Best of Friday:
You don’t need to know about Roky Erickson‘s prototypical psych-rock efforts or his troubled back story to appreciate the triumph that is his latest record, True Love Cast Out All Evil. Erickson’s ’60s band, The 13th Floor Elevators,basically deserves credit for all the the psych-rock/freak-psych/psych-folk made by lesser minds that you’ve spent the last few years sweating. With Benjy Ferree and The Happen-Ins.9 pm. $25. Black Cat
Though the name FIREWIND is definitely ridiculous, the Greek Metal band is actually kind of delightful and this video is a must see. They’ll be bringing the heat and shred to the nth power with Powerglove and The Absence. 6:30 p.m. $20/$23 door. Jaxx
Chicago House DJ and Producer Derrick Carter and Doc Martin with Sam “The Man” Burns. 10 p.m.. $10/$15. U Street Music Hall.
Best of Saturday:
“Northern VA and The Rise of Rock and Roll: A Discussion Panel” with Bud Becker, Teddy Bonar, Mike Schreibman, and Michael Oberman. Those few names may not mean much to you, which is exactly why you should take a break from actual concertgoing and learn a thing or two. If you’re fans of the music or if you were part of shaping the movement in the ’60s and ’70s, this panel provides a chance to play a game of remember-when. Documentary filmmaker Jeff Krulik (Heavy Metal Parking Lot and Led Zeppelin Played Here) will serve as panel host. Special guest Durwood Settles, who brought Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors to D.C., will also make an appearance. Free. 3-5 p.m. Artisphere.
Positive Force D.C.’s punk rock flea market would not be complete without a performance or three. True Womanhood, Tereu Tereu, and Imperial China have hitched themselves to the good time and to the good cause—-the flea market doubles as a clothing drive to benefit for Martha’s Table. Doors are at 12:30 and music begins at 2 p.m. Suggested donation: $3. Located at St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St.
Catch D.C. psychedelic sons Hume with Hermit Thrushes and Pony Lassos. Saturday’s show is at Paper Sun, located off Monroe St. NW between 11th and 13th streets in Columbia Heights. Music starts at 7 p.m.
The Best of Sunday:
The Beatdown: A producer showcase with 88 Keys (Kanye West), DJ Spinna (Eminem), and Kev Brown (De La Soul). Performances by Ra the MC and Sm City. 9 p.m. show. $10-$15. U Street Music Hall.
The Rest of Friday: Antony Parker Quartet. HR-57. Ra Ra Riot with Givers. 9:30. SOLD OUT. Umphrey’s McGee.Friday and Saturday. 10pm doors. $25. 9:30 George Callon Trio. Fri, Sat. Sun. 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm. $15/$20. Bohemian Caverns. Jenny & Tyler w/ Kindlewood and Shane Cooley. 7:30 p.m. $10. Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse. All ages. Clinic. The Fresh and Onlys. 10 pm. $15. Rock & Roll Hotel Chris Smither. 8 p.m. Call for price. Wolf Trap Acoustic In-The-Round: Dan Navarro. Eric Brace. Peter Cooper. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jammin Java.
The Rest of Saturday: Freelance Whales. Miniature Tigers. 9 p.m. $12. Black Cat. Shawn Mullins with Callagahan. Sat. & Sun. 8 p.m. $17. Iota Club & Cafe. Og Ceol. 7 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center The Nields. 7:30 p.m. Call for price. Wolf Trap Omara Portuondo. ( of the Buena Vista Social Club) 8 p.m. $25-$45. Lisner Auditorium. National Philharmonic: Berlioz’s Requiem. 8 p.m. $32 – $79. Strathmore
The Rest of Sunday: Black Mountain and The Black Angels. 7 p.m. show. $18. 9:30. Land Of Talk. Suuns. Little Scream. 8 p.m. doors. p.m. $12-$14. Rock and Roll Hotel. Matt Costa. 8 pm. $15. Black Cat.