Top 5 Shows This Week

Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week in D.C.


The last week before the city clears out for Thanksgiving, there’s plenty of good stuff happening in town. Here’s what we’re looking forward to this week.

Monday, November 13–Foul Swoops, Aquarian Blood, Glue Factory @ Black Cat. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $10

Foul Swoops has been relatively quiet when it comes to releasing new music, but the D.C. trio has kept active on the live music front. On Monday night, the group will bring back their hard-driving, brazen rock ‘n’ roll gems to Black Cat’s backstage with Memphis punk band Aquarian Blood and New Jersey’s rock act Glue Factory.


Wednesday, November 15–NSO @ The Anthem. Show 6:30 p.m./SOLD OUT

Sandwiched in between The Anthem’s slate of buzzy touring headliners is D.C.’s own National Symphony Orchestra, who is playing a free show on Wednesday night. Their gig at the venue is one of several NSO events meant to attract a wider audience to classical music. Given that they sold out The Anthem’s 6,000-capacity space, it looks as if they were able to accomplish this.


Thursday, November 16–Kelela and Lafawndah @ U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m./SOLD OUT

Following the release of her excellent debut studio album, Take Me Apart, D.C. native Kelela is coming back to U Street Music Hall this Thursday. Take Me Apart is probably Kelela’s most adventurous record yet, zeroing in and perfecting the future-forward R&B sensibilities found on 2013’s Cut 4 Me and 2015’s Hallucinogen. Not surprisingly, her hometown show at U Street Music Hall is already sold out, so hopefully you can find tickets before Thursday rolls around.


Saturday, November 18–The North Country, Minor Poet, OG Lullabies @ Paperhaus. Show 8 p.m./Ca$h Donations

Longstanding DIY venue Paperhaus has a fantastic lineup set for Saturday night that’ll offer a little bit of something for everyone. Riding high since the release of their psych-rock record In Defense of Cosmic Altruism, D.C.’s The North Country will share a bill with local avant-garde R&B artist OG Lullabies and Richmond indie rock stalwart Minor Poet.


Saturday, November 18–By & By @ Solly’s. Show 7:30 p.m./Tickets $5 DOS only

One of the best bluegrass bands in town is about to release a new album this week. By & By will celebrate on Saturday night at Solly’s, with the magnetic Jonny Graves also performing at the show. Five bucks gets you in, but if you want a copy of the record, make sure to bring $10.