Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Here are five we think you can’t miss.
Friday: For the past five years, Fatback has been one of the area’s most exciting monthly dance parties: a team of seven crate-digging DJs united by a love of rubbery bass, thumping beats, rare soul and deep funk - and sharing it with the world. A trip to U Street’s Liv on the third Thursday of the month might find a capacity crowd grooving to the O’Jays, Edwin Starr or Mary J. Blige. The Fatback crew announced this week that they’ll be wrapping up the monthly events in January but will still join forces every now and then at special events such as one at the 9:30 Club on Friday, where a night called Hot Pants offers an upgraded sound system and a much larger dance floor, which we know the crowd will take advantage of.
Saturday: Local label Cricket Cemetery defies expectations in a couple of ways. The first is the sheer volume of releases; almost every month there’s another limited-edition record hot off the presses, as if the revenue from the last 7” immediately went into funding the next one. The second is that the label doesn’t have one defined sound. Hardcore is where it’s at most of the time - a sound will be represented by the bands Host, LTW and Pliant at the label’s showcase at the Black Cat. But in addition to fast, loud and heavy, there will be dark folk by the Sterling Sisters, throwback rock-and-roll by the Tender Thrill and garage pop from Passing Phases. It’s a lot to take in, and don’t forget to bring a few extra bucks for records. No doubt the label will have more coming shortly.
Sunday: Fashionistas may disagree about whether it’s okay to wear white after Labor Day, but there’s no question that it’s a good look before. So get your favorite white dress or linen suit pressed to wear at the Old School Hang Suite ’s pre-Labor Day blowout, where the theme and (optional) dress code is “All White Everything.” Hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh is the featured performer at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel’s main ballroom; the bill also features noted local comic Teddy Carpenter and DJs Biz Markee and Quicksilver spinning ‘80s and ‘90s tunes. WHUR radio personalities Michelle Wright and Marc Clark are the hosts.
Sunday: Think of Moombacon Massive as Moombahton Massive’s gluttonous little brother. You still get a lineup of great DJs, including Baltimore club legend Scottie B and Philly’s Dirty South Joe, who is one-half of the duo behind the sulty “Luvstep” dubstep sound when he’s not recording for Diplo’s Mad Decent label. But there will be 20 pounds of free bacon going around the Rock & Roll Hotel, along with buckets of free fried chicken. On top of that, admission is free, leaving more money to spend on whiskey shots and PBR tallboys. Good thing there’s no work Monday.
Sunday: One of the great things about Washington’s go-go scene is that it still thrives without extra attention and outside acknowledgement. The teens adore the young bands on their bounce beat scene, while their parents (or even grandparents) can still party with musicians who followed in Chuck Brown’s footsteps in the early ’80s. A lot of those folks have left D.C. proper and are out in the suburbs now, and the classic go-go bands that cater to them follow their audience. That’s why you have go-go Mt. Rushmore figure Sugar Bear rocking with E.U. at Club One in Alexandria for a Labor Day jam. All-female band Bela Dona shares the stage, and could possibly tear it down before E.U. does its thing.
Still need more ideas? There are 10 after the jump.
Tuesday, Aug. 28
Inspired by a trip to Bamberg, Germany, Rock Bottom Bethesda brewer Geoff Lively’s latest seasonal beer is a pale lager known as a helles (German for “light”). A tapping party at the Bethesda brewpub features free samples in the upstairs Brewer’s Lounge beginning at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Local group Frau Eva released its latest album, “Underneath Eyelids,” just a couple of months ago, a fine collection of pastoral folk-pop. And now the band is saying goodbye, with its farewell show on Wednesday at the Velvet Lounge.
Thursday, Aug. 30
Welcome back, college students. Left your summer crush back at the internship? Good. Get right into the swing of things at McFadden’s, where the “Call Me Maybe?” Back-to-School Singles Party features $4 rail drinks and an astoundingly high chance of hearing Carly Rae Jepsen more than once.
The Birchmere hosts two troubadours of love, one with a long track record and another seeking to re-introduce himself to the soul audience. Kenny Lattimore ’s delicate alto has been spicing up the quiet storm hour since his 1996 solo debut. He’s paired with Jarrard Anthony, a crooner whose grown-up sounds lie where R&B and modern acoustic soul intersect.
Friday, Aug. 31
There are many ways you can celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday , as DJs and cover bands approach his music from as many angles as there are in the King of Pop’s vast catalog. But if one party can unite every type of MJ fan and please them all, it’s DJ Dredd’s party at the Howard Theatre. Expect musical curation, a well-seasoned mixing touch and great video visuals
Saturday, Sept. 1
Sunday, Sept. 2
Doc Scott was there at the birth of drum’n’bass music in the 1990s, DJing raves with Fabio and Grooverider, working on the first Metalheadz releases with Goldie, spinning at the influential Sunday Sessions at Hoxton’s Blue Note, producing such classics as “VIP Rider’s Ghost” (as Rufige Kru) and “Far Away.” Scott is in D.C. for the first time in almost four years this week, working the U Street Music Hall sound system with Slant, Jae Kennedy, Thunderball and the Brau Brothers — the owners of DC Brau — who are bringing special beers for sampling. Get there early: DC Brau beers are $2 from 9 to 11 p.m. and $4 after.
We always enjoy Daylight, a monthly evening of old-school house, disco and hip-hop at Liv with DJs Source and Divine, but we like it more when it’s on a holiday Sunday. The vibe gets even sunnier; the dancing gets looser. Check it out for yourself: Doors open at 9.
Austin’s Dikes of Holland go full throttle with their garage-punk attack, and each two-minute blast hits harder than the next. The band headlines a well-rounded bill of garage-punk-pop at Comet Ping Pong that also features Naomi Punk (from Olympia, Wash.) and Coastals and Foozle (from our own Washington).
Monday, Sept. 3
Pop.1280 plays scary, desolate music — a post-apocalyptic brand of post-punk, complete with album title “The Horror.” What better way to mark the unofficial end of summer? Get dark at DC9.