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For much of the 1980s, joining Government Issue was like attending punk-rock finishing school: Musicians who did stints in the John Stabb-fronted D.C. hardcore band went on to play in acts like Wool, Jawbox, Rites of Spring, and Bad Religion, among others. The final (and, you could easily argue, best) lineup of Government Issue, featuring Stabb, J. Robbins, Tom Lyle, and Pete Moffett, reunites tonight for what amounts to a paean to D.C. punk interconnectedness: Years after playing in GI, Robbins and Moffett formed Burning Airlines. And the show will raise funds for another former punk rocker: Steve McPherson, who these days goes by DJ Stereo Faith. McPherson went under the knife this August to remove a tumor in his auditory canal, so he’s got bills to pay. He also has a punk-informed sense of humor, so if Government Issue wants to dedicate a song to McPherson, it should probably go with “Summer of Blood.”
GOVERNMENT ISSUE PERFORMS WITH THE GOONS AND SET TO EXPLODE AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. SOLD OUT. (202) 667-7960.