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Stream local pop-punk outfit Makeshift Shelters‘ debut LP, which makes neo-emo sound like a good thing. [Arts Desk]

The venues, bands, and shows that should be on your D.C. bucket list [D.C. Music Download]

Listen to two new tracks from the Effects, a band the A.V. Club compares to all the most cliché purveyors of “the D.C. sound.” [A.V. Club]

A selection from the first-ever NoVa International Film Festival [Post]

The Walking Sticks turn a snow day into a dream-pop wonderland in their latest video. [DCist]

Photos from Sleater-Kinney‘s sold-out, electric show at the 9:30 Club [NPR]

An interview with choreographer Shu-Chen Cuff of Reston’s Gin Dance Company [DC Metro Theater Arts]