DC LIVE: Maryjo Mattea / The Thermals / Vetiver


So many great live shows in DC every week it’s hard to keep track; thus we’re starting a new segment in which we highlight some noteworthy upcoming acts — both local and national — that you won’t want to miss.

First up in this new series we’re calling DC Live is our very own Maryjo Mattea, the folk-pop-punk-rock songstress and local fixture on the DC circuit. Mattea performs regularly in the District on any given night of the week with any of her many bands, which currently include synthpop collective Color Palette and the Beatles tribute act Doctor Robert and Penny Lane. This Thursday, April 28 she’ll be performing with A Pile of Dudes at Songbyrd Music House in celebration of the release of her new solo EP, Four Minute Symphonies. Listen to the sultry new single and torch track “Getting Over You,” replete with a sliding guitar solo from DC blues rocker Jonny Grave below.

Next up, Portland punk act The Thermals are currently on tour in support of their seventh album, We Disappear. With a solid fan base, the trio have been going strong for over a decade and continue to please fans with their signature lo-fi and distortion effects. The LP — out on Saddle Creek was produced by their longtime collaborator Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie). Hear the new track”My Heart Went Cold” below and catch them playing Black Cat April 30.

Longtime folk rockers Vetiver put out a new record last year called Complete Strangers and released on Easy Sound. The San Francisco-based outlet fronted by Andy Cabic exude an accessible affability on their sixth full-length, the follow up to 2011’s The Errant Charm. Check out their breezy, new Jack Johnson-esque track “Current Carry” below.

Vetiver will be playing The Hamilton on May 4.

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