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Top 5 Songs You Should Know This Week

December 18, 2014 | 0 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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D.C. is a great city for any band to get its start. There’s a supportive music community here that helps artists climb the ladder from playing house shows to sold out venues, allowing them to...

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Listening Session: Top 5 Shows This Week

November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tuesday, November 11-Furniteur, Warm Sun, Del Venicci, and DJ Kid Congo Powers @ Comet Ping Pong. Show 9pm/Tickets $12 DOS only Comet Ping Pong and Sasha Lord will host a couple of D.C.’s best new acts...

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

November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Assuming many people will likely make comparisons to Nots vocalist Natalie Hoffman sounding quite a bit like Bikini Kill/Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, I’m not going to. Instead, I’ll focus on the Memphis four-piece’s second...

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

November 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

On “Part of Your Scene,” Maryland’s masterful Two Inch Astronaut once again proves their sound is by no means vertically challenged. The song sounds at parts both pretty and poppy, but then suddenly turns into an...

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

October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

British garage rockers The Wave Pictures have been steadily releasing albums and EP’s since 1998. “Pea Green Coat” is a cut from the London trio’s newest record, Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon which is set...

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Procession, the new EP from D.C. trio Motion Lines, is aptly titled. It kicks off with the gorgeous dream-pop of “Ashling” and “The Yearbook,” proceeding into the heavier, moodier territory of “Howl” and “Lamentations,” and...

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D.C.’s Best DJ Nights: We Fought the Big One

October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: This is part one of an ongoing series profiling the city’s most influential and prolific DJ nights. More to come!  On a wintry Friday night in 2004, two DJs are readying themselves for their inaugural...

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