Reasons to Leave Home, April 8 - 14
Tuesday night Imperial China and The Plums continue their latest string of local shows over at the Black Cat with local pop-rockers Meta rounding out the bill. If you got your fill of these folks in previous weeks, we recommend heading over to the Velvet Lounge for Thee Lolitas, Nervous Curtains, and Pilesar. Thee Lolitas is composed of two of DC’s own who have a knack for churning out frantic garage-rock numbers. Nervous Curtains hail from Texas and do sort of a brooding synth-based rock. The real draw here is Pilesar, a one-man band that produces its own strange breed of loose weirdo-pop using wacky synth sounds and looping live percussion. Show at 9:00; $8.
On Wednesday night DC9 hosts a treat of a show for anyone into that increasingly ubiquitous tropical-tinged dance-pop sound. Headlining is Tanlines, a well-hyped two-piece that makes shimmery, vaguely retro dance tunes along the lines of Washed Out and Glasser — basically they hit all the keywords: vocal harmonies, groovy synth washes, and guitar work that sounds “vaguely afrobeat.” What sets Tanlines apart is their solid sense of rhythm provided in part by Eric Emm, the former bassist for complexity loving math-rock group Don Caballero. Local act Black Hills opens providing even more electro-pop for your listening pleasure. Show at 8:00; sold out apparently — maybe stay at home and listen to Panda Bear records instead?
Friday night Comet Ping Pong provides the perfect excuse to go eat fancy pizza when they host three acts. Kicking things off is a fellow mysteriously billed as “Charlie,” though the internet tells us he’s a member of the psychedlic pop outfit Secret Cities. Headlining is Tereu Tereu — a local three-piece, this group deals in quality guitar-based indie rock. Sometimes the bouncy bass and speak/sing vocals are reminiscent of a more restrained Dismemberment Plan, sometimes they lock into kraut-rock type grooves. Rotary Club also makes an appearance with their brand of easy listening Americana. Show at 10:00; $10.
Happening across town, the Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts Noveller. On account of our soft spot for all things loud and drone oriented, we can’t recommend this show enough. This one-woman act is responsible for Glacial Glow, one of our favorite albums from last year and basically a weekly staple of the show for a time. Equipped with just a guitar and array of pedals, Parts & Labor member Sarah Lipstate crafts lengthy soundscapes of galactic proportions. There’s enough depth, texture, and energy behind Noveller’s tracks to hold your attention even if you prefer more narrative verse-chorus-verse tunes. The New York Times endorsed “jazz supergroup” Endangered Blood also takes the stage along with the DC Improvisers Collective. Show at 8:00; $25.
Saturday is just packed with options and the ambitious go-getter might be able to attend at least half of them. From 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Pyramid Atlantic hosts it’s annual open house. This place is responsible for a lot of the cool stuff that happens around Silver Spring and the open house is your chance to get a closer to look at the people behind it — there will be art demonstrations covering papermaking, printmaking, and letterpress; studio tours; screen-printing; and more. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Heading back into the District, stop by St. Stephens for the Jobs With Justice benefit featuring the classic DC hardcore group Scream. Others Beasts of No Nation, Mobius Strip, and Outlook also lend their sounds for the cause. As you’re probably aware St. Stephens has a history of supporting progressive causes by hosting excellent shows, and for fans of melodic punk/hardcore this looks to be a good one. Show at 7:00; $10.
Comet Ping Pong continues a weekend of good shows with Silo Halo’s record release party. Expect pretty slabs of shoegaze guitar with female vocals that sound like a thousand-yard stare. Funk-drag sensation Edie Sedgwick supports along with Teenbeat rockers Talk It. Show at 10:00; $10.
Finally, roll on down to Rock and Roll Hotel to catch local favorites Hume. Last time we caught these folks they were spectacular and word has it they spent the last couple months holed up in rural New York doing nothing but playing music, so we expect a great show. Musically, Hume combines dual drummers and twinkling guitar/bass interplay with spacey synth blasts and fanciful melodies for an overall transcendent take on pop. Neo-goth project Crystal Stilts also play, along with Widowspeak, who sport a reverb-heavy dream-pop sound that sort of reminds us of Julee Cruise. Show at 8:00; $14.