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This weekend's concerts: We're hankering for springtime

March 8, 2012 - 03:50 PM
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Nikki & The Dove (Sub Pop)

Daylight savings is this weekend, which means two things: You're going to lose an hour of sleep, and springtime is just around the corner. Here are a few bands to get you in the mood.

Niki & The Dove

Thursday, Mar. 8 at U Street Music Hall, $10 advance/$13 day of show

Even with this year's mild winter, it seems like forever since we've seen birds in this area. Never fear, we can import them from Sweden in the form of electropop group Niki & The Dove. The trio released an EP late last year, but they're sure to showcase tunes from their upcoming debut album at this concert.

Washerwoman and Dead Leaf Echo

Thursday, Mar. 8 at the Velvet Lounge, $10 for 18-21, $8 for 21+

In fairness, the idea of dead leaves evokes autumn or winter more than spring. But the energy in these New York shoegazers' music makes the band sound more like life than death, so we'll give them a pass on their name.

Crooked Tree

Friday, Mar. 9 at the Rock & Roll Hotel, $10

Nothing says springtime quite like trees: new flowers, new leaves, new branches. Crooked Tree is a local roots/country band with a lengthy list of influences, but if they capture even just 10% of the greatness on that list, they'll be worth hearing. Plus, to make this show even more arboreous, the opener is local indie-folk band Orchard Wall.

Nate Leath, Big Chimney, and Porch Pickers Brigade

Saturday, Mar. 10 at IOTA, $12

The Porch Pickers Brigade sounds exactly like you would expect them to, conjuring the image of sitting out on the porch on a sunny spring afternoon, listening to twang as the day slowly passes. In keeping with the bluegrass spirit at this show, the group is opening for Old School Freight Train fiddler Nate Leath.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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