Thursday, Oct. 23
Andrew W.K. AU, The Tavern 8 p.m., Free
This is the one show that no one should miss. SUB brings the party rock messiah, Andrew W.K. and band (most of Obituary - all hail metal!) to the Tavern tonight. Supporting the newly released "The Wolf," W.K. brings his mix of happy-metal and dance-punk. And even better, it's free. So anyone who wants to do as Andrew does and "Have fun and Get Wasted," should attend the Tavern and "Party Hard."
Friday, Oct. 24
Robert Randolph and the Family Band 9:30 club, 815 V St., NW 10:30 p.m., $20
Robert Randolph and the Family Band has created quite a buzz. Over the past year the group has captivated various-sized crowds, most prestigiously on the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour this summer. Randolph fronts the band with a steel guitar and is well known for his devastating talent with what has been dubbed as "sacred steel." Touring in support of its major label debut, "Unclassified," Randolph and crew will bring its amalgam of blues, gospel and jam to the 9:30 club for an intimate late show.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Majority Rule, Hissing Choir St. Al's I Street and North Capitol Street 6 p.m., $6
The incestuous North Virginia scene spills into D.C. for this benefit show. Though rumor has it that Majority Rule broke up, if they play this show it won't be one to miss. Known for hardcore-D.C.-Clap music rooted in politics, Majority Rule became one of the most renowned groups in the District's underground. Hissing Choir, which features members of the infamous, defunct pg. 99, will perform with Majority Rule . Visit St. Al's, three blocks from Union Station.
Sunday, Oct. 26
An Albatross Black Cat, Backroom 1811 14th street, NW 9 p.m., $5
An Albatross has made its name known through chaotic live shows at huge events like Macrock, and through its unique brand of genre-bending music that infuses a little bit of everything, plus some love, all in the span of 45 to 60 seconds. This show will happen really quickly so people should show up early, thrust their hips, stomp their feet, clap their hands and live in the now.
- BRIAN HALPRIN and ALEX KARGHER