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Wave breaks with mediocrity

Rogue Wave is a wildly mediocre band from Oakland, Calif. The band purveyed its wares to a large crowd Wednesday night at the 9:30 club, one show in a long list of many this summer, including stops at monster festivals like Bonnaroo. But the show prompted some in the audience (read: this writer) to question the need for such mediocre music makers.

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Savvy rock band balances work, play

Les Savy Fav (pronounced LaySAH-veeFAHV), the Brooklyn-based rock four-piece, has never been known to settle. Since forming in 1995 at the Rhode Island School of Design, the band members have recorded four full-length albums, one killer EP, a collection of singles and never failed to do whatever the fuck they wanted.

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Malkmus, Vanderslice underwhelm at 9:30

In the no-heroes world of indie rock, Stephen Malkmus is the closest thing there is to a legend. As frontman of '90s slacker rock band Pavement, collaborator on the Silver Jews' early albums or as a solo artist with his new band, the Jicks, Malkmus has proven again that he doesn't give a damn about anything.

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Pants-less jokesters take passengers for ride

D.C. residents are generally not known for their willingness to let loose. Whether it's the politicians and lobbyists in suits downtown or the over-achieving, if transient, college set, our nation's capital is seldom known as place to let your hair down. But on Saturday afternoon, about 200 people gathered to prove the stereotype wrong.

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December comes early to D.C.

Portland, Ore., band The Decemberists paid a visit to D.C.'s 9:30 club last Monday night, their second show in the District in less than a year. Frontman Colin Meloy led his sextet through a stunning set, drawing mostly from their latest full-length, "The Crane Wife," proving once and for all they're at the top of their game.

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Free concerts heat up D.C. nights

Ah, D.C. - a capital in constant flux, an uncertain city in a questionably legal state of un-statehood. It's a city that many people are proud to call home, as well as a city many quickly claim to be just passing through. However, D.C. conjures up strong feelings for most folks who follow the music wrought out of the D.

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Calypso cools summer heat

Looking for some sweet tunes to groove to while sipping tea and studying for exams? Why not take a trip down to the Caribbean... in sound! Calypso is a form of fun-loving yet political music bred from the Afro-Caribbean traditions of Trinidad and Tobago and other island nations as early as the 17th century.

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CD compiles Appalachian a cappella masters

In 1963, musicologists John Cohen and Peter Gott went down to Sodom, a small, isolated mountain village in North Carolina. There they found and recorded examples of a form of unaccompanied singing specific to that region. Smithsonian Folkways has re-issued those recordings, capturing raw performances from master singers, together with "The End of An Old Song," a short documentary by Cohen and extensive liner notes.

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