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Photos by Christina Nguyen “D.C. artists are the best!” One enthusiastic concertgoer shouted this in the middle of Young Summer’s Friday night set at U Street Music Hall. The D.C. singer-songwriter responded with a grateful...

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Amanda Palmer along with her dad, Jack, performed together at 9:30 Club on Saturday night, with Thor & Friends opening the show. Thor & Friends   Amanda Palmer...

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If there was any doubt that some of D.C.’s best shows happen in crowded, unofficial DIY venues, last week’s DCDIT lineup at Marx Cafe should serve to convince you. The cozy wood-paneled restaurant in Mount...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf It’s interesting how different bands create their own worlds on stage. Peals and Beach House, playing 9:30 Club on Monday night, gave performances that were worlds apart. “We want to play...

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Photos by Miranda Hontz As the lights settled and band members slowly trickled onto the stage, Mayer Hawthorne sat sipping from a glass as his hypeman warmed up the crowd. Nonchalant and effortlessly cool, the...

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There’s a certain catharsis I go through every time I see Pinegrove perform. It’s the product of a synthesis of themes in their music (new friends; old friends; a certain wistful ethos bore from growing...

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Photos by Christina Nguyen and Terrance Doyle I spent most of my late teen years going to Vans Warped Tour. For me, summers often revolved around looking forward to whatever pop-punk bands would be headlining...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf  Mitski’s last D.C. performance in November was part of an extensive touring schedule supporting the release of Bury Me at Makeout Creek, a seminal, dark introspection into relationships and a burgeoning...

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Review: SOAK @ DC9 6.24.16

June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last year I had a ticket to see SOAK at DC9.  I was excited to see the young songwriter, whose music I found so intelligent and relatable at the very beginning of her promising career.  But...

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Though Wye Oak has been a band for the past decade, I only recently discovered their music and became an instant fan. When I arrived to their show on Wednesday at Rock and Roll Hotel,...

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I’m never really sure what to expect when I go to see an artist who is always played on commercial radio—it’s always interesting to experience those songs in a brand new way after hearing them...

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Photos by Christina Nguyen London indie-pop outfit Oh Wonder was originally slated to play at U Street Music Hall this past January, but Snowmageddon hit. Instead of enjoying the show I had been confined to my...

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The densely-packed weeknight crowd at DC9 last Tuesday was a microcosm of the ideals punk should embody, between the diversity of the audience and the dedication of all present to creating a safe but enjoyable...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf Long before I started listening to popular music or felt comfortable in a rock venue, I was obsessed with musical theatre.  My showtune-singing days are largely in the past now, but I still...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords stalked the Wolf Trap grounds, claiming, “Virginia is our favorite state!” and landed their headquarters on the Filene Center stage last Monday....

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The Galaxy Electric‘s new record, Everything is Light and Sound, is an album that can only have been premeditated and machinated with a jeweler’s eye and poet’s ear. Each of the album’s 12 songs are not experiments,...

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