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Music Picks: Bruce Springsteen, Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine

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

Bruce Springsteen plays Nats Park this Friday. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

Thursday, September 13

It’s cool to talk about liking
Ariel Pink, the eccentric LA artist: He makes
lo-fi, poppy music that’s got all sorts of interesting
instrumentation, but I’m not sure all that many people were
actually listening before.
Recently though, he’s gotten plenty of buzz, and the music is
getting more accessible.

7 PM at 9:30 Club, $20.

Friday, September 14

The Boss plays DC seemingly every year or two, but DC still goes nutty for him. Plenty
of people couldn’t pass up the chance to see him at Nationals Park as opposed to the
Verizon Center, so this show has been way sold out for months. You can still grab
(very expensive) tickets to see
Bruce Springsteen on StubHub or test your luck

7:30 PM at Nationals Park, sold out.

Kendrick Lamar switched to using his real name in 2010 (he used to go by K. Dot), it didn’t take
long for the Compton rapper’s career to take off. He calls Dr. Dre and Drake friends,
and last year’s
Section.80 was one of hip-hop’s most buzzed-about albums.

8 PM at the Howard, $45.

The Feelies were one of New York City’s most beloved underground-ish indie bands during the ’80s.
Then they disappeared for a very long time. Their 2008 reunion finally culminated
in a new album last year, their first in two decades, and showed a bit of a softer
edge to the band.

8 PM at 9:30 Club, $20.

Saturday, September 15

Going to a
Thievery Corporation concert is like a Washington rite of passage, so if you haven’t done it yet, get
on it. For guys who seemingly own half the hip spots in the city,
Eric Hilton and
Rob Garza only seem to play a couple times a year, but they’re always well-attended extravaganzas.
This one’s no different: NYC gypsy punks
Gogol Bordello and
Michael Franti & Spearhead open.

1 PM at Fairgrounds, $59.

Blog it-boy and Kanye West pal Justin Vernon started the whole “I wrote and recorded
this album in a cabin in the woods” trend that people seem to love these days. It’s
hard to argue with
Bon Iver’s success: Both of his albums have been extremely well received.

6:30 PM at Merriweather, $40 to $55.

Don McLean wrote “American Pie.” You can see him play it for $60 at the Birchmere if you so

7:30 PM at Birchmere, $58.

Sunday, September 16

Eric Church is another new face blowing up country radio, and people are showing up in droves.
Sunday in the Country from WPOC (a Baltimore country station) at Merriweather is an
annual institution, and it’s sold out yet again.

1 PM at Merriweather, sold out.

Bloc Party
played synthy dance rock before it was cool to play synthy dance rock. They might
have even started the trend. Their latest album,
Four, just came out—they’ve sold out back to back nights at the 9:30 Club.

7 PM at 9:30 Club, sold out.

Monday, September 17

Local singer-songwriter
Eric Hutchinson is a Jason Mraz clone, playing sugary-sweet pop songs, but he’s one of the few DC
singer songwriters to get big national recognition. He plays a rare acoustic show
at the Birchmere tonight.

7:30 PM at Birchmere, $44.

Tuesday, September 18

Mississippi rapper
Big K.R.I.T. has been showing up on other
artists’ tracks and mixtapes for years, but he finally
released his first studio album, Live From the Underground,
earlier this year. It
topped the rap charts and put him firmly into the

8 PM at Howard Theatre, $25.

Wednesday, September 19

The secret has been out on
Florence and the Machine for a while, but Adele kind of overshadowed Florence Welch for a little while. They
put on a elaborate live show, and Welch’s voice ain’t too shabby, either. Canadian
R&B virtuoso and Drake pal
the Weeknd opens up. He rarely plays shows, so
that’ll be worth the price of admission for

5:30 PM at Merriweather, $40 to $55.

London bands are invading the area this week, apparently.
Dry the River play folk music that’s far more epic than anything Mumford & Sons will ever make,
but they know how to harmonize and turn off the soaring guitars from time to time
just like their countrymates. And their album covers are top-notch.

8 PM at Black Cat, $15.

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