About District of Sound

District of Sound (DoS) is the brain child of three friends that was conceived while enjoying a night out in DC's Dupont Circle. The three of us had a common love for local music, shows, and the great town that we lived in or near. We also shared the same frustration and disbelief that a website solely dedicated to the DC music scene did not exist. All too often we found it difficult to plan nights out because we knew little about the acts playing. So in November 2008. we recruited some of our closest friends and started a site ourselves! Although we are not professional music journalists or critics, all of us love DC and support its artists as well as their fans. We are proud to host a website that exists because of them and you.

bryan

author

What is the best concert you've ever been to?

VirginFest 08' Wilco's Performance was amazing.

Do you remember the moment you fell in love with music?

Dusting off my parents old record player and listening to Led Zepplin's "Stairway to heaven" until the record wore out.

What's the most embarrassing thing on your MP3/CD player? And how do you defend it?

"Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers. I have never seen Ghost so I don't have this song tied to that movie, I simply find it to be one of the most well written and performed songs EVER!!!!

What are the most haunting lyrics you've ever heard?

"Where did you Sleep Last Night" has always haunted it audience, but when it was done by Kurt Cobain on the end of the unplugged album it gave me goosebumps.

caroline

creative

What is the best concert you've ever been to?

This is tough. I'll have to make it a 3-way tie. And here they are in no particular order:

  • Nekromantix
  • H2O with Bane
  • Death By Stereo
Do you remember the moment you fell in love with music?

The exact moment? No. But it was probably while in my mother's whomb.

What's the most embarrassing thing on your MP3/CD player? And how do you defend it?

Ok Ok... Avril Lavigne. Yes, I have one song of hers. But it isn't that one about skater boys or whatever. It's her doing a cover of Metallica's 'Fuel'. I just had to hear how she took it on.

What are the most haunting lyrics you've ever heard?

Mad Sin's 'Sweet Caroline'. Look it up! I'll give you a little taste: "What about the neighbours? They found that little girl next to the body parts which used to be her parents."

christen

editor

What is the best concert you've ever been to?

I have seen many that have been great (Bloc Party at Constitution Hall, Coldplay in the rain, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards at Black Cat, and more), but I think I'm still waiting for the "best".

Do you remember the moment you fell in love with music?

Music has always been a part of my life thanks to my family. While other kids were learning "Hot Cross Buns" on their xylophones, my Dad was teaching me Beach Boys songs. While other people's uncles had suit and tie jobs, mine owned a record store and wrote biographies on musicians. Music constantly filled my house and, thanks to violin and piano lessons, my social life as well. So I guess the question isn't when did I fall in love, but more specifically when did it become more than just music. To that my answer is whenever a song reminds me of a moment of my life that I love or hate; whenever a song makes me cry, smile, or laugh; and whenever a band reaffirms my belief in the whole damn thing.

What's the most embarrassing thing on your MP3/CD player? And how do you defend it?

I am very rarely embarrassed by any of my music, however, I would say a part of my musical egotist dies when a Britney Spears song is "shuffled" on to my play list. My defense? Everyone needs a good pop song once in a while.

What are the most haunting lyrics you've ever heard?

I can think of two:

  1. "Me and the Moon" by Something Corporate. Lyrically-speaking, this is one of the best songs about domestic abuse and murder out there.
  2. "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Billie Holiday. The lyrics to this song are actually quite sweet, but I remember crying the first time I heard it. Thanks to Ms. Holiday, it's still one of the most painfully heartbreaking songs I have ever heard.

orlando

author

What is the best concert you've ever been to?

Hands down, the Flaming Lips have put on the best show I've ever seen. Wayne Coyne is eccentric, brilliant, and fucking nuts all rolled into one. I imagine their tours to be equivalent with a traveling circus. Too many times I see big name marquee bands get too cocky with their shows, which end up being disappointing and almost look phoned-in. And with record sales in the toilet, touring is a huge deal for the record companies now. I can tell you this, put on a concert - no, no - a spectacle like Coyne & Co. and I will see you every. single. time.

Do you remember the moment you fell in love with music?

My love of music stemmed from my band nerd days in grade school. There was a school assembly in the cafeteria to try and get children to join the music classes. There I was, a wide-eyed 4th grader who was probably more interested in playing in mud than picking up any sort of instrument. But then, my soon-to-be music teacher played "When the Saints Go Marching In" on the trumpet. That's all it took. One listen and I had to have that in my future. A little cheesy, I know. My love of listening to music didn't actually blossom until later on in life, but the music was always there.

What's the most embarrassing thing on your MP3/CD player? And how do you defend it?

I don't care what anyone says, but Cooleyhighharmony by Boyz II Men is the best R&B album of the early 90's, hands down (With the follow up II coming in close second). Harmonies that still haven't been beat, "Motownphilly", and of course the spanish version of "End Of The Road" - "Al Final Del Camino". Timeless.

What are the most haunting lyrics you've ever heard?

Lyrics are hard, because they can sometimes mean different things to different people. They can hit a personal nerve or have a special meaning to you. For me, I'm having a really hard time narrowing this down. There have always been 3 songs that have just given me chills down to the bone every time I hear the:

"Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles "All the lonely people/where do they all come from/all the lonely people/where do they all belong" From the first time I heard it many, many years ago, it's always been "that" Beatles song.

"Winter" by Tori Amos with lines like "I heard a voice/you must learn to stand up for yourself/cause I can't always be around/he says/when you gonna make up your mind/when you gonna love you as much as I do" and add in the combination of her voice and the piano, it practically hurts to listen to this song.

"Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box", by Radiohead. "After years of waiting/nothing came/and you realize you're looking in/looking in the wrong place" In my opinion, one of the best leadoff tracks of all time.