Thursday, June 14
Despite being neither Brazilian nor, for the most part, girls, New York’s Brazilian Girls play a blend of reggae and electronica that at times can get kind of punky like Le Tigre. Hear them at 9:30 tonight.
7 PM at 9:30 Club, $25.
We have Neil Diamond to thank for “Sweet Caroline,” constantly heard reinterpreted at baseball games and karaoke bars the world ’round. He’s also, you know, one of the best songwriters of all time, but I’ll never forgive him for putting that song on this earth.
8 PM at Verizon Center, $66 to $135.
Friday, June 15
Speaking of legends, it’s a huge weekend for old people. After whoa-oh-ohing yourself to death last night at Neil Diamond, put yourself back out there for Brian Wilson and company by catching the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour at Merriweather. America’s answer to the Beatles have been playing close to 50 songs spanning their whole catalogue at each stop. Don’t worry; you’ll get to hear “Kokomo.”
6:30 PM at Merriweather, $45 to $125.
You could also see Vince Gill at Birchmere if “Good Vibrations” is a little too rocky for you. With 27 Grammys to his name, the country star has more than any other male country artist. He’s known for down-on-his-luck songs like “One More Last Chance” and “Tryin’ to Get Over You.”
7:30 PM at Birchmere, $100.
Finally we come to someone who has made relevant music within the past ten years. Not many bands can call themselves gypsy punks, and outside of Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box are one of the only groups to have any success. It sounds like you might expect—take some Eastern European instruments and rhythms, speed them up a bit, and give yourself an attitude, and you’ve pretty much nailed it.
8 PM at 9:30 Club, $22.
Saturday, June 16
More old people: Little Richard is pushing 80, but when you get a chance to see one of the first rock-and-roll artists and the man who did “Good Golly, Miss Molly” and “Tutti Frutti,” you take it.
6 PM at the Howard, $75.
It’s crazy to think Def Jam Records has been around for 25 years already. Celebrate at the Lincoln Theatre with discussions with Cey Adams and Bill Adler, who helped found the company, plus performances by DC rapper Tabi Bonney, Asheru, and EPMD.
8 PM at Lincoln Theatre, $44.50.
Even if, like me, you’re not down with DMB, it’s tough to deny that their all-but-annual tour stops are the highlight of summer for many. Dave Matthews Band didn’t come through last year, so all the backward-hat-wearing bros should be especially ready for this one.
7 PM at Jiffy Lube Live, $53 to $90.
Sunday, June 17
Things slow down Sunday, but if you’ve still got energy, you could do worse than the Black Belles, an all-girl goth-rock band with lots of attitude. They got discovered by Jack White—maybe because they’ve got a lot of his bluesy riffs—and they recently performed on the Colbert Report.
8 PM at Montserrat House, $10 (only available at the door).
Monday, June 18
Two good hip-hop shows for you today—first we’ve got Kanye collaborator Santigold, who’s got crazy swag and a hip-hop style but makes music that’s poppy and danceable. Up-and-comer Theophilus London, who has already headlined 9:30, opens.
7 PM at 9:30 Club, sold out.
It’s a shame Tech N9ne’s most popular song is the interlude on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, but at least it gave him a chance to show off his rapping chops—people who have been paying attention know he’s been one of the best in the game for years.
7 PM at Fur, $35.
Tuesday, June 19
Sweden’s badass, uniform-wearing the Hives put on a great live show, tearing through blistering, jarring garage rock. They just put out Lex Hives, their first album since 2007’s Black and White Album, and it’s good to see that after all these years, they haven’t slowed down much since “Walk Idiot Walk” and “Hate to Say I Told You So” put them in the mainstream.
7 PM at 9:30 Club, $32.50.
Wednesday, June 20
Say what you want, but even with Adam Duritz’s ridiculous hair, you could do worse on a Wednesday night than seeing the Counting Crows. They recently released Underwater Shine, their first album in four years. Unfortunately, it’s a cover album, and it’s not very good, leaving fans itching for new tunes—or, more likely, nostalgic for “Mr. Jones,” “Colorblind,” and “Accidentally in Love.”
7 PM at Wolf Trap, $30 to $48.
She played DC9 back in February, but she’s fresh off a stop at Bonnaroo, so it’s fair to expect more from K.Flay, a punky female rapper who is way better than recent fads like Kreayshawn and Lady Sovereign.
7 PM at U Street Music Hall, $12.