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Weekend shows: Get a Breath of Fresh Air

May 31, 2012 - 12:55 PM
Miranda Lambert (Photo: Brianna Doyle Via Flickr)

The days are getting hotter-- and longer-- as we head into summer. Keep an eye on the weather (as of this writing, there's a chance of some storms on Saturday), but it feels like a perfect weekend to catch some music outdoors.

Herndon Festival

Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 in Downtown Herndon, FREE

Who knew the suburb of Herndon, VA, was so happening? According to the Festival's Facebook page, the Herndon Festival has been running since 1980; in addition to things like 5K & 10K races, arts & crafts, food, and fireworks, the festival also boasts a lengthy list of performing bands every day. Highlights include the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band (Thursday), a Coldplay tribute (Friday), local a cappella group Vox Pop (Saturday), Honor By August (Saturday), the Sweater Set (Saturday), Caravan of Thieves (Saturday), Delta Rae (Sunday), Red Molly (Sunday), and Kid Architect (Sunday).

Deanna Bogart Band
Friday, June 1 at the NGA Sculpture Garden, FREE

The "Jazz in the Garden" series at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden started its 12th season last week, and the weekly concert (starting at 5 PM every Friday afternoon through the end of August) is the perfect way to unwind after a long week. Bring a picnic and some friends and soak in the music of local blues singer/pianist Deanna Bogart.

Capital Jazz Fest
Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, $52.50-$100 (Friday), $62.50-$165 (Saturday and Sunday each)

There are always tons of outdoor festivals in the summer, and this weekend is the gigantic Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The three-day festival is jam-packed with performers; highlights include Anita Baker (Friday), Bill Cosby (Friday), Sing-Off stars Afro Blue Vocal Band (Saturday), Kirk Whalum (Saturday), Naturally 7 (Sunday), India Arie (Sunday), and Spyro Gyra (Sunday).

WMZQFest: Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, and more
Sunday, June 3 at Jiffy Lube Live, $25-49

Jiffy Lube Live is the largest outdoor venue in the area (if you've lived here a while, you probably still call it Nissan Pavilion; the venue changed names in 2010), and the WMZQFest is held there every year in late May or early June. This year's fest includes country singer Miranda Lambert (whose career was launched on the reality show "Nashville Star"). Doors are at 4 PM, and remember that Jiffy Lube Live has lifted its tailgating ban this year, which means you can kick back in the parking lot with a cold brew and do some people-watching before rolling inside for a long lineup of country singers.

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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Tonight: 'Home of the Soldier,' Simpsons-themed trivia

May 31, 2012 - 11:19 AM
Iko and Vato in "Home of the Soldier" (Facebook/Synetic Theater)

A young man's video-chatting with his father, who's fighting in an unnamed war, when he disappears from the screen as conflict erupts. Home of the Soldier, a new play written by Synetic Theater's Ben Curtis and directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, is a raw and moving journey through the terrain of modern warfare as a son enlists in a war in search for answers. The Washington Post writes, "Tsikurishvili and Cunis devoted months to research, interviewing numerous veterans, including a Georgian soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan. 'I was talking to him to find out, what is a real soldier’s perspective?...When real bullets start flying towards you, how does that feel? What is that emotional moment? How does it feel the first time you kill somebody?'." Synetic Theater. 8 p.m. 14+. Pay-What-You-Can preview.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre's Simpsons-themed trivia nights promoting the opening of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, hosts its final evening at Rock & Roll Hotel. Stop by for drinks and test out how well you know Mr. Burns. Rock & Roll Hotel. 7:30 p.m. Stay for alt-rock band Hurt and Chappo's island-pop sounds (their DC9 headlining show has been cancelled). Bravenoise opens. 8 p.m. $14.

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Tonight: Red Bull Thre3Style, City and Colour

May 30, 2012 - 10:33 AM
Dallas Green (Facebook/City and Colour)

Broke from the long weekend but still lookin' for a party? Red Bull Thre3Style presents a night of dance mayhem with a DJ battle and a special DJ set by Mayer Hawthorne. Contestants will be playing songs from at least three genres in a span of 15 minutes. The night features DJ Geometrix vs. Spencer Tracy vs. DJ Tech vs. DJ Trayze vs. DJ Alizay vs. KC from Fatback vs. Amen Ra vs. Philpz. Howard Theatre. 18 +. 8 p.m. Free.

Canadian acoustic-folk musician Dallas Green's solo project City and Colour performs at Rams Head Live. The former Alexisonfire band member's already working on a follow-up to his third album, Little Hell, released last year. A song titled "Of Space And Time" will feature on the next album. “I kind of want to say that it’s about me leaving Alexisonfire but I also think it has a Little Hell type vibe to it because I wrote it back then lyrically...It’s got that kind of struggle to it, the old City and Colour struggle,” he says. David Bazan (of Pedro The Lion) and Dan Romano open. 7 p.m. $25.

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Tonight: The Dandy Warhols, Beltway Drama Series

May 29, 2012 - 10:59 AM
The Dandy Warhols (Facebook/Eliot Lee Hazel)

Beltway Drama Series presents "Alternative Methods," a staged reading of Patricia Davis' Alternative Methods, and a 15 to 20 minute post-show discussion with audience members. The New York International Fringe Award winner is the story of a young psychologist in her attempts to get through to an Iraqi doctor who's been detained and interrogated, suspected of treating an injured al-Qaida leader. Busboys and Poets/Hyattsville. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

The Dandy Warhol's 8th studio album, This Machine, is a far cry from the the David Bowie-inspired 2003 release of Welcome to the Monkey House. De-facto leader/singer/guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor says of the band's latest release reminiscent of 13th Floor Elevators, "I think, when you strip back to just two guitar parts, you naturally find that dirtier is better." 9:30 Club. Psychic Ills and 1776 open. 7 p.m. $25.



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Weekend planner: Zou Bisou Bisou Party, Zinefest, dance parties

May 25, 2012 - 10:11 AM
Chuck Prophet


Urban Corps and Alliance Francaise present the Urban Corps Transatlantic Hip-Hop Festival's closing night event: Urban Corps Hip Hop Battle + Dance Party. The final night unites the message of cultural exchange with a dance battle featuring French dance crews, Cie De Fakto, Cie Par-Allèles and Cie KLP, and local crews, Urban Artistry, Dcypher and Culture Shock. Artisphere. Friday. 9 p.m. $5.

DC Zinefest presents Pop Up Zine Library, Art Show, and Zine Reading. "Zines" are self-published small magazines. The second annual event features zine magazines and comics and zinester art at the Fridge's pop-up library and pop-up gallery. The night also features readings by Jen Twigg of Jen(ny) Ambular, Rachel of Hoax and Linsay of Runcible Spoon. The Fridge. Friday. 8 p.m. $5.

BYT & La Maison Francaise Present: Zou Bisou Bisou, a special Embassy of France after-hours party featuring drinks, music, art, performances, lights, photos and awkward cheek kisses. Embassy of France. Saturday. 8 p.m. $20/$25.

The DC Latino Collective Art Show ft. Latino Poetry at The Fridge. Latino poets, Sami Miranda and Martiza Rivera from Puerto Rico and Quique Aviles from El Salvador, examine what it means to live in a multicultural world. Saturday. 7 p.m.

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Tonight: Urban Corps' 'Tour of Duty', Zumba Fitness

May 24, 2012 - 11:06 AM
Compagnie KLP, ‘Tour of Duty’ (Alliance Francaise)

Alliance Française's Urban Corps Transatlantic HIp-Hop Festival presents a performance by the French dance company KLP. Set in 1960's Brooklyn, "Tour of Duty," sounds like a battle on the field, but in actuality it's a different kind of war. A group of friends reminisce of the hardships they've had to face in the face of social, economic and cultural barriers, while simultaneously telling the story of how hip-hop began. The Washington Post writes, "Junious Brickhouse, founder of the District-based hip-hop collective Urban Artistry, is a bit skeptical about the storyline — Brooklyn? What about the South Bronx? — but suspects that the dancing will be on target. 'I’ll be honest. I think there are some things that get lost in translation...but at the end of the day, I just want to get down with some nonverbal art.'" Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $23.

Summer is almost here — time to work that booty while looking incredibly silly if you suffer from having no rhythm with 90 minutes of Zumba Fitness: A Party for Empowerment at The Dunes. 7 p.m. $15 online or $20 cash only at door.

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Weekend Shows: An Artomatic Weekend

May 23, 2012 - 09:19 PM
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 .


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Tonight: NoMa Summer Screen, The End of the World

May 23, 2012 - 09:24 AM
Jake Gyllenhaal (Flickr/nan palmero)

Summer's arrival means outdoor films in grassy fields. NoMa Summer Screen: 2012: The End of the World? opens today with blockbuster films that have world-ending themes. The free, weekly, outdoor film series will run Wednesday evenings from now until August with music, giveaways and food trucks. The Day After Tomorrow, the 2004 science-fiction disaster film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, and Emmy Rossum screens tonight at sundown. Loree Grand Field. Food Trucks: @LobsterTruckDC @The OrangeCow @DougtheFoodDude 7 p.m. Free.

Wedding season is upon us. In Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, three unhappy friends in their mid-twenties reunite to celebrate a former high school classmate's wedding. Directed by David Muse, it's a humorous, moving and biting look at "toxic friendships and other lifelong commitments." Studio Threatre. 8 p.m.

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Tonight: The Donkeys, Crystal Fighters, Our Vintage Film

May 22, 2012 - 10:16 AM
The Donkeys

The Donkeys bring a bit of southern California to the District. The San Diego four-piece's latest release, Born With Stripes off Thing Thing Thing records echoes of The Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield, and more recent bands Pavement and Beck. Dead Oceans writes, "What makes the Donkeys so potent is not their ability to rehash the past, it's their records embody a pureness, an authenticity that is unmatched in contemporary music." They perform with Shark Week and The Rememberables. Black Cat Backstage. 8 p.m. $10.

London band Crystal Fighters' unique sound features Basque instruments and synthesizers. They perform with Is Tropical. Rock n Roll Hotel. 8:30 p.m. $15.

Play back old memories with Our Vintage Film at Jammin' Java. The pop band performs with Bonaventure, The Offset and Money Cannot Be Eaten. 7 p.m. $10/$13.

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Tonight: Birth of Hip-Hop Culture, Polyphonic Spree

May 21, 2012 - 11:19 AM

The French-American Hip-Hop Festival presents Old Schools: The Birth of Hip-Hop Culture in the U.S. and France. The Alliance Francaises' week-long festival features a discussion of the rise of hip-hop in two distinct cultures, with Alain-Philippe Durand, a professor of U.S. and French hip-hop cultures at the University of Arizona, and Junious "House" Brickhouse, urban dance expert and founder of Urban Artistry. Busboys and Poets/5th&K. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The festival runs until Thursday with performances from hip-hop dance crews from France, the U.S., Senegal and local acts.

A night of comedy and music with Spin's "Best New Comedian" and "Best of CMF" 2010, Reggie Watts at 9:30 ClubJustin Cousson opens. 7 p.m. $25.

The symphonic rock band, The Polyphonic Spree takes their You + Me Tour to the District with indie folk musician Sweet Lee Morrow and New Fumes. Sixth & I. 8 p.m. $31.50.

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Weekend planner: Sulu DC celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 17, 2012 - 11:47 PM
Jay Park (Facebook/Jay Park)


Sulu DC presents Homegrown and Homeschooled: An Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at Artisphere. Hosted by spoken word pioneer Regie Cabico, the night spotlights local artists with performances by instrumental band Yeveto, poet Tarfia Faizulla, actor and singer Don Mike Mendoza and poet Suty Komsonkeo. Saturday. 7 p.m. $15.

Verizon presents the APAHM TOUR featuring Korean-American singer Jay Park, a member of the b-boy crew Art of Movement, and other rising Asian-American artists at Fillmore Silver Spring. Saturday. 8 p.m. $42.

Monster Truck Opening Party features 20+ food trucks, balloon animals, bounce houses, fire breathers, aerial artists, 10 bars, DJs and more. Capitol Skyline Hotel. Saturday. 11 a.m.

Sound Bites DC at 9:30 Club. Join Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation and the beats of Bone, Fur and Feathers, Archives and Nappy Riddem for a night of music, food and change. Life Story, a new DCCK video premieres. Admission also includes food from D.C. restaurants. All proceeds benefiting DC Central Kitchen. 5 p.m. $40.

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Tonight: Be a starving artist in Farragut Square

May 17, 2012 - 11:55 AM
Nick Waterhouse (Facebook)

Always wanted to be a starving street artist? ArtJamz presents Paint in the Park: Farragut Square. Every Thursday from now until June, be inspired by live music, the outdoors and the city's commuters on their way home from work. ArtJamz will provide a 16 by 20 canvas, an easel and unlimited acrylic paints and brushes. 5:30 p.m. $30.

BSO SuperPops: The Beat Goes On! Conductor Jack Everly winds back the clock to the 1960's with hits from the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Burt Bacharach and Frankie Valli. Strathmore Music Center. 8 p.m.

Nick Waterhouse takes a bit of "old school sensibility" and "vintage R&B" to Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. With DJ Nite Krawler 8 p.m. $10/$12.

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Weekend shows: Haven't I Seen You Before?

May 17, 2012 - 10:42 AM
Arctic Monkeys (Photo: Alterna2 via Flickr)

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.

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Tonight: Story League's Psychic Phenomena

May 16, 2012 - 09:00 AM

Ever had something strange and inexplicable happen to you? Enter your story in Story League 7: Psychic Phenomena, where storytellers will have seven minutes to tell a true story about "extrasensory perception, clairvoyance, telepathy, and eerie coincidences." Submissions will be considered prior to the show, and the top nine will be selected to compete for a $100 cash prize. Judges are Katherine Marsh, Edgar Award-winning author of The Night Tourist, comedian Adam Ruben, and Brandon Wetherbee, producer of You, Me, Them, Everybody. Busboys and Poets/14th&V. 9 p.m. $10.

French electronic artist Madeon lights up U Street Music Hall. Lightwaves opens. 9 p.m. 18+ $18.

Art After Hours, a night at the museum, with country-pop singer Owen Danoff at Strathmore Mansion. The son of Grammy-winning musician Bill Danoff returns after the Strathmore's sold-out Tribute to Paul Simon. 7:30 p.m. $15.

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Tonight: The New Professional Issue Three launch party

May 15, 2012 - 12:22 PM
TNP: Third Issue (TNP: Amy Arbus)

The New Professional: Issue Three launch party kicks off tonight at Black Cat. The literary magazine's new issue features interviews with Tray Chaney, from HBO's The Wire, author A.M. Homes, musician and producer John Vanderslice and Baltimore/LA indie band Future People, and fiction by writer Will Arbery. Grab some drinks and celebrate literature with a live performance by Chaney and special guests. Black Cat Backstage. 8 p.m. $12.

SOLD OUT! Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at 9:30 Club.

Memphis hip-hop artist Yo Gotti takes the stage at U Street Music Hall. Zed Zilla and S.C.M.G. open. 7 p.m. $20.

R. Ring featuring Kelley Deal of The Breeders performs with local indie outfit The Mean Season and Marc Canancias at DC9. 8:30 p.m. $10.

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Tonight: Rusko's 'Songs' nostalgic of early Euro house

May 14, 2012 - 11:30 AM
Rusko (Facebook/Dan Wilton)

A visit from the UK on this rainy, dreary Monday: Leeds dubstep producer Rusko recently released his first full-length album, Songs, off Diplo's Mad Decent. Billboard reviews: "The 48-minute collection zooms through throwbacks to early Euro rave and house, reviving the unabashed, giddy quality of those first-wave years." The 27-year-old's not slowing down either, with a collaborative release with Cypress Hill scheduled for release June 5, and an EP of "ambient, minimal techno" out under an alias later this summer. Rams Head Live. Sigma opens. 8 p.m. $27.

SOLD OUT: The Cranberries at 9:30 Club.

California-based ALO's fourth album Sounds Like This, released off Brushfire Records, doesn't disappoint with creatively inventive tracks. Singer-songwriter Chris Kasper opens the show at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. $20.

The Last Hour of Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu screens at Goethe-Institut. Nicolae Ceausescu was head of Romania's communist regime until its downfall when he and his wife Elena were executed on Christmas Day 1989. This story of a revolution is based on video footage and eye-witness accounts of their sentencing and execution. 6:30 p.m. $7.

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Weekend planner: Pasties and Popcorn, 'The Music Man,' Godfrey

May 11, 2012 - 09:58 AM


The five-time Tony Award-winning musical, The Music Man, opens at Arena Stage. Artistic director Molly Smith takes on the story of Harold, a smooth talking swindler. When he arrives in the town of River City, Iowa, Marian, a local librarian seeks out to expose him. Harold decides to win her heart to protect himself, but will he find himself falling in love instead? Arena Stage. Friday - June 22. 8 p.m. Tickets online.

Bess Kargman's award-winning documentary, First Position, the story of six dancers competing in one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth American Grand Prix, is an intimate look into the life of young dancers struggling to make it into the world of professional ballet. Dancer Rebecca Houseknect will be in-person for a Q&A after Friday's screening. Bethesda Row Cinema. Friday - Thursday.

DC Shorts presents Pasties & Popcorn, two-nights of steamy films, sexy burlesque, and a sneak peek at this fall's DC Shorts Film Festival films. Atlas Performing Arts Center. Friday - Saturday. $20.

BloomScreen presents No Impact Man, a 2009 documentary about a Manhattan family who abandon their upscale lifestyle for a year-long experiment in sustainable zero impact living: no electricity, no non-local food, no material consumption, no automated transportation. BloomBars. Sunday. 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

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Tonight: Renegade DC, Will Durst, Designer Drugs

May 10, 2012 - 12:18 PM
Designer Drugs (Facebook)

Photographers Jodi King and Tyler Larish present Renegade DC, a series of bold and moving photographs set against the backdrop of D.C.'s historic landmarks. The U.S. Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Castle, Ben's Chili Bowl, and other landmarks become playgrounds for the photographers, a place where fashion, history, and architecture blend for a creative perspective on the city. FotoSpace at 1838 Columbia Rd. NW. 7 p.m. RSVP required.

Writer, Emmy-nominee and political humorist Will Durst takes on national politicians at Riot Act Comedy Theater. Thursday - Saturday. 8 p.m. $15.

Designer Drugs performs with PLS DNT STP, Hyx and Houston at U Street Music Hall. 9 p.m. 18+ $8


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Upcoming shows: Mother's Day Guide

May 10, 2012 - 11:05 AM
Mark Lanegan (Photo: Alterna2 via Flickr)

Mother's Day is Sunday! If you haven't remembered to pick up a gift for your maternal unit, don't stress: no matter what kind of music your mom is into, we've got some suggestions of shows for her special day.

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Thursday, May 10 at the Birchmere, $25

Recommended if your mom: secretly wants to learn to play the banjo. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time string band from North Carolina, whose 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. In addition to banjo and guitar, the band also includes harmonica, kazoo, fiddle, and mandolin-- a good mixture of twangy instruments that complements their sound.

Mark Lanegan Band
Friday, May 11 at the 9:30 Club, $20

Recommended if your mom: is covered in tattoos. Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan has performed with a lot of different bands since his grunge days-- most recently, with Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell and with English electronica group Soulsavers. He's back doing his own solo thing now, having recently released the rock album Blues Funeral, still highlighting his dark and weary vocals. He's also heavily
inked, down to every phalanx of every finger.


M3 Festival
Saturday, May 12 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, $40-$60

Recommended if your mom: still has a mess of hairspray left over from the 80s.This rock festival (now in its 4th year) kicks off on Friday night with Kix and Night Ranger, but the real jump backwards in time is at this show, which features Ratt, Warrant, and Cinderella. Here's hoping your mom doesn't still have that old leotard and legwarmers outfit.

Sunday, May 13 at Empire, $17

Recommended if your mom: thinks driving on the Autobahn is just too damn slow. Punk/ thrash band D.R.I. (that's Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) was known for a time as the fastest band in the world. The Houston band hasn't released a new album since the mid-90s, but the quartet isn't exactly slowing down: they just worked with label Beer City Records to reissue some of their early albums and have not denied rumors of an 8th studio album. Most moms wouldn't be down with a D.R.I. concert, but we're hoping that yours is. (PS: please send pictures).

These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.

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Tonight: 'The Price of Sex,' Feist, Active Child

May 9, 2012 - 11:10 AM

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival presents a special screening of The Price of Sex, Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mimi Chakarova's documentary about the sex trafficking of young Eastern European women to the Middle East and Western Europe. The film is an intimate and revealing look at the issue from the eyes of the women who have escaped. "You don't make a film unless you feel that there's a possibility to change things," Chakarova says. West End Cinema. 7 p.m.

SOLD OUT! Ingrid Michaelson at 9:30 Club.

Folk-pop artist Feist released her latest album, Metals, last year, which she describes to Pitchfork as a "record animated with ... 'the movement of a lot of humans.'" Strathmore Music Center. 8 p.m. $45.


Synth-indie-pop artist Active Child performs with Balam Acab and Superhumanoids at Black Cat.

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