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16 Concerts You Won’t Want To Miss This Week

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29

Blues-rock aficionado JD Simo stakes out his own space after years performing in trio SIMO, with a stop at City Winery to celebrate his forthcoming solo album. Show 7:30 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Lost Kings, the DJ duo comprised of Robert Gainley and Nick Shanholtz, has worked with the likes of Tove Styrke, Wiz Khalifa, and Imagine Dragons. See them at Echostage. Show 9 p.m. $15-$20. 18+, accessible venue.

Gaelic Storm—and their ode to ale—are coming to the D.C. area this week.The Birchmere

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30

Longtime Celtic music group Gaelic Storm closes out a two-night run at The Birchmere. (Do some concert-prep work by getting to know their ode to ale.) Show 7:30 p.m. $35. All ages, accessible venue.

WTF is vaporwave, you ask? A somewhat nerdy, sample-heavy subgenre of electronic music (duh) popularized by folks like George Clanton (as ESPRIT) within the last decade. Now seemingly undaunted by using his own name, Clanton is trying his hand at more straightforward—though admittedly counter-culture—pop (and giving us a Bill Hader vibe in one of his latest videos). See him at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

She’s Poppy, and she’s more than a little bit creepy. But the Internet phenom beloved for her Samuel Beckett-meets-Nigel Dick videos does have some jams, and she (or it) is bringing them to the 9:30 Club. Doors 6 p.m. $25. All ages, accessible venue.

Bluegrassy D.C. group Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways (check out their highly relatable “Mr. Monetizer” tune) comes to Hill Country Live. Show 8:30 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

It’s dark wave night at Pie Shop, and that means appearances from local bands Red This Ever, The Neuro Farm, and Social Station. Show 8 p.m. $10. 21+, inaccessible venue.

See Toni Braxton at MGM National Harbor this week.The Theater at MGM National Harbor

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

No, you won’t find a better mid-’90s ballad than “Unbreak My Heart,” but neither that nor “Another Sad Love Song” are Toni Braxton’s best. That distinction belongs to the deliciously-naughty-and-yet-not-raunchy “You’re Makin’ Me High,” a song whose video shows Braxton and her girlfriends (including one Miss Vivica A. Fox) rating a parade of men that arrive at their lair via elevator. Catch Braxton at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Show 8 p.m. $203-$515. All ages, accessible venue.

“You have exceeded all of my qualifications/ I put on NPR, you said you love this station,” sings Pompeii Graffiti on “Heartstrings.” Chat about public media with the Annapolis-based band, or just hush and watch them play, at MilkBoy ArtHouse. Show 8 p.m. $10-$12. All ages, accessible venue.

La Unica, a D.C.-based band melding Irish and Latin musical styles that’s now in its 10th year, comes to Pearl Street Warehouse. Show 8 p.m. FREE. 21+, accessible venue.

JAGMAC comes to D.C. this week.JAGMAC

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

They sing! They dance! And they’re all related! The Baltimore-bred sibling sextet that is JAGMAC makes high-caliber pop not seen since the days of fellow sibling band The Jets. Catch them at Jammin Java. Show 3 p.m. $15-$25. All ages, accessible venue.

Dreamy indie rock outfit Lotion Princess releases its debut EP in a lineup with D.C. retro pop duo Slow Love and Richmond singer-songwriter Abby Huston at Pie Shop. Show 9 p.m. $10-$12. 18+, inaccessible venue.

In 1979, singer-songwriter Faramarz Aslani left his native Iran in the midst of revolution, with popular music banned by the incoming regime. Years later, the musician and journalist grew his fan base by moving to the U.S., where his music—marked by passion and sensitivity—has been well-received. Catch him at the Warner Theatre. Show 9 p.m. $49-$199+. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Sneaks comes to D.C. this week.Stephanie Severance

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3

On some of the cuts from Sneaks’ new album, Highway Hypnosis, the lines between pop, hip-hop, punk, and experimental music quickly become blurred. The D.C.-based singer/songwriter/creative genius notes in “Ecstasy,” “I don’t want to explain,” and she doesn’t need to. See her before she blows up at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $13-$15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Check out the sleepless intensity of Richmond’s Hayden Arp, synth-pop gold from D.C. artist Weston Smith, and the easy-breeziness of Dani Z., frontwoman of D.C.’s You and Me and You (who drops some hot background vocals here) at Dew Drop Inn. Show 8 p.m. Donations requested. 21+, inaccessible venue.

Artstream’s cabaret company performs at Strathmore this week.Artstream

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4

The cabaret company at ArtStream—a Chevy Chase-based organization providing arts programming for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities—comes to AMP with Our Journey, featuring some of the songs that have most inspired its performers. Show 7:30 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

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