- The Echo Wall courtesy The Echo Wall via Facebook
The month-long arts festival Artomatic opened last weekend. In addition to showcasing visual art from the area, the festival includes many musical performances as well. Since it's Memorial Day weekend, you've got plenty of time to check out some of the bands performing this weekend-- and stroll through the festival's seemingly countless exhibitions of local artists. All shows are at 1851 S. Bell Street in Arlington, at the Crystal City metro stop.
The Echo Wall (9 PM) and Wytold (8 PM)
Friday, May 25 on the Cherry Smash Stage, FREE
Local chamber-folk sextet The Echo Wall features an intriguing melange of instruments (including violin, ukulele, glockenspiel, keyboards, melodica, guitars and drums). Their sophomore album, Navigable Darkness, is due out in the fall, so you may be lucky enough to hear some new tunes at this show. Earlier in the evening is post-classical group Wytold, which features a six-string electric cello.
Bad Domes (11 PM)
Friday, May 25 on the Main Stage
If you like mash-up artists like Girl Talk, then you'll love Bad Domes. The local masher- upper has been tearing up venues like the Black Cat and has been performing monthly at DC9. Prepare to shake your booty, and remember to wear your dancing shoes. There isn't a great video to embed here, so instead, we'll point you to his web page, where you can sample dozens of his song collages.
Lorelei, Screen Vinyl Image, and Silo Halo (9 PM)
Saturday, May 26 on the Cherry Smash Stage
The bands have billed this lineup as a "Clamorous Throwdown", and they're not wrong: this trio of local shoegaze bands will feature some of the best swirling, swelling guitars in the area. The reunited trio Lorelei perfectly embodies the sound of its record label, Slumberland, which released the band's albums during its first run in the early 1990s and is slated to put out the band's new album Enterprising Sidewalks in September. Screen Vinyl Image is a psychedelic shoegaze duo (you'd be surprised how much noise two people can make), and Silo Halo is a trio that has recently returned back to DC from a midwestern tour.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC .