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Posted at 2:14 PM ET, 05/31/2007

June Mixtape

By David Malitz

It's summer concert season, and in this edition of the mixtape we cover shows big and small, from international sensation Manu Chao at Merriweather to local "progressive hardcore" group Mass Movement of the Moth at Warehouse Next Door. Also: El-P, the Klezmatics, Robbie Fulks and more, after the jump.

"Spin Dreydl Spin" -- The Klezmatics (DC JCC, June 3)
What better way to kick off the first summer mixtape than with a Hanukkah song? The Grammy Award-winning band brings its neo-klezmer sound to D.C. this month as part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival.

"A Better Way To Run" -- Private Eleanor (Black Cat, June 6)
Baltimore band plays gentle, breezy indie pop with plenty of sweet harmonies.

"Sleep Walkers" -- RPM (Iota, June 8)
Local hip-hop crew's winning formula includes smart lyrics, sharp beats and a live show that's actually, well, a show.

"Smithereens" -- El-P (9:30 club, June 8)
The playful piano intro is deceiving on this claustrophobic, rapidfire tune from the founder of influential underground hip-hop label Definitive Jux.

"Head East, Kaspar" -- The Zincs (Black Cat, June 9)
Intricate guitar work and James Elkington's somber baritone highlight this song by the Chicago indie rock quartet.

"Fixin' to Fall" -- Robbie Fulks (Jammin' Java, June 9)
Alt-country's reigning King of Comedy is also plenty adept at twangy tunes like this fiddle-flavored one from his new album, "Revenge!"

"To the East" -- Electrelane (Black Cat, June 10)
Four ladies from Brighton, U.K. are the current champions of the slow-burn drone rock. Which means they are, like, totally my favorites.

"Last to Know" -- The Eames Era (Iota, June 11)
New Orleans-based power-pop group serves up an extra helping of bubblegum on this peppy number from the new "Heroes and Sheroes."

"In the City" -- Peel (The Red & the Black, June 14)
Upstart Austin, Tex. group's debut is one of my favorite albums of the year on the strength of noise-soaked pop songs like this one, full of fuzzy guitars and whirring keyboards.

"Crimps In Ties" -- Mass Movement of the Moth (Warehouse Next Door, June 15)
Local group plays "progressive hardcore," doing a surprisingly good job of combining two genres that seem to share no common ground.

"Pistol Packin' Mama" (MySpace stream) -- John Prine (Warner Theatre, June 15)
Of the hundreds of folkies who have been tabbed as "the next Dylan" over the past 40 years, the multiple Grammy Award-winner most deserves to be in the discussion with Zimmy.

"Cheekbone Hollows" -- The Child Ballads (Rock and Roll Hotel, June 15)
Former Jonathan Fire*Eater singer Stewart Lupton finally reemerges in recorded form on this wonderfully laidback indie-folk shuffle that recalls early '70s Stones.

"BTYB" (MySpace stream) -- Washington Social Club (9:30 club, June 16)
Local power-pop stalwarts are back with a new album. Fans who have been craving more well-crafted, snappy tunes will be pleased with this one.

"Standing In the Way of Control" -- The Gossip (Merriweather Post Pavilion, June 17)
Cyndi Lauper and Erasure may be the big draws on the True Colors tour, but don't miss this dance-punk powerhouse trio, led by one of rock's most showstopping frontwomen, Beth Ditto.

"Fake Empire" -- The National (9:30 club, June 20)
Can we lift the smoking ban for just one night? This Brooklyn band, getting rave reviews across the board for its latest album "The Boxer," plays the kind of weary, introspective music that sounds best in a dank, smoky bar.

"The Heart Bionic" -- Bobby Bare Jr. (Black Cat, June 21)
The son of country music outlaw Bobby Bare resides in Nashville but certainly doesn't conform to the town's polished sound as evidenced by this song, a rough-around-the-edges horn-driven southern rocker.

"Changes" (YouTube video) -- Seu Jorge (June 22, Wolf Trap)
His tender, acoustic versions of David Bowie classics -- like this take on "Changes" -- were a highlight (the highlight?) of Wes Anderson's movie "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."

"Too Much Thinking" -- Black Tie Revue (The Red & the Black, June 22)
Pittsburgh group won some area fans with its Six Points Music Festival appearance on the strength of high-energy, hook-filled tunes with keyboards that would make Ric Ocasek proud.

"Rainin in Paradize" (Stream) -- Manu Chao (Merriweather Post Pavilion, June 23)
The international superstar who brings his massive band, Radio Bemba Sound System, to Merriweather channels Tom Petty, of all people, on his new single.

"Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman" (YouTube video)-- Elizabeth Cook (Birchmere, June 28)
Funny title, but a great honky tonk romp with plenty of attitude from the rising country starlet.

By David Malitz  | May 31, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
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I really like the new Electrelane stuff. I'll have to give the new Peel album a listen.

Too bad The Gossip isn't playing The Black Cat again. Their last show there was phenomenal.

Posted by: Jumbo Slice | June 4, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Um hello, McFly -

The Bravery, Wilco, White Stripes and Interpol are playing the area this summer and all have new music out (or will very soon).

Bloc Party, BRMC and Muse have all played around town recently as well.

Wake up and smell the indie~

Posted by: DJ Flipturn | June 5, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

if you are ready for the BEST CONCERT OF YOUR LIFE you haveeee to go see LIONIZE this summer! i have an eclectic taste of music and am a bit of a musicaholic who goes to concerts as much as most ppl go out to dinner and i must say they put on a PHENOMINALLLL show! two big ones coming up:

-LINOIZE with THE WAILERS (bob marley's orig band!)
-sat, aug 11th, 4:30pm till 12:30am sunday @ Belmont Country Club Festival Grounds
19661 Belmont Manor La
Ashburn, VA
(i went last time and it was like 10 bucks!all ages, great tailgating)

-Reggae on the Harbour Festival,
-in Baltimore @ the Pier Six Pavillion
-Lionize with reggae legends STEEL PULSE, THE WAILERS, and many more.
-Saturday, August 25, 1:00pm - 10:00pm

i know the band is on myspace and have their own website @
they've also played with pat mcgee band a few times and a bunch of other sweet bands.

im not sure if their website will have info like directions to those shows, but im sure if you google the festival names that info would pop up.

Posted by: new college grad! | June 6, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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