If you listen to anything in DC this month, make sure it includes these shows.

  • Feb 5: The Kopecky Family Band & Eastern Sea

    The Kopecky Family Band paints with a broad brush, wielding a wide array of instruments including standup bass and a xylophone. Their sound is sweet and smooth. Austinites the Eastern Sea ups the tempo a bit with complex melodic vocals and a picky guitar.


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  • Feb 8: Slow Machete, Watermelon, Laser Background, and Honest Haloway

    We chose this as much for the venue as for the show itself. The Paperhaus is the pop-up venue maintained by local band Paperhaus. The group regularly clears out their living room to host local and touring bands—how’s that for hip? No cover, BYOB, and any donations go directly to the bands.


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  • Feb 9: SHREDFEST DC Presented by Sister Polygon and She Shreds Magazine

    A matinee, pick-up game of a show for chicks who rif. Local bands YOLO Girls and Violent Vibes will be there, and more are encouraged to sign up by emailing sisterpolygon@gmail.com. Might as well stick around Shark Week later that night.


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  • Feb 9: Shark Week and Warchild

    DC’s own Shark Week melds doo-wop and garage rock. These four have been popping up all over the District over the last 18 months and we’re pretty stoked about it. Shark Week is definitely a band to watch.


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  • Feb 11: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
  • Feb 14: Retribution Gospel Choir and Deathfix

    Retribution Gospel Choir sounds like everything your dad listened to in the best way. Get some classic rock in your system this Valentine’s day.


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  • Feb 15: The Evens

    Godfather of DC punk and front man of Fugazi and Minor Threat, Ian MacKaye and The Warners’ Amy Farina (also MacKaye’s wife) will play subtler sounds at St. Stephens Church to benefit the St. Stephen’s Building Fund & We Are Family. Tickets are on sale at Crooked Beat, Smash! and Joint Custody in Adams Morgan. Please bring canned food!


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  • Feb 17: Bosnian Rainbows

    Sounds like: Jefferson Airplane. If you can get to Baltimore on Sunday night do not miss this show. Bosnian Rainbows is made up of the members of the recently disbanded Mars Volta and recently re-banded At The Drive In. Omar Rodriguez has often been named as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Knowing this crew’s history—do not skip this show. There is a solid chance they’ll break up before this tour is over.


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  • Feb 22: Black Clouds, Reindeer, The Dirty Dirges, Ever Ending Kicks

    Go for the Black Clouds if you’re trying to listen to some hard, instrumental rock tonight. The threesome frequents Rock n’ Roll Hotel, backed by relentless drummer Jimmy Rhodes.


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  • Feb 24: The Sunday Gospel Brunch

    Repent.


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