Hot Ticket: Weekend Edition

photo by Guy Aroch.

The city is chock full of great live music options this weekend but there a few performances that we wanted to make sure show up on your radar. Rather than deluge you with Hot Ticket columns through-out the day, we decided we would round-up these concert recommendations for you here. Consider this your one-stop shop for weekend concert recommendations. (PS- Let us know if you like this idea in the comments section, if you dig it maybe we can turn this one-off feature into something a little more regular.)

For all your weekend concert needs…

The Postelles @ Red Palace
June 11th – 8:30pm
$10 advance, $12 door

The Postelles are no strangers to We Love DC. We recommended them earlier this year, and David Hintz reviewed their show for us back in February. These Manhattan rockers combine the best of the 60’s British Invasion and early NY Punk to make some fresh sounding power-pop of their own. They are in town celebrating the recent release of their eponymous debut album. I recommend this show, if only to see them blow the roof off when they play their killer summer tune, “123 Stop”.

Dawes/M. Ward/Bright Eyes @ Wolf Trap
June 11th – 7pm
$32 in-house, $28 lawn

This recommendation comes from Alexia Kauffman, WLDC’s newest addition to the music desk. PS- WLDC has a serious crush on Dawes; we interviewed them in November and reviewed them in March.

Head on out to Wolftrap this Saturday, June 11th for a trifecta of indie-folk goodness. Get there early to catch opening act Dawes. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band’s sound is compared to the Laurel Canyon sound of the 60s/70s- think The Band, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash. Their debut album North Hills garnered critical acclaim, and included Pat Sansone of Wilco. Up second, Portland based guitarist M. Ward, (better known as half of the duo “She & Him” with Zooey Deschanel), brings his alt-folk solo act to the stage.

Headlining the night is indie-folk darling Connor Oberst’s band Bright Eyes. Native Nebraskan, Oberst is co-founder of the label Saddle Creek, a label credited for documenting/popularizing “the Omaha Sound.” Bright Eyes is touring in support of their eighth studio album, “People’s Key,” released in 2011.

Lenka @ DC9
June 12th – 8:30pm
$12 advance, $14 door

Australian pop princess Lenka is playing DC9 on Sunday night. Say what?! Somehow DC9 ropes in these incredibly fun, destined to be huge pop and electro-pop acts before anyone stateside has caught on to them. A year later, when said act is setting the world on fire and playing the big joints, the lucky few who were in attendance then get to brag to their friends who weren’t there. Here’s your chance to get in on an intimate show that everyone will wish they saw a year from now.

Michael splits his free time between defending the little guy and championing the underdog. He has been haunting the concert halls, dive bars, and greasy spoons of DC for the last 16 years. His interests include live rock music, researching obscure military/political conflicts, and good hamburgers. He is a friendly grump, has wisdom beyond his years, and is on a life-long quest to attain music nirvana. Follow him on Twitter if you dare!

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