July’s must-see music: Brazilian Girls, Miranda Lambert and She & Him


HANDOUT IMAGE: Anamanaguchi will perform in the Washington, DC area. Image courtesy of Force Field PR. (Force Field PR/FORCE FIELD PR)

Summer tours continue to bring high-profile performers to Washington, but July delivers some of the most diverse musical choices. She & Him brings its vintage pop (and a Hollywood starlet) to Wolf Trap, globetrotting dance act Brazilian Girls stages a comeback at the 9:30 Club and inexplicably famous chiptuners Anamanaguchi hit the Rock & Roll Hotel. Here are five shows to see, rated by their current buzz.

Brazilian Girls

New York lounge lizards Brazilian Girls have, in just a few records, forged a jet-setting sound that combines bass-heavy dance music, French torch songs, electro-pop and, yes, Brazilian jazz, frequently in the span of a single song. Hunt for a word to describe it, and only “downtown” seems to fit. The four-piece, led by the magnetic, multilingual Sabina Sciubba, reunited last fall after a brief split but remains on a limited tour schedule, making this a rare appearance.

Buzz factor: 7. The group seemed to disappear just as dance music was reaching the height of its popularity. It’s a tossup whether fans will turn out.

Likelihood of a sellout: Medium.

Listen:Good Time

July 5 at 8 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 877-987-6487. www.930.com. $25.

She & Him

Long before “The New Girl” made indie ingenue Zooey Deschanel a TV starlet, she was the wide-eyed half of She & Him, the A.M. radio-inspired duo with M. Ward, a respected folkie in his own right. Deschanel writes nearly all of the songs, singing with an unusually plaintive, sonorous voice that recalls Patsy Cline. Ward took time off to pursue a solo effort, but now the two have returned with their third original album, “Volume 3.”

Buzz factor: 6. Low-fi acts such as She & Him are no longer white hot, but Deschanel’s mainstream success could bring a different crowd to their show at Wolf Trap.

Listen:I Could Have Been Your Girl

Likelihood of a sellout: Low.

July 11 at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap,
1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1900. www.wolftrap.org. $30-$40.

Rustie

Fans of Los Angeles DJ Flying Lotus, who sold out 9:30 Club this spring with his faintly jazz-infused, ambient electronica, ought to get to know Rustie, Flying Lotus’s Scotland-based labelmate. Rustie (a.k.a. Russell Whyte) draws from a similarly wide-ranging sphere of influences but delves further into tempo-swerving, mood-altering terrain. This is a man with a taste for the experimental.

Buzz factor: 5. You may not know him yet, but Rustie is on the bill for the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and has been pegged as one of electronic music’s up-and-comers.

Likelihood of a sellout: High.

Listen: Rustie at the Boiler Room

July 22 at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880.
www.ustreetmusichall.com . $12.

Anamanaguchi

Anamanaguchi’s claim to fame may be raising more than $200,000 on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. The cash allowed these four hipster Brooklynites to make chirpy, “Final Fantasy”-esque punk, known as “chiptune,” using hacked Nintendo Entertainment Systems and Gameboys as their primary instruments. To each his own, we’d usually say, but the result, the 22-track “Endless Fantasy,” channels some of the irreverence of a Dan Deacon album, with plenty of nods to Internet phenomena. Here’s hoping the show at Rock and Roll Hotel is half as fun.

Buzz factor: 7. Gamers, meet your musical match.

Likelihood of a sellout: Medium.

Listen:Meow

July 26 at 8 p.m. at the Rock & Roll
Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $12 in
advance, $14 at the door.

Miranda Lambert

Country music’s favorite spitfire is a decade into her high-profile career and still going strong. She scored big at the recent CMT Music Awards, taking home an award for “Over You,” which she wrote with husband Blake Shelton, and her single “Mama’s Broken Heart” hit No. 1 on the country charts this spring. For her “Locked & ReLoaded” tour, Lambert has teamed with fellow country star Dierks Bentley, a pairing that served her well at a Baltimore show early this year. Also on the bill is RaeLynn, an alum from Shelton’s television show “The Voice.”

Buzz factor: 9. Lambert may not have the crossover appeal of Taylor Swift, but she remains one of country’s biggest names — and most talented songwriters.

Likelihood of a sellout: High.

Listen:Mama’s Broken Heart

July 28 at 7 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow.
703-754-6400. www.jiffylubelive.com. $29.25-$54.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a professional eater/drinker/thinker for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. University of Texas. Northwestern University. Rap fan.
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