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Sonic Circuits is still going on, and FreeFest is this Saturday. We’ll have more on both today on Arts Desk. As for other music this weekend, we recommend:
The Best of Friday:
Every now and then, an artist comes along who scares the shit out of you. Arrington de Dionyso (formerly of Old Time Relijun) is that kind of a fellow. He creates arresting sound spheres that are both spectral and primitive. As a performance artist and self-proclaimed shaman for the 21st century, he creates raw-earth music, music for communing and for anthropological contemplation. Tuvan-style throat-singing combine with Indonesian lyrics and haphazard translations of the poet William Blake on his debut Malaikat album. The hallucinogenic and ecstatic is interrupted with grunting belches and burps of the earth, vocalized by a sputtering clarinet. It makes your body hum. The $10 suggested donation (the show is a benefit for Transformer gallery) for a survey course in ethnomusicology is a serious bargain. 10:30 p.m. All ages.Comet Ping Pong.
The Best of Saturday:
The Gershwin Project revisits the work of an American master who held iconic status in Soviet Russia as an emblem of American culture. With Russian pianists Genadi Zagor and Vakhtang Kodanashvili, the Russian Gershwin Post-Classical Ensemble performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (with improvised solos), Three Preludes, Concerto in F and Cuban Overture. Preconcert presentation with Richard Crawford at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. $42. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Bliss 10 Year Anniversary Party: Will Eastman, Brian Billion. $10. 10 p.m. show. 18+.
Curtis Fuller. $20 preshow, $25 doors,7:30 doors, 8:30 show. Friday and Saturday night. Bohemian Caverns.
The Best of Sunday:
The Rest of Friday:
- Eels w/ Jesca Hoop $25. 7pm doors. 9:30 Club
- Titus Andronicus, Free Energy, Last Tide. SOLD OUT. Rock & Roll Hotel
- Papago Warrior. Free. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hal
- NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. 8 p.m. Free. The Strathmore.
- Curtis Fuller. $20 pre-show, $25 doors,7:30 doors, 8:30 show. Bohemian Caverns. Friday and Saturday night.
- Field Music, Bellman Barker, The Beanstalk Library. $10 pre-show, $12 day of. 8:30 doors, 9:30 show. Rock & Roll Hotel
- Ben Sollee: Ditch the Van Tour. $15. 7:30pm. The Strathmore.
- Joe Sample. $43. 8pm & 10pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Blues Alley.
- Surprise! At the Club!! Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros $25. 8pm doors. 9:30 Club
- The Boxer Rebellion , Amusement Parks on Fire, Augustines $13 9pm. Black Cat
- 500 Miles to Memphis. $8. 9pm. The Red and the Black. 21+.
- The Walkaways, w/ Brother Shamus and Memphis 59. $12. 9pm. Iota Club
- Cerca Trova. Iona Sound. All In Karma. Light Up The Sky $10, $13. 6pm. Jammin Java.
- Dia + Mista Forty + Socz + Sonny Black. $13. 10 pm. Jammin Java
- Swamp Keepers Band. Call for time and price. Zoo Bar
- Loose Lips. Ravenous. Lenorable. Skelliton. $8. 9pm doors. 10pm show.Velvet Lounge. 21+.
The Rest of Saturday:
Tosin Aribisala. Free. 7 pm. Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Flat Foot Sam & The Educated Fools. Call for time and price. Zoo Bar
- Univers Zero & Miriodor 7pm. La Maison Francaise
- Bullet for My Valentine w/Escape the Fate. Black Tide. Drive A. $30. 6pm doors. 9:30 Club
- BSO: Mahler’s Seventh Symphony: $28- $88. 8 pm. The Strathmore.
- Kinch. Overrun. Shortwave Communique. $8. The Red and the Black. 21+.
- David Bazan + Band. Mynabirds, $15. Black Cat
- Colourslide, w/ My Radio and w/ Jeff Himmelman $12. 9pm. Iota Club
- X-MC. The Yachtsmen. Sleeper Agent. $5. 10:30 pm. All ages. Comet Ping Pong.
- Caroline Herring. $12. 7pm. Jammin Java
- 10:00PM Jason Reeves+ Trent Hancock. $10, $13. 10pm. Jammin Java
- Twins of a Gazelle. BeatShark. Great Elk. $8. 830pm. DC9. 18+.
- Basia Bulat & The Acorn, Sam Izdat. $10 pre-show, $12 doors.
Sugarland. $35.75-$65.75. 4pm. Jiffy Lube Live
- Alice in Chains w/Deftones and Mastodon. $49.50-$59.50. 7 pm. Patriot Center.
Inaugural Asian and Pacific Islander American Talent Competition and Showcase. 7 p.m. Lisner Auditorium
United States Navy Band:Sea Chanters Concert. Free. 7:30 pm. Washington National Cathedral
Jackopierce. 7:30 pm. $29.50. Birchmere.
Capital City Symphony with Charlie Barnett and Chaise Lounge Symphony Lounge. $20-$30. 8 pm. Atlas Performing Arts Center.
- Invader. Julie Hall. The 6th Degree. The Blackshire. The More You Know.Suffer No Guilt. Just My Luck. Cyberstrike. Evereaux. Provence. $10 pre-show, $12 doors. 5:00pm doors, 5:15 show. All Ages. Jaxx.
The Rest of Sunday:
Locos por Juana. Free. 6 pm. Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Joe Brooks. 7 pm.Jammin Java.
Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà 7 pm. $25-$25. Lisner Auditorium
- WPOC Sunday in the Country: Lady Antebellum. Eric Church. Joe Nichols. Gloriana .Bucky Covington. Matt Kennon $45-$75. 1pm Merriweather Post Pavillon.
- Slash wednesday, Southlawn, Xuberx.$8. 7:30 doors, 9pm show. Velvet Lounge. 21+.
- AJ Parham $8. 7-11 pm HR57