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All words: Brandon Weight
All photos: Stephanie Breijo

With 20 years of countless shows, one move, two floors, a kick-ass downstairs jukebox, and at least one dildo left by a bachelorette party with a doorman, Black Cat has every reason to celebrate. Since 1993, the venue has nurtured the D.C. punk scene along with a score of touring bands. On Friday, Black Cat kicked off the first of two shows with a Dischord favorites, local rockers, and bands with nostalgic ties to the two decade old hangout.

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Friday’s roster included:

  • Spoonman: David Combs, of The Max Levine Project fame, played as his solo moniker at the last minute with a couple of friends manning the bass guitar and drums.
  • The Shirks: Fuzzed-out, lo-fi punk that kept the crowd on the verge of neck injuries from head banging.
  • Ted Leo & The Pharmacists: Playing some new and some old, Ted Leo remarked that he met fellow Pharmacist James Canty at Black Cat, and remain best friends ever since.
  • Girls Against Boys: Two bassists, too awesome. Girls Against Boys also brought on stage David Yow and two Budweiser bottles (and an exposed scrotum) as the drunken, screaming vocalist that everyone expected and loved.
  • Gray Matter: Hardly playing since their last album, the Dischord jammed with a Gen-X mosh pit and perhaps the most important man of the night, drummer and Black Cat owner Dante Ferrando.

Gray Matter:

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Girls Against Boys:

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists:

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THE SHIRKS:

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SPOONMAN:

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