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Guitars clang on in Washington, D.C. But they could soon be tied with synthesizers, computers, and weird sound effects.

The District has never lacked for synth-based music, but the last few years have felt like an especially fertile time for synthpop in particular; now we’ve reached the point where there seems to be one local synth- or electropop band for every two indie-rock bands. No idea where to begin? Consult the above flowchart, and take a listen to the ULTIMATE D.C. SYNTH/-ELECTRONIC-/POP/ROCK WHATEVER PLAYLIST, below.

Flowchart designed by Carey Jordan