Thursday Live Music Overload

challengeClearly, we had many photo options for this post. We chose this picture of Jenny Lewis. Do you blame us? (Autumn de Wilde)

So, what show will you be seeing tonight? You'll definitely be seeing something, right? I'm declaring today, Thursday, June 11, 2009, the Most Insane Live Music Day In Recent D.C. History. There's something for everyone, whether you want a pop starlet, living legend, indie-rock babe, mathcore band or free-jazz wailer. Just get out there.

Taylor Swift at Merriweather Post Pavilion
The reigning queen of country. And pop. And the summer touring season. All tickets for this show were gone in 30 minutes, which was an MPP record until Phish took Taylor's tiara. Looks like it'll be a wet one on the lawn tonight. This is where I'll be. Come say hi.

Elvis Costello at Wolf Trap
Declan goes bluegrass and country. The tour kicked off Tuesday night in Jersey. Don't expect a greatest hits show -- "for the most part, Costello and his six-man backing string band had a specific old-timey purpose in mind, and they would not be swayed from that path, no matter how many times one woman in the crowd shouted for "rock 'n' roll!'"

Dave Brubeck at Warner Theatre
The jazz icon is still getting it done at 88 years old. He's 88! Looking for a good read? Check out Matt Schudel's article from last April about Brubeck's 1958 State Department tour that took him behind the Iron Curtain.

Jenny Lewis at 9:30 club
The indie-rock siren will surely induce some swooning at a sold-out 9:30 club. Will she be wearing hot pants? We expect a report from the field. The openers are Deer Tick, personal favorites of Brian Williams, of course.

The Avett Brothers at Lisner Auditorium
Good things can happen when kids who grew up on punk and alternative discover the joy of the banjo. Expect plenty of romps and broken strings.

Gil Scott Heron at Blues Alley
Here's who we have to thank for every bad student film project that had a play on the phrase "The revolution will not be televised." But we also have him to thank for laying the groundwork for hip-hop. And for providing the highlight in the name-checking portion of LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge." (Gil! Scott! Heron!)

Dillinger Escape Plan at Rock and Roll Hotel
On their Wikipedia page, under genre, you'll find "mathcore" and "experimental metal." So you know it's awesome. I have a friend who loves this band so much he named his dog Dillinger. True story. I'm glad he got a dog before he had a kid.

AA Bondy at Iota
Former grunge guy (remember Verbena? no?) goes folky, pulls it off pretty well. Opening is Holly Miranda. I've been positively obsessed with this picture of her for the past week. Is that wrong? Local blog Brightest Young Things had a listening party for her new EP.

Blk Jks at Black Cat
I'm disappointed to be missing the D.C. debut of this South African quartet. Mark Jenkins says to expect "loosely structured, dazzlingly unpredictable songs" featuring "exuberant polyrhythms and lilting guitar."

Mika Miko at Comet Ping Pong
And I'm very disappointed to miss one of my faves, although I might be able to pull off the Columbia-to-Chevy Chase twinbill. I'm a bit disillusioned that these L.A. punks are no longer all-girl L.A. punks, but hey, it happens. Still one of the most fun bands around and any band that has a song with the chorus of "I want a turkey sandwich!" is a band for me.

Peter Brotzmann at Velvet Lounge
Black Plastic Bag has the low down on the free-jazz blower.

By David Malitz |  June 11, 2009; 12:28 PM ET Local News
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Elvis for me, seats inside thank goodness.

Posted by: Hemisphire | June 11, 2009 1:21 PM

After the NIN/JA show on Tuesday and the Clapton/Winwood show on Saturday I think I'm set for the week.

I'm also broke, but whatever.

Posted by: EricS2 | June 11, 2009 1:30 PM

Rather than go to a show I stayed home and listened to a Niagra record, then all the Modern Lovers tracks. James Murphy approved.

Posted by: M__N | June 12, 2009 10:26 AM

Mika Miko was fantastic. I hope you made the drive to Mika Miko because they went on around 11:30. They only played a 30 minute set but they blistered through about 15 songs.

Posted by: dcmc8377 | June 12, 2009 10:46 AM

I made it in time for Mika Miko, it was a logistically perfect evening. I couldn't see a damn thing, but they did sound great. The kids were even moshing, it was adorable. Perfect soundtrack to "watching" Dwight Howard choke the game away on my phone.

Posted by: PostRockDavid | June 12, 2009 11:18 AM

Dave Brubeck was great (as ususal) but it was difficult for him to go on and off stage. Best to do studio work in the future and sleep at home every night.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 12, 2009 11:31 AM

I swear I thought Gil died a year or so ago. This is great news, 'tho I don't expect to see him down here in the tropics...

Posted by: cjbmo | June 12, 2009 5:25 PM

I was at the Jenny Lewis show. I thought Deer Tick might have a chance at upstaging the main act until they actually got her mic working halfway into the opening song (See Fernando). Anyway, it was the best show I've seen at the 9:30 Club, seeing and hearing her sing live takes the songs to another level. And yes she had short denim shorts on.

Posted by: zigzagzoog | June 13, 2009 12:27 AM

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