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In the wake of the upcoming administration, D.C. musicians have rallied together to show their support for organizations and non-profits in need. As thousands of people head to D.C. for the inauguration, the city’s music scene is showing its...

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Interview by Jordan Snowden At his Khepera Wellness Studio in Northeast D.C., yoga instructor and owner Brandon Copeland is setting up for his next class. To set the ambiance he turns on the speakers, which begin...

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Photo by Clarissa Villondo for DCMD Expanding on our weekly Top 5 Shows list is a new feature that looks at our must-see local show picks for the month. Friday, Jan. 13–Aaron Abernathy w/ Nat...

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DCMD’s Top Local Songs of 2016

December 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

There was no shortage of inventive, dynamic releases coming out of the D.C. area in 2016. For our final year-end list, we spotlight the songs that stuck with us throughout this intense year. Also, if...

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DCMD Guide: Top Show Picks on New Year’s Eve

December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

While getting ready for the holidays, I always run into the same problem around this time each year–finding something to do for New Year’s Eve (that isn’t crazy expensive). Fortunately D.C. isn’t a ghost town...

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Over the last 12 months, DCMD’s photography team has covered well over 200 shows, ranging from small local house gigs to mega-festivals like Bonnaroo. Sorting through the thousands of pictures they’ve taken in 2016, the staff...

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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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