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Slayer intimidates crowd with skills

Walking toward the 9:30 club, one certainly knew what was happening last Monday night. Screams of "SLAYER!" echoed across V St. and announced to D.C. who was in charge for the night. The line stretching all the way around the corner was made up of everyone from old thrashers in biker jackets and cowboy boots to hardcore kids in hoodies and New Balances.

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Smyers breathes new life into SG office

In the four years since its inception, American University's Women's Initiative has gone from having no budget and very few events to being a thriving, visible, campus-wide organization. This year's resurgence can be credited to this past year's Executive Director, Jen Smyers.

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D.C.'s Darkest Hour prove themselves leaders of metal

Among the over-saturated wave of new American metal (read: metalcore), there are few bands that stand out. In order to do so in a scene overrun with mediocrity, a band must truly do something different; and not just do it differently, but do it well. Fortunately for metal fans at the 9:30 club on Saturday night, all three groups who performed are standout bands.

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Craven horror remake much gorier than before

Known by most people for his work as the man behind the first two popular "Nightmare on Elm Street" films and all three installments of "Scream," Wes Craven has carved a solid niche for himself in the horror movie community. As producer of the remake of his 1977 cult classic "The Hills Have Eyes," Craven remains firmly implanted in the scary movie pantheon.

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A guide to New York City's hardcore musical landscape

After the first wave of punk rock died off in the early '80s, small scenes in Southern California and Washington, D.C., began to crank out punk rock in a louder, faster, more aggressive form. This sound of punk rock became known as hardcore. Conspicuously absent in the early years of hardcore was any contribution from New York City, where punk started.

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New Comedy Central roast DVD less exciting than in past

The concept of a celebrity roast is a noble one. The idea of an established figure in the entertainment industry being showered with adoring insults from his/her longtime friends and colleagues is meant to serve as tribute to someone who's had a major impact on them and the public.

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Theatre perfect for 'Starving' actors

"Pay What You Can" night at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre is easily one of the greatest things ever. For one measly dollar, one can take in a high-quality performance in the heart of Washington. After all, even if the play isn't of extraordinary quality, who can resist seeing a live performance for such a small price? Equally as cool as paying a dollar (or however much patrons wish to pay) to see a fantastic play is paying a dollar to see a fantastic play before anyone else in the world will see it.

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Czeching in with Nohavica's folk

Known more for hockey pucks and beer, the Czech Republic is not the world's leading exporter of folk music to the United States. Perhaps it can be attributed to the fact that Czechs, as an ethnic group in America, are not as large or as united or as vocal, as, say, the Irish or Germans.

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Jazz wars

The Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz's 18th annual international competition was an invitation to jazz guitarists all over the world, an opportunity to prove their skills on a stage that has evolved into a generational testing ground for the likes of Joshua Redmond, Jane Monheit and Tierney Sutton, among many others.

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