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A technically proficient outfit with a goofy streak, Branch Manager could even delve into Jimi Hendrix territory. In the spirit of recalling obscure DC area rock history, here is a song by the Reston based Dischord band.
“Wanted Criminals”, from the latest album by The Evens, gets a big sound out of a few elements – baritone guitar, drums, and dual vocals. See them in action tonight as they open the 2013 Fort Reno concert series.
Back in the mid to late 1960s, local cabarets were the “it” spots for any DC youth who wanted to dance. One of the strongest of the DC cabaret groups, the El Corols, released the single “Chick Chick.” Check it out for an authentic slice of 1960s DC cabaret!
In 1985, Washington, DC’s short-lived Rites of Spring—considered the first emo band (though they reject the term)—produced End On End, one of my all-time favorite albums. The lead song “Spring” is two minutes and nine seconds of, dare I say, frenzied emotion.
Recently, I’ve been spending a good bit of time with go-go guru Max Kidd. Mizax and the Flizaps “Test Me” is one example of a plethora of forgotten works that a younger Maxx chose to involve himself in, long before go-go was just a way to refer to a local night club.