Sockets Records Showcase Returns To Black Cat


What lured me into D.C.? Live music. But to be more specific? Sockets Records. Ever since I dated a ticket-scalper’s son in high school, I fell in love with live… Read More

Lighting Bolt and the Buildings Guitar Orchestra

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Within minutes of Lightning Bolt’s vociferous sound check, anyone within earshot of DC 9’s intimate stage and without earplugs already had wild eyes, with their hands clasped against their ears. “How… Read More



If you’ve seen Buildings (or BLDGS) live, you know how much their shows can feel like spiritual experience. When the lights fall, the trippy projections provide the visual aid as… Read More

Imperial China


For any band coming out of DC that makes harder, punk inspired music, it’s a basic fact that they will garner comparisons to Fugazi. With the immense impact the band… Read More

From Independence to Community Through Music: Sockets Records


On a sleepy, rainy Sunday afternoon, I sat down with Sean Peoples, the creator and prime mover of thriving DC label, Sockets Records, to talk about that very same said… Read More

This Week in FAST: Fringe Music

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This marks the first in a weekly series to keep everyone in the know about what√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s going on with music at the Capital Fringe Festival this summer. But first, let… Read More