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Bands to watch this spring and summer 2014

The band is touring worldwide
The band is touring worldwide
Brandon Lyon

The spring and summer always bring a great multitude of performances. More people are eager to be outside, and attend shows and music festivals during the warmer months.

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So many artists are touring this year; Ellie Gounding, Cher, Lady Gaga, Eric Himan & Ani DiFranco, Mary Lambert and Backstreet Boys with Avril Lavigne.

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Here is a short list of some of the bands coming to the DMV area in the coming months.

Pentatonix live at DAR Constitution Hall
Pentatonix live at DAR Constitution Hall Brandon Lyon

Pentatonix live at DAR Constitution Hall

Multi-racial and queer internet sensation Pentatonix will stop by the DAR Constitution Hall on March 29th. The acapella quintet won the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off and after signing with Sony have released two studio albums and a holiday album. All of their releases have peaked inside the top 20 in the US.

The Sounds, Blondfire and Ghost Beach live at 9:30 Club
The Sounds, Blondfire and Ghost Beach live at 9:30 Club Orginal Sound Recordings 2013

The Sounds, Blondfire and Ghost Beach live at 9:30 Club

The Sounds released their fifth album, Weekend, this past autumn. The album is surely expanding their cult success, and is their official third independent release, following 2009's Crossing The Rubicon and 2011's Something To Die For. Their new tour, alongside Blondfire, Strange Talk and Ghost Beach, will stop by 9:30 Club on April 12th.

Neon Trees live at Norva, The National and 9:30 Club
Neon Trees live at Norva, The National and 9:30 Club Mercury/Island Records

Neon Trees live at Norva, The National and 9:30 Club

Neon Trees will release their new album Pop Psychology on April 22nd. Their current tour starts its North American leg on May 10th in Montana and will eventually stop by Norva in Norfolk (May 19th), The National in Richmond (May 20th), and Washington DC at the 9:30 Club on July 13th. The band's frontman, Tyler Glenn, recently told Rolling Stone magazine "I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely. I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties." When it comes to his Mormon background he added "We were always taught, and I hate this word, 'tolerance'. The only time I felt different was when the Pop 8 thing came up."

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Tegan & Sara live at 9:30 Club
Tegan & Sara live at 9:30 Club Lindsey Byrnes

Tegan & Sara live at 9:30 Club

Tegan and Sara blew up last year. Their single "Closer" became a cult classic for this generation. The sisters, who have been releasing music since 1999, are taking their Let's Make it Physical Tour to the 9:30 Club on May 21st and May 22nd.

OneRepublic and The Script live at Jiffy Lube Live
OneRepublic and The Script live at Jiffy Lube Live Interscope Records

OneRepublic and The Script live at Jiffy Lube Live

OneRepublic is still enjoying the success of their international hit "Counting Stars". The single, released early in 2013, took a long time to make it into the top ten (and remain, as it is now) in the US, but it hit number-one in the UK and seven other territories. Their Native Tour will stop by Bristow, at Jiffy Lube Live on June 27th, and Virginia Beach on August 12th. The shows will be opened by The Script.