Sockets Records’ aesthetic has been remarkably flexible. In the five years since its founding by DJ/musician Sean Peoples, the label has given voice to almost every tinkerer, noisenik, and weirdo in the D.C. area. At a time when the local music community seemed adrift and struggling to find a unified voice, Sockets simply sidestepped the dilemma by putting out pretty much anything (to wit: I put out a CD-R on Sockets in 2007) as long as it was adventurous enough. If you had a delay pedal, a mini-mixer, and a dream, then Peoples had your back. And while the label has evolved from CD-Rs to 12-inch vinyl records and full-length CDs, the lineup of its label showcase proves it hasn’t lost its diversity: There’s hip-hop (Cornel West Theory), post-punk (Imperial China), prog-rock (Hume), and left-field disco (Big Gold Belt), all of it locally born and bred.
THE SOCKETS RECORDS SHOWCASE TAKES PLACE AT 9 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490.