What Are You Hearing?
In the cover story for today's Weekend section, I profiled six local bands and musicians looking to build a name in the city's crowded but, by most accounts, collegial music scene. If you're a regular reader of this blog, some of these names might look familiar. But for anyone wondering whether the Rock and Roll Hotel serves continental breakfast and has in-room Wi-Fi, this is for you.
These aren't necessarily the town's biggest names. For example, there's no Wale. As great as he might be, I wanted to give someone else a try. I focused on performers who play most of their shows here in "The DMV," including a singer-songwriter for whom being laid off was a great career move, a pair of DJs trying to bring romance back to the dance floors of Northeast and an understated rapper who could teach biology to your kids.
[Update: [Imperial China, one of the bands I wrote about, has had to cancel tonight's scheduled show at the Velvet Lounge due to a band member's bout with pneumonia. Its next scheduled show is April 23 at DC9.]
There wasn't room in the story for all the bands I wanted to write about, like garage rockers the Points, indie rockers US Royalty, the epically named New Rock Church of Fire or Wale's favorite production duo, Best Kept Secret. (Check those links to find out where each act will play next.)
I bet you have some other favorites of your own, too. Which acts did I miss and why are they so awesome?
-- Alex Baldinger
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