversifying their music lineup, bringing together parts of the community who otherwise would not be on the same bill. Joining the very talented D.C. rapper is Providence experimental rock trio Roz and the Rice Cakes–who released their spacey new record Devotion in October–and New York dream-pop act Shana Falana.
Thursday, November 2–Washington Jewish Music Festival. Click here for show times and tickets.
Starting this Thursday, the Washington Jewish Music Festival returns with another eclectic lineup. Music from all over the world will be represented at different venues over the course of 10 days. Some of the highlights include the premiere of Christylez Bacon and Seth Kibel’s new hip hop-Klezmer collaboration and Jewish-Brazilian-Jazz project Contra Ponte at Songbyrd on November 8, Andy Statman’s two-set show of Jewish music and bluegrass on November 9 at the AMP, and Simone Baron’s chamber music performance on November 12 at the Edlavitch DCJCC with dancer Mairi Greig.
Thursday, November 2–Snail Mail and Bat Fangs @ Dr. Martens. Show 6 p.m./Free with RSVP
At a time when most 18 year olds are just trying to pass their senior year and graduate high school, Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan was already signing her first record deal and playing major music festivals across the country. Her musicianship and lyrical prowess is well beyond her years, and after supporting Beach Fossils on their U.S. tour, Snail Mail will play a free show at the Dr. Martens store in Georgetown this Thursday. Bat Fangs, a rad new D.C. group composed of Ex Hex’s Betsy Wright and Flesh Wounds/Cold Cream’s Laura King, will also be there and definitely one not to miss.
Friday, November 3–Justin Jones, The Cowards Choir, Sara Curtin @ Pearl Street Warehouse. Show 8:30 p.m./Tickets $15
The new buzzy neighborhood in town is The Wharf, and there’s practically not a day that goes by without hearing something about it. One of the more exciting openings there is Pearl Street Warehouse, a 300-capacity music venue from the owners of Cantina Marina (RIP). If you haven’t been to it yet, then Friday is a good time to be there–Pearl Street has a solid lineup in store with D.C.’s own Justin Jones, The Cowards Choir and Sara Curtin.