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They say harDCore died a while back, but judging from this weekend’s events alone, it seems like nostalgia for it hasn’t gone anywhere. Friday and Saturday, local hardcore legends Dag Nasty, Government Issue, and Scream played sold-out shows at Black Cat as part of a celebration for the D.C. hardcore documentary Salad Days. Tonight, Ian MacKaye’s present-day band, The Evens, takes us even deeper into a harDCore history lesson. The duo will play a benefit show at what used to be one of this city’s most iconic punk venues, The Wilson Center, now absorbed into the Next Step Public Charter School. Amy Farina and MacKaye’s lo-fi post-punk project, which recently released the excellent LP The Odds, is playing to help raise money for a scholarship fund that aids undocumented students at the school. The show is all ages, and tickets cost a mere $5—a throwback to the days when Fugazi and its predecessors refused to charge more than a few bones for tickets to their shows. That’s the kind of nostalgia I can get behind.
The Evens perform at 8 p.m. at Next Step Public Charter School, 3047 15th St.NW. $5. positiveforcedc.org.