Picks for the week of Friday, February 3 ‚Äî Thursday, February 9.
Make sure and check our venue listings page for a more complete musical calendar.
Friday Feb 3 >>
Lilys play guitar-pop that’s been lauded by music press in the States and UK. They play the Black Cat on Friday with (the sounds of) Kaleidoscope and French Toast. FREE MP3: “Breakfast” by French Toast
Preston Reed is known for unique and self-invented brand of acoustic guitar playing. With two percussive hands on the fretboard, Reed brings more sounds out of his instrument than seems humanly possible. Preston is playing a solo engagement at Jammin’ Java.
Bullet Parade play crisp, layered guitar-pop. They are joined at the Velvet Lounge by shoegaze-inspired rockers the Sentiment, as well as Olivia Mancini (of Washington Social Club) and Camera.FREE MP3: “Dodge, Peon!” by Bullet Parade
Saturday Feb 4 >>
Since the late 1990s, RJD2 has been building a steady rep as one of the hottest one-man acts in hip-hop, working with Def Jux, Astralwerks, and the late great Rawkus Records. His goal isn’t to simply move a crowd to dance, but to make them think and feel as well. Sharkey is opening the show at the 9:30 Club.
Ten years ago, Low‘s philosophy of making music was to play as slowly and quietly as possible. While their sound has certainly changed, it would still be a stretch to call them a rock & roll band. Their latest full-length, on Sub Pop records, is the closest they’ve come, and certainly the fastest. They play the Black Cat on Saturday with His Name is Alive and Death Vessel. The poster for this show (right) was designed by local design shop El Jefe Design.
The Apparitions will tell you they play spacey golden pop rock. Loud. Hear for yourself at the Iota Club & Cafe. Gist and The Emergency open the show. FREE MP3: “Electricity + Drums” by the Apparitions
The Bonapartes play hook-laden indie rock, complete with fuzzy guitars and dance-rock rhythm. They are joined at the Velvet Lounge on Saturday by Your Black Star, Avec, and 2 if by Sea. FREE MP3: “Concentric” by the Bonapartes
Sunday Feb 5 >>
These United States hail from the DC area, and bill themselves as “Jangly Railyard WordPop for the No-Nonsense Rascal.” I have no idea what that means. I’d call them alt-country. They are playing the Iota Club & Cafe alongside New York’s Phonograph, and Mark Charles + the Holy Roman Empire.
Monday Feb 6 >>
Owls and Crows are a local band that sound like the Swedish Invasion met Blonde Redhead in a dive bar in New York City. They are playing at DC9 on Monday, with The Love Drunks and Bang Bang Bang opening the show. FREE MP3: “Moths” by Owls and Crows
Tuesday Feb 7 >>
Skeleton Key is pretty funky for a bunch of white guys. Opening up for them at the Black Cat backstage are the Giraffes, a loudnasty Razor & Tie band from Brooklyn. FREE MP3: “Sawdust” by Skeleton Key
On their Myspace page, the Tasty Habits label their genre as “post-post-irony.” I dig it already. They are playing at DC9 on Tuesday alongside Jesse Payne and Minor Twang. FREE MP3: “Down on Me” by Jesse Payne
Ben Carroll recently won second place in the American Songwriter Lyric Contest. A DC Native, Ben is the son of two prominent musicians, Jim Carroll and Margot Chapman. He is playing Jammin’ Java with his father Ben on Tuesday. Daniel Lee opens up the show. FREE MP3: “Dola Rosa” by Ben Carroll
Wednesday Feb 8 >>
Wednesday sees our PICK OF THE WEEK at the Black Cat. Leslie Feist hails from Canada, where the streets are paved with indie-rock. She began to garner attention after her work with the supergroup Broken Social Scene. Like a post-rock Wu-Tang, the members of BSS have all gone on to successful solo careers, with Feist’s rise being the most marked by mainstream media. With videos on MTV2 and a critically-acclaimed as well as best-selling debut album, Feist has quietly overwhelmed indie-pop audiences across the continent. Jason Collett opens the show.
Thursday Feb 9 >>
Mary Timony hails from Boston, where she has been defying Harvard Square songwriter norms for years. A veteran of the underground scene, her new record will be coming out on Kill Rock Stars, the West Coast home of some of our favorite bands. Check her out at the Black Cat on Thursday, joined by The Aquarium and The Picture is Dead. FREE MP3: “Friend to J.C.” by Mary Timony Band
Deadboy & the Elephantmen is Dax Riggs and Tessie Brunet. They are coming to the Iota Club & Cafe on Thursday to kick off their East Coast tour. Parklife opens the show. FREE MP3: “Someday Lovesong” by Parklife