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 “On tour the only thing you can count on is constant low-grade discomfort. Some shows are great, some are awful. Sometimes you sleep on a nice couch or even a guest bed, and sometimes you zip yourself into your sleeping bag so you can’t smell the floor you’re sleeping on. Sometimes you play in clubs with green rooms, and sometimes there are piles of dirty mattresses being used to sop up a foot of putrid standing water in the basement show. Unless your band gets lucky fast or perseveres for years and gets lucky, you stay on that circuit indefinitely. A person can tire of it. But not everyone does. I first participated in the bizarre, self-destructive ritual known as touring 10 years ago and haven’t lost my taste for it yet.”   

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • With Manchester on their minds, D.C. police prepare for Memorial Day weekend crowds. [WAMU]

  • 30-year-old movement Rolling Thunder will demonstrate Sunday. [WTOP]

  • Metro service cuts and fare hikes begin June 25. [WTOP]

  • The downtown office burglar who prefers loose change to laptops. [Post]

  • College bound: Ballou teen with disability wins essay contest. [WJLA]

  • ICYMI: Dolphins in the Potomac! [DCist]

  • D.C. police arrest man who allegedly purchased blood at abandoned apartment. [Post]

  • District launches effort to reduce youth homelessness. [Afro]

  • Why dog parks are a source of neighborhood resentment. [GGW]

  • No parking meters—but still tickets. [WUSA]

  RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Yes, body-slammer Greg Gianforte won in Montana. [Times]

  • Another court knocks down Trump’s travel ban. [WAMU]

  • Is Bowser spokesman Kevin Harris out already? [Twitter]

  • Matchy-matchy: New York Times, Post recycle each other’s scoops. [Washingtonian]

  • The fight to implement D.C.’s Death With Dignity law. [DCist]

  • Couple has radio show devoted to finding Relisha Rudd. [WUSA9]

  • D.C. approves three new charter schools. [Post]

  • Council committee approves funds for Ward 2 parks. [Current]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How the Smithsonian has gotten creative in preserving the mission of Folkways Records. [WCP]

  • Listen to a new single from Humble Fire. [The Grey Estates]

  • A review of The Commune, “predictably substandard.” [WCP]

  • And another of The Wedding Plan, “a romantic comedy that’s free of wacky misunderstandings, cartoonish suitors, or sassy best friends.” [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Slipstream opens in Navy Yard Saturday. [WCP]

  • D.C. restaurants Catch 15 and Ristorante Piccolo file for bankruptcy. [WBJ]

  • Pi Pizza declared Thursday “Love a Journalist Day,” offering free pie to media. [Washingtonian]

  • Arlington’s Sushi-Zen jumps on the sushi doughnut bandwagon. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to find the best veggie burgers in D.C. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, byAndrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • How a house-flipping company that works in the District turns around properties. [WCP]

  • West End had the highest price per square foot among District’s nabes last year. [Post]

  • Condo sales across the District are significantly growing in number and price. [Bisnow]

  • Kellyanne Conway buys Massachusetts Avenue Heights home for $7.8 million. [WBJ]

  • Check out the initial plans for new word museum to occupy Franklin School. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. may better police slumlords with more inspectors and tougher enforcement. [GGW]

  • Capitol Hill condo sets record for priciest Northeast condo sale since 2008. [Curbed DC]

  • How much avocado toast you need to forgo to afford a D.C. down payment. [Curbed DC]

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