Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide highlights the week's best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties.
Tuesday, November 12
For the past four years, Washington fans of Athens, Ga.'s Terrapin Beer have had to travel outside of the city to get their fix of Hopsicutioner IPA or Moo-Hoo chocolate milk stout. Virginia bars have had Terrapin on tap since 2009; Maryland began selling it earlier this year. But now it's finally D.C.'s turn, as Terrapin's arriving in Washington. ChurchKey will have 15 Terrapins on tap this Tuesday, including barrel-aged versions of Monk's Revenge Belgian IPA and Hopsicutioner, and rarities such as Big Hoppy Monster Imperial IPA and the new White Chocolate version of Moo-Hoo. (You can see the entire draft list here.) On Thursday, Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown hosts its own Terrapin launch with 12 drafts, including several that won't be at ChurchKey. Paradiso is the place to try Wake 'n' Bake, an imperial oatmeal stout with coffee from Athens fixture Jittery Joe's, and Substance Abuse, which is Wake 'n' Bake aged in whiskey barrels. One edge Paradiso has: half-price beers from 5 to 7 p.m. (Again, the entire draft list is here.)
The Flamin Groovies are prime candidates for any list of "Bands You Should Know But Probably Don't." With a mix of raunchy, bluesy garage rock and tuneful power pop, the Flamin' Groovies paved the way for Big Star, the Replacements and even early English punk bands. (The Groovies played some influential London shows with the Ramones in 1976.) Though the group has been around since the mid-1960s, this tour - sponsored by the Cavestomp! garage rock festival - finds them at U Street Music Hall performing with singer Chris Wilson, who appeared on "Shake Some Action" and other '70s classics.
Wednesday, November 13
It seems like yesterday that hip-hop fans were passing around copies of a hot new hip-hop crew from Staten Island, whose rough-edged rhymes contained references to Eastern philosophy and the New York projects, and whose songs were littered with dialogue from kung-fu movies. "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" became one of the most influential albums in the genre, thanks to RZA's dark, minimal production, the use of soul samples and the singular vocal styles of Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Ol' Dirty Bastard. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Clan's debut album with a special edition of Wu-Tang Wednesday at Satellite Room when DJs spin the Wu all night. Make sure to ask for the Wu-Tang drink menu, which features such concoctions as the Ol' Dirty and Hot Nikkels.
Twenty-one-year-old beatsmith Kaytranada has taken advantage of an era where a pumping a hot stream of remixes and original tracks onto Soundcloud can cause an artist to explode on the blogosphere. The Montreal-based DJ and producer has a slippery aesthetic that can't be shoehorned into any of the micro-genres of electronica. You'll hear some of the 808 drum kits and rhythms of the hot trap sound; deep, chugging, sexy disco house; and sparse big room beats large enough to smash woofers. On his No Peer Pressure Tour, Kaytranada is joined by Groundislava, Lindsay Lowend, I.V. and Royal at Flash.
Cold weather makes nights on the roof deck at Avery's Bar and Lounge a little less appealing. The Atlas District bar is kicking off a new Wednesday night happy hour called the Hideout. Longtime D.C. DJ fixture DJ Double 07 spins deep house, and beer, wine and signature drinks are half price from 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 14
Terrapin Beer happy hour at Pizzeria Paradiso (see Tuesday listing)
Throughout the '90s, Nightmares on Wax was known for mixing up esoteric soul, hip-hop and house into a dancefloor-friendly package. Recent years have seen him veer closer to vintage acid house and baleric tunes, thanks to an extended period in Ibiza. Nightmares of Wax – a.k.a. DJ George Evelyn – brings a bit of everything to a show at U Street Music Hall.
Friday, November 15
Your motto has been "Turn Down for What?" but maybe you're now considering what that "what" could be. You've popped bottles, partied in the DJ booth and danced on tables in VIP areas, but that turn-up may be acquiring a slightly stale feeling. What to do? Take it back to the old days, when you hit the roller rink for elementary school birthday parties, then on first tentative dates as a middle-schooler. But now that you're an adult, you can skate to more adult selections spun by DJs K-Meta and Mista Selecta. And because the Late Skate is officially billed as a pajama party, you can hit the floor at the Lanham Skate Center in a terry cloth footie ensemble or a Beyoncé onesie if you so desire. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 on Friday, and include skate rental.
It's becoming more common for artists to allow fans to remix songs by their favorite artists: Steve Aoki, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5 have been reworked for official contests. But the Smithsonian is offering something different for its latest Smithsonian at 8 event: A chance for budding producers to remix animal sounds, sonified X-rays of stars and raw Appalachian folk into original music, which will be played by a DJ at Friday's party at the S. Dillon Ripley Center. When you're not dancing to the sounds of Tungara frogs or chisos katydids, listen to DJs and sound-effect engineers discuss how our brains process sounds and show off the latest mixing tricks. Food and a cash bar will be available; VIP tickets include two drinks and reserved seats at the demonstrations.
If you've ever wished you were in the crowd for Motley Crue's "Wild Side" video, or you're too young to have seen Guns N' Roses open for Aerosmith at the Capital Centre back in the day, you should head to the Fillmore tonight. The Kings of Hollywood tour brings together three of the country's biggest tribute acts: Appetite for Destruction; Red, White and Crue; and Poison'd (you should be able to guess which band each one covers). It'll be like the greatest Headbangers Ball show of 1989.
Saturday, November 16
Fish peppers were a staple of African American cooking in Maryland in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and possibly even in Colonial days. Their piquant flavor has been rediscovered by chefs in recent years, thanks to Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen, which uses fish peppers in its hot sauce, and gardeners interested in heirloom vegetables. The City Blossoms public garden has been growing its own chili peppers and is turning them into Flying Fish Pepper Barbecue Sauce. Get a taste during a special charity barbecue event at Dacha Beer Garden. From 2 to 5 p.m., grab a $5 pulled pork sandwich, listen to the 19th Street Band play bluegrass and sip German beers and Distillery Lane cider. If you like the sauce, take a bottle home for $5; all food and drink sales benefit City Blossoms. This is a great chance to enjoy the end of fall around a firepit at Shaw's coolest new beer garden: Dacha closes for the season soon.
"Mas Que Nada" may be the most popular song to hit these shores from Brazil's '60s Tropicalia scene. Jorge Ben Jor was the first to record this standard, which has been covered by artists as diverse as the Black Eyed Peas and Miriam Makeba. Decades later, Jorge Ben's popularity endures, thanks to a discography that covers bossa nova, samba, funk and rock, and cements his position as an elder statesman of Brazilian music. After Ben's show at the Howard Theatre, you can walk a few blocks to west to Tropicalia, where Fort Knox Five welcomes Brazilian music selector DJ Greg Caz for the concert's after-party.
Last November, superstar trance DJs Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten teamed up for a seven-hour back-to-back set at Echostage (it was the third time they'd performed together, and before they officially became the DJ duo New World Punx). One year later, the dream team returns to Queens Chapel Road for another mammoth night of endless EDM. Get set by listening to a recording of the November 2012 appearance on Corsten's Soundcloud page.