Upcoming DC shows feature mix of indie talent

By Mel DeCandia on March 18, 2013

Students looking for something new to do on the weekends in the upcoming months should check out the indie music concert scene in DC. Music venues offer not only an exciting change of scene; they are also conveniently available by Metro. Additionally, several events are inexpensive enough for college kids to attend without breaking the bank. Read on to find out about some upcoming concerts at nearby venues….

1)   Little Green Cars, March 20 @ DC9 ($12)

DC9 is a unique venue that often features little-known and newcomer talent; according to their website, bands can send samples of their music to the club via e-mail for the opportunity to play. Little Green Cars is an up-and-coming, five-piece Dublin-based band. Featured at SXSW just this month, Little Green Cars releases its debut album, Absolute Zero, this spring.

2)   Passafire, March 29 @ U Street Music Hall ($15)

U Street Music Hall hosts a diverse array of music performances, from high-profile headliners to local talent. Passafire, though formed a decade ago, has changed greatly in recent years with a new label (FlameGuy Records), new producer (Paul Leary) and new member (keyboardist Mike DeGuzman), according to 930.com. As a result, the band features an all-new sound with the recent release of their fourth studio album Start from Scratch.

3)   Olly Murs, April 19 @ The Fillmore Silver Spring ($20)

The Fillmore Silver Spring is located in Downtown Silver Spring and is an integral piece of the area’s arts and entertainment district, according to fillmoresilverspring.com. Olly Murs entered in the music scene after being featured on the sixth season of The X Factor in England and finished as runner-up. Murs is signed with Columbia Records in the U.S. and his album Right Place, Right Time will be released April 16, according to ollymurs.com.

4)   The Joy Formidable, April 21 @ 9:30 Club ($25)

9:30 Club is among the most well-known and beloved DC concert venues with student music buffs, with concerts frequent and featuring bands of nearly every music genre. The Joy Formidable has released two albums, The Big Roar and Wolf’s Law, in just the past two years. The band has also written some of its music in virtual solitude in the forest of Maine. The Joy Formidable is set to play at music festivals such as Firefly this summer.

5)   Daughter, May 2 @ Black Cat ($15)

Black Cat is open seven nights a week and features two separate stages for alternative music performance, according to blackcatdc.com. The club also hosts fun interactive activities unrelated to live music, like Dr. Who Happy Hour and Spaghetti Western Night. Daughter is a new indie folk band from London; although they have already released 3 EPs since they began playing in 2010, their debut album If You Leave will be released in the U.S. at the end of the month.

University of Maryland, Merrill College of Journalism '16. Terp, show-tune enthusiast and part-time Belieber. Sometimes I write things.

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