This Week In Music…

Picks for the week of Friday, January 20 — Thursday, January 26.

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Friday Jan 20 >>

Washington Social Club
Washington Social Club

Washington Social Club starts off the week with a show at Jammin’ Java. These hyped-up rockers love to have a good time, and their live show reflects it. Opening up is retro-pop group Pepper’s Ghost, as well as another local band, Adelyn. FREE MP3: “Are You High (Live)” by Washington Social Club

Mike Holden isn’t only a well known singer/songwriter, he’s one of the biggest supporters of local music in the DC area. Now it’s time to show him some support. Mike will be playing in-store at Revolution Records this Friday. Sarah Kryscio kicks things off at 7pm and Mike will follow her. This will be a FREE performance and copies of his Level EP will be for sale that night at the store.

The 9:30 Club is partying like it’s 1996 on Friday with a couple of bands I swore had disappeared. Less Than Jake headlines this tour, appropriately titled “In With The Out Crowd,” with Big D and the Kids Table opening up. Also playing are DaMone and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldiers.

Saturday Jan 21 >>

Alcian Blue
Alcian Blue

Alcian Blue creates sound textures unlike anything we’ve heard in years. They’ve put out some great singles and compilation tracks, but if you really want to hear this band, you need to see them live. Which is why they are our PICK OF THE WEEK, playing at the Galaxy Hut with The Third Programme.

DC-based music webzine BigYawn is celebrating their 2nd birthday with a party at DC9. They’ve invited three bands to play the show: Aluminum Babe, Cedars, and Breaking Laces.

Sunday Jan 22 >>

Disconnect is an electro-based solo artist on Lujo Records, a DC-based label representing some of our favorite local bands. He is playing the Galaxy Hut on Sunday.

Cecilia is a six-piece band from New York. Five of the members are family. Laura Veltz, one of Cecilia’s lead vocalists, comes to the Iota Club & Cafe, with local singer/songwriter Taylor Carson opening up.

Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players
Trachtenberg Family
Slideshow Players

Evan Bliss fronts the local band the Low Life, but is playing a solo show Sunday at the Iota Club & Cafe, with Shane Hines and the Glass-Bottom Boats opening up.

Nellie McKay is headlining a show at the Birchmere on Sunday, and to be honest, I have no idea who she is. Opening up however, are the fabulously entertaining Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players, a family (the drummer can’t be older than 10) who collects vintage slide collections from garage sales & thrift stores, and turns the lives of these strangers into whimsical pop-rock tunes. A must see.

Monday Jan 23 >>

Most people remember the Meat Puppets from their appearance on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged. The Brothers Meat, however, have gone on to successful solo careers. Curt Kirkwood is playing at the Iota Club & Cafe with Mike Maloney.

Tuesday Jan 24 >>

This is a big week for the Iota Club & Cafe. Tuesday sees A.J. Croce, a versatile jazz and blues musician who has recorded with Ry Cooder, Robben Ford, and T-Bone Burnett. You may have heard of his famous father. He is playing with Jesse Elliot of DC’s own These United States.

Wednesday Jan 25 >>

Christmas was a month ago already. Weird, huh?

Thursday Jan 26 >>

Evan Dando
Evan Dando

Evan Dando, formerly the frontman of The Lemonheads, is playing at the Iota Club & Cafe on Thursday night. His set is opened by Andy Zipf, a local singer/songwriter with an arsenal of electronic tricks.

No Second Troy is a local DC band that has been building a serious buzz since their debut in 2003, playing the SXSW festival and other major events. They are playing DC9 on Thursday, joined by Snoozebox and Taylor Carson.

Closing out our week in music is a show at the 9:30 Club featuring the jazz and pop-influenced Jack’s House, who are joined by soulful rockers Politicks.