Inside D.C. entertainment

Keep it close to home this weekend with a lineup of local bands

January 5, 2012 - 01:40 PM
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Beggars and Bandits.

You may have noticed that there aren't a ton of bands passing through D.C. this time of year. Never fear! Say what you want about the disadvantages of living here, but one of the reasons many of us stay here instead of moving to Idaho is our vibrant local music scene. It's forecasted to warm up (a little!) this weekend, so nothing’s holding you back from checking out a few of our area's awesome local bands.

Workers Party

Friday, Jan. 6 at the Black Cat, $5

Here's a nice reminder that the folks who work at the Black Cat (or any bar, really) also have lives and interests besides picking up your empty beer bottles and wiping your vomit off the floor in the bathroom. In fact, many of them also have their own bands! The Black Cat is celebrating its staff's creativity by putting four of those bands-- Mean Season, Booze Riot, the Red Moon Preachers, and Raindeer-- on a bill together. (Who knows who's got mopping duty when the staff is on stage, so go easy on those PBRs, okay?)

Bandits & Beggars

Saturday, Jan. 7 at Jammin' Java, $10 advance / $13 day of show

Bandits & Beggars are a Fairfax-based indie-rock quartet whose biography reads like a LiveJournal entry. (Excerpt: "One day, Josh had an epiphany, nay, a stroke of genius, and said to Brian 'So uh... Wanna write some music or something?'") They've been playing together for less than a year, but they've put together an EP and are celebrating at this Jammin' Java show.

Bike Trip

Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Red Palace, $8

If you like the off-kilter rock of Deerhoof and Animal Collective, then Bike Trip is for you. This D.C. quartet has a small online footprint, but the Internet does tell us that three of the four members sometimes play percussion or sing, and the band has a few recordings available on its BandCamp page.

The Grand Candy & Don Zientara

Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Galaxy Hut, $5

Local group The Grand Candy is as likely to cover Hendrix as the Talking Heads in between their original numbers. Luckily, these guys do it all with their own blend of jazz and blues, making them seem more creative than a generic cover group. Opening this show is the inimitable Don Zientara, whose name is likely printed in most of the albums you own by DC-area bands (Fugazi, Minor Threat, Faith, Rites of Spring, Shudder to Think, Nation of Ulysses, Jawbox, Lungfish, Q and Not U, and do I really need to continue here?).

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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