D.C. is a great place to live and make music these days, and a very different place now than it was one or two decades ago. The city has undergone some massive changes in the last 10 years, which has spawned a really diverse set of bands and a wide range of cool places to play. D.C. was a bit of a musical monoculture in the ’90s when the legendary post-punk scene reigned supreme. Most of the really great bands from that era rode off into the sunset in the early 2000s and rapid gentrification changed the landscape immensely, forcing lots of good artists and venues to move. The fields were fallow for a while, but slowly the music scene adjusted and as new bands starting popping up and testing new waters, new venues, both traditional clubs and DIY spaces, sprung up to give them places to play. One thing that’s remained a constant in D.C. through all of this is the sense of musical community. We try to look out for each other, going to shows, sharing ideas, helping book tours. We’re all friends.
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