A music scene is lucky to have a room that serves as its training ground, proving ground, breeding ground, epicenter, and clubhouse. In my tenure in the Washington, D.C., alternative independent hardcore arts and lifestyle community, I’ve seen a few such spaces emerge. In the earliest of the 2000s, the Kaffa House was that … Continue reading Trey Gares: A Friend I Probably Did Not Deserve
What do you get when a Muslim, a Christian, two atheist Jews, a Bard graduate, an animal rights advocate, Chris Suspect, Nick Tape, several vegan dog walkers, Loren Martin, Killer James, and a self-proclaimed dyed-in-the-wool scumbag of the highest order walk into an Ethiopian restaurant? After a decade and a lot of diligent effort, you … Continue reading Finally, Someone Documented D.C. Punk: “This Was My Night & This Was a Lot of Other Nights”
By David Poole 2/27/16 Punk rock and hardcore have been constants in my life for almost 30 years, and of course I always remember those days when I was first coming up. It was a cool time to be coming into your teens; the ’80s were wrapping up and the weird-ass ’90s were coming to … Continue reading Vanity, Semper Eadem, Loud Boyz, Heatwave
At The Chill Factory 11/19/15 By James Doubek When the legendary Seth Feinberg asked me to review this show I was intrigued. I was already planning to attend, but hadn’t written a show review in about four years. Seth’s promise of 25% of this blog post’s proceeds sealed the deal. The show was at the … Continue reading Lackluster, Newish Star, Secret Tombs, Laughing Man
As part of the D.C. Punk Archive's one-year anniversary celebrations, on October 25, 2015, renowned photographer Glen E. Friedman appeared at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. Alec MacKaye interviewed Friedman. The photographer also took questions from the audience.
Bands come, bands go. Most don't leave a mark. The Goons made an impression on many people, an impression on a scene. That fact reflects the passion and power and value that they had. I have been to many Goons shows in my life, and they all meant something to me. They all frightened me. … Continue reading 2015: The Goons reunited, and a scene reunited with them
Ian MacKaye made a lasting impact at a very young age, and by keeping up the good work in the decades that followed he has inadvertently provided a guiding light for generations of idealists and iconoclasts. Washington region recording wizard Chad Clark once told me that Minor Threat, the band the teen-aged MacKaye fronted in … Continue reading As in the Sky — Interview from 2005