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Sound of Silence: Redditors wonder why they aren’t cool enough to be invited to the 9:30 Club’s secret shows because there are, of course, secret shows. +3

Two-Buck Chuck: The Trader Joe’s coming to 14th and U streets NW just applied for a liquor license, which means the neighborhood is one step closer to some cheap and tasty $2 wine. +2

Scooped: The Washington Post’s Nikita Stewart, who broke the story of Mayor Vince Gray‘s 2010 shadow campaign, is headed to the New York Times to cover city hall. Big loss for local D.C. journalism. -1

Local Legend: Mac McGarry, host of local quiz show It’s Academic, died yesterday, and former contestants on his show are remembering him as a man who was kind and dedicated to competitive high school misfits. -10

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 82 Today’s score: -6 Weekend Bonus: +2Needle rating: 78