The weather is getting warmer, which means that bands, both up and coming and well established are beginning to tour. We are so lucky in Washington DC to not only draw the big names stopping by the Verizon Center as part of their national tours, but also getting newer artists into our basement and attic venues, where fans get a more intimate sound, and have the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite musicians. As IntheCapital’s resident audio fiend, here are my top 11 picks for shows to see this month. These artists range in style from folk to electronic to hip hop, and I’m positive ya’ll will love at least half of these. As always, leave a comment if you thinking I’m missing something I shouldn’t.
The Kruger Brothers June 3rd at the Hamilton
This trio does acoustic music right, and will add the perfect ambiance to the Hamilton’s classy setting. Always wanted to see dueling banjos done right? This is the concert for that experience done by the master’s, which will certainly be memorable.
Best Coast June 4th at the 9:30 Club
This Southern California duo is hitting up DC before playing the opening act for Green Day’s 2013 arena tour. Lead singer Bethany Cosentino is known for her emotional vocals and confessional style of song writing, which makes the focal point of the group’s sound accompanied by Bobb Bruno’s surprising yet subtle instrumentals.
Paperhaus, Shark Week and Young Rapids June 7th at Rock & Roll Hotel
This is going to be THE show if you love local DC bands. Paperhaus has a polished garage band sound and is fresh from a national tour, while Shark Week has been making waves after appearing at the Sweetlife Festival and being featured in SPIN Magazine for their retro-pop happy guitar beats. Young Rapids has a more relaxed sound, with quiet vocals and sweetly sensual guitar picking.
Lissie June 8th at U Street Music Hall
This chick has a pretty voice that is made all the more powerful by her drum heavy folk rock band. Her sophmore album is scheduled to come out this summer, although you may already know her for her featured status on Snow Patrol’s 2011 album, as well as her cover of “Go Your Own Way” which has been on a number of TV ads.
The Technicolors June 12th at the Black Cat
This rollicking rock band from Phoenix California has enough swagger to rival Thin Lizzy or Bruce Springsteen. Ladies beware, these guys play guitar in a way that will make you faint, and lead singer Brennan Smiley will leave you dreaming of what it would be like to run your hands through his perfect curls.
DJ ?uestLove June 15th at the Howard Theatre
Known to fans as the “modern day mayor of soul” DJ ?uestLove makes the venue shake as he spins everything from hip-hop to house to 80’s mo-town. Considering he has 20 years of spinning experience under his belt, this show will certainly draw an eclectic packed house.
Twin Shadow June 15th at the Black Cat
I’ve been following this sweet crooner for some time now, and am super pumped for him to make his entrance to the DC scene. With bittersweet lyrics and a nostalgic rock vibe, singer George Lewis Jr. can tackles pretty much every style imaginable with flair. His popular single “Five Seconds” is a perfect summer anthem that will be stuck in your head for weeks.
The xx and Grizzly Bear June 16th at Merriweather Post Pavilion
If you’re looking for a big outdoor venue for some summertime listening, the xx and Grizzly Bear show should be your pick this month. The xx is a British indie band that will get lead you into pensive thought about your first lost love, whereas Grizzly Bear is a Brooklyn based rock group with a more upbeat psychedelic rock sound. Hipsters will come out in droves for this concert.
Rouge Wave June 19th at the Black Cat
They may have been around for what seems like forever, but these guys haven’t lost their magic in giving a great live performance. Plus you’ve probably heard their easy going elecro-pop sound on every TV show you watch. Their fifth album is currently due to be released on June 4th, so this show should give you a first hand listen to some of their new stuff as well.
Selah Sue June 22nd at U Street Music Hall
This stunning songstress has a voice like Amy Winehouse but with a reggae vibe. She’s coming to DC straight from playing the Firefly Music Festival, and being able to see hear her big voice in such an intimate venue will be a special treat.
Superhumanoids June 25th at DC9
A personal favorite of mine, this dreamy L.A. based group is on tour celebrating the debut of their must listen album “Exhibitionists” released in early June. Their sound is heavy on the bass and driving drum progressions with ethereal vocals and soaring electronic guitar riffs, the perfect sound for making a memorable night with your best friends.
Below you can check out a video slideshow of take away hits from each of these artists. Happy Listening.