Every Thursday, Bandwidth contributors tell you what D.C. shows are worth your time over the next week.
Damaged City Fest
Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13 at the Dougout, St. Stephen’s Church, The Pinch, and Dance Institute of Washington
The Damaged City Fest, D.C.’s DIY punk extravaganza, returns for its second year this weekend, boasting a jam-packed lineup at St. Stephen’s in Columbia Heights on Friday night and all day Saturday, plus a pre-show tonight at The Dougout, after-shows at the Pinch and a Sunday matinee at the Dance Institute of Washington. The lineup is insanely packed, from California powerviolence pioneers Infest to D.C.’s Priests and Give, but the real draw—especially for locals—is a reunion of Government Issue‘s 1980 lineup, featuring John Stabb, Jon Barry, and Brian Gay, performing early demos and the “Legless Bull” EP. Presales are now all sold out, but there will be a few tickets available at the door (tip: get there early!).
Title Tracks, Passing Phases, Cane & the Sticks
Friday, April 11 at Comet Ping Pong, $10-plus donation
After the passing of Windian Records founder Travis Jackson in January, there have been a number of benefit shows for his wife and 1-year-old son. This is another (so donate freely at the door!), featuring John Davis’ power-pop project Title Tracks, pop-punkers Passing Phases, and fuzzy rockers Cane & the Sticks.
Saturday, April 12 at Union Arts, $20
Put on by the noise-embracing collective Select DC, the inaugural Vanguard Festival brings together artists, producers and DJs to showcase “outstanding explorations, tastes, and talent.” Highlights include electronics guru John Wiese (who in addition to his own projects has also toured with Sunn O))) and performed with Wolf Eyes), Earcave/Peoples Potential Unlimited founder Andrew Morgan (who put together this exclusive mix for Bandwidth), ex-Black Eyes member Ital, and local electronic duo Protect-U.
Tereu Tereu, J. Flax & the Heart Attacks, Mattress Financial
Saturday, April 12 at the Beehive, by donation
If you missed Tereu Tereu‘s headlining show at the Black Cat a few months ago, here’s your chance to see this offbeat rock band play a much more intimate venue. Also performing are Norfolk surf-punkers J. Flax & the Heart Attacks and a Two Inch Astronaut solo project called Mattress Financial.
Over N Out, The Oddities, Threads, Arkestry
Saturday, April 12 at the Electric Maid, $5
Despite having a fairly active concert calendar, the Electric Maid always seems to slip under the radar. Reacquaint yourself with the Takoma Park space for this pop-punk/emo/hardcore lineup featuring Baltimore’s Over N Out, D.C.’s The Oddities, West Virginia’s The Threads, and D.C.’s Arkestry.
GoldLink and Lakim
Saturday, April 12 at U Street Music Hall, $15
Who is GoldLink? While the Virginia-based MC has released a string of increasingly promising recordings—culminating recently with his new EP “The God Complex”—he’s remained anonymous. In a recent interview with Bandwidth, the “future bounce” artist wouldn’t divulge his plans for Saturday’s release show, which you’d think would involve donning a mask à la MF Doom. Then again, maybe this will mark the first time he lets fans see behind the veil. (Ally Schweitzer)
Warning: This track contains explicit lyrics.
Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem and Coke Bust
Sunday, April 13 at The Fillmore Silver Spring, $26.50
This tour, sponsored by Decibel Magazine, puts together two death-metal bands who released comeback albums last year: Carcass, whose “Surgical Steel” was the group’s first album in 17 years, and Canada’s Gorguts, whose excellent “Colored Sands” broke the group’s 12-year silence. Michigan melodic death-metal band The Black Dahlia Murder and Baltimore’s death/thrash youngsters Noisem are also along for the ride. As an added bonus, if you don’t get enough Coke Bust at the Damaged City after-party Friday at the Pinch, this is your chance to see them again on a significantly larger stage.
Beds, Sellout Youth, Curse Words
Wednesday, April 16 at CD Cellar Arlington, by donation
Shows at a record store are always awesome because you have time to browse between bands. This show is a benefit for the DIY festival Fest Too, happening in June at the Lab in Alexandria, and the bands performing are Sterling, Va., emo-punk outfit Beds (who are apparently basketball fans, given that one track on their “Michael Jordan” EP is called “Dunking on Patrick Ewing”), Alexandria’s garagey Sellout Youth and D.C. punks Curse Words.
Cloud Nothings, Ryley Walker
Wednesday, April 16 at Black Cat, $15
Cloud Nothings’ “I’m Not Part Of Me” is one of this year’s catchiest rock anthems. But instead of sticking it on the A side, the band made it the final track on its recent third album, “Here and Nowhere Else” (out now on D.C.’s own Carpark Records). Getting there is no slog—the album is full of good cuts—but once you’re there, you’ll probably understand why they made you wait. (Ally Schweitzer)
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.