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“I created a playlist highlighting several artists from the DMV area who speak to the importance of peace, community, and the beauty of Blackness through song.”

Kayla Boone, Summer Intern

Almost Old Enough to Drive: NPR Music Turns 15

The D.C.-based platform celebrates its status as tastemaker with two shows at the 9:30 Club on Nov. 28 and 29, featuring performances from Cimafunk, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Amber Mark, and local musician Bartees Strange.

NPR Music celebrates its status as tastemaker with back to back shows at 9:30 Club on Nov. 28 and 29, featuring Bartees Strange and more.

Asa Weeks Is Proving His Place in D.C.’s Music Scene

The young rapper who headlines his first local show on Nov. 27 says, “Don’t let anyone take your dreams.”

A new contender has entered the ring in D.C.’s local music scene. Asa Weeks, a 22 year-old rapper from Frederick, Maryland, will headline his first show in D.C. on Nov. 27 at Pie Shop. Weeks introduced himself to the city at the same venue in April and has since proven himself an energetic artist with…

Get to Know Yourself With the Unstoppable Ekko Astral

The local “mascara moshpit” band, known for addressing gender transition and creating community, is seeping into the national sphere.

More than just musicians, D.C. punk rockers Ekko Astral are a collective eager to leave their mark on the national scale. Making a name for themselves throughout the DMV as the pioneers of “mascara moshpit,” I’ve never seen a band work for what they want more than Ekko Astral and the tireless efforts of their…

Local R&B Performer Alex Vaughn Is an Artist on the Rise

The Prince George’s County native behind AV Sessions will perform her debut album at a sold-out show Sunday at Songbyrd.

Prince George’s County native and AV Sessions founder Alex Vaughn will perform her debut album at a sold out show Nov. 6 at Songbyrd.

An Ode to Local Support From Broke Royals

The D.C. band celebrate the release of their third album, recorded in D.C., produced by D.C. musicians, and released on D.C.’s Byrdland Records.

When Broke Royals set out to name their third album, released earlier this year, they were thinking back to their pre-pandemic days of constant touring and endless live shows. For a while, the band were playing a plethora of “local support gigs” where they would open for touring bands without their own opening acts. So…

Blues Alley Temporarily Closed Following Fire

Georgetown’s world-renowned jazz club caught fire last night, damaging the roof and second floor.

Update, 3:43 p.m.: Blues Alley owner Harry Schnipper says that the damage to the storied Georgetown jazz club, where a fire broke out on Tuesday evening, is nowhere near as severe as has been reported. “I’m standing in my downstairs room, looking around—if you saw this place, you’d say we were ready to do a…

After Charging D.C.’s Music Scene, Lightmare Say Farewell

The six-person soul-punk band are separating for new projects, but first they’ll play a farewell performance at the Pocket on Oct. 29.

Lightmare, a D.C. soul-punk band, is separating for new projects, but first they’ll play a farewell performance at the Pocket on Oct. 29.

Live Nation Urban Acquires Equity Stake in Broccoli City Festival

Festival co-founders Marcus Allen and Brandon McEachern will assume executive positions with the entertainment company.

Live Nation Urban announced last week that it has acquired a significant equity stake in D.C.’s annual Broccoli City music festival. As part of the deal, festival co-founders Marcus Allen and Brandon McEachern will assume executive positions with Live Nation Urban. Launched in 2010 in Los Angeles, the festival moved to the Half Street Fairgrounds…

Remembering Joe Bussard

The self-proclaimed “king of record collectors” died on Sept. 26 at age 86.

Joe Bussard, the self-proclaimed “king of record collectors” who City Paper first wrote about in 1999, died on Sept. 26 at age 86.

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