It may not seem like it, but spring is upon us. And with the warm weather approaching, many great bands are coming out of hibernation to descend upon D.C. in their tours this month.
Tomorrow night (March 2), GW’s own Jukebox the Ghost will perform at Potter’s House in Columbia Heights in order to warm up for their show the following night at the famous New York City independent club/restaurant Piano’s. On March 9, Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, will support The Roots when their headlining tour hits D.C. Other D.C. locals The Dance Party will join up with Death By Sexy on March 24 at DC9. Finally, Ted Leo will perform a show sure to sell out at the 9:30 Club on March 29 just a few days after his new album Living with the Living – his first in three years – hits stores.
This weekend, Brooklyn invades the Black Cat. Friday, loud rockers The Big Sleep will hit the main stage supporting Oregonian punk rockers The Thermals. On Saturday, Asobi Seksu will open for The Ataris, bringing light indie pop to the Black Cat. Last year, the band was one of many to bring Brooklyn indie music to the masses with their album Citrus. Finally, Grizzly Bear close out the weekend at the Back Cat Sunday night.
Although most of the best shows in March will be at South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, a few great tours will make stops in the District during Spring Break. New rock supergroup The Good, The Bad, and The Queen will continue their first U.S. tour playing at 9:30 Club on March 14. The band features some of the greatest British musicians from the past few decades including Damon Albarn of Blur and The Gorillaz, Tony Allen of Fela Kuti, Paul Simonon of The Clash, and Simon Tong of The Verve. Their first album, produced by Danger Mouse, was released in January to critical acclaim and worldwide celebrity. Also, The Danish alt-rock duo the Raveonettes will play the Rock and Roll Hotel on March 16.
Indie songstress Maura Davis, formerly of Richmond band Denali, will bring her latest band Ambulette to the Rock and Roll Hotel on March 18 to support their first full-length album being released later this spring.
On March 23, The Walkmen will play the Rock and Roll Hotel. With their single “Louisiana,” The Walkmen had become one of the most talked-about bands last summer.
Delaware indie-pop band The Spinto Band (named after one of the members’ grandfathers) will bring their eclectic nerd-rock to their first D.C. headlining show on March 22 at the Black Cat. On the 24th, dirty garage rockers The Black Lips will bring their notorious stage antics (vomiting and urinating on audience members doesn’t bother these guys) to the Cat when they support The Ponys. Despite the on-stage antics, the Lips’ melding of punk, soul and garage rock makes this show a must-see (just stand in the back). If you’re too afraid of the live show, the band is prepping their latest album to be released this summer.
Finally, Detroit rockers and Black Cat regulars Electric 6 will close out the month playing at the Cat on March 31.