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Local music weekend: Washington bands bring it home

November 17, 2011 - 11:00 AM
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Joe Lally (Photo: Antonia Tricarico)

To the outside world, Washington's music scene begins and ends with Fugazi, Minor Threat, and Bad Brains. But those who hang out inside the Beltway know D.C. is swarming with bands in genres beyond punk and hardcore. Locals always play a ton of shows leading up to a holiday weekend; here are a few of our favorites:

Satori Trova, the Grey Area, and Megaphone Barons

Thursday, Nov. 17, at Rock & Roll Hotel, $10

If Satori Trova's colorful logo doesn't give away the band's influences, then the question posed on its Facebook page — "Are you down to take a trip?" — certainly will. The local sextet has strong psychedelic and trip-hop influences; singer Liora Valero's hoarse voice conjures up an image of Macy Gray singing with a downtempo Pink Floyd. Opener The Grey Area is a blues-rock duo that is reminiscent of other color-inspired duos (namely, the White Stripes and the Black Keys), and Megaphone Barons is a trio that just released its first EP.

The ShakeDowns, the Alphabet Bombers, Nervous Impulse, the Do Likes

Friday, Nov. 18, at the Black Cat, $10

The ShakeDowns tout themselves as being "RIDICULOUS ROCK & ROLL"-- but be careful not to confuse them with the Edmonton-based blues/rock band of the same name. The ShakeDowns playing this show are a former D.C. band, active from 1999-2005, whose songs are both highly energetic and uber-catchy. Opening the show is a gaggle of locals: psychobilly band the Alphabet Bombers, punkers Nervous Impulse (featuring vocalist Serge from the Goons), and the Do Likes.

Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes

Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Galaxy Hut, $5

Even if you don't think you know the name Derek Evry, if you go out a lot you probably know his face: Evry is one of the regular door guys at Iota. He wrote, recorded, and mixed his debut album when he was trapped at home during the "Snowpocalypse" of the winter of 2010, and that prolific output paid off: one of the songs from that album was featured on the ABC show Castle last year. Plus, how can you not love a guy whose backing band is called the Band of Misanthropes?

Joe Lally

Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Black Cat Backstage, $10

OK, forget what I said about D.C. being more than just Fugazi; when that group's bassist comes home from Rome, it's hard not to pay attention. Joe Lally put out his newest solo album, Why Should I Get Used To It?, earlier this year, and there's just no way this isn't a local album.

A Sound of Thunder and Death Penalty

Monday, Nov. 21, at Baltimore SoundStage, $5

Baltimore SoundStage is a new venue that opened up when Bourbon Street in Baltimore shut down earlier this year. The SoundStage has continued Bourbon Street's Monday night "Noise In the Basement" local concert series, hosted by 98 Rock's Matt Davis (who has a radio show of the same name, dedicated to local music). Five bucks gets you five bands, and this Monday features two great local D.C.-based metal bands, the female-fronted heavy metal band A Sound of Thunder and the power/thrash hybrid Death Penalty.

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