Music Picks: Robyn, Last Train Home, Seal with Macy Gray
The live shows you shouldn’t miss over the next seven days.
Thursday, July 5
The Disco Biscuits have perfected the electro-jam band genre, turning their performances into trippy affairs with light shows to enhance their droning trance sound.
8 PM at 9:30 Club, $35.
Friday, July 6
You’ve seen the shows—now catch the tunes you’ve got stuck in your head from them. Four of Broadway’s best singers perform hits from Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, and Rock of Ages.
8:15 PM at Wolf Trap, $20 to $75.
Saturday, July 7
They still haven’t become popular nationally, but Last Train Home have become one of DC’s most prolific bands, with 11 releases since 1997. The roots rock band play at Iota, where they’ve had some of their best shows over the past decade.
4 and 9 PM at Iota Club & Cafe, $14.
Richmond’s Tim Barry used to front Avail, one of the country’s most popular punk bands. Since 2005, he’s struck out on his own, playing a brand of folk rock with an edge.
8 PM at Red Palace, $10.
Robyn is in town to open up for Coldplay, but it’s pretty cool she’ll also be making two stops at U Street Music Hall. Both Saturday and Sunday’s shows will be deejay sets, so if you want to see her perform, check out the Coldplay shows.
10 PM at U Street Music Hall, $30 (sold out Sunday; Saturday, buy tickets at the door).
Sunday, July 8
Despite a recent tour with a shell of their former lineup, the Grateful Dead are long gone. Furthur is about as close as Deadheads will get to the glory days—Bob Weir and Phil Lesh keep the jam-band sound alive and trippy Sunday at Merriweather.
5:30 PM at Merriweather, $45 to $59.50.
Monday, July 9
Chris Martin and Coldplay headline Verizon for the second straight night Monday. Last year’s Mylo Xyloto was a typical Coldplay affair, delighting fans and boring the masses. These two shows will be the first time since 2008 that the band has played in DC.
7 PM at Verizon Center, $46 to $107.
Tuesday, July 10
Seal and Heidi Klum’s marriage ended recently, but his newfound freedom has allowed him to hit the road—he’ll perform “Kiss From a Rose” and other ballads with Macy Gray at Wolf Trap.
8 PM at Wolf Trap, $30 to $45.
If you love hair metal, Merriweather is the place to be—Tuesday Def Leppard and Poison hit the stage. Wear your tightest jeans and bring your headbanging hair.
5:30 PM at Merriweather, $45 to $125.
Wednesday, July 11
Besides “One Week,” Canada’s Barenaked Ladies wrote the theme for The Big Bang Theory, making them kinda-sorta still relevant. Their last album of original songs was released in 2010 and was wholly ignored, so let’s hope they stick with their hits from the early ’00s.
7 PM at Wolf Trap, $30 to $42.