10 concerts you shouldn’t miss in May

Dwight Yoakam
Friday, May 4
Iroquois Amphitheater
One of country music’s most under-the-radar stars, Dwight Yoakam has a throwback Bakersfield-leaning honky-tonk sound that’s breezy and sharp. 

The Messthetics
Tuesday, May 8
The rhythm section of Fugazi joined up with experimental guitarist Anthony Pirog, forming an instrumental, atmospheric and winding indie band 

Saturday, May 12
A lo-fi, visceral art-punk project from Yoko Molotov, harpy is experimental and stormy, but extremely captivating, sharp and unique in its chaos.

Tuesday, May 15
Ryan Patterson’s post-Coliseum band Fotocrime is a gothic, synth-forward darkwave rollercoaster ride that manages to simultaneously sound powerful and paranoid. Jaye Jayle and Pleasures of the Flesh open.

Tuesday, May 15
With manic, swirling music that borrows from styles from around the globe, Tune-Yards patches together a myriad of sounds and ideas to form a strange and smart dive into pop’s deep end.

Forest Fest
Saturday, May 19
Jefferson Memorial Forest
This is a free, family-friendly day festival that features The Lonely Heartstring Band, Nora Jane Struthers, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and others. There will also be food trucks, craft vendors, activities for kids and workshops. 

Tuesday, May 22
Through politically-charged post-punk, Washington D.C.’s Priests is poignant, angry and unafraid. They’ve been around for a bit longer than the current cartoon administration has been working to fuck things up, but they seem like a perfect soundtrack for modern times. 

Fleet Foxes, Amen Dunes
Wednesday, May 23
Iroquois Amphitheater
A sunny, ‘60s-leaning dream-folk band, Fleet Foxes have been a major player in the indie-roots scene for a while now. Amen Dunes just made, Freedom, a hazy, reflective record that critics have been fawning over.

J Roddy Walston, Sunflower Bean, Parker Milsap
Wednesday, May 30
Waterfront Wednesday at Big Four Lawn
This month’s installment of the always free Waterfront Wednesday from WFPK features singer-songwriter Parker Milsap, the indie doom-pop band Sunflower Bean and the roots-rock band J Roddy Walston. 

Speedy Ortiz
Wednesday, May 30
Part cutting, angular, grunge-leaning rock, part ear-worm pop sensibility, Speedy Ortiz has endless depth and raw power.