Monday, February 16:
- Erykah Badu @ The Fillmore Silver Spring: Erykah Badu is an American singer/songwriter, record producer, and actress. She was immediately signed to a record label after opening a show for D’Angelo in her hometown. This is a sold out show.
Tuesday, February 17:
- Emmy the Great with Louis Weeks @ DC9: Emmy the Great, typically an acoustic folksinger, has recently done a few surprisingly collaborations. Her latest, for her lead single “Swimming Pool,” is with Wild Beasts’ Tom Fleming. The track is a haunting siren-song that submerges us in an affluent montage, replete with rippling keys and dream laden bass.
- Bad Suns with Coasts and Maudlin Strangers @ The Rock & Roll Hotel: With their debut album released just last June, Bad Suns are making a real name for themselves. Since then they’ve opened for groups like New Politics and The 1975, and are now on their first solo tour. Their single “Cardiac Arrest” has become fairly well known, as well as their energy on stage. This is a sold out show.
Wednesday, February 18:
- New Madrid with Go Cozy and Witch Coast @ DC9: DC9 writes, “their music is a dynamic mixture of underwater-psych-rock that engages the listener in fully textured aural landscapes, both on record and live.” Based on my few minutes listening to them I’d say that this is a very accurate description. They’ve got a distinctive sound and I can’t think of anybody to compare them to.
- JJ Grey & Mofro with The London Souls @ The 9:30 Club: JJ Grey & Mofro have a Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic sort of feel. They’re a Southern rock and blues jam band with hints of soul and funk that can really rock a harmonica.
- Cutting Agency and Fractal Cat @ Gypsy Sally’s: Cutting Agency calls defines itself as “alternative dance music.” They only have 56 followers on Soundcloud and no Spotify profile, but if you’re into jazz, funk and discovering new artists definitely try to get out to this show. In my opinion Fractal Cat has a 70’s rock & roll feel, but they call themselves a “psychedelic bliss-rock experience.” This is a show with a mix of everything, so you can’t go wrong by attending it, but know ahead of time that it’s a 21+ event.
- Sleeping With Sirens & Pierce The Veil @ The Fillmore Silver Spring: Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil are both post-hardcore punk bands. Sleeping with Sirens have an aggressive blend of punk and metal, and caught the attention of metalcore label Rise Records, who immediately released their debut album. Pierce The Veil is made up of two brothers who started playing together in high school and eventually brought in other members to form the group.
- Francisco The Man with Jackson Scott and Raindeer @ U Street Music Hall: Francisco The Man, not to be confused with Portugal. The Man, is a group made up of garage and melodic indie rock. It took them nearly seven years to release their debut album, Loose Ends, which came out and the end of last October, but it’s a strong opening statement. I’d say they won’t be disappearing anytime soon.
- Nightmares On Wax (DJ Set) with All Good Funk Alliance @ U Street Music Hall: George Evelyn and Robin Taylor-Fifth are the masterminds behind Nightmares On Wax. Their sound was on the British techno map of the 90’s.
Thursday, February 19:
- Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ The 9:30 Club: Big Head Todd and the Monsters have a laid-back, slightly jazzy blues-based rock sound. They built up their solid fan base by touring college towns in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but then went on hiatus for a few years. Last year they released Black Beehive after about 3 years with no new music. Their sound can probably be compared to Dave Matthews Band.
- The Hunting Party with St. James & The Apostles and The Butterface Effect @ The Rock & Roll Hotel: The Hunting Party is similar in a way to Emmylou Harris. The sweet southern vocals mixed with a violin, steel string acoustic guitar, and a banjo have a blues vibe, but more than anything this is just screaming Emmylou Harris at me. I can’t draw any other comparison.
- Chocolate Puma with Seba Yuri and Brad Piff @ U Street Music Hall: Chocolate Puma is a Dutch house music duo from Haarlem, Netherlands. Gaston Steenkist and René ter Horst are two of Holland’s most celebrated electronic producers and with a career spanning 20 years, 200-odd releases and countless remixes, their influence on the European dance music scene cannot be underestimated.
Friday, February 20:
- Georgetown Cabaret @ The Black Cat: If you’re a Georgetown student and have never heard of Cabaret you have been living under a rock. It’s is a decades-old tradition that brings together student musicians for a multi-genre performance. Last year they were at the Rock & Roll Hotel, so there was some excuse for not going, but this year they’re at the much more accessible Black Cat. This is the event to be at.
- Punch Brothers with Gaby Moreno @ The 9:30 Club: I’ll be at this show working with HeadCount, which is a great way to get free access to shows. It’s something every live music lover should check out. Anyways, Punch Brothers just released My Oh My about a month ago, and are hitting up DC early on in their tour. The group was formed by the former mandolin player of Nickel Creek, who recruited a former guitarist of The Infamous Stringdusters, so their style is somewhat similar to both bands. This is a sold out show.
- Young Summer with Ploy and Pleasure Curses @ U Street Music Hall: I saw Young Summer, who’s real name is Bobbie Allen, open for Boy two years ago. At the time she didn’t even have an EP out. Now she’s becoming a bigger name with her debut album’s release and the single “Fever Dream.” When I saw her she didn’t have much to perform, and I didn’t notice anything spectacular about her, but I’d be down to give her another chance.
Saturday, February 21:
- Punch Brothers with Gaby Moreno @ The 9:30 Club: See above. This is also a sold out show.
- Alvin Risk with Brian Billion, Buster, and The Lothario vs Jackson Kachor @ U Street Music Hall: Alvin Risk is an American singer, producer, and DJ. He has worked alongside artists as varied as The Prodigy, Kaskade, Hans Zimmer, fun., and Skrillex.
Sunday, February 22:
- Chris Brown with Trey Songz featuring Tyga @ The Verizon Center: There’s not much to say here; it seems that everybody has an opinion of the pop-oriented R&B singer Chris Brown. He made the Billboard Hot 100 at the young age of 16 with “Run It!” and has had numerous hits since, but he’s also been in the news for some not-so-great reasons, to put it lightly.
- Punch Brothers with Mikaela Davis @ The 9:30 Club: Finally, a Punch Brothers show you can grab a ticket for. The Punch Brothers have sold out the last 2 shows, so this is the 3rd and final show that has been added.
Announced Last Week:
- 3/08 Beardyman @ U Street Music Hall
- 3/14 U.S. Royalty @ U Street Music Hall
- 4/11 Dan Deacon @ The 9:30 Club
- 4/16 Priests @ U Street Music Hall
- 4/16 Hackensaw Boys @ Gypsy Sally’s
- 4/25 Madeon @ Echostage
- 5/03 & 5/04 Lord Huron with Hamilton Leithauser @ The 9:30 Club
- 5/06 Speedy Ortiz @ The Black Cat
- 5/12 2nd Matt & Kim Show @ The 9:30 Club
- 6/05 Calexico @ The 9:30 Club
- 6/05 Hot Chip with Sinkane @ Echostage
- 6/15 Josh Rouse @ The 9:30 Club
- 6/17 Jungle @ The 9:30 Club
- 6/20 Jimmy Buffet @ Jiffy Lube Live
- 6/20 Hozier with The Antlers @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
- 7/06 Imagine Dragons with Metric and Halsey @ The Verizon Center
- 8/05 Steely Dan with Elvis Costello @ Jiffy Lube Live
- 8/06 Kevin Hart @ The Verizon Center
- 9/13 Death Cab For Cutie with Explosions in the Sky @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
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