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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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In a Vice op-ed from April, Ryan Bassil bemoaned the death of the golden age of music festivals, saying, “These days, the things that are apparently tantamount to making a festival good are so tepid...

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Hippo Campus’s performance at Rock and Roll Hotel last Friday was marked by certain hills and valleys, in terms of the quality of both their cohesiveness as a group as well as their interactions with...

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Photos by Miranda Hontz The marauding madhouse that is King Khan and the Shrines found their way to Black Cat on Thursday, lavishing their psycho-soul stylings heavily upon the crowd. King Khan and the Shrines...

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Photos by Terrance Doyle It is an admirable feat to sell out Black Cat’s Mainstage, but to do so in the absence of new music for nearly three years is an accomplishment unto itself. This...

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Photos by Alex Schelldorf I was lucky enough to catch the first of Purity Ring’s two sold-out shows at 9:30 Club on Tuesday night. I fell in love with the band last summer after returning from...

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Photos by Miranda Hontz Shreveport, LA band the Seratones kicked things off Thursday with a set that showcased their impressive scope for a band that plays, at its essence, loud Southern rock and blues. Thrashy and...

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Photos by Miranda Hontz By the time Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage, every square inch of grass at Wolf Trap was covered with music lovers eager to celebrate the beautiful weather that framed...

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Photos by Christina Nguyen The first song I heard from BØRNS was “Electric Love,” an indie pop gem with zig-zagging melodies layered underneath BØRNS’ angelic voice. The song remained in my daily song rotation for several months;...

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I first got into Sam Beam’s music when I was studying abroad in Greece. A friend passed along In the Reins, an EP that Iron & Wine recorded with folk band Calexico in 2005. Their album...

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Photos by Miranda Hontz By the time I walked into Rock and Roll Hotel, NE-HI was already on stage drawing the crowd forward like a lodestone. The band mixes all of the charm of Modest Mouse...

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Photos Alex Schelldorf Before Explosions in the Sky took the stage, Chicago’s Disappears filled the space with their grungy, moody offerings. The quartet remained largely enigmatic throughout their set and felt isolated from the crowd. There was...

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