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While photo exhibits and documentaries have preserved the memory of D.C.’s tightly knit hardcore and punk scene in the 1980s, Windian Records founder and the Points drummer Travis Jackson dedicated himself to preserving the city as a collaborative environment for musicians. Jackson died in an accident on the Suitland Parkway this past January, and friends and family established a Travis Jackson Memorial Fund to benefit his wife and son. Tonight, Comet Ping Pong hosts a benefit for the fund, featuring local acts Title Tracks (pictured), Passing Phases, and Cane & the Sticks. And while Title Tracks plays more power-pop and stands in contrast to the Points’ party punk sound, both groups found a home at Windian Records. Windian co-owner Eric Brady remembers that Jackson loved that a group like Title Tracks challenged the harder rock sound people expected from the label. “One of Travis’ things,” he says, “was to never have a mold.” Title Tracks performs with Passing Phases, Cane & the Sticks, and DJs Kim and Sara at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.—Rachel Kurzius