This Week In Music…

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 Cassettes
The Cassettes

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 >>


Saturday night has something for everyone, including our pick of the week: Voxtrot are playing the Warehouse Next Door, with locals Soft Complex and The Antiques and Ceremony opening up.

Across town at DC9 you’ll find DC’s Greenland, with The Hard Tomorrows, District Records’ The Alphabetical Order and Richmond, VA’s The Rachel Nevadas. Check out the poster.

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.

Finally, bluegrass fans can catch old-time legend Ralph Stanley at The Birchmere in Alexandria.

Sunday 12/11 >>

Des Ark
Des Ark

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 >>

Catch DC noise-pop favorites (the sounds of) Kaleidoscope Monday night at the Iota Club & Cafe, backed up by singer/songwriters Brandon Butler and Mike Maloney.

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 >>


The Iota Club & Cafe comes through yet again on Thursday night, with Mudsugar favorites The Damnwells and NYC rocker L.P.

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.