A Virgin-Free Weekend Primer - David Bazan, Basia Bulat, Razzmatazz Dance Party & Daddy Lion

Looking for an alternative to the Virgin Craigs, errr, Free Festival?  Tonight, we have a doubleheader at the Black Cat.  David Bazan, the former Pedro the Lion frontman named one of the 100 Best Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine, headlines the Main Stage at 9:00 p.m. for a $15 cover.  If you haven't heard Bazan cover Radiohead's Let Down, you should stop what you're doing & Google it.  Heartbreaking doesn't begin to describe it.  If Sam Beam has made the Postal Service's Such Great Heights his own, then Bazan has done the same with my favorite Radiohead song.

Although DJ nights are normally a little outside our purview at MetroMusicScene, the Razzmatazz dance party taking place in Black Cat's Backstage bar is a hella lotta fun for those of us who remember the 80s (and those, who for reasons both chronological and chemical, don't).  If androgynous, danceable Britpop like Bowie and Suede, heavy on the Pulp, is your thing, check it out.  Doors at 9:30 and the cover is $5.

MetroMusicScene alumna Basia Bulat hitches her folky Canadian roadshow at DC9 tomorrow.  I didn't think folk could be accurately described as smoky or soulful until I stumbled upon the dusky-throated Bulat.  An incomparable voice and the chance to see an autoharp should be motivation to turn out for this show.  Doors at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12.

Another MMS favorite, the Metro DC's own Daddy Lion, are touring in support of their eponymous debut EP.  If you like your rock music fuzzy, complex and introspective, then Daddy Lion is the band for you.  Featured as an NPR Song of the Day in January of this year, the band has scored a coveted spot opening up for legendary J-Pop band Shonen Knife at the Rock & Roll Hotel tomorrow night.  Doors are at 8 and tickets are $15.  As an added bonus, the band has graciously agreed to provide MMS readers with a downloadable single from the Daddy Lion EP.

Daddy Lion - Divine