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.
"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.
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