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This Saturday, expect to see long lines and big crowds at music shops across town for Record Store Day. It’s become a semi-annual tradition where local vinyl lovers can get their hands on rare, exclusive releases while also supporting...

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Pictured above: Columbia Diminuendo string quartet, photo courtesy of Ryan and Hays Holladay What would life be like if our basic human rights and freedoms were suddenly stripped away? For D.C. natives and brothers Hays and Ryan Holladay,...

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A house party atmosphere with a nightclub feel–there aren’t many events in town that offer a vibe like it, but a new music series promises to bring just that. LEVITATE is the brainchild of local DJ and producer TKS (the...

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Since its inception, D.C.’s Damaged City Fest has served to showcase some of the finest hardcore acts in the scene, pulling talent from the city itself as well as bands from all around the world....

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Aside from being prolific artists in their own right, D.C. residents Jamal Gray and St.Clair Castro are also one facet of CMVPTR CLVB, a collective of musicians, visual artists, spiritualists and futurists behind the ambitious performance piece CTRL...

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Photo by Miranda Hontz Springtime not only marks the return of cherry blossoms (and the hordes of tourists that come with it), but also the many great D.C. music festivals that continue to thrive year...

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Photo by Rodrigo Villordo There’s a lot of movement happening in D.C.’s hip hop scene right now, but that progress isn’t always recognized outside the area. Looking to spotlight the city’s best emcees to a wider audience, two...

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D.C. will be well represented at South by Southwest this year, as dozens of local musicians will make their way to Austin for the big event. Part of that large presence is due to the...

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Concert posters still have a considerable amount of influence when it comes to promoting an event. Creating a design that manages to be both informative and memorable is an artform that few artists can master;...

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Photos by Mark Hoelscher for DCMD  It’s been about a year since I last spoke with Miles Ryan, founder and owner of 7DrumCity who transformed an old rowhouse on U Street into one of D.C.’s best...

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Besides the talented musicians and fantastic venues that shape the city’s music scene, D.C.’s independent labels also serve a vital purpose here. Although it’s easier–now more than ever–to release music independently, record labels still remain...

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What do the Foo Fighters, Frank Turner, Against Me!, Jason Mraz, The Decemberists and the Gaslight Anthem all have in common? When they need an out-of-this-world concert poster design, they turn to local artist Jeffrey Everett....

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Photos by Mark Hoelscher for DCMD  At the D.C. Public Library, you could borrow a book, see a punk basement show and record a track in a professional studio all in one day.  With roughly 20,000...

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Next month, we’re stoked to present our first festival, Sounds of the City. It’ll be a four-day, jam-packed event filled with panel discussions, workshops, interactive exhibits, expos and, of course, live music. The bands we’ve...

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Editor’s Note: Leading up to Young Rapids’ dual record release/farewell show with The El Mansouris, DCMD will premiere tracks from the band’s EP in our new column, Peer Review. Featuring guest contributions from D.C. musicians, artists,...

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Editor’s Note: Leading up to Young Rapids’ dual record release/farewell show with The El Mansouris, DCMD will premiere tracks from the band’s EP in our new column, Peer Review. Featuring guest contributions from D.C. musicians, artists,...

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