Monday, February 9:
- Brooke Fraser with Dark Wave @ The Black Cat: Singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser has seen great commercial success with her folk-pop melodies in her native country of New Zealand, and is now out on her first international tour. Her latest album Brutal Romantic is very synth-driven and heavy, which is a drastic change from her past releases. It should make for an interesting show.
- Jamaican Queens with Sleepy Kitty and PREE @ DC9: Jamaican Queens are an indie-pop trio hot off the release of the Bored + Lazy EP. Their synth-pop sound is similar to the groups like the Flaming Lips and MGMT.
Tuesday, February 10:
- KONGOS with Sir Sly and Colony House @ The 9:30 Club: This sold out show is sure to be fantastic. KONGOS, an alt-rock group based out of Phoenix, Arizona, known for “Come With Me Now,” have had great reception to their first studio album, Lunatic. Sir Sly and Colony House are great openers who have each had their own recent solo tours and performed in the DC area. I’m extremely envious of anybody able to attend this show.
- Glen Hansard with The Lost Brothers @ The Lincoln Theater: Glen Hansard is an acoustic singer-songwriter currently on his “Song of Good Hope” tour. This is a sold out show.
Wednesday, February 11:
- Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ The 9:30 Club: Chris Robinson, the Black Crowes frontman, founded this blues rock group while the Black Crowes were on hiatus. They’ve currently on tour after the release of Phosphorescent Harvest.
- The Sidekicks with Lvl Up and Foozle @ The Black Cat: The Sidekicks are your usual punk band that grew out of the Cleveland D.I.Y. scene. They claim to be influenced by groups like Bad Religion, NOFX, and Rancid.
Thursday, February 12:
- The New Pornographers with Jaill @ Rams Head Live: The New Pornographers are a name you should at least recognize. The indie rock band are touring for their latest release, Bill Bruisers.
- Phox with Field Report @ The 9:30 Club: Phox was just in the area at U Street Music Hall last October, but they’re clearly making a size upgrade with the 9:30 Club. They’re a folk/indie-pop group from Wisconsin who saw great success after their first released track, “Slow Motion.”
- White Reaper @ DC9: White Reaper is a garage punk trio ready and willing to blow out your eardrums. Formed by twin brothers, they’re touring after their latest self-titled EP. Pitchfork says that while the White Reapers may not be the most influential band out there, they’re “fun,” so if you’re up for an entertaining and loud show, definitely check them out.
- His Name Is Alive with Geoff Britches @ The Black Cat: His Name Is Alive is doing a special 25th anniversary tour. The only consistent member, Warren Defever, formed the group as an experimental rock and synth-pop project.
- Chris McClenney with Kid Marval, Mane Squeeze, Ayes Cold, and Native Sun @ U Street Music Hall: Chris McClenney is mainly a producer, but also does remixes and has his own soul album out. He’s a multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic taste.
Friday, February 13:
- Sturgill Simpson with Anderson East @ The 9:30 Club: Sturgill was just on the cover of the Nashville Scene’s Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll issue. He’s an up and coming country music singer-songwriter with two independently released albums. This is a sold out show.
- JMSN with Rochelle Jordan and Abhi//Dijon @ U Street Music Hall: JMSN has been heavily involved in the music you’re already listening to; you just didn’t know it. He’s an R&B singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, mixer, and videographer, who also operates his own indie label, White Room Records. The success of his debut album, Priscilla, captured the attention of platinum-selling artist Usher and landed JMSN multiple slots on Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. JMSN is a name you’re sure to see in the future.
Saturday, February 14:
- Dead Professional with Rathborne and New Boss @ The Rock & Roll Hotel: Dead Professional, a rock & roll group with a sound similar to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, has grown this year from a one-man-band to a power trio. They’ve opened for the likes of Ryan Adams and Bobby Bare Junior. I’ve heard good things about their live performances as well; this is a show I would love to see.
- Doomtree with Open Mike Eagle and Seez Mics @ U Street Music Hall: This show is presented by the 9:30 Club. Doomtree is an indie rap/hip hop collective from Minneapolis. They’re known for incorporating a wide range of musical influences into their work with lyrical complexity and wordplay.
- Kasey Musgraves with John and Jacob @ Rams Head Live: Singer-songwriter Kasey Musgraves has a Grammy award off her debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park, and has had a few gold and platinum albums and singles. She claims musical influences from Loretta Lynn to bands like Cake and The Beach Boys. She’s also toured with Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, and Katy Perry. The variety should make for an interesting night, and others seem to agree since this is a sold out show.
- Thomas Jack with Sam Feldt and Tommy Cornelis @ U Street Music Hall: Thomas Jack has become a well-known DJ throughout the Internet. He was discovered only a few months ago, and since has landed the number-one position on The Hype Machine charts five times. He’s created a much buzzed about remix of Monster and Men’s “Little Talks,” and his recent single “Symphony” took the internet by storm. This is a sold out show.
Sunday, February 15:
- Theophilus London with FATHER @ U Street Music Hall: Theophilus London is best known for his recent single featuring Kanye West, “Can’t Stop.” Known for his genre-bending rap and wide range of styles, this should be a great show.
- Franz Nicolay with More Humans and The Tender Thrill @ The Black Cat: Nicolay is a multi-instrumentalist and composer perhaps best known for his five years with the band The Hold Steady. His style is fairly heavy rock with a punk vibe.
Announced Last Week:
- 3/03 Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ U Street Music Hall
- 3/21 EOTO @ The 9:30 Club
- 4/22 Trampled By Turtles @ The 9:30 Club
- 5/05 Sufjan Stevens @ DAR Constitution Hall
- 5/29 Purity Ring @ The 9:30 Club
- 6/04 The Decemberists with Father John Misty @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
- 6/10 Royal Blood with Mini Mansions @ The 9:30 Club
- 6/13 Courtney Barnett with Chastity Belt @ The 9:30 Club
- 7/28 Interpol @ Echostage