Review: The 17th Annual MACRoCK Festival

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Within the quiet and picturesque Shenandoah Valley lies one of punk’s hidden gems. Harrisonburg, Virginia’s MACRoCK Festival started in 1996 to showcase the best in independent rock and spread the gospel of DIY culture. Although it was originally a project of WXJM, James Madison University’s radio station, the festival is now organized by a handful of dedicated volunteers. Supported by the power of DIY ethics and local businesses, Macrock is an independent, non-profit event that has brought the likes of Best Coast, Fugazi, War on Drugs, Darkest Hour, The Dismemberment Plan and so many more to the quiet town of Harrisonburg for the past 17 years. 2014’s fest left little to be desired: friendly staff and outstanding venues resulted in a weekend of the best kind of controlled chaos.  Continue reading “Review: The 17th Annual MACRoCK Festival”

WRGW and Sixth and I Historic Synagogue Present: River City Extension, Paperhaus and Sun Cycle

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For the past three years, WRGW has hosted its Spring Concert at 6th & I, the historic synagogue in Chinatown. In 2012, we saw Red Line Grafitti and Reptar bring the house down. Last year, we teamed up with other local college radio stations to bring Deerhunter, Mas Ysa and Jackson Scott to DC. This year, we are so proud to announce a very special lineup that reflects WRGW’s fresh, new focus.

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Video: Dum Dum Girls – "Are You Okay"

More like a short film, the new DDG video was directed by Bret Easton Ellis. You may have heard of his novels American Psycho or Less Than Zero oh or The Rules of Attraction, maybe? Yeah. Him. The video is at once eerie, disarming and totally enthralling. Enjoy. 

Review: Shark Week and Bass Drum of Death at the Black Cat

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Concertgoers had no doubts whether or not Shark Week and Bass Drum of Death would deliver on Friday night. Simply, the DC locals and the Mississippi garage rockers tore the roof off the Black Cat Backstage. The crowd was so dense, in fact, that BDoD proved themselves more than worthy of booking the renowned Black Cat mainstage in a year or so following their next album (we’re crossing our fingers for that record to come soon)

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