The nation’s capital has always been fertile ground for indie-rock. After making key contributions to the funk, go-go and hardcore movements of the 70s and 80s, D.C. was at the epicenter of the post-punk and dance-rock explosions of the late 90s and early 2000s. Without innovative rockers like Fugazi, The Dismemberment Plan, Q and Not U and Faraquet (all of whom called the District home), there’s little chance that indie-rock would have ever achieved the mainstream appeal it enjoys today.
In recent years, Washington has witnessed a rebirth of its once vibrant indie community. From piano-pop to trip-hop, folk-rock to electro-punk, today’s eclectic scene offers something to satisfy any musical palate. Over the past few months, several D.C. artists have successfully branched out beyond the friendly confines of the Black Cat, Iota and the Rock n’ Roll Hotel and are starting to show up on the national radar.
Haven’t been staying hip to the Washington D.C. musical underground? Here's your chance to catch-up! Let Metromix introduce you to six of the raddest indie bands in the Metro area...
Get to know These United States, Jukebox the Ghost (pictured), Exit Clov, Vandaveer, Middle Distance Runner and Le Loup!