Nightlife Agenda
The Going Out Gurus highlight the week's best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Munich's Oktoberfest ended on Sunday, but on this side of the Atlantic the parties will continue for a few more weeks. For example: The monthly Going Out Guide happy hour -- hosted by the Going Out Guide gurus -- is taking over the Capitol City Brewing Company on Capitol Hill. We'll have Cap City's excellent Oktoberfest beer (and several others) for $3.50 from 6 to 8, and there'll be free food (crab bites, spring rolls, wings) while it lasts. You can also enter our raffle to win a $100 gift certificate to Cap City or tickets to next month's Capital Food Fight.

Free. 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Capitol City Brewing Company, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-842-2337.

When proto-grunge heroes Dinosaur Jr. reconvened their original lineup in 2005, it seemed like just another one of those quick cash-in band reunions. But then something funny happened. After a successful tour of ear-bleeding slacker anthems and guitar heroics from J Mascis, the once volatile trio decided to stick together and give it another go as a full-time band. The results have been overwhelmingly successful; there are two albums of new material that sound right at home with the band's mid-'80s classics. That means the band's current shows succeed both as nostalgia (hearing "Freak Scene" will make you a bit misty) and as something new and exciting. As a bonus, Dinosaur bassist Lou Barlow opens in support of his excellent new solo album.

$25. 7 p.m. Thursday. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930.

With its slide in the right hands, the trombone can scream, moan and laugh in ways that make the instrument one of the closest cousins to the human voice in its expressiveness. The Rebirth Brass Band puts two of them up front along with trumpets, sousaphone, a sax and of course drums. The effect is like a gospel choir singing in a language that you can feel but not translate. Since 1982, this outfit has brought the second-line sound to the world with funky explosive shows that get rags waving in the air. The group even infuses hip-hop and R&B covers with rootsy, Crescent City-style brass band jazz.

$25. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Liv, 2001 11th St. NW. 202-299-0800.

Taint, the five-year-old dance party that was founded to give D.C.'s gay indie-loving crowd an alternative to the Madonna/Cher/remix-fueled club scene, is wrapping up Sunday after one last party. And what a party it should be. Expect DJs spanning Taint's life span, including Ca$$idy (Garutachi), K La Rock (First Ladies DJ Collective), Bill Spieler (Liberation Dance Party) and Gavin Holland (Nouveau Riche) providing rock, electro and hip-hop beats for a room of dressed-down, ready-to-dance revelers. On a normal holiday weekend, the line outside DC9 can stretch down to the corner of U Street. Since this is Equality March weekend and the final Taint ever, we suggest getting there extra early.

$5. 9 p.m. Sunday. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000.

The Fort Knox Five is a D.C. supergroup of sorts: Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona of Thunderball, a duo that created electronica influenced by '60s spy soundtracks; Thievery Corporation guitarist/sitarist Rob Myers; and party-rocking DJ JonH. The music they produce is among the richest funk and breakbeats coming out of this city. Check the deep basslines, cracking drums and rhythms that draw from underground hip-hop, salsa, old-school Jamaican reggae and vintage Stax Records cuts, and it's easy to see why they've recorded with Afrika Bambaataa and toured with Gwen Stefani. Though FK5's next album, "The New Gold Standard 2," won't be released until Nov. 3, this late-night concert, with the acclaimed Dutch DJ trio Kraak and Smaak, serves as an early album-release party of sorts.

11 p.m. Tuesday. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. 202-393-0930.

-- Fritz Hahn, Rhome Anderson and David Malitz

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