TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Comprised of members of Pygmy Lush and Flasher, D.C. four-piece Big Hush has shaken off the limits of shoegaze in favor of something more direct and exciting. Catch them at Comet Ping Pong with Alien Boy, a self-described “gay goth poppy punk band” from Portland, Providence’s Beverly Tender, and Saturday Night, a new D.C. band featuring members of Bless and Palette. Doors 7:00 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation.
San Diego fuzz rock trio Schizophonics teams with D.C. garage rock act Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb at Slash Run. Doors 10:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
When he’s not making music as half of Fuck Buttons, Benjamin John Power makes unrelenting industrial noise—with an undercurrent of melody—as Blanck Mass. This year’s World Eater builds on the visceral Dumb Flesh and needs to be experienced at loud volumes. Bring earplugs and do just that at Songbyrd. Doors 7:00 p.m. $12-$15.
For noise music with a hypnotic, mesmerizing, and feminine energy, head to Rhizome to catch Baltimore-born, Los Angeles-based duo Odwalla1221 and Iranian-born, New York City-based producer Sadaf. They’ll be joined by experimental violinist Alex Cunningham and Nenet & Julaya Antolin, a new collaboration by a pair of D.C. artists. Doors 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
D.C. “sitcom-core” duo Electric Grandmother celebrate the release of their new album Cancelled at the Black Cat with a show that features Stronger Sex, Catscan!, and the premiere of two self-produced short films. Doors 7:30 p.m. $10.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
After breaking through with the introspective Pyschopomp, Japanese Breakfast mixed shoegazing and stargazing on Soft Sounds From Another Planet. The solo project of Michelle Zauner returns to D.C. with a show on the Black Cat main stage with fellow Philly acts Mannequin Pussy and The Spirit of the Beehive . Doors 7:30 p.m. $13 / $15.
Minimal techno kingpin Richie Hawtin comes to Flash with support by D.C. DJs Oliver Caine and DJ Lisa Frank. Doors 9 p.m. $40.
Depeche Mode brings the “Global Spirit Tour” to the Capital One Arena. Be sure to get there early and catch art rockers Warpaint. Doors 6:30 p.m. $39.50-$235. You can read DCist reviews of previous DM shows in the D.C. area here and here.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
D.C. street rapper Lightshow looks to follow in the footsteps of Wale, Shy Glizzy, and GoldLink as the city’s next breakout hip-hop star with a show at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Doors 7:00 p.m. $10.
In July, Shabazz Palaces expanded its Afro-futuristic vision of hip-hop with a pair of psychedelic concept albums. Catch the duo at the Black Cat alongside Seattle rapper Porter Ray and D.C.’s own Ayes Cold Doors 7:30 p.m. $18-$20.
Bring the tissues: Phil Elverum composed his latest album as Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked at Me, as a way of processing his wife’s untimely death from an aggressive cancer. Appropriately, this is a seated show at St. Stephen and The Incarnation Episcopal Church. Doors 7:00 p.m. $13.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Honey Groove, a festival that celebrates queer artists of color, takes over Union Market’s Dock5 with performances by bounce queen Big Freedia, D.C. singer-songwriter Carolyn Malachi, and a host of local and national talent. Doors 2 p.m. $60.
Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody’s long-running Deep Sugar party returns to U Street Music Hall for a 14th anniversary celebration with an opening, back-to-back set by DJ Byron and Mookie Wizzo. Doors 10:30 p.m. $10.
Alt rock veterans The Afghan Whigs hit the 9:30 Club in support of their new album In Spades with pop weirdo Har Mar Superstar. Doors 6 p.m. $40.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
As Chet Faker, Nick Murphy made a name for himself around the globe as a purveyor of chilled-out, R&B-infused electronica. But in 2016, Murphy dropped the alias and started moving in a new direction. See what Murphy is up to during a two-night stay at 9:30 (VIP tickets are still available for Sunday, or catch him on Monday). Doors 7:30 p.m. $35-$99.
Gothic folk singer-songwriter Aldous Harding heads to DC9 with her 4AD debut, Party, in tow. D.C. act-to-watch Den-Mate opens the show. Doors 8:30 p.m. $12.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Big Boi needs no introduction. The hip-hop legend hasn’t slowed down since the dissolution of OutKast, continuing to push the boundaries of the genre on his new album Boomiverse. See one of the best ones to ever do it at the Fillmore. Doors 7 p.m. $29.50.
The Black Cat celebrates its 24th birthday with a show featuring the venerated venue’s staff and their bands, including FuzzQueen, Foster Carrots, Bust Down, and more. Doors 7:30 p.m. $10.