Hilary Crowe


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Videos: Speaking up about moving out

Anyone who's tried making the move to independent living knows that it can be stressful and confusing, testing one's patience, finances and knowledge of D.C.'s many neighborhoods. Eagle staffers and students share their experiences about taking that next step off campus and into adulthood.

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Economy batters local landmark

Roland Williams' salt-and-peppered head bobs from bookshelf to bookshelf. He thumbs crumbling spines and raised text until, finally, he settles on a coffee table tome of Duke Ellington's life in pictures. He cracks his back upright and groans. "I was looking just for some jazz books, and he's got a few on hand," Williams said as he looked down at his aftermath and chuckled.

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Female production nails 'Romeo'

Shakespeare may have been a literary genius, but Taffety Punk's brilliant all-female production of "Romeo and Juliet" exposes the playwright for what he truly is: the dirtiest old man English teachers in middle schools across America have ever exalted. "The play is loaded with overtly crass, sexual humor," T-Punk Artistic Director Marcus Kyd said.

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WVAU hosts free concert series

When Ian Mackaye and his Teen Idles released "Dischord #1"("Minor Disturbance") in 1980, the heart of one of the nation's most revered music scenes skipped a beat and went into overdrive. Youth out of step with the world and seeing red led a renaissance of resistance, with Dischord Records the vanguard of Beltway beat making.

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Local Afrobeat band sings for Sudan

It's no secret that the roots of rock are African, but Ghanaian and Togolese Afrobeat band Elikeh is bringing it all back home and, with the aid of Amnesty International, to the forefront of D.C.'s consciousness. The band's show Thursday night at DC9 is the first in what Elikeh hopes to turn into a series to benefit African nations in crisis.

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A Guide to: Shudder To Think

After a decade of bloodletting and licking the wounds of intra-band conflict, Shudder to Think resumed the work of being friends and fantastic showmen this past Saturday. At the Virgin Mobile Fest, alongside industry icons Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and the Stooges, the band reclaimed their title as the most sonically independent band to rise and fall - and rise again - out of the Dischord Records catalog.

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Top five innovative guitar visionaries

Before Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, there was delta-bred rhythm and blues. And before John Travolta yakked about Big Macs with Samuel L. Jackson and twisted with Uma Thurman, there was surf guitar and rockabilly fusion. These guitarists have influenced everyone from The Cramps to Quentin Tarantino, and while Hendrix and Eric Clapton may reign supreme on others' lists, neither would have a leg or amp to stand on without the following influential trailblazers.

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Banhart to rock the synagogue

After whiling away this spring recording and carousing in Topanga Canyon - the lush landscape and former home of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Charles Manson - Devendra Banhart has emerged with a new album as fertile as the environment and imagination that gave it life.

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Black Lips hit Black Cat Saturday

The ferocious foursome that is the Black Lips has been touring relentlessly for the past seven years, stopping at the Black Cat this Saturday. But don't be surprised if you haven't heard of the band - only recently has the band received attention from major media outlets.

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Venue celebrates 14 years of music

Tonight, the Black Cat will party like it's 1993 as the staff and friends of what could easily be called the District's most beloved venue celebrate its 14th birthday. Though young by the District's historic standards, the club is accomplished beyond its years, having provided independent artists an outlet for their music.

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