The best of Friday:
Bluebrain sates whatever urges you might have to recline under the stars with lingering electronica playing in the background. Even if you’re not actually outside when you’re doing your star-gazing. Ambient folk duo Janel & Anthony and the Twenty-first Century Chamber Ensemble take the stage afterward. 6:30 p.m. $12. David M. Brown Planetarium, Arlington.
The Morning Benders. With Twin Sister and Oberhofer. 9 p.m. $15. Black Cat.
Saltman Knowles. 9 p.m. $15. HR-57.
Falling Whistles. Wale. Black Cobain. The Board and The Administration. 6:30 p.m. $20. District.
Avi Wisnia. 6 p.m. Free. Kennedy Center Milenium Stage.
The best of Saturday:
The Vita Ruins may sound like a more distilled Holy Fuck, but this D.C.-based band offers up well-woven atmospheric rock. Sure, their March 2010 full-length release, A Day Without A Name is more than slightly moody, but it makes for a sweet and somber listening experience. With fellow local acts Molehill and Modern Man. 9:30 p.m. $10. The Red Palace.
Shortstack. Good Omens. Dennis Kane and the Horders. 10 p.m. $10. Comet Ping Pong.
The best of Sunday:
DC Ramen Trade: Featuring DJ sets by Hercules and Love Affair (both brainchildren of Andy Butler), and Geologist of Animal Collective. It’s a very simple and all around delicious formula: trade in old ramen for new ramen, and get some tunes to boot. Random, right? It makes more sense when you know that the show is a benefit for Toki Underground’s soup kitchen. Live art and beats will be served up by Neighbors (Kelly Towles and Davo) and James Coleman. 9 p.m. $5 with ramen/$8 without.U Street Music Hall.
For those devout lovers of girly ’90s boy bands, Hanson, will be playing at the State Theater. There has to be some serious love for the “MMMbop” dudes since tickets are $35 the day of the show. Also with Jarrod Grobel. 8 p.m.
The Rest of Friday:
Medeski Martin and Wood. 10 p.m. $25. 9:30 Club.
The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile. 8 p.m. Call for price. Strathmore.
Kate Clinton. 7:30 p.m. $45. Birchmere
The Infamous Stringdusters, Trampled by Turtles. 9 p.m. $15. State Theater.
Trio Cavatina. 8 p.m. Call for price. Wolf Trap.
AU Wind Ensemble: Something Old, Something New. performance of new works by still-living composers. 8 p.m. $10. Katzen Arts Center.
Deep River. 8 p.m. Also Saturday. Jammin Java.
Jamie Baum and Timepiece. 9 and 11 p.m. Also Saturday. Call for price. Twins Jazz.
Mary Shapiro. All ages. 7 p.m. Donation-based. Potter’s House.
Christian McBride and Inside Straight. 8 p.m. $42. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
U.S. Coast Guard Band: Heroes in Our Midst. Free. Lisner Auditorium.
The Rest of Saturday:
Noon 30, The Cornel West Theory. 8:30 pm. Bloom Bars.
Calder Quartet Performing Bartok: Quartet No. 2, Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op 95, “Serioso,”and Ravel: Quartet in F major. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.
Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls), Mount Mariah. 9 p.m. $13. Iota Club.
Kris Kristofferson. 8 p.m. Call for price. Strathmore.
Asleep at the Wheel. 9 p.m. $35. State Theater.
John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. Birchmere.
The Rest of Sunday:
Charlie Hunter. 8 p.m. $17. Jammin Java.
Slash Wednesday. 9 p.m. $8. Velvet Lounge.
Philip Glass and Robert McDuffie’s “The Seasons Project.” 7 p.m. $25-$55. Strathmore.