For musicians who grew up in the D.C. or Baltimore area, playing Merriweather Post Pavilion is almost like graduating. But while plenty of locals have played the rustic amphitheater over the past few years—Beach House, The Walkmen, and Animal Collective are just a few—the ascension of Baltimore duo Wye Oak might be the most rewarding. Guitarist/singer Jenn Wasner and drummer Andy Stack’s restrained records and ferocious live shows were something of an open secret until the duo released their third album, Civilian, earning the best reviews of their career. Tonight, the band may wrangle in a few new converts opening for The National and Yo La Tengo, but those in the know will show up early— and not just to tailgate.
Wye Oak performs with Yo La Tengo and The National at 5 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $30-$40.