In last November’s local music issue, District Fray claimed Bartees Strange was “this year’s standout local artist.” One year later, after opening for artists such as Courtney Barnett, Phoebe Bridgers and The National, and releasing his second full-length record, the lauded “Farm to Table,” Bartees Strange is a bonafide breakthrough.
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D.C.’S MUSIC SCENE. This month, I decided to forgo my traditional Letter from the Editor for an aggregated playlist of favorite 2022 releases to celebrate our annual Music Issue. While not exhaustive, we put together a robust compilation from our editorial team and some of our contributors, as well as some picks from the larger Fray family on our sports and events teams. From D.C. bands to pop hits to everything in between, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy our very eclectic, a little all over the place Music Issue playlist here.
D.C. Unplugged: Inside the Minds of 30 Local Musicians
They might not be what the city is known for — yet — but they’re the beating heart of the capital.
20 Years of Broken Social Scene and “You Forgot It In People”
“We were trying to make a record that we would love. When we were in the studio, we were so happy to be together just making cool music for our friends.”
A Mirror + Reflection: dreamcastmoe
For music to have soul, it has to have a story. dreamcastmoe creates his life’s work according to that mantra.
DMV Sounds: November 2022
Acts signed to Merge Records, acts on tape labels, acts made up of other excellent D.C. indie rock institutions, instrumentalists and hardcore in a house.
Indie Rockers Dehd Bring Textured Sound to Black Cat
“It sounds simple, but there’s actually a lot going on.”
Black Dance Culture Is Inclusive Power
How Black Rave Culture and Black Techno Matters are fostering diverse and innovative spaces for EDM in D.C. and beyond.
7 Jazz Venues in D.C. You Should Know
An introduction to seven authentic D.C. jazz venues.
In Kansas City, We Grow Audiophiles: The Romanticism of Vinyl
“That’s the fun thing about vinyl: You’re always hunting for that next thing.”
Just Eat It: Five Pre + Post-Show Eats
Whether you’re meeting a friend for a quick bite before set times or really, really need nourishment because you spent the past few hours dancing and sweating at a show, you need to eat.
Sound + Vision: Must-See Music Docs with AFI’s Todd Hitchcock
AFI Silver’s Director of Programming Todd Hitchcock about the extremely malleable art form.
Inside Darling Nikki
The midweek party vibe we can’t get enough of.
La Bella Vita Continues: Franco Nuschese’s Cafe Milano Turns 30
“I’m glad I don’t feel old. All this gives me more energy.”
Winner Winner, Turkey Dinner
The field is alive with turkeys at Ayrshire Farm.
Taste the Season: Fall 2022
Keep this list handy to sample all the creative local dishes celebrating the bounty of this time of the year.
Behind the Scenes at Three D.C. Bars
“We have a whole team who works all morning and afternoon just to get us ready for when customers arrive,
The Mythic + The Modern
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director Simon Godwin discusses “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Reading List: November 2022
Reading about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll tends to be a safer way to enjoy sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
Following the Red Brick Road: Weekend at Inn at Perry Cabin
From food to activities to scenery and history, there is something for everyone.
Members Only: Taking the Leap with Maurisa Potts
“Many women of color or minorities are very quiet in sharing their dream and do not stand in their power or use their voices when they want something. Do not silence yourself.”
Washington Capitals Re-embark Toward Triumph
“With new players, you have potential for success.”
Player’s Club: Madison Albornoz
I have been playing sports for as long as I can remember.
D.C.’s Music Scene Crossword
If you’re an avid D.C. music fan, you have a leg up.
Crossword Answer Key: November 2022
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November 2022 Photo Hunt
Hint: We did not alter the spines of the hundreds and hundreds of CDs in the Hall of Records.
Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes at November 2022 Cover Shoot
Explore a closed 9:30 Club at 9:30 a.m.