Don’t Miss: TORRES (Opening for Tegan and Sara) @ 9:30 Club, 11/6 & 11/7/16

Torres_Shawn_Brackbill4TORRES (Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill)

Both Tegan and Sara shows at the 9:30 Club (November 6th and 7th) are sold out, as you may have noticed.

If you don’t have a ticket yet (what?), be resourceful! But if you do already have your ticket, you’ll want to get there early to catch TORRES (aka Mackenzie Scott) as she once again visits DC, this time as the opener for both shows.

TORRES came through DC last January and I caught her performance as she pulled double duty as the opener of both Garbage shows in October 2015. Read that review here.

Her most recent album, last year’s Sprinter, includes the self-titled single and “Strange Hellos”, which glides slowly before jumping to a full-throttle growl of emotion and sound. A theme you will become familiar with.

Remember, get there early!

TORRES (Opening for Tegan and Sara)
9:30 Club
Sunday, November 6 and Monday, November 7, 2016
Doors 7pm
$36 (Sold Out)
All ages

Around Town: The Emporiyum @ Union Market, 11/12 & 11/13/16

The Emporiyum DCThe Emporiyum is tasty (Photo from http://theemporiyum.com/)

It’s that time once again to start focusing on food. Amazing, delicious food. Cookies, cakes and pies, ramen burgers (yes, it exists), lobster, dumplings, cheese, bacon, beignets, buns, beer and more!

Don’t worry, I’ll give you a moment to take all that in.

All good? On November 12th and 13th the Emporiyum returns to Union Market with over 90 purveyors of food, artisans and vendors.

A ticket gets you into the marketplace, where you can sample, sip, shop and generally be immersed in all things food-inspired.

There will also be a DJ and hand-crafted items to browse and buy.

Make a day of it or just go for a couple of hours – the ticket options are flexible.

Buy your tickets here.

The Emporiyum DC
Union Market & Dock 5 (1309 5th St NE)
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2016
10:00am-3:00pm (depending on ticket)
$15 (Entry: 1:30pm), $25 (Early Entry: 11:00am Entry), $40 (VIP Entry: 10:00am)
All ages (12 and under are free)

Don’t Miss: Dilly Dally (Opening for Grouplove) @ Echostage, 11/9/16

Dilly Dally at Rough TradeDilly Dally at Rough Trade on January 6, 2016 (Photo Credit: Paul Hudson)

If you’re planning on hitting the Grouplove show on Wednesday, November 9th at Echostage, make a point to get there early and catch the opener, Dilly Dally.

Even if you don’t currently have designs on the Grouplove show, still give Dilly Dally a listen and see if that 1-2 punch doesn’t change your mind!

Dilly Dally’s latest EP is titled fkkt, a remix of many of their songs from their debut album, Sore.

These alternative rock Canadians (from Toronto) haven’t been around long, they released Sore in 2015 but band members Katie Monks and Liz Ball were first connected in high school. Some have likened their sound to Sonic Youth or Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but either way it’s loud and growly, yet manages to include a pop-like sound, as evidenced by “Desire”.

Should be a good time for music discovery, so buy your tickets before it’s too late!

Dilly Dally (opening for Grouplove)
w/ Muna
Echostage
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Doors 7pm
$44.45
All ages

Don’t Miss: Las Cafeteras (a Dia de Los Muertos Concert) @ American Indian Museum, 10/30/16

Las CafeterasLas Cafeteras (Photo courtesy of Las Cafeteras)

The LA-based chicano band, Las Cafeteras, performs free at the National Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, October 30th as part of the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos festival, featuring other performances, demos and artists. The Smithsonian Latino Center hosts the weekend-long festival.

Las Cafeteras will play at the museum’s Potomac Atrium at 3:30pm.

Las Cafeteras mix a variety of musical styles, new and old, for a unique blend of sounds and storytelling. Notably son jarocho, a folk music style from Veracruz, Mexico.

Watch them perform live at Seattle’s KEXP, including their infectious take on “La Bamba Rebelde”. And yes, that is a giant mandible doubling as a musical instrument!

The band members are Denise Carlos, Leah Gallegos, Daniel French, David Flores, Hector Flores and Jose Cano.

Las Cafeteras
National Museum of the American Indian
Sunday, October 30, 2016
3:30-4:30pm
Free
All ages

Don’t Miss: The Naked and Famous @ Lincoln Theatre, 11/15/16

The Naked and FamousThe Naked and Famous (Photo Credit: Samantha West)

The Naked and Famous bring their electronic beats and fiery rock energy to the Lincoln Theatre on November 15th.

Having released their third album, Simple Forms, just this October, they will be seeking to entertain us with the first single “Higher” and other great new tracks like “Laid Low” and “The Runners”.

The band originally formed in New Zealand, but relocated to Los Angeles in 2012. After their second album, they went through turmoil and were on hiatus for a time, before returning with a vengeance to produce Simple Forms in 2015 and 2016, forged through the pain and passion of heartbreak and strife.

Of course, we can likely expect them to play their instantly recognizable hits from the first album, like “Young Blood” and “Punching in a Dream”, punctuated by Alisa Xayalith’s rich vocal range.

Certainly a show you don’t want to miss, as they haven’t toured in two years.

Buy your tickets here. Do it, it will feel good.

The Naked and Famous
w/ XYLØ, The Chain Gang of 1974
Lincoln Theatre
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Doors 6:30pm
$35
All ages

Music Park: The Head and the Heart @ DAR Constitution Hall — 10/22/16

The Head and the HeartThe Head and the Heart (Photo Credit: James Minchin)

“We have Capri Sun backstage.” With that provocative come on, The Head and the Heart wooed the packed crowd at DAR Constitution Hall.

Moving amidst a stage peppered with potted plants and festooned with hanging white balls acting as lights, a homey setting that might have been an ode to their latest album cover, the band members clapped and stomped through their best songs for the eager spectators.

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Around Town: DC Beer Festival @ Nationals Park, 11/5/16

DC Beer Festival 2016

It’s time to get excited about another beer festival! The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park on Saturday, November 5th and you should be there.

This year’s festival will feature 75 breweries and over 200 beers (probably enough options for you?), and you can choose between two three-hour sessions (12-3pm or 5-8pm).

Get your tickets here.

Some of the local DC/MD/VA breweries I’ll be seeking to try for the first time include, 7 Locks Brewing (Maryland), Tall Tales Brewery (Maryland), Wild Wolf Brewing (Virginia), Ruhlman Brewery (Maryland) and Old Bust Head Brewing (Virginia).

This festival will have a lot of local breweries plying their brews, the most they’ve ever had, including some of our favorite DC standbys like 3 Stars Brewing, Atlas Brew Works, Right Proper and Hellbender Brewery.

From the limited list of beers on tap released so far, I’m looking at Ruhlman’s Holiday Brew, Stone’s Encore 6th Anniversary Porter and 3 Stars’ Nectar of the Bogs to definitely pour down my gullet.

Food options include food trucks like Urban Poutine, Peruvian Brothers, Red Hook Lobster Pound, PhoWheels, Rio Churrasco, Balkanik Taste and more. There will also be games, DJs and you get to hang out in Nationals Park.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

DC Beer Festival 2016
Nationals Park
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Two Sessions: 12-3pm and 5-8pm
$45
21+