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Heavy Metal Parking Lot 35th Anniversary

Songbyrd Music House 540 Penn St. NE, Washington, DC

Raise a Natty Boh in honor of Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s acclaimed documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot, which captures a pre-Judas Priest show tailgate in Landover, Maryland's Capital Centre parking lot in on May 31, 1986. It only runs 16 minutes, but it tells the story of the time from big hair to vibrant […]


Distrito Music Fest 2022

Howard Theatre 620 T St. NW, Washington, DC

A festival featuring some of the best regional, national, and international Latinx and Hispanic acts, including metal-jazz-salsa band Puya, Puerto Rican singer Ignacio Peña, D.C.'s Sonic Castaways, and more. Get ready for an all out celebration of Latin heritage, culture, and some kick ass music too.  

$35 – $70

Dari Bay With Guy Ferrari

Pie Shop 1339 H St. NE, DC

Two bands from Burlington, Vermont, wanna put the music back into Mondays. But don't expect mellow melodies. Guy Ferrari promises "slimy, cerebral post-gunk, soaked in deadliest poisons and deep fried in diesel fuel," while Dari Bay experiments with sound mixing jangly guitar riffs, fuzz, and electronic beats until you can hardly identify which is which. […]

$12 – $14

Eidola + Rain City Drive

Union Stage 740 Water St. SW, Washington, DC

Eidola is a progressive rock band out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Through nine years and five studio albums, the sound  they've curated is best described as post-hardcore and progressive metal. Catch them co-headlining with Rain City Drive,  a five member rock band out of Sacramento, California.

$20 – $35

Iceage + Earth

Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

Over their decade of recording music, Iceage have been finding and defining their sound. They experiment with expansive creative directions often, but the indie-rockers tend to return to their garage-punk roots. Co-headliners Earth bring their abstract-rock legacy to D.C. Their instrumental rock is formatted in such a way that an album may only have three […]


The Acacia Strain

Union Stage 740 Water St. SW, Washington, DC

The Acacia Strain are a rock band out of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Their music is most often described as death core or metal core, though it has influences of sludge and punk. In 20 years of recording, the band has released 11 albums. Sanguisugabogg, Year of The Knife, and Bodybox to open.

$20 – $35


Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

Since 1983, the Melvins have been creating sludge metal, noise rock, and hardcore punk. In their 39 years, the band has released 25 studio albums, seven live albums, eight compilation albums, and one video album. The boundary pushing trio have pushed every boundary rock has to offer, and have done so with success: They've worked […]


The Contortionist

Union Stage 740 Water St. SW, Washington, DC

Indianapolis-based progressive heavy metal band the Contortionist are coming to Union Stage to tour their 2010 and 2014 albums, Exoplanet and Language, respectively. Rivers of Nihil to open.

$25 – $150


Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

This experimental band from Russia makes music that's hard to fit into existing genres—similar to electronic and similar to metal, but falls somewhere between the two.


Russian Circles

9:30 Club 815 V St. NW, Washington, DC

Russian Circles and their post-metal sound play an early Friday show. Formed in 2004, Russian Circles have released eight full-length studio albums, and are touring their 2022 release Gnosis. REZN to open.



Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

Katatonia is a heavy metal band from Sweden. Over their 30-year history, they've produced 11 full-length, studio albums, but it's their two 2020 releases City Burials and Dead Air that bring them to D.C. The Ocean Collective and Cellar Darling to open.

$30 – $35