This Week In Music…

Friday, November 18 – Thursday, November 24

Again, there are a lot of great shows this week, making our picks amazingly difficult. To get the full line-up of bands playing this week go directly to the venues’ websites — we’ve set up a venue listings page to make things easier for you.

Friday 11/18 >>

There’s something for everyone this Friday:

Bright Eyes photo
Bright Eyes

Let’s start off with our Pick of the Week — By now you’ve probably heard of Conor Oberst, well more likely his alter ego Bright Eyes. Perhaps you know him as one of Winona Ryder’s many rockstar kiss buddies, or maybe you know him as the guy who opened for Bruce Springsteen & R.E.M. while touring swing states in advance of the 2004 presidential election. Or, speaking of politics, you may remember him as the guy with big enough balls to say, in reference to his boycott of media giant Clear Channel, “There will be no real music anymore if we keep letting people shove it down our fucking throats.” However, we’d like to think you know him for his music — after all, he’s been recording since the age of 13, and he, earlier this year, released two albums simultaneously, the more folksy-pop I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, and its more electro-rocking counterpart Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at numbers 10 and 15, respectively. All of which has now garnered Bright Eyes international acclaim. There’s no wonder why the critics have tagged him “rock’s boy genius”. Bright Eyes plays DAR Constitution Hall on Friday, November 18 with the also talented, The Magic Numbers, and Feist.

Also this Friday, New Orleans jazz-funk-rockers, Galactic, is bringing their “Ten Year Invasion” Tour to the 9:30 Club along special guest vocalist Ivan Neville, with The Stooges Brass Band. A second show for Galactic is scheduled for Saturday.

And, for those of you wanting to catch a good local band, 51 Peg, and the Pharmacy Prophets will be performing at the Velvet Lounge.

Saturday 11/19 >>

Cedars photo

Have you heard the buzz about the local indie-rockers Cartel yet? Well, forget about it because they’re now called Cedars due to some “cease and desist letters” (or something like that). To be honest, I think their new name is more fitting of their soulful Brit-pop sound. Anyway, you can catch them live at DC 9 on Saturday night along with local favs the Brindley Brothers, and Brooklyn’s Upwelling.

If it’s really good country-fried rock-n-roll your looking for, you can get your fill at IOTA Club & Cafe this Saturday night with Clem Snide, and DC’s own Josh Read (of Revival).

Sunday 11/20 >>

It’s a good night for music. First off, G. Love & Special Sauce are at 9:30 Club and, to be fair to the other bands playing tonight, that’s all I’m going to say.

Over at Black Cat is a show of a different sorts. The headliner, OK GO is one of the newest additions to the retro-power-pop club that includes the likes of Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, The Bravery and you know the rest. Anyway, OK GO is good and all, but my fascination with this show is with the opening band, Shortstack. I guess it’s good to have friends that will share the wealth. Well, with that said, I have to say that after checking out their site and listening to a few of their songs, I kinda dig ’em — they kinda sound like a whiskied-up Johnny Cash cover band.

Sovus Radio photo
Sovus Radio

I have to admit that I had never heard of Sovus Radio before Googling their name about two hours before writing this — I’m blown away! This Atlanta band hasn’t even released an EP (they’re about to), yet they sound like seasoned veterans. If forced to, I’d compare them with the Arcade Fire, however I think that would be unfair considering how unique their sound is. I’ve spent two hours looking through their somewhat erie, but fascinating website trying to swat cockroaches while their music is playing in the background. I’m definitely going to be following up on this band, but for now check out their cool website and go see them live this Sunday at Velvet Lounge.

Monday 11/21 >>

By now you may already know that our beloved Carlsonics have disbanded. Since then, two of the members, Aaron Carlson and Nikki West, have formed a new band called Nethers. You can catch their new indie-pop sound at Galaxy Hut on Monday. Also performing is the Starlingtons, a throwback to old-school Opry.

Tuesday 11/22 >>

We’re declaring this Tuesday as “Support Local Music You Bastards” night. The U Street Corridor is sporting two good local shows this coming Tuesday. The Black Cat is hosting The Sentiment and Lucky Bastards.

Just down the street at Velvet Lounge you can catch Punk rockers Cab Assassin, Nurse, and Overrun. So get down there, pay the cover (don’t be cheap), and maybe buy a band member a beer — you can say it’s from us if you want.

Wednesday 11/23 >>

Army of Me photo
Army of Me

Jammin’ Java scores a hat-trick on Wednesday with three great local indie-rock bands, Army of Me, Peppers Ghost, and Ross Copperman.

Thursday 11/24 >>

Go have some turkey.