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D.C. has plenty of record labels of national and local repute, but you rarely hear the ones run by Todd Hyman mentioned next to names like Dischord, ESL, Cuneiform, or Sockets. Hyman founded Carpark, Paw Tracks, and Acute Records in New York in the late ’90s and early 2000s, taking them with him when he and his wife moved to the District in 2005. Carpark and Paw Tracks, in particular, have helped incubate a number of fashionable indie-rock sounds that local musicmakers have stayed fairly isolated from: the pleading dream pop of Beach House, the echo-chamber psychedelics of Panda Bear. Tonight’s show is a welcome cultural exchange, then. Two acts from Carpark’s roster—8-bit-obsessed party-starter Adventure from Baltimore and chillaxed sophistipoppers Dog Bite from Atlanta—share a bill with D.C. peacoat rockers The Young Rapids and Philly avant-twee outfit The Interest Group. The groups don’t necessarily make sense with one another—which is appropriate, since the show is affiliated with Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival, D.C.’s most eclectic, hardest-to-explain indie-rock happening. But for $10, you get what the free-admission STPP festival can’t always promise: Every band is solid.
The Carpark Records showcase begins at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie runs all weekend at various venues. stppfest.com.