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One of the hallmarks of Capital Fringe, however unpleasant, is the time spent on those sweltering nights on New York Avenue NW underneath the festival’s Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, trying to drink away the thick, punishing heat. And sometimes, the booze isn’t enough, but a band playing in the next room might ease the swampy brutality of a D.C. summer.

Well, now it’s cold, perhaps mild. Still, not warm enough to sit outside for extended periods of time. This year’s edition of the Fall Fringe festival is adding a music slate for that downtime when you just want to drink before heading to your weirdo play. The five two-set shows scheduled for weekends in The Shop at Fort Fringe at 607 New York Avenue NW include some Fringe-worthy acts.

Leading the Fringe concerts is Edie Sedgwick, Washington City Paper contributor Justin Moyer‘s group, making their first domestic appearance after spending October playing Europe. Also in the lineups are brash post-punkers Imperial China, worldly experimenters Les Rhinocéros, and The El Reys, the latest band featuring guitarist Anthony Pirog (recently seen in ex-Smashing Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin‘s new group Skysaw.) But if any act is most Fringe-appropriate, it might be Fivewordslong, a sci-fi hip-hop duo who rhyme about an impending robot uprising.

Fall Fringe Music Schedule:

Friday, Nov. 4, 10 p.m.:

  • The Cheniers
  • Edie Sedgwick

Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:45 p.m.:

  • Imperial China
  • Weekends

Friday, Nov. 11, 10 p.m.:

  • The El Reys
  • Les Rhinocéros

Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 p.m.:

  • Raindeer
  • Loose Lips

Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 p.m.:

  • The Whole Damme Delegation
  • Fivewordslong

All shows $8 advance, $10 at door. Click here for tickets.