Live Review: Damaged City Festival @ Black Cat — 4/11- 4/14/19

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Damaged City Fest (Photo by Rashad Polk)

For the past seven years as the cherry blossoms along the tidal basin reach their peak, there has been a swelling of excitement within the underground punk scene. With the fragrant blooms comes DC’s Damaged City Fest — the brainchild of Nick Candela and Chris Moore.

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Live Review: CHAI @ Union Stage — 3/18/19

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Chai performs at Union Stage on March 18, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

I caught onto Chai in November 2018 and thought that I had to go really far to see them live, but luckily I only needed to catch the metro to Union Stage. Den-Mate and Haiku Hands started the night off amazingly and hope to see them again very soon. After the openers, the crowd started to chant out C-H-A-I, and I was ready for their set to begin.
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Music Park: Shonen Knife @ Black Cat — 4/30/17

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After missing DC on their perpetual world tours in the past several years, Shonen Knife paid a visit to DC and the Black Cat on Sunday in support of their most recent album, Adventure, their 20th studio album! Pairing their record with the band’s penchant for food-themed fun, founder and lone consistent member Naoko Yamano gave Shonen Knife a mission to eat and promote ramen, and thus hatched the Shonen Knife USA Ramen Adventure 2017.

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Interview: Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife (@ Black Cat, 4/30/17)

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Shonen Knife (Photo by Vicente Rondon)

Shonen Knife, Osaka’s reigning pop-punk trio, released their 20th studio album, Adventure, in 2016, and they have launched the 2017 USA Ramen Adventure Tour to play some more songs for us Americans. They play locally at Black Cat on Sunday, April 30.

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