November 2013 Concert Round Up

Heeeyyyyyyyyyyy kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiddddz! It’s time for Mickey, Rachel and I to give you our thoughts and recommendations for the DC shows you should check out this month. I have to admit that October was a killer month in the DC music scene. But we think November can hold its own as there are WAY too many solid acts and they all seem to be coming back-to-back. So, get your daytime naps in, get your proper nutrition and hydrate well because you’re going to need to be in peak concert going form.

After the jump, Albert Hammond Jr., The Limosines, Kate Nash, Steven Kellogg with St. John, Minor Alps, Tiffany Thompsen, and many, many more.

Albert Hammond Jr.
Sunday, November 3rd
U Street Music Hall

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Yeah….so….it’s a school night… what?!…this is Albert Hammond Jr. of Strokes fame and if you dig awesomely intricate, soul-moving, building and building, rock-legend guitar playing then this is a show you CANNOT miss. Hammond’s vocals evoke an Elvis Costello-Bob Dylan feel that’s modern and ties perfectly with his genius guitar work- Rebecca


Born Ruffians
Sunday, November 3rd
Rock N’ Roll Hotel

Rebecca may prefer Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. on a Sunday night, but for my money post-punks Born Ruffians are going to be a lot more fun at the Rock and Roll Hotel. They recently released their third album, Birthmarks, marking a return to a poppier sound. The Canadian quartet moved into a house together to write their new album. The band says, “We wanted to be able to write when the idea was fresh, stop when we got stuck, and pick everything back up whenever we wanted. Being on a farm where we were isolated and could turn up as loud as we could was important.” Let’s dance! – Mickey


Kate Nash
Monday, November 11th
9:30 Club


London songbird Kate Nash released a third album, Girl Talk, earlier this year. She kind of went in a rowdier direction than her first two sweeter-sounding albums. She’s got an all-girl band and a new attitude, and she’s bringing them to the 9:30 Club on Veteran’s Day. It seems part of her new rough and tumble image may be partly a result of breaking with longtime boyfriend Ryan Jarman of The Cribs. (I guess he won’t be popping in for her show like she did for his a few years back at the Black Cat.) Can our fair ginger go from singing cutesy songs about “Pumpkin Soup” to Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof?” It may be interesting to find out! – Mickey


The Limousines
Tuesday, November 12th
Black Cat

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The Limousines came to the Black Cat two years ago to open for The Sounds. Now the San Francisco-based duo are back to headline after the release of their second album, Hush. The electronica duo honed their appealing vocals and snappy drums on their appropriately named debut album, Get Sharp. Their sly social commentary lends itself surprisingly well to their bright musical style. And they seem like they have become even more disco with the new album. Time to dance! – Mickey


The Mowgli’s
Wednesday, November 13th
Rock N’ Roll Hotel

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I managed to catch these guys at a random pop concert on the Sunday that Austin City Limits was cancelled due to rain and they were awesome. Rock N’ Roll Hotel is the perfect venue for this down to earth, rock it out to the max, revved, up-tempo folk band. – Rebecca


Charlie XCX
Saturday, November 16th
U Street Music Hall

Charli XCX is most famous for something that most people don’t immediately recognize—she wrote Icona Pop’s infectious breakup song “I Love It.” The 21-year-old Englishwoman has been writing songs for seven years already! So April’s release of the album True Romance came at a time when Charli honed her writing chops to the point where she had written an international top 10 hit for someone else. Well, the latest crop of songs by the busy synthpop siren sound just as good, and it’s a great opportunity to
catch her in a space as intimate as U Street Music Hall. – Mickey
***Rebecca highly recommends catching Kitten who will open for Charlie XCX***


Bobby Thompson Project, Lauren Calve, and the Colin Thompson Band 
Tuesday, November 19

If there’s one thing these three groups have in common it’s that they sing with massive amounts of soul. Bobby Thompson is one of the finest blues guitar players who calls the DC music scene his home and by surrounding himself with rising talent like Lauren Calve and Colin Thompson, this is a line-up that any blues lover will croon over. – Rachel


Minor Alps (Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana Hatfield)
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Black Cat


In the dark days of the ’90s, grunge produced so many acts that every casual radio listener were bound to find favorites. I developed an ear for the breathy Juliana Hatfield, who broke out of the jangle- pop Blake Babies to launch a post-grunge solo career marked by albums that got increasingly more depressing. Eventually, I gave up on buying her albums but only begrudgingly so—she’s a striking woman with an amazing voice. A new songwriting partner then may be just what the doctor ordered as she and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf have formed a band, Minor Alps. Musically the project may be introspective but the instrumentation their album, Get There, is a lot sunnier than anything Hatfield has attempted in years. – Mickey


Stephen Kellogg with The Saint Johns, Caroline Brooks 
Thursday, November 21
9:30 Club

Now touring in support of his most recent album “Blunderstone Rookery,” Kellogg is stepping back out on his own for another solo tour. After selling out Jammin’ Java earlier this year, it’s nice to see Kellogg back in town to share his life’s philosophies and heartfelt tunes. – Rachel


Tiffany Thompsen (full band) 
Friday, November 22
Ebenezers Coffeehouse

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I still remember the first time I ever heard Tiffany Thompsen (of no relation to Bobby Thompson or Colin Thompson … as far as I know). She was on piano at The Hamilton and her vocals blew me away. She reminds me of Sara Bareilles and Sara McLachlan. There’s a power to her voice but she knows when to step back and let dynamics help tell her stories thru song. – Rachel


Sunday, November 24th
930 Club

IMHO anyone who can cover Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” and keep it true to the original while putting their own awesomeness into it kicks serious ass. Lissie really brings power and emotion to every one of her songs with her Stevie Nicks’ vocals and Debbie Gibson/Tiffany beats and she’ll have you running in place the entire show. She’s just dropped her second full-length album, Back to Forever, so be sure to study up on those newbies as they’ll likely be strongly represented. – Rebecca


Ra Ra Rasputin
Saturday, November 30th

Sometimes a girl just wants to dance her face off and this is the group and the venue to do it. DC’s Ra Ra Rasputin creates synth-driven, electro-dance performances with a heavy 80s inspired vibe that get your hips moving and your heart pumping. DC9 will be a bumping at this Saturday night show. – Rebecca

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Rebecca Johnson

A born and bred New Yorker, Rebecca made the big trip “down south” to DC in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. She spends her days strategizing/planning/ideating how interactive products can help her clients and change the world. In her free time, she explores DC’s ever expanding bar, restaurant and small business scene, plays a crap ton of soccer, attends concerts that contribute to her sleep deprivation and embarks on local adventures. Read why Rebecca loves DC or follow her on twitter.

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