Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week's best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties.
Before we start: There are many events happening this week in honor of Capital Pride, including stand-up comedy, burlesque, happy hours and late-night DJ parties. We've compiled a special list of Pride-related nightlife, sorted by day.
Tuesday, June 4
For Best Coast, life is one endless summer -- just listen how many times Bethany Cosentino rhymes "sun" and "fun" over the California duo's first two albums. The music captures similar vibes: Guitars shimmer like heat coming off the sidewalk in the middle of July, and distorted chords crash like waves onto an empty beach. Their fuzzy mix of indie surf-punk and sweeping Phil Spector pastiches can be hit or miss, but it's the perfect slacker soundtrack for a warm June night at the 9:30 Club.
The real hip-hop is over on H Street tonight. Cryptic lyric and style mavens Camp Lo bring their underground bangers and party anthems to Twelve Restaurant and Lounge. Also performing is Uptown XO, one of the leaders of the now school of D.C. hip-hop.
Wednesday, June 5
Heist's new Wednesday night affair is dubbed "The ____ Party" because it's apparently "so cool it needs no name." But stop your eyes mid-roll, because it actually sounds pretty solid. DJ Keenan Orr -- a man with residencies at Marvin, Cobalt and Eighteenth Street Lounge on his resume -- is on the turntables, admission is free and there's an open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. This launch party is in honor of Capital Pride; it'll run every week afterwards.
Thursday, June 6
Last summer, the National Building Museum hosted one of the most unusual mini-golf courses we've ever seen. Local architecture firms designed the 12 holes, resulting in a course that looked more like an art installation than the windmills and pirate-themed putt-putts we all know. The only problem: The popular course was constantly crowded with families and tourists, which cut down on some of the fun. This year, the Building Museum has 18 new holes, which look just as creative. And for adults who fancy some late-night mini-golf, the Building Museum will keep the course open late, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., on six Thursdays this summer, including this week. We'd suggest pairing your round with a visit to Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue on the Building Museum's west lawn. Nothing says summer like mini-golf, hot links and a cold Shiner beer or frozen margarita.
As teens in New York's Queensbridge projects in the early '90s, Havoc and Prodigy planted the seeds for a rap career that placed them among the luminaries of Queens rap. As Mobb Deep, this duo created the blueprint for hardcore New York hip-hop. "Shook Ones Pt. II," a dark collection of stone-cold monotone threats about perpetrating criminals, can still tear the club down years after its 1995 release. One of the most important groups in East Coast hip-hop history celebrates 20 years in the game with an anniversary tour at the Howard Theatre.
Practice your Juvenile ad-libs, your Bun B Texas drawl or your emphatic Ludacris enunciation for the return of Hip-Hop Karaoke at Liv. This is the Down South Edition, so everything from "Shoulder Lean" to "Bombs Over Baghdad" is fair game. DJ Roz has the beats, and hopefully you've got the lyrics.
Friday, June 7
Three of the most buzzed-about rock bands in D.C. are joining forces for a must-see bill at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Paperhaus's new "Lo Hi Lo" EP finds indie-pop harmonies surfing over waves of guitars that chime and jangle, in a way reminiscent of early Radiohead or '80s college rock. Shark Week fuses surf guitars and charging garage rock into a no-holds-barred show. The Young Rapids are hard to pin down: Their last album was full of fuzzy indie-rock and soul-inspired choruses, but a teaser from their upcoming album is airy, Clientele-ish pop with pitch-bent keyboards. Each act is recommended on its own. On one stage, this becomes a virtual state-of-D.C.-indie-rock address.
Saturday, June 8
Rockabilly singer J.P. McDermott traded D.C. for California last spring, after years of earning critical plaudits with his band, Western Bop. But McDermott, who can handle Hank Williams shuffles and Buddy Holly rave-ups with ease, is heading back this way for a few shows. Catch him at his old Silver Spring stomping ground, the Quarry House Tavern's Rockabilly Saturday Night, for free on Saturday, or at a special matinee at JV's in Falls Church at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
There's so much going on at the Big Bang Dance Party, an exuberant late-night celebration of Rosslyn's Supernova performance art festival, that it's hard to know where to start. The computer-fronted rock band Heavy Breathing? Holly Bass's cultural history of hip-hop as performance art? Sets by house music DJ-and-vocalist Ultra Nate or local party-rocker Gavin Holland? Music from electro-rock band Wheelie? Dance performances by the killer local troupe Urban Artistry? And that's not even touching on all the performance art. One thing's for sure: You won't be bored at Artisphere.
Sunday, June 9
Jazz is all about experimentation. If you treat the D.C. Jazz Festival as a way to experiment, by exposing your ears to new sounds, you should make a point to catch Gerald Cleaver's Black Host at the Fridge. The New York City quintet's fusion of free and modern jazz blends chaotic guitar riffage, frenetic drumming, scratched strings, feedback-esque horn and freestyle piano playing into sharp, extended sound collages, occasionally drifting into what sounds like a post-punk take on free jazz. The group's engaging new album, "Life in the Sugar Candle Mines," only hints at what watching the creative process at Black Host show must be like. Tickets are $15 in advance, and more at the door.
Monday, June 10
A "cicerone" is the beer-world version of a sommelier - a certification program that requires knowledge about various styles, pairing beer and food, and knowing when flavors are off. More than 18,000 servers and bartenders around the country have taken the course, but there are only six "Master Cicerones" in the world. San Francisco brewer Rich Higgins is one of them, and he's leading a special class called "Drink and Brew Like the Belgians" at Pizzeria Paradiso. Higgins will walk participants through tasting six beers, including Scaldis and Brasserie Dupont, and discuss Belgian styles. It's a class neophytes and serious drinkers alike can benefit from.