Things to Do

Music Picks: Robyn, Last Train Home, Seal with Macy Gray

The live shows you shouldn’t miss over the next seven days.

Ooh, a light show. Catch the Disco Biscuits at 9:30 Club tonight. Photograph by Michael Nusbaum, via Flickr.

Thursday, July 5

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.

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

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
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

7 PM at Wolf Trap, $30 to $42.