D.C. is a popular tour stop for bands heading up (or down) the East Coast, so it's not unusual for a band to play in this area multiple times in one year. This weekend features a lot of shows with bands who've played here already this year, so now's your chance to get a second helping of a band you really love -- or another chance to see a band you missed the first time around.
The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys
Friday, May 18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, $40-55
These two groups sold out the Verizon Center back in March, and almost immediately after that show, they announced this return tour to Merriweather Post Pavilion. They're probably not going to tour together forever, so now's your chance to see the blues-rock duo the Black Keys performing with English indie-rockers the Arctic Monkeys.
Emmure et al.
Friday, May 18 at the Fillmore Silver Spring, $22
This entire lineup is a collection of metalcore bands who tour seemingly constantly: Emmure and Woe Is Me opened for We Came As Romans at Rams Head Live in April; Texas In July played the Ice Jam with August Burns Red at Sonar in January; and Like Moths To Flames opened for DRUGS at the 9:30 Club in January. If you saw any of those tours and loved the opening bands, now's your chance to see them again.
Dry the River
Saturday, May 19 at IOTA, $12
You may have seen English folk-rock band Dry the River opening for Bowerbirds at the Black Cat in March. If you didn't, you definitely missed out-- the group's hushed melancholy and lush harmonies were stunning live, and this is a great chance to see the group perform a longer, headlining set.
Carsie Blanton & Dawn Landes
Saturday, May 19 at Jammin' Java, $12 advance / $15 day of show
Pop-folk singer/songwriter Carsie Blanton sold out the Black Cat's Backstage in January; her show opening for Shawn Colvin in March at the Birchmere also sold out. The Bethesda-born, Philadelphia-based singer is back in the DC area for a third time this year, playing at Jammin' Java with Dawn Landes, a singer-songwriter who played IOTA herself in January.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.