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Interview by Jordan Snowden/Photos courtesy of Peter Bravemen, Matt Wolek, Mark Gorman, Kurt Heyde, and Ben Droz. Live music isn’t just about the sound, but the entire experience–the ambience, mood, feel and emotion. That’s what new...

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Women Who Rock: Morgan Tepper

November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Photo by Mark Hoelscher for DCMD  Bringing together the people, places and events who make up D.C.’s diverse music community are a select group of influencers who keep the scene thriving. That short list includes local producer, promoter and...

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By Jordan Snowden At the end of the hall, there’s a faint sound of a guitar repeatedly being played in an enclosed, shimmering gold room. Inside, there’s a striking yet simple display that leaves everyone nearly speechless....

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By Callan Tansill-Suddath Last Saturday, local music initiative Listen Local First and Georgetown University hosted Building the Music Capital, a free one-day conference focused on D.C.’s music scene. Artists, educators and activists from D.C. and beyond...

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Interview by Jordan Snowden To keep overhead costs low, more DIY labels are shifting toward digital-only sales and relying less on physical releases. But Better Listen Records, D.C.’s newest label, seeks to exist by doing the exact...

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For eight years, Sean Peoples ran Sockets Records, one of D.C.’s most prolific record labels. At its peak, Peoples released 10-20 records a year through Sockets, all while navigating the tumultuous industry waters and shift to...

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Interview by Jordan Snowden/Photos by Mark Hoelscher On the 200 block of Upshur Street in Petworth is an old brick building that still bears the sign of its former owner, Gumbo Louisiana Express. Don’t be fooled, though–the Southern stew...

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Producers to Know: Flash Frequency

September 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Producers come in all varieties. Some are musicians who love the flexibility offered by a digital audio workstation, while others are simply natural-born tinkerers with a knack for putting together exciting and intriguing pieces of...

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D.C. punk rockers Hemlines at MLK Library/Jinwoo Chong for DCMD Off the top of my head, I can’t really think of any place in the city that reps D.C. music as hard as the DC Public Library. Just about...

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By Jon Amar From Chuck D’s boombox to Parliament Funkadelic’s 1,200-pound Mothership, when the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens this Saturday, it’ll house a sweeping collection of valued items from music’s most iconic figures. As part...

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There are few artists who inspire more loyalty in me than Jenny Lewis. I fell in love with Lewis’ versatile voice when she was the lead singer of the indie band Rilo Kiley. While performing, Lewis harnessed the...

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By Jordan Snowden Tucked away on a quiet side street in Takoma Park is a white house with a small sign marked “Rhizome.” On the surface, it looks like a typical family home, but it’s actually...

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What To See At H Street Festival This Saturday

September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

H Street Festival is one of the area’s biggest neighborhood festivals, bringing over 100,000 people to H Street each year. The show is a bit of a sensory-overload–each block has its own dedicated stage with...

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By Jordan Snowden Aside from big-ticket shows like Coachella, Governors Ball and Bonnaroo, it’s refreshing when a music festival presents something unique and deviates from the norm. For the last several years, Sonic Circuits festival has...

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Producers to Know: Cautious Clay

September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

The producer is the unsung hero of just about any musical project. They bring together the artists, the engineers, and other key players when making a hit record. In our new series, Producers to Know, we profile...

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Dischord Records, which today is known to punk music fans around the world, had its humble beginnings with the release of the EP Minor Disturbance, from D.C. punk quartet Teen Idles. It is worth mentioning...

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