DC MUSIC DOCS LAUNCH WEEKLY WEB SERIES

VIDEO PROVIDED BY DOMINIC ELLIOTT

Dominic Elliott and Mylie Durham IV began playing music together in 1997 when the pair started their first band, FREELOAD, while attending Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. Since then, the two local musicians, who’ve grown up in the Washington, D.C., metro area, continue to perform in various ensembles. 

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THE SCIENTIFIC METHODS OF CLASSIFIED FREQUENCY

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY ROXPLOSION

What’s better than the #FUSIONCOCKROCK of CLASSIFIED FREQUENCY? We’re still working that one out, but what’s for sure is the band has concocted a brilliant science experiment of sound from pop rock bands across the decades into something uniquely their own.

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SWITCHING GEARS: DEVIN CLAWSON PREPS FOR NEW ALBUM

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY DEVIN CLAWSON

Many metalcore vocalists have made the transition to solo careers, and DEVIN CLAWSON from Leesburg, Va., is of the latest crop moving toward more soulful, harmonic tunes. Since then, Clawson released his debut EP and played shows across the region. While his solo career is just beginning, he is learning to hone his sound and musical direction to the gear just right for him.

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SPREADING CHILLS: THE SECRET OF IAN FRANCIS

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY EMILY ROSE

It’s been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, even if that beauty is a little frightening. Born and raised in the District, songwriter IAN FRANCIS transitions from punk to folk to swamp stomp. While you probably won’t find him singing praises in a revival tent any time soon, you migh catch him playing a basement or nightclub in the DMV.

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MÉNAGE À GARAGE BRING THE JAMS AND GOOFY FACES TO D.C.

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY FLASHBAND AND KRYSTINA GABRIELLE

Even though they are on the verge of middle-ish age, the bubbly pop rock of MÉNAGE À GARAGE combines fast punk with a little post-punk flare in the vein of JOY DIVISION. Based in the District, drummer Mike Mastrangelo, bassist Jenny Thomas, and guitarist John Nolt form the punk-pop power trio. Since April 2015, they have been crushing venues across the region with their heavy, yet simple, melodic rock beckoning a return to the music of previous decades.

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BUSKING AROUND THE DISTRICT WITH THE CAPITOL HEIGHTS

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THE CAPITOL HEIGHTS

Great musicians are made on the streets, out there grinding away to get heard by the public and make a name for themselves. In a scene dominated by rock bands of all genres, folk bands are few and far between. But Joshua Franklin and Kenneth Thompson, better known as THE CAPITOL HEIGHTS, are turning the tide by making  folk music loud and proud across the region.

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HOUSE SHOWS & TACO TRUCKS: BRICK TOP DROPS NEW EP

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CHRIS BAKER

What do you get when you combine the grunge of Dave Grohl, a bunch of tacos, and four guys that have an affinity for 90’s punk and stoner rock? None other than BRICK TOP. Initially formed at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., the band includes guitarist and lead vocalist Chris Issa, drummer Rob Seaver, bassist Matt Carrier, and guitarist Chris Baker. In nearly two years, three-quarters of the band have moved to their  home base in the Washington, D.C. metro area, while Baker remains rooted in Richmond. Despite the distance, their friendship and love for music keeps them connected.

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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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A NEW CLASS OF STREET WEAR: THE DWEEB LIFESTYLE CO.

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY MARC MANGRA

Growing up, Jamaal Williams had a dream. Though he was rejected by a major clothing company, he never gave up on that dream. While attending college, Williams launched The DWEEB Lifestyle Co., which reflected his life motto — “Don’t. Wanna. Ever. End-up. Broke.” Since then, his brand has evolved from ordinary street wear to extraordinary fashion.

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