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A Healthy Dose of Reggae Fusion

A Healthy Dose of Reggae Fusion

There’s a new face in the DC punk/reggae scene. Formed in late 2008, GroundScore released its debut album, Healthy Children, in December of 2009. The self-produced album is a 12-track mixture of reggae rhythms, ska guitar, upbeat upstrokes, and punk-style distortion. Heavily influenced by the ever-popular group Sublime, the band also adds in some psychedelic guitar solos and metered rhyme schemes, allowing them to break away from the standard punk/reggae template.

GroundScore
Reggae Fusion

04.16.10
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Night of The Mostly Dead

Night of The Mostly Dead

Whenever I go to a show, there always seems to be that one kid in front of the stage, screaming every lyric of every song. You can see on his face and in the pump of his fist the intense effect the music has over him. On Saturday, Nov. 14, that kid wasn’t in the pit. He was on stage. His name is Zak, Kurt, Mikey, and Eric, and they are The Mostly Dead.

The Mostly Dead
Punk

11.25.09
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The Black Shade: Pure Passion

The Black Shade: Pure Passion

The Black Shade. Some may think of them as just a local hardcore band, but if you ask me “Band of Bearded Bastards” is a far more accurate description. And I’m not talking about a little stubble; I’m talking about Zakk Wylde style full-on beard. Then I looked into the crowd; MORE BEARDS! It’s a total massacre of beards�must be a Manassas thing (which is where this band is from). It was awesome since we were actually in DC at Black Cat this past Sunday and there were so many people there to support these guys.

The Black Shade
Punk

09.03.09
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Club Scout, On The Rise

Club Scout, On The Rise

Making their way back into the DC-music scene is Club Scout. After some down time following their initial formation in 2007 and some line-up changes, Club Scout is back and already headlining shows, such as the one I saw at DC9 with opening bands, Winter Gloves and A Born Idler, where I was also able to catch up with these guys for an interview.

Club Scout
Powerpop

05.21.09
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Dancing to Their Own Riddim

Dancing to Their Own Riddim

I hadn’t been to a show in a long time (DoS can be real back-breaker sometimes), so when I found out that local reggae bands were playing at the 9:30 club, I jumped at the chance. Now, as a large fan of ska, I was a little skeptical as to how the show would go, especially after walking into an almost empty room forty minutes after the show had started. There were, however, a few people at the bar upstairs, so that’s where I stayed hoping it wouldn’t be too long before the music started. As the first band got on stage, I noticed a couple people started to make their way closer. Still skeptical, I remained upstairs.

Lionize
Reggae

02.12.09
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