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Once upon a time, I had a radio show that only played bands currently performing in the District. That show is super dead, so we’ve resurrected it (with way more words and far less radio) in the form of this column. Every day I’ll review a song from a band playing in D.C. that night. The rules are, 1. I can only listen to the song once and 2. I only have until the end of the song to finish my review.

FRIDAY

MUSTERED COURAGE – MADELINE

Lots of banjo. So far so good. I do not know how I feel about the frontman’s singing. It’s almost so exaggerated that I can’t understand what he’s saying. Also, it’s kind of getting on my nerves. Not every line has to be stressed!!! Other than that it’s fine. Well, the banjo is fine.

You can see Mustered Courage tonight at Hill Country Live.

SATURDAY

ACTIVE CHILD – HANGING ON

Okay. So far there are only water sounds. That’s fine. Lots of splashing and stuff. Looks like the song has started. That’s good. Okay, so first it was just this moody kind of minimalistic beat and now there are like these weird moaning sounds? But like singing moaning? Well whoever is singing has a pretty high voice. That’s kind of impressive. This is not bad, I just don’t really think it’s my kind of song. I don’t know what I don’t like about it, but something is off putting to me. I think it’s the weird singing moaning. Yeah, probably.

You can see Active Child on Saturday at AMP by Strathmore.

SUNDAY

TRAILS AND WAYS – NUNCA

So this is very upbeat, but almost in a laid back kind of way. I really thought this song was going to be in spanish, but I guess not. It’s kind of dreamy. It sounds like a car is honking in the background. I hate it when songs do that, because then when I’m listening to it in the car I think an actual car is honking at me. It’s very frustrating. They sure are repeating “nunca” a lot. I guess that’s fine. Oh! They are speaking in spanish. Well then. I knew it.

You can see Trails and Ways on Sunday at DC9.

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