01/30/2012 10:04 am ET Updated Mar 31, 2012

Concert Whereabouts (Jan. 30 - Feb. 5)

Taking a few nights off this week, and unless I'm missing something, the alternative is not entirely tempting. The weekend is surprisingly bare, but there's also the Super Bowl with which to contend. The game is seldom over by the time a headliner hits the stage, which I learned the hard way the last time The Residents played the 9:30 club. I'd be remiss, however, if I did not at least mention that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be at the 9:30 the night of the big game. I have a great deal of nostalgic love for E. 1999 Eternal, but the fact that they're being billed as "featuring Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone" makes me more than a bit wary. Either way, four solid shows this week.

Tuesday, January 31 - Samantha Crain: Red Palace

I've been blown away by a fair number of singer-songwriters at the Red Palace. Without setting the bar too high, history may repeat itself on Tuesday night. There's the right amount of intimacy and clarity that Samantha Crain's alluringly upbeat voice should flourish.

Wednesday, February 1 - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: Rock and Roll Hotel

Even if the name Asteroids Galaxy Tour doesn't ring a bell, I can guarantee you've heard their "The Golden Age" in a Heineken commercial. I willfully admit that inescapable commercial was my introduction to this band. Luckily for anyone who sought out more, the band's infectious charm can't be summed up in a beer promo. For those who who've known about the Asteroids for longer, consider yourself lucky.

Not Attending - Smith Westerns: Black Cat

Smith Westerns put on good shows, but having seen them a couple of times already, this decision was a relatively easy one. That being said, the strength down the bill (Porcelain Raft and Bleached) makes it more tempting. If this one and the aforementioned show were on the same side of town, trying to see all three acts of interest would be a no-brainer. If you are choosing the Black Cat, be sure to see each and every performer. You'll get more than your money's worth.

Thursday, February 2 - The Kills: 9:30 Club

Alison Mosshart is an undeniable force of nature on stage. The Kills' shows at the 9:30 club are more powerful than they are simply loud. The former is easily confused for the latter, but it's not volume for volume's sake. The Kills also earn an exception for my "if you're not the Velvet Underground you shouldn't be front-lit on stage" rule. Mosshart's shadow will lord over the captivated crowd with gorgeous fury. Get there in time to see the opener, JEFF The Brotherhood, who have a tendency to consistently offer a raucous good time when they're in D.C.

Friday, February 3 - Kathleen Edwards: 9:30 Club

Like other women who have fused pop, country, and rock Kathleen Edwards carries herself with an elegant toughness. It's not all hard exterior with Edwards, as vulnerability is no stranger in her words and music. Regardless the subject matter of the song, if you're at the 9:30 club on Friday, you will hear some beautiful music.