TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 26
1. Fiona Apple At Warner Theatre
The new album is really good and Apple barely tours. Volatile in all the good ways, her live shows can be tragedies or triumphs. Lately, they've been the latter. See her whenever you're within a 100 mile radius. 8 p.m., all ages, $55 to $75
2. fem•extravaganza! At Spooky Action Theater
Part networking party, part information session, all pro-D.C. This event will bring together at least 22 feminist organizations for a chance to let interested parties find out about volunteering opportunities while enjoying music and storytelling. 7 p.m., all ages, suggested donation of $5 to $10
3. Pilates In the Park At Farragut Square Park
The final edition of Pilates in the Park will be led by instructors from Results Gym and Epic Yoga. It's not too late to get perfectly toned for summer. It may be too late, but at least it's a start. 5:30 p.m., all ages, no cover
4. Billy Bragg At Birchmere
Consider this paying your union dues. Bragg will be celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday at this show. Since that Wilco/Bragg tour probably won't ever happen, this is your second best bet. 7:30 p.m., all ages, $49.50
5. Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger At 9:30 Club
Because when "Everything Sucks" "Here In Your Bedroom," sometimes you just have to "Fly." We know Sugar Ray isn't performing on this bill, it just seems like they should. Also, all the bands that weren't super sad in the 90s are still touring and having fun. Take that, heroin. 6 p.m., all ages, sold out (yep)
TOP 5 FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS
Wednesday, June 27
Folklife Festival Opening Day at National Mall
The giant, excellent, free and appropriate for the music loving family Folklife Festival opens tomorrow. Our pick from the 30+ scheduled events goes to George Clinton headlining the "Bring Back The Funk" concert.
Thursday, June 28
Gypsy Roots at Bistrot Lepic
The DC Djangofolies series honoring the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli continues with this five-piece gypsy band influenced by American blues, swing, Latin and jazz.
Friday, June 29
Cryfest: The Cure vs. The Smiths at Black Cat
Sometimes Morrissey makes us want to write our suicide notes. Sometimes he makes us want to dance. This makes us want to dance. Also, The Cure is better than The Smiths.
Saturday, June 30
Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories at Atlas Performing Arts Center
A one-woman story telling show from a former Texas beauty queen. It won the 2010 audience award at Fringe and Joan Rivers is a fan. We're sold.