DC’s music scene has never been more alive, and the lineup of shows this December proves that. From rap acts to experimental synth pop to songwriter solo projects, there’s live music for all fans this upcoming holiday season.
Borns At Rams Head Live // December 1
After releasing his newest album Dopamine this fall, who wouldn’t want to see this man live? “Electric Love” has been electrifying radio stations for months now, and this show is sure to make you boogie. Plus Garret Borns‘s new album includes endless variety which is sure to give the show added surprises and memorable moments. I think Borns said it himself with the album title, but this show is sure to be dope.
Ex Hex At 9:30 Club // December 10
Next act on this show lineup is Ex Hex, a girl rock trio hailing from Washington D.C. It goes without saying that this show is sure to rock … rock out hard. After performing at Landmark Music Festival this past September, fans are ecstatic to see them back so soon. This show is sure to include fast-paced beat clapping, head bobbin’, and some sick 90’s reminiscent rock songs – and as one of the Youtube commenters on Ex Hex’s “Don’t Wanna Lose” music video so eloquently put, “Just listening to this song makes you feel cool.
City And Colour At Echostage // December 11
Dallas Green is making his rounds across America once again, and thank goodness. This experimental singer-songwriter project is headed by Alexisonfire’s former lead vocalist, but Green strayed far from his post-hardcore roots with this venture. City and Colour uses rock, folk, and bluegrass elements to create music that resonates within your soul. You may only dance a few times at this show, but his music is sure to make you feel things. Green’s newest album If I Should Go Before You was released this past October and gave us a whole new repertoire of sounds to study up on before the show.
Mac Miller At The Fillmore // December 13
After his latest release of GO:OD A.M., Mac Miller appeared on the radars of rap and hip hop lovers once again. He seemed to have thrown his mind, body, and soul into that album, but it was worth it.
With production help from Tyler the Creator and a collaboration with Miguel, Mac Miller knew his goal for this album. Now he’s heading to DC, and if you aren’t there – you better have a good excuse.
San Fermin At 9:30 Club // December 16
San Fermin has a lot going for them right now. Initially the conception of Brooklyn-based Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin has evolved into a breezy pop band the features sounds you’d never expect. Their album, Jackrabbit, gives pop a new sound that I’m sure it wasn’t preparing for. Their music is bobby, but soulful, eclectic and earthy – plus they use trumpets which is amazing. December 16 can’t come sooner, if you know what I’m sayin’.
RDGLDGRN At U Street Music Hall // December 18
Although RDGLDGRN have established themselves within the DC music scene at this point, their homecoming shows are always a delight. Are they truly hip-hop, or indie rock, or electronic? No one can fully pin it down, but that’s what makes RDGLDGRN unique as they are. Sometimes they’re go-go, other times they get a little reggae, but no matter what they are going to make you groove. And their goofy personalities are sure to entertain on stage.
The Roots At The Fillmore // December 29
During their time off as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Roots are gracing the stage at the Fillmore Silver Spring. This hip-hop neo-soul band from Philly have been around for a long while, and all music lovers hope they stay for an even longer while. The late December show is sure to include jams, covers, and freestyle moments – because what else would you expect from The Roots? They surely are one of the most versatile bands of all time, and if you want proof check out their video from this past week with Adele and Jimmy Fallon.
NYE 2016 With Krewella At Echostage // December 31
Need somewhere to party for New Years Eve? At Echostage with Krewella would be an insanely fun way to spend the night of all nights. Krewella, the electronically charged trio, burst onto the music scene with their catchy, dancey single “Alive” back in 2013. Now the fabulous group have been creating body shakin’ electronic dance music that gets at least four plays at any party that you would want to be at. This dance party is sure to be one of the best ways in the city to ring in the New Year.