[Originally for DC Music Download on 3 December 2012]
Don’t you hate it when a good show slips under your radar? Exactly. We’ve cherry picked some of our must-see local shows that you should know going into the week.
Monday-Margot MacDonald, Koshari, Dominic Fragman, and Lost Civilizations experimental music project @ IOTA Club. Show 8p, minimum donation $10
No matter what kind of genre suites your musical palate-you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear something you’ll like from this diverse line-up. From the reverb-heavy, atmospheric shoegaze of Koshari to the lighter and soulful offerings of Margot MacDonald, the bill collectively can be identified as experimental more than anything. Proceeds to the show will benefit the Arlington Planetarium.
Wednesday-the Young Rapids, Villains Like You, the Kickback, and Bobby E Lee & the Sympathizers @ DC9. Show 8:30p/Tickets $8
Performing their last show of the year, The Young Rapids have shown a sincere evolution in their performance expertise. With each show, they’ve cultivated into more polished performers-and are some of the hardest working guys in the music scene. Day Light Savings (released in August of this year) aesthetically possess a shimmering mystique that showcases the band’s creative strength and maturity. Eight bucks is a bargain for what you’ll get out of this show.
Saturday-Olivia & the Mates, Diamonds Ahead and Cedar Fires @ Comet Ping Pong. Show 10p/Tickets $10
If you missed Olivia Mancini perform under the Astra Via moniker at DC9, this is the chance to redeem yourself. Mancini is one of the strongest female vocalist in the area, with a well-tuned knack for writing catchy and commercially successful pop songs that will eventually take her well beyond the confines of D.C. Versatility is her true charm-she can effortlessly stretch the boundaries of endless musical genres without sounding as if she’s out of place.
Sunday-Teen Mom, Spirit of Danger, and Golden Looks (comprised of Hiding Places/Teenage Aviation) @ DC9. Show 8:30p/Tickets $8
Teen Mom was one group that really did seem to come out of nowhere. From being a relatively unknown trio in the beginning of the year, to now being backed by their own PR team and re-releasing their EP Mean Tom under music blog Everybody Taste‘s label, Analog Edition. Their jangle-pop, surfer-rock offerings are something to see live.
Sunday-Vandaveer @ IOTA Club. Show 8:30p/Tickets $10
After taking some time to do a comprehensive tour this summer, it’s a treat to see Vandaveer back in D.C. for another show. While Vandaveer’s album isn’t scheduled to be released until the beginning of next year-you’ll probably get a sneak-peak at the new songs if you go to the IOTA show-so if you’re a fan, it probably is worth the trip out there.