No, I’m not trying to be the next Ira Joe Fisher (or, as one of my junior high school teachers used to refer to him, Ira Joe Fatso). I’m just trying to alert all you fine folks in the greater Washington D.C. (and Baltimore) areas of an amazing week and a half of entertainment coming up in the area.
Fri., 10/26: The only halfway interesting show tonight is Boris and Damon & Naomi at the Black Cat. I’m passing.
Sat., 10/27: On Saturday you’ve got a choice between The New Pornographers and Emma Pollock (late of the Delgados) at the 9:30 Club or The Whigs and The Broken West at Rock and Roll Hotel. The latter is gonna be the rock and roll show of the Fall, so that’s where I’ll be.
Sun., 10/28: Sunday is pretty ridiculous. The Weakerthans have an early show at 5pm at the 9:30 Club. The Shout Out Louds have a late show at 9pm at the 9:30 Club. Annuals and Manchester Orchestra are playing the Rock and Roll Hotel. Or, you can join me at the Ram’s Head in Baltimore to see Drive By Truckers, who put on one of my favorite shows of the year at Castle Clinton in New York this summer.
Mon., 10/29: Only one real option on Monday — the Comedians of Comedy (Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman, etc.) at the Black Cat. I saw this show last year and it was great. Can’t wait.
Tues., 10/30: Tuesday is another big night. Jimmy Eat World is playing an early show at the 9:30 Club. Go! Team is doing a late show at the 9:30 Club. Say Hi (To Your Mom), The Velvet Teen and The A-Sides are at the Black Cat. And I’ll be seeing Ryan Adams is at D.A.R. Constitution Hall.
Wed., 10/31: Wednesday is when the we separate the boys from the men. First, if you’ve managed to go to shows five nights in a row, that’s damn impressive. I’m not sure I’ll make it or not. Second, if you get sidetracked into seeing The Bravery at the 9:30 Club, well, you’re dead to me. Instead, you should be joining me to see Lucero at the Black Cat. No questions, just do it. (It would also be OK if you went to the Ram’s Head in Baltimore to see Morrissey.)
Thu., 11/1: Even I’m not thinking of going to 6 nights of shows in a row, but if I were, I’d consider hitting the Black Cat to see David Bazan, Lavender Diamond and All Smiles.
Fri., 11/2: Nickel Creek is playing an early show at the 9:30 Club. Band of Horses is playing a late show at the 9:30 Club. Morrissey is at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. Probably another off-night for me, unless Morrissey starts selling $20 tickets here like he is in New York.
Sat., 11/3: Maria Taylor and Julie Ocean are at the Rock and Roll Hotel. I’m gonna try to catch Julie Ocean and then run over to the Black Cat for The Thermals.
Not bad at all. I almost feel like I’m back in NYC with all of the choices.
I said almost.