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By Holly Kaplan Hidden beneath the stark facets of white marble and the political suit and ties, DC houses the undercurrent of a thriving, rebellious music counterculture. The former home of Marvin Gaye, and currently...

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An Introduction To Sleater-Kinney

January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Don’t call it a comeback just because Sleater-Kinney released a new album. If you’re new to the know, or if seeing a picture of Sleater-Kinney elicits you saying something like “hey that’s the chick from Portlandia,”...

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D.C.’s Best DJ Nights: Nu Androids’ Edition

January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Photos courtesy of Nu Androids Hundreds of small LED lights line the walls of the black box venue. They flash synchronously with the 120 BPM deep house sounds and you feel like you’re in outer space. This...

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Mixtape: Our 3rd Birthday Show @ 9:30 Club

January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Our second birthday at 9:30 Club last year was a big experiment for us. It was the first time we brought together more than just the music scene, but also artists and charitable groups into...

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Top 5 Songs You Should Know This Week

December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Drum and Fife”-Smashing Pumpkins Something that I’ve often wondered about over the last 20 years is what would have happened to Nirvana had Kurt Cobain not killed himself. I’ve never had to wonder about what...

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DCMD’s Best D.C. Albums of 2014

December 23, 2014 | 1 Comments

Yesterday we unveiled our top 10 D.C. tracks of 2014, and now we’re closing out with our biggest feature of the year. In no particular order, here are the albums, EPs and mixtapes that were...

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DCMD’s Top 10 D.C. Tracks Of 2014

December 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

From the rising growth of the city’s unique house show scene to more homegrown music festivals like Union BBQ, In It Together Fest and All Things Go’s Fall Classic cropping up this summer-2014 was a...

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Top 5 Songs You Should Know This Week

December 18, 2014 | 1 Comments

“Lampshades on Fire” by Modest Mouse The phrase “This isn’t your parents’ Modest Mouse” is truly scary to think about. However it’s an apt statement, since the band formed in 1993 and released their first...

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Already sick of listening to the same holiday songs? For this feature, we’ve asked some of our trusted friends whose taste in music we respect to create their own playlists and share some of their winter...

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My name is Ben Tufts and I play the drums. I was very excited when D.C. Music Download recently asked me to become a guest contributor–my friends have been bugging me for years to turn...

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Women Who Rock: DJ Ayescold

December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many artists cite their hometowns as a source of musical inspiration, but for D.C. resident Ayesha Chugh, it was her feeling of rootlessness that fueled her passion for music. “Most of the time, I think I come from nowhere...

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As consumers of music (and music journalism), we’re constantly bombarded with images–photos from shows, album art, festival ads, you name it. We may even take it for granted; there’s so rarely a shortage of amazing...

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Top 5 Songs You Should Know This Week

December 4, 2014 | 1 Comments

“..Pretty Sure It’s ‘Tang Top'” by Chandos Boston-based post punk trio Chandos will release its debut record Rats In Your Bed via Carpark Records on January 27. The first single “..Pretty Sure It’s ‘Tang Top'”...

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Sound-Off: Top 5 Songs You Should Know This Week

November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dead Professional-“Hold Back”  The fifth and final track on Dead Professional’s new EP Hard Hard Hard, “Hold Back,” is deeply steeped in the American tradition of alt-country tinged with soft blues rock; the kind which Bruce Springsteen’s...

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When I first moved to D.C., an Anglican priest from the area told me there was “Washington” and then there was “the District.” He meant there was a stark divide between Washington’s image as a...

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D.C. has a very active music scene, and it’s common for many musicians to take on several projects at once. You could go to a house show and see a brand new name on a bill, only...

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