City Paper is not for tourists
D.C.’s own BRNDA kicks off a summer tour of the East Coast right here on its home turf. The quartet’s jangly post-punk feels oddly sincere and tongue-in-cheek at the same time, something “Boyfriend”—from its 2015 LP Year of the Manatee—pulls off when you learn that it was a Christmas gift to guitarist David Lesser’s religious mother. While Lesser makes sure the lyrics are clear by shouting them in a rigid talk-like fashion, it doesn’t prevent the band from hitting each chorus in the catchiest way possible. Read more >>> BRNDA performs with Bueno and Governess at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Justin Weber)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: A collection of the area’s best comedians kick off a new monthly comedy series, This Show Will Only Bring You Happiness, at the Velvet Lounge. Jason Weems, seen on Last Comic Standing, headlines the show. 7 p.m. at 915 U St. NW. $8.
Saturday: On her song “Radio,” Emily King name-drops Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin and John Lennon, cooing “If I had one religion it would surely be a love song in the distance, a soft melody.” They’re lyrics that should give you an idea of what to expect from the New York-bred singer-songwriter. The daughter of jazz vocalists Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, King looks back to a bygone era of pop, rock, and soul and distills it into delicate daydreams. Read more >>> Emily King performs with PJ Morton at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Chris Kelly)
Saturday: The Birchmere hosts its annual Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival, with featured sets by Sam Gleaves, Roni Stoneman, and The Ebony Hillbillies. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50.
Saturday: Pretend you’re back in a bunk bed in the woods when you check out Washington Improv Theater presents Summer Camp, a lively romp through all the familiar tropes of the camp experience, at Source. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at 1835 14th St. NW. $12–$30.
Sunday: Close your eyes and picture a perfect summer day. Hold on to this image and try to imagine what the perfect soundtrack to it would be. Chances are, it would sound something like the music of Steve Gunn, whose breezy take on Americana-tinged folk rock melds the intricate primitivism of guitar virtuoso John Fahey with the chooglin’ spirit of jammy rock bands. On his latest album, Eyes on the Line, Gunn crafts what’s essentially the perfect warm weather album; nine laid-back songs that take you on something of a musical journey. Read more >>> Steve Gunn performs with Spacin’ at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Sunday: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival wraps up with performances by Basque folk band Korrontzi, Filipino vocalist Low Leaf, and Armenian youth orchestra TmbaTa. 4:15 p.m. on the National Mall at 4th Street. Free.
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