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-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Fastball
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
Spoon
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...
   


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Castle Of Genre release new single. "Sonder."

Instrumental-based single “Sonder” is fresh off the soundboard. Castle of Genre, from Gainesville, VA, released their single April 15, 2014, and it lives up to its name. The word “sonder” is used to explain the realization that every person you meet has had a life just as full as yours; each individual has faced hardship, love, disappointment, angst and their own intricate life experiences. In the song, fast-paced guitar begins a round, drawing each chord out into the next. Next, playful guitar melody is added, creating a round of its own. After understanding what “sonder” really means, the pairing is brilliant. The representation of separate lives carrying on, day after day, creating something beautiful as life ( or drumming) clashes and ticks on. Lyrically, “Sonder” is just as clever as the instrumentation. --Hannah Brady

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Comet Ping Pong and the French Embassy tag team for a night of terror (Zombie Zombie) and rafting (Young Rapids) resulting in Heavy Breathing; Ian Svenonius keeps everyone sane.

DC’s Young Rapids is preparing to release their hotly anticipated new album, Pretty Ugly, this spring (so, like, any day now, right?). You can get a sneak peak at some of the new songs when the band plays live, this Saturday, April 26th, at Comet Ping Pong. They join a very special evening at the club, as the Cultural Service Office of The French Embassy is presenting French electro psych duo Zombie Zombie (so, instead of robots they’re Zombies?? ahhhhhhh!—or not; we’ll have to go to find out).

Opening the night will be the vicious riffs, the funky grooves, the burning lasers of Heavy Breathing. To top it all off, DJ Name Names (aka Ian Svenonius) will be spinning tunes betwixt the bands. I think Heavy Breathing’s (NSFW) video for "U the One I Want" sums up the night as well as anything (‘cause it’s awesome!). Watch it below and go to the show (for which advance tickets are available). –Natan Press

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Interview with Black Girls: DC Area Deli Artist of the Month for March.

Richmond's Black Girls struck a chord with me on their newest album, Claire Sinclaire. I used to deliver a lecture/drunken musing to whoever would listen on what would make for the best sort of album. "Basically, a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack should be the goal," I would say. It's the way he puts such diverse styles of music together and yet it seems obvious they would be on the same release, and the way each track is both interesting in and of itself and a singular representation of a genre.

I have a special place in my heart for the chameleon bands, the ones that switch from sound to sound, from style to style succesfully, without missing a beat or a note, like they're 10 different practiced and proficient bands joined together on a mix tape. Claire Sinclaire is an excellent example of this ideal. The album goes from disco dance-jam to revivalist indie-rock fuzz-fest to twee psychadelic surf ballad so smoothly, without a single weak attempt, that at first I didn't realize I was listening to exactly what I wanted to listen to for years.

I was all rock-writery, trying to figure out what they were. My bad. Happily, they won our Band of the Month Poll in March, and I finally got around to doing a short interview. I'm even happier to tell you that they will be playing The DC Deli's first All DMV Night at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, May 24th (alongside Bearshark, Alex Vans and the Hide Away, and Andy Bopp).  --Natan Press

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Possibly the last show at The Dunes, featuring Pree, Native America, and the Sea Life.

Some sad news today: The Dunes might be closing. I'm pretty frustrated about it, but I think it's best to celebrate all the things the folks at The Dunes have done for music in this town and help them continue their effort in future endeavors. DC music has seen a resurgence lately; the community has grown and become more of a scene in no small part due to places like The Dunes and the people who work there, and that won’t end with a small setback like this. I strongly encourage everyone to go to what may be the final show at The Dunes tomorrow, April 23rd, when DC bands Pree and The Sea Life, join Native America (from New Orleans), and give a great space a great send-off. --Natan Press
Edit: Please read Alex Tebeleff's piece about The Dunes and the need for more space for music in DC, over at Brightest Young Things.


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Interview with Avers: DC Area Deli's Band of the Month.

Richmond's Avers won our Band of the Month Poll for the first half of April, and it's no surprise. Their debut album, Empty Light will be officially released on April 22nd (this Tuesday!), and it's a fantastic kaleidoscope of sound, light and psychedelia. The lead single, title track "Empty Light," is a gorgeous summer morning (something we've all been waiting for for far too long), and Avers' rocking live shows, skillfully played electric guitars, tasteful pedal-work, and pounding drums, have amped a growing fan base that's become impatient to take home a piece of the band. They're everything you want out of hard-rocking and hard working indie-rock. I spoke with Adrian Olsen about the band's formation, the Richmond scene, and the future, and you can read the interview here.

Avers is going on a short tour in support of the release, starting with a show on Wednesday, April 23rd, at the Black Cat backstage (with The Jackfields and The Beanstalk Library). 

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American Television's "Sorry Sara"

American Television recently released the first song off of their Sorry Sara EP, titled ‘Sorry Sara’. ‘Sorry Sara’ opens with a resonating guitar chord laying calmly below complementing fast-paced chord progressions. The lyrics figuratively scream "zero fucks given". Lead vocalist Steve Rovery is simultaneously apologizing to Sara for keeping her awake as shit hits the fan, and apologizing for the less exciting nights which presumably allows her to slip into the internal hell that a quiet night can bring. You can catch them celebrating(?) Easter on April 19th at Mackey's American Pub in Manassas. --Hannah Brady

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The Boundary Stones

Complete with entertaining, repetitive lyrics and a banjo, The Boundary Stones are truly strange, and I love it. Writing an explanation for the lyrics in their self-titled album is impossible; “jellyfish in a black hole” is repeated 12 times in under two and a half minutes in their appropriately titled song, Jellyfish In A Black Hole. Weird kid folk is officially a thing, and The Boundary Stones made it happen. Their album is available on Bandcamp and you can see them live at The Lab's Fest Too on June 26. --Hannah Brady

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BRNDA Record Release!!

It's probably the most anticipated release in DC in 2014. At least it's the release I've been anticipating with the most impatience. BRNDA has, until now, only given us a few hints of how fun and interesting they are, a short glimpse of how delightful their sound is. The few tracks released earlier this year sounded strange and familiar, jarring and accessible. It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Fred Schneider singing anti-folk songs with Sebadoh! No. It's BRNDA. And now, finally, they have released their debut album, brenda. Do you see what they did there? If you aren't at the record release show, like, right now (at Rock and Roll Hotel with The Sea Life and The Walking Sticks) to pick up the album, they'll be back soon with more after a short tour (that I can't find exact details about at this point, but their website suggests I'm not lying, and it includes an instore performance at Crooked Beat Records, with Mobius Strip, on April 15th). Enjoy. --Natan Press

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