This Week In Music…

Picks for the week of Friday, December 16 — Thursday, December 22

With the holiday season well underway, we’ve got a slow week for live music here in Washington. Fear not, loyal reader! We’ve still hand-picked the best and brightest for your enjoyment. Check out our venue listings page for a fuller music fix.

Friday Dec 16 >>


Friday opens the weekend strong with a film showing at The Warehouse. Entitled Afro-Punk, this 66-minute documentary tackles race identity issues below the surface of the punk rock scene. Sounds fabulous. More info here.

Baltimore’s Lake Trout is playing The Black Cat on Friday night, in support of their newly-released full-length album Not Them, You. Cedars and Gun are opening up.

Saturday Dec 17 >>

Saturday night sees touring veterans Army of Me coming home to DC for a headlining show at The Black Cat. The Whips and The Bonapartes open the show, making it a night of all-DC rock. Check out the show poster.

Sunday Dec 18 >>

Mieka Pauley
Mieka Pauley

Mieka Pauley is our pick of the week, opening up for college coffeehouse staple Dean Fields on Sunday night at The Iota Club & Cafe in Arlington. Mieka got her start as one of a hundred street singers on Harvard Square, but quickly moved out of Boston and began touring the country full-time. This talented young songstress even won the first ever Starbucks Emerging Artist Award!

Monday Dec 19 >>

Go and finish your Christmas shopping!

Tuesday Dec 20 >>

Go and finish your Chanukah shopping!

Wednesday Dec 21 >>

Go and finish your Kwanzaa shopping! This joke is tired, and so am I.

Thursday Dec 22 >>

Trixie Little
Trixie Little

Thursday proves itself the new Friday once again, with a barrage of great live music. First and foremost of these events is A John Waters Christmas live at the 9:30 club! Sure to be night of fantastic filth and debauchery, the show will be opened by local act Lobsterboy, as well as Charm City’s favorite burlesque superhero Trixie Little.

The Mistletones continue the tradition of eclectic holiday music mash-ups at The Galaxy Hut. These boys, including members of Weird War and Trans Am, are going to be playing a night of surf-style Christmas music. Think The Ventures’ Christmas Album meets The Make-Up.

And finally, if all you really want this Thursday night is some straightforward, heart-warming whiteboy reggae, stop by Whitlow’s on Wilson to see Soldiers of Jah Army, or as the guy with four dreadlocks who sells drugs outside my house calls them, SOJA.