Top 7 Shows You Should See This Week in D.C.
While planning out your concert calendar, don’t sleep on these shows this week.
Monday, Feb. 5—SZA at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m./SOLD OUT
To the surprise of no one, SZA’s show at The Fillmore sold out faster than her meteoric rise on the music charts. Signed to powerhouse label Top Dawg Entertainment, home to hip hop’s elite like Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, SZA’s 2017 debut album Ctrl earned her five well-deserved nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards. While she walked away empty handed, she’s got a promising future ahead that’ll go much farther than a one-off Grammy win.
Wednesday, Feb. 7—Girlpool at Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m./Tickets $16 advance or $18 DOS
With a new collaboration out with Blood Orange, you can once again witness the gorgeous harmonies of Girlpool in person this Wednesday at Black Cat. The show is presented by the University of Maryland’s student-run radio station WMUC.
Thursday, Feb. 8—Thurston Moore at Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $18
Thurston Moore has been churning out new music left and right, releasing two albums last year with another seven-inch record on the way Feb. 19. The new release is called Not My President’s Day, and will feature “Mx Liberty,” a “punk rock broadside to the current man-boys of the USA government in response to their mockery of democracy,” according to Moore himself, and a cover of “Panik” that was originally recorded by French punk band Metal Urbain. Before his record drops, Moore will perform an acoustic solo set at Rock and Roll Hotel this Thursday.
Many people were introduced to Brent Faiyaz when he teamed up with DMV emcee GoldLink on “Crew,” but there’s so much more to the Baltimore native’s multi-faceted R&B catalog that’s just as noteworthy. His 2017 EP Sonder Son produced some great songs like “Talk 2 U,” “Missin Out” and “Needed” that proves Faiyaz isn’t an artist who’s just meant to sing hooks. There’s some real, raw talent behind his music that’s worth catching him live this Friday at Union Stage (if you can find a ticket, that is).
The perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend is by going to see one of D.C.’s best performers at one of D.C.’s best new places for live music. Aztec Sun’s big, brassy sound and energetic live shows have captured the hearts and ears of local music lovers for nearly six years. If you’ve haven’t seen them in person yet, make an effort to head down to The Wharf this Friday.
Bat Fangs is one of most exciting new additions to D.C.’s music scene, composed of Ex Hex’s Betsy Wright and Flesh Wounds/Cold Cream’s Laura King. The duo self-describes its music as “cranking acid-soaked ’80s hard rock for the living and the dead,” and honestly, who wouldn’t dig something like that? Their eponymous debut album is one of the best new records we’ve heard so far this year, featuring the stadium rock-inspired hit “Wolfbite” and the hard-hitting tune “Rock The Reaper.” In person, Wright and King are absolutely magnetic onstage, and if you were able to score a ticket to the show, consider yourself lucky.
Saturday, Feb. 10—Palehound, Weaves, Tall Friend at Union Stage. Show 8 p.m./Tickets $15
An excellent lineup from start to finish, you’ll want to make your way back to Union Stage this Saturday for this show. All three bands are on the road promoting new records–Palehound’s A Place I’ll Always Go (released in June), Weaves’ Wide Open (released in Oct.) and Tall Friend’s Safely Nobody’s (released in Aug.).