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THE WEEK AHEAD 5/5

Live

Monday
I think you should go to this because this band says what the darkest, deepest reaches of your brain are thinking: Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s w/ Empires and Kate Myers, Rock & Roll Hotel, 7 p.m. doors, $15

Avant-garde folk: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger w/ Jeffrey Lewis, U Street Music Hall, 7 p.m., $15

Alt-rock/post-punk: The Dead Women and Nice Breeze, Galaxy Hut, 9 p.m., $5

Metal DJ night (yup): Heavy Metal Mondays, Satellite Room, 9 p.m., FREE

R&B with an electronic touch: Jessy Lanza w/ Ricky Eat Acid, Black Cat backstage, 8 p.m. doors, $12

In which the frontman of Foo Fighters hosts a party: Big Tony’s Birthday Celebration hosted by Dave Grohl ft. Trouble Funk + more, 9:30 Club, 8 p.m. doors, SOLD OUT

Tuesday
Folk takes a synth turn: Wye Oak w/ Braids, 9:30 Club, 7 p.m. doors, $22

Garage rock: Leopold and His Fiction w/ Sunwolf, DC9, 8:30 p.m. doors, $10

Wednesday
I think you should go to this because you should get into post-rock: Mogwai w/ Majeure, 9:30 Club, 10 p.m., $25

Or this, because there are some killer tracks on his debut: SOHN w/ Mr. Little Jeans, Rock & Roll Hotel, 7 p.m. doors, $13

Indietronica: Jumpcuts w/ WhoaBear and Maryjo Mattea, Velvet Lounge, 7:30 p.m. doors, $8 DOS

Mostly local guitar-driven folk: Marisa Anderson, Marian McLaughlin, and Alex Tebeleff, Bathtub Republic (3119 11th St. NW), 7:30 p.m., donations por favor

British alt-rock: Blood Red Shoes w/ Radkey, DC9, 8:30 p.m. doors, $12

Rock with an Americana flare: Animal Years w/ Wild Adriatic and The Higher Concept, Black Cat backstage, 8 p.m. doors, $10

Folk: Stu Larsen w/ Adam Burrows, U Street Music Hall, 7 p.m., $15

Israeli songstress: NOA, Howard Theatre, 6 p.m. doors, $25-$45

Sold-out soft rock: HAIM w/ Shy Girls (Wednesday and Thursday), 9:30 Club, 6/7 p.m. doors, SOLD OUT

Thursday
HOLY SHIT GO TO THIS ALL OF YOU: The Dillinger Escape Plan w/ Tera Melos, Vattnet Viskar, and Black Clouds, Rock & Roll Hotel, 6:30 p.m. doors, $10 DOS

Or go to this if you prefer synthpop to metal: Haerts w/ X Ambassadors, U Street Music Hall, 8 p.m., $12 ADV/$15 DOS

The French Elvis, basically: Jonny Hallyday, Lincoln Theatre, 6:30 p.m. doors, $55

Indie/acoustic: Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids) w/ Blue of Colors and Wanted Man, DC9, 7:30 p.m. doors, $12

Dance, Dance

Monday
Latin reggae + cantina opening + Cinco De Mayo: KICKOMAN, Impala Cantina (1358 H St. NE), 7 p.m., FREE

As always: S.I.N. (Service Industry Night) ft. DJ Earic Patten, DC9, 8 p.m., $5 (FREE before 10)

Wednesday
Alt-80s dance night: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Little Miss Whiskey’s, 9 p.m., FREE

JUST ANNOUNCED FROM 9:30/I.M.P.

Thursday, June 5: Washed Out w/ Wunder Wunder @ 9:30 (chill/trip-hop)

Tuesday, June 10: People Under the Stairs @ UHall (hip-hop)

Saturday, June 14: tUnE-yArDs w/ Sylvan Esso @ 9:30 (second night added)

Saturday, June 28: No Scrubs ft. DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion @ 9:30 (’90s dance party)

Thursday, July 24: Flume @ 9:30 (venue change; was at UHall)

Friday, July 25: The Antlers @ 9:30 (lush indie rock)

Sept. 29: Bryan Ferry @ Lincoln (second night added)

WEEKEND PLANNER 5/2

In which I don’t even try to list all of the cool stuff happening for Funk Parade. Check it out via DCist. AGAIN: FUNK PARADE SHOWS ARE NOT LISTED BELOW BECAUSE THIS POST WOULD BE FIVE MILES LONG. 

Live

Friday
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo got together and made: The Both w/ Nick Diamonds of Islands, 9:30 Club, 8 p.m. doors, $20

Dreamy synthpop: Broods w/ Meg Myers, U Street Music Hall, 7 p.m., $15

Eleven gongs on one stage (seriously): Nakatani Gong Orchestra, Back Alley Theater, 7 p.m. doors, $10 ADV/$12 DOS

This is pretty fucking amazing if you think about it: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Artisphere, 8 p.m., $25

Local groove rock: Spanish Noir w/ Round About and South Rail, Velvet Lounge, 9 p.m. doors, $8 DOS

Garage rock: The Whigs w/ Nikki Lane, Rock & Roll Hotel, 8 p.m. doors, $15

Retro indie rock: Smartbomb w/ Erik Weinberg, IOTA Club, 9 p.m., $12

Indie pop: Bad Veins w/ Ghost Hotel, DC9, 6:30 p.m. doors, $10

Saturday
Local garage/fuzz pop: Typefighter w/ Shark Week, Sunset Guns, and Teen Mom, Rock & Roll Hotel, 7 p.m. doors, $12

Indie rock: Matt Pond PA w/ The Lighthouse & The Whaler and Dot Dash, Black Cat mainstage, 9 p.m. doors, $15

More indie rock, but from Canada: The New Mendicants w/ Skylar Gudasz, IOTA Club, 9 p.m., $15

Rootsy folk: Sean Hayes w/ Deer Creek, Sixth & I, 7 p.m. doors, $18 ADV/$20 DOS

A Tool tribute show: Wild Eyes w/ Cyrenic, Scott Lester and What Army and others, Fillmore Silver Spring, 7:15 p.m., $10

Local blues and roots rock: Stereosleep w/ Big Country Express and Jackknife Sympathy, Velvet Lounge, 9 p.m. doors, $8 DOS

Funky stuff off of U Street: Redline Graffiti, Go Cozy, and DJ AYESCOLD, Union Arts, 8 p.m., $15

RiYL festivals and radio music: DC 101 Kerfuffle ft. 311, SOJA, Cage the Elephant, and others, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 1:30 p.m., $40-$75

Both nights of this sold out very quickly: Nickel Creek w/ The Secret Sisters (Saturday and Sunday), 9:30 Club, 8/7 p.m. doors, SOLD OUT

Sunday
Local chamber pop and rock: Teething Veils, Frankie & Betty, and The Red Fetish, The Pinch, 4 p.m., $6 DOS

Women for women: We Rock So Girls Rock! ft. lots of female artists, U Street Music Hall, 6 p.m., $20 ADV/$25 DOS

Touring againnnnnn: A Minor Forest w/ Two Inch Astronaut (math rock/loud), DC9, 8:30 p.m. doors, $14

Psych and noise: Kohoutek w/ Taiwan Housing Project and Tulsa, Velvet Lounge, 7:30 p.m. doors, $8 DOS

Heavy metal: Black Label Society w/ Devil You Know and Down, Fillmore Silver Spring, 7:30 p.m., $35

Doom/stoner metal: Floor w/ Hot Victory and Darsombra, Rock & Roll Hotel, 7 p.m. doors, $14

Experimental jazz: Trio OOO and Andrew Barker/Michael Foster Duo, CD Cellar, 4 p.m., $8 suggested donation

Prog rock/groove: Happy Body Slow Brain, Gavin Castleton, Exit Salida, and No Stranger, Tree House Lounge, 7 p.m., $8 DOS

British singer/songwriter: David Ford w/ Jarrod Dickenson, IOTA Club, 8 p.m., $15

Dance, Dance

Friday
Techno: Divergence ft. Symmetrical, Darius Twin, and DJ Octane, Backbar, 11 p.m., $5

Funk-influenced techno: Sety w/ DAVI and Raffi, Flash, 10 p.m., $12 (FREE before 11)

Eastern music to get you moving: OTTOMANIA ft. DJ BEATrix, Inda Nile, and DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid, Zeba Bar, 10 p.m., FREE

Groovy deep house: Walker & Royce w/ Alamont, Charles Martin, and Jus Nowhere, U Street Music Hall, 10 p.m., $10 (FREE before midnight for 21+)

Grooves of the Latin variety: Bio Ritmo w/ DJ Crown Vic, Tropicalia, 8 p.m. doors, $10 DOS

’80s and ’90s jams: Tainted Love, Dunya, 9 p.m., FREE

Party party party: CLSTRFCK ft. DJs BillyDoll and LanceDontDance, Rock & Roll Hotel (2nd floor), 9:30 p.m., FREE

Saturday
House from Germany: Tensnake w/ Ray Casil and Man & Woman, U Street Music Hall, 10 p.m., $10 (FREE before 11 for 21+)

Trap/moombah/heavy bass: Backbar (Trapped in the Basement) ft. Dopethrown, DJ Syck Turtle, and Daed Digital, Backbar, 11 p.m., $5

A no-pants, Kentucky Derby-themed dance party: Pants Off Dance Off ft. DJs Shea Van Horn and Devon Trotter, DC9, 11 p.m., $5

Big deal at the backstage: Rich Morel’s Hot Sauce, Black Cat backstage, 10 p.m., $8 DOS

M.I.A. collaborator and club wizard: BLAQSTARR w/ Ozker, Mista Selecta, and Shawn Smallwood, The Lodge at Red Rocks, 9 p.m., FREE

Club night: Pop Off ft. Micah Vellian, Rock & Roll Hotel (2nd floor), 8:30 p.m., FREE

Straight from Amsterdam: Dance Spirit, Nuno Dos Santos, Justin Bright, and Edo, Flash, 10 p.m., $8

As always: DJs Rex Riot and Basscamp, Rock & Roll Hotel, 11:30 p.m., FREE

JUST ANNOUNCED FROM THE BLACK CAT

Friday, June 6: Booty Rex Pride Party @ BOTH FLOORS (yeahhhh)

Monday, June 9: My Gold Mask @ the backstage (garage rock-ish)

Monday, June 16: Asgeir @ the backstage (Icelandic dream pop)

Tuesday, June 17: Painted Palms w/ Saint Pepsi @ the backstage (sunny psych)

Wednesday, June 18: Tweens @ the backstage (garage-y pop)

Thursday, June 19: Gemini Club w/ The Griswolds and Speak @ the backstage (indie dance)

Monday, June 23: Wreckless Eric @ the backstage (rock is as simple as I can get)

Wednesday, June 25: Old Man Canyon w/ The Modern Electric @ the backstage (folk)

Monday, June 30: Pattern is Movement @ the backstage (indie rock)

Tuesday, Sept. 9: Mineral w/ Into It. Over It. @ the mainstage (emo, the real kind)

Saturday, Sept. 27: Pomplamoose @ the mainstage (literally everything)

Venue Guide: Rock & Roll Hotel

R&R is a love or hate sort of venue. People who hate it complain about the sound system (we’ll get to that), the location, and other more minor things. People who love it like the intimacy, the variety of acts, the lack of pretentiousness, and the mac and cheese…or maybe that’s just me. Let’s move on, shall we?

Disclaimer: Some parts of this are concrete fact, and other parts are based on my personal experiences at the club. Your mileage may vary.

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Venue Guide: Black Cat

The Black Cat (particularly the backstage) is probably my favorite venue in town. It’s grungy, full of character, and all about the music. (And the burlesque. And the cult TV shows. And a bunch of other awesome ish.) As always, drop me a line if you have tips of your own, and I’ll add them in.

Disclaimer: Some parts of this are concrete fact, and other parts are based on my personal experiences at the club. Your mileage may vary.

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Venue Guide: 9:30 Club

I’m shaking things up a little bit with some handy-dandy venue guides in lieu of reviews. These are obviously aimed at newcomers to our fine city (welcome, welcome), but I hope show veterans will also find some tidbits of use. And if you have additional tips, do message me and I’ll add them in.

Up first: 9:30 Club, because everyone in the DMV will end up there eventually.

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THE WEEK AHEAD 4/28

Live

Monday
I think you should go to this because it’s like the Black Keys on steroids: Band of Skulls w/ SACCO, 9:30 Club, 7 p.m. doors, $22

RIP The Dunes. Love The Dunes. Live The Dunes.: Goodbye Party ft. Rain Tears, AG/LG, and Jonny Grave, The Dunes, 8 p.m. doors, $5

Killer guitar work: Raul Midón w/ AVERY*Sunshine, Howard Theatre, 6 p.m. doors, $22.50 ADV/$27.50 DOS

Acoustic rock: Paulo Franco and Rob Williams, Galaxy Hut, 9 p.m., $5

Tuesday
Garage rock: The Standells w/ Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness, Black Cat backstage, 8 p.m. doors, $15

It’s a great week for guitar aficionados; here’s some work from Costa Rica: Strunz & Farah, Howard Theatre, 6 p.m. doors, $25 ADV/$30 DOS

Folk rock with punk touches: Art Decade w/ Wise Eyes, Velvet Lounge, 7:30 p.m. doors, $8 DOS

Rock ‘n roll: Loi Loi, Run On Sentence, and David Klinger, Bathtub Republic (3119 11th St. NW), 8 p.m., donations por favor

The first night of this sold out before it was officially on sale: CHVRCHES w/ The Range, 9:30 Club, 7 p.m. doors, SOLD OUT (also sold out on Wednesday)

Sold-out British indie rock: David Gray w/ John Smith, Lincoln Theatre, 6:30 p.m. doors, SOLD OUT

Wednesday
Noise + other heavy sounds: Full of Hell, Column of Heaven, Nyodene D, and D.O.C., Casa Fiesta, 8 p.m., $7

Indietronica: Chrome Sparks w/ Infinity Shred and LanceNeptune, DC9, 8 p.m. doors, $10

Folk rock: Jessica Lea Mayfield w/ Gambles and The Petticoat Tearoom, Rock & Roll Hotel, 7 p.m. doors, $15

Rap: The Lox w/ NaVon Smith and K.O.V.E., Howard Theatre, 7 p.m. doors, $30 ADV/$35 DOS

Thursday
Dream pop/art rock/shoegaze: Go Cozy, The Dig, Conveyor, and BRNDA, Paperhaus, 8 p.m., donations por favor

Mostly local funk and lo-fi fuzz: Foul Swoops, Flesh Panthers, Neonates, and SNEAKS, The Dougout, 8 p.m. doors, $5 suggested donation

Indie rock: Say Hi w/ Big Scary, Black Cat backstage, 8 p.m. doors, $15

Semi-local rock/psych/blues: Soup of the Day w/ Raoul and the Dukes, Jacob Panic, and Sweatshop Inferno, Velvet Lounge, 7:30 p.m. doors, $8 DOS

Psych folk: Megafaun w/ Grandma Sparrow, DC9, 8 p.m. doors, $14

Rap: Tayyib Ali, Fuze the MC, G-3, and JDVBBs, Howard Theatre, 6 p.m. doors, $15

Sold-out Baltimore synthpop: Future Islands w/ Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Oh Hang, 9:30 Club, 7 p.m. doors, SOLD OUT

Dance, Dance

Monday
As always: Service Industry Night ft. DJ Earic Patten, DC9, 8 p.m., $5 (FREE before 10)

Tuesday
Hip-hop/heavy bass: Jack Beats w/ AC Slater and Harry Ransom, U Street Music Hall, 9 p.m., $15

Wednesday
House: Lane 8 w/ Caleb L’Etoile and Baronhawk, U Street Music Hall, 10 p.m., $10

Euro/German club hits: Maifest, Döner Bistro, 7 p.m., FREE

Thursday
Electro house/glitch/moombah: Pegboard Nerds w/ RaceCarBed, Massacat, and DJALLA, U Street Music Hall, 10 p.m., $12 ($15 for under 21)

’90s industrial and techno: Club 90, Little Miss Whiskey’s, 9 p.m., FREE