PAIRING DARKNESS AND LIGHT ON SUNBATHERS’ DEBUT EP

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY VINCE SALAMONE AND DAVE ANDREWS

Formed in the H Street neighborhood of Washington, D.C., during fall 2013, SUNBATHERS fuses multiple influences blending dark and light imagery, with bright, melodic hooks. In November 2015, the band released their self-titled debut EP, featuring five cathartic songs from vocalist Sean Lynott, guitarists Peter Mindnich and Tim Boaté, drummer Shohsei Oda, and bassist Sean Oliver. With two years under their belts, the band is staking their claim amongst the musical elite of the region.

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LIGHTWAVES SHINING BRIGHT IN D.C.

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY NICHOLAS KARLIN AND CLARISSA VILLONDO

“If it’s not from the 80s, I don’t wanna date it.” That is the slogan of Washington, D.C.’s LIGHTWAVES. Though you won’t find their music in a John Hughes film, their music surely will make you want to break out of detention and thrust your fist in the air after getting the girl.

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FERAL CONSERVATIVES TO HIT THE ROAD IN EARLY OCTOBER

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INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY BETH AUSTIN

Until recently, Virginia Beach indie rockers FERAL CONSERVATIVES have been known as a simultaneous and melodic  two-piece band formed by a husband and wife. Their passion for music and art remain the same, and they are closing out a busy year with a tour in October, as well as getting ready to put out another full-length album. With every song, it is more about the emotions and experiences behind the songs rather than the notes themselves.

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MEMBERS OF D.C. HARDCORE’S PAST CREATE BRIGHT FUTURE WITH DOT DASH

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY DOT DASH, STEVE ROVERY, AND ROXPLOSION

Washington, D.C. is known for many musical styles, especially punk rock and hardcore. Combining the “in your face” energy and aggression of this genre with the melodic sounds of indie rock, DOT DASH are quickly making their own marks in this historic music market. Singer/guitarist Terry Banks  and bassist Hunter Bennett, teamed up with two of D.C. hardcore’s founders, guitarist Steve Hansgen and drummer Danny Ingram. However, despite their impressive resumes, their music speaks for itself.

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RICHMOND’S RED STATES TO RECORD A NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER

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INTERVIEW BY BETH AUSTIN

PHOTOS BY NISHA MEHTA AND BETH AUSTIN

With grinding, driving guitar, heavy drums, and personal lyrics, Richmond, Va.’s RED STATES have mastered the ability to rock your face, while hitting you square in the heart at the same time. Their current release, High Bison,  on Richmond’s EggHunt Records is a collection of six songs with plenty of hooks wrapped up in an grungy, indie-pop blanket.

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SLEEPY BROTHER OFFER A “GLIMPSE” FROM NEW ALBUM

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INTERVIEW BY SHAUNA CROWLEY

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY PAUL WIEDERHOLT, NICHOLAS KLECZEWSKI, AND ERIN KLING

Releasing their new album Let in the Light on July 14, 2015, SLEEPY BROTHER is a two-piece band from Richmond, Va. Both of the members, Heather Wiederholt and Nathan Burns, work full-time jobs but also focus their free time on being full-time musicians, as well as breaking their way into the music scene with their down to earth roots. They are a band that is more focused on their songwriting rather than becoming famous.

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RACHEL KLINE TAKES MINIMAL, INTIMATE APPROACH TO SONGWRITING ON UPCOMING ALBUM

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY KAYLA SOTEBEER, AVNI KACKER, RON AKINS, AND CASSIE CURRY

After observing Kirsten Dunst’s character in Elizabethtown, film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term “The Manic Pixie Dream Girl.” According to his AV Club article, he explained, “The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is an all-or-nothing-proposition.”

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OUT ON THE WEEKEND RELEASE EP AS NEWLY FORMED TRIO

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INTERVIEW BY SHAUNA CROWLEY

PHOTOS BY EVE ROGERS

OUT ON THE WEEKEND, a trio from Harrisonburg, Va., is not your typical garage band. They aren’t in it to play shows, but rather to write songs. They just released their first EP So It Goes on May 5, 2015. The riffs on So It Goes combine indie rock with something that came out of someone’s basement. The lyrics provide a rollercoaster for the listeners, as the band paints a picture of where to go next. Each song transitions into the next without missing a beat, each with their own unique sound. So It Goes tells a story from not knowing where to go, to not giving up, to changes in relationships. OUT ON THE WEEKEND combines guitar riffs with soothing melodies. We caught up with lead vocalist and guitarist Nathan Scholz to discuss the band’s love for Neil Young and quality song writing.

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TURNOVER PLANS FOR SUMMER TOUR FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF PERIPHERAL VISION

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY MANNY MARES, IAN HURDLE, DEMI CAMBRIDGE, AND ROB SOUCY

Though Peripheral Vision was not officially released for purchase until May 4, 2014, the latest album from TURNOVER has been blasting throughout the Internet streaming on Soundcloud and YouTube since early March when the band released their first single, “Cutting My Fingers Off” and subsequent releases to promote the album. Though it is doubtful the songs on this album will inspire self-mutilation, the band’s move from pop punk champions to indie rock/shoegaze newcomers is a welcome change to the band’s discography.

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BROKE ROYALS WORK WITH OTHER BANDS TO BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH MUSIC WHILE NOT FALLING INTO ANY PARTICULAR GENRE

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INTERVIEW BY SHAUNA CROWLEY

PHOTOS BY VICTORIA LOUISE

As students at the College of William and Mary, Phillip Basnight and Colin Cross accidently met in a recording studio and came out with a collection of songs by the time they graduated. In 2013, they joined together forming the band BROKE ROYALS. A two-man band, in the studio, with Cross on drums and Basnight on vocals and guitar, they are joined on stage with guest musicians as needed. Last year, BROKE ROYALS put out their first single and released their debut album, The Luxury of Time, Part I, and they will be releasing their second EP, The Luxury of Time, Part II, this summer.

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