Picks for the week of Friday, December 9 – Thursday, December 15
They’re predicting more snow this weekend, so make sure to suit up in your new hipster galoshes when heading out for shows. Here are some highlights for the week, but check our venue listings page for a more complete calendar.
Friday 12/9 >>
The Iota Club & Cafe in Arlington is the perfect venue to see the DC-based “rock ‘n’ roll vaudeville inter-galactic western troubadors” known as The Cassettes. They are playing a Hurricane Katrina benefit show on Friday with a who’s who of local talent, including the Black Cat’s favorite drum/keys duo The Aquarium, Disconnect (Clark of Motorcycle Wars), Caverns and Planar, a downtempo quartet from Richmond, VA. It’s sure to be a long night of interesting indie music.
If your local loyalties lie more with The Dave Matthews Band than The Dismemberment Plan, you’ll be happy to know that Kenin is returning to the 9:30 Club, joined by State Radio (Chad Urmston, formerly of Dispatch), and Honor By August.
Saturday 12/10 >>
The Iota Club & Cafe is holding a benefit on Saturday for Hungry For Music, a local non-profit dedicated to inspiring underprivileged children by bringing music into their lives. The show will feature The Brindley Brothers, Timothy Bracken, Fire-Dean, and The U-Liners.
Sunday 12/11 >>
If you’re up for a dance party Sunday night, check out Sean Paul and Ms. Triniti at the 9:30 club. Sean Paul is inarguably the most influential artist in bringing dancehall ragga riddim out of the underground and onto the pop charts.
For a more low-key show with cheaper drinks, try Maryland “postrockexperimentalIDM” outfit Cutlery at The Black Cat’s backstage. Opening up is North Carolina’s Des Ark, who just released a fabulous split EP with Bellafea on the DC label Exotic Fever Records.
Monday 12/12 >>
Tuesday 12/13 >>
If Walk the Line didn’t convince you to pull out your old Johnny Cash LPs, Tuesday’s tribute show at Jammin’ Java will. Headlined by Cold Hard Cash, the show is opened by Ty Braddock and Derrick Harris.
Wednesday 12/14 >>
Take a break from live music this Wednesday night. You need to save up for all those last-minute Christmas gifts, anyway.
Thursday 12/15 >>
For a harder sound, skip over to the Warehouse Next Door to see post-goth noise experimenters Off Transmission. Also playing the show is Jinxed at Twelve, and Fredericksburg VA’s power-pop quartet The Field Machine.