Music Park: Damaged City Fest @ St. Stephen’s Church/Black Cat/The Pinch — 4/6-4/9/17

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Flasher (Photo by Audrey Melton)

Underneath the million dollar houses, luxury condominiums, and the ever-blowing hot air that is Capitol Hill, there lies a thriving sub (or counter) culture of punks. Home to famous acts like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and Fugazi (Ian MacKaye is pretty much the DC punk scene of the 80s), DC has produced some kick-ass punk and hardcore bands.

And for the past half-decade, Damaged City Fest has been a showcase of the best local hardcore and punk bands that our city has to offer. This year, for four nights on April 6-9, across 3 venues, 40 bands came together to display what DIY hardcore punk has grown to be.

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DJ Park: Deadmau5 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 4/8/17

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Deadmau5 atop his technologically advanced 2.1 Cube at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on March 29, 2017. (Photo by Charles Kang.)

The spring night began in anticipation as fans awaited from high in the lawn to deep in the pit for Joel Zimmerman’s performance. And Joel, better known as Deadmau5, delivered a performance I’ll always remember at Merriweather Post Pavilion on April 8.

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Don’t Miss: Vérité @ 9:30 Club, 4/16/17

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Vérité (Photo by Chad Kamenshine)

Kelsey Byrne, aka Vérité, has released a string of EPs since her debut in 2014, and now she’s set to release her debut full-length album, Somewhere in Between, via Kobalt on June 23. On her way to her record release, Vérité stops at 9:30 Club to open for Betty Who on Sunday, April 16. The show is sold out, but get there early for Vérité if you already have tickets!

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Stars and Bars: Closing Time @ Craft Brewers Conference — 4/13/17

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Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe addresses the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference at the Washington Convention Center. (Photo © Brewers Association)

The Brewers Association today closed a successful Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America (CBC) at the Washington Convention Center, reporting attendance of 13,000 brewing professionals and more than 900 exhibitors to exchange information and expertise around craft brewing.

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