Run the Jewels

Best Of 2017: Mauricio's List

Best Of 2017: Mauricio's List

In the world of DC live music, there was a lot to write about in 2017. I.M.P. made its broad presence even broader with the 6,000-capacity Anthem. Songbyrd solidified its niche in the up-and-coming R&B/hip-hop scene with clutch bookings like Xavier Omar, Jamila Woods, and Noname (and booked its first show at The Fillmore, with more co-bookings to come). Competition in the 200-500-capacity space increased with new venues like Union Stage, Pearl Street Warehouse, and The Miracle Theatre. Mount Pleasant DIY venue OTHERFEELS hosted its first DMV music showcase at 9:30 Club, with a second coming in late December. There really is no shortage of opportunities to catch live music in our nation's capital.

I covered 47 shows and one three-day festival for ChunkyGlasses this year, and it’s been a wild ride covering shows in venues big (Capital One Arena) and small (Dew Drop Inn). While most of there were a lot of great shows, the following ten best showcase why the live music experience is so essential. These artists convey emotion and energy in a way that can’t be contained within the confines of an album. With these shows, it was hard to walk away without the lingering feeling of ‘holy shit, they REALLY put their heart and soul into it tonight.’

So with that, here are my ten favorite shows of 2017. Click the headers to see more pics and a full recap of that show.

PS - And if you're still interested in knowing what my favorite songs from this year were, here's my Spotify playlist - Mauricio's Favorite Fifty of 'Seventeen!  

Hopscotch Music Festival 2017 (Raleigh, NC) day 2 - 9/8/2017

Hopscotch Music Festival 2017 (Raleigh, NC) day 2 - 9/8/2017

By the time the Friday came along, the Hopscotch Music Festival was in full swing. One of the greatest features of the festival isn’t part of the festival at all – it’s the numerous unofficial day parties that happen throughout town. Some of them feature artists who are also playing evening sets, taking away some of the difficulty in choosing between conflicts. But they also feature many bands who come just to play the daytime shows. We spent Friday afternoon at Kings, at the party hosted jointly by Jamestown, NC-based Three Lobed Records and WXDU, Duke University’s radio station. Featuring such diverse acts as an experimental set by James Toth of Wooden Wand and guitarist Tashi Dorji, the folk-music of duo House and Land, the psychedelic noise of Philly rockers Purling Hiss, and singer-songwriter Rosali, it was a varied afternoon with lots of great music to check out. Finishing off the day was Repressed, a new electronic project by Lambchop singer Kurt Wagner and Superchuck mastermind Mac McCaughan.

WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see El-P and Killer Mike at 9:30 Club!


Lookout, Jay-Z and Kanye...El-P and Killer Mike have an album that'll certainly make you watch your throne. 

Like Jay and Yeezy, rappers El-P and Killer Mike fused their creative forces to release a collaborative, self-titled hip-hop album. Run the Jewels was released as a free digital download on the Fool's Gold Records website in June 2013. With singles like "Get It" and "36" Chain," Run the Jewels has received much praise from critics, easily making it this year's Watch the Throne. The duo practically even call for Jay-Z and Kanye's dethronement in Killer Mike's tongue-in-cheek verse on "Sea Legs." 

To hear El-P and Killer Mike lay down their beats and rhymes live at 9:30 Club on Saturday, August 10, please do one of the following:

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