Inside D.C. entertainment

This weekend's concerts: Release Me!

February 17, 2012 - 11:56 AM
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They play the rocks musics. (Facebook/Since Antarctica)

The music industry follows predictable cycles: Winter is a slow period for new album releases, but they pick up as the weather gets warmer. It's not quite spring yet, but there are a ton of new-release shows this weekend, proving that the album isn't dead yet — or, at least, that it doesn't take much to get bands to throw a party.

Caustic Casanova

Friday, Feb. 17 at the Velvet Lounge, $8

You won't need to attend this show to hear Caustic Casanova's new album Someday You Will Be Proven Correct: The local band is streaming the album in its entirety on Bandcamp. Still, nothing beats seeing a band live, and Caustic Casanova is a refreshing contrast to the old "woman on keyboards" cliché, as its lone female is behind the drum kit (rock on, sister!).

Euphonism

Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, $10

Co-ed a cappella septet Euphonism successfully funded its newest album, Stuck In a Memory, via Kickstarter. The group turned the recording around quickly — the project was funded in December — and at this CD-release show, you're sure to be serenaded by their Wammie-nominated cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal."

Since Antarctica and Crooked Crow

Saturday, Feb. 18 at Jammin' Java, $10 advance/$13 day of show

The only thing bigger than a CD release show is a dual CD release show, as local groups Since Antarctica and Crooked Crow celebrate the release of their respective EPs. Since Antarctica's Aurorae showcases lead singer Shannon Woods's energetic wail and catchy songs, while Crooked Crow's Long Story Short is the latest addition to this longstanding band's discography.

Chris Douglas

Saturday, Feb. 18 at Ebenezer's, $5

The hardest thing about CD release shows is that it makes for an expensive night, what with the cost of a ticket plus the price of new merch (and, of course, beers aren't cheap either). Ebenezer's offers a cheaper alternative with a $5 cover for this show featuring Christian musician Chris Douglas. Douglas' leads contemporary worship services at NCC, but moonlights as a solo performer. He's celebrating the release of his new album Through the Veil.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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