This Week In Music…

Picks for the week of Friday, January 13 — Thursday, January 19.

Well kids, it’s another great week for music here in the DC. Check out our venue listings page for a more complete musical calendar.

Friday Jan 13 >>

The Hickories
The Hickories

Friday is another chill-out night at the Iota Club, a perfect venue for The Hickories. Read our review of their latest release, Lost in Pennsylvania here. Opening up the show is singer/songwriter Shannon Brown, as well as roots-rockers David Kitchen & the Demolition. Free MP3: “Mystery to Me” by David Kitchen & the Demolition

Saturday Jan 14 >>

Army of Me
Army of Me

Army of Me is back home with a vengeance, headlining a show at the 9:30 Club. Monopoli, who headlined last week at the Black Cat, are opening up, along with the Sketches.

DC9 is putting on the shoegaze-inspired Middle Distance Runner, along with Hello Tokyo, the Omega Band, and Camera.

Local garage rockers The Bonapartes are playing the Galaxy Hut, with The Guins opening the show. Free MP3: “Concentric” by The Bonapartes

Marah has often been compared to Springsteen or Paul Westerberg of the Replacements: gritty narrative guitar-driven rock. They are playing the Iota Club with singer/songwriter Andrew Grimm (of June Star) on Saturday.

The Double
The Double

Rounding out this packed Saturday night is our PICK OF THE WEEK: Celebration and The Double at the Warehouse Next Door. Hailing from Baltimore, Celebration is a frantic three-piece who just recorded their debut album with David Sitek and the other boys from TV On The Radio. The Double also hail from New York, on Matador Records, that little indie label that seems to never go wrong. This show nears the end of their tour together. Free MP3: “Idiocy” by The Double

Sunday Jan 15 >>

Continuing last week’s Dischord reunion, Craig Wedren (formerly of Shudder To Think) is playing Sunday night at the Black Cat. Opening up the show is Amy Miles, an electric songwriter who has taken the New York press by storm. Free MP3: “Heavy Packer” by Amy Miles

The Galaxy Hut is hosting an unusual event, with live hip-hop all night, featuring Praverb, Teflon, Lokie, Mike Mess, and Spoon.

Kristin Hoffman
Kristin Hoffman

The IOTA Club is still the most reliable place in town to catch mellow singer/songwriters, as they prove on Sunday with a show featuring Andrew Norsworthy, Rose Polenzani and Kristin Hoffman, all of whom love sharing a taste of their music for free. Free MP3’s: “Something Else Instead” by Andrew Norsworthy, “Blue Angel” by Rose Polenzani, “Mary” by Kristin Hoffman

Monday Jan 16 >>

Paul Kamran is a singer/songwriter with “alt-country and electronica twinges.” He’s playing at the Galaxy Hut on Monday, joined by The Greek Embassy. Free MP3: “Outlaw” by Paul Kamran

The Black Cat backstage sees mp3 blog darlings Death By Sexy joined by girl-fronted rockers Soraia.

Tuesday Jan 17 >>

Jupiter Sunrise
Jupiter Sunrise

Say what you will about Myspace Records, but they’ve certainly got their promotion down. LA-based Jupiter Sunrise have exploded since their inclusion on the first Myspace volume, and are bringing their indie-pop to Jammin’ Java, where they will be joined by The Echoes.

Thursday Jan 19 >>

The Sentiment manage to be incredibly noisy and locked tight in a groove at the same time. These locals are playing DC9 on Thursday, joined by the Philly-punk Zelazowa and Blacksburg, VA’s nu-prog Running With Scissors. Free MP3: “A Must Have” by The Sentiment