As much as we love to extol all of DC’s booming small businesses, sometimes we must tip our hats to our neighbors to the east in Baltimore, MD. Such is the case with Baltimore’s best new and used music store, Sound Garden. Why are they the best, you might ask? Well for one, you get the delightfully old-school experience of being able to buy and sell all of your CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, video games, and of course, vinyl. Beyond that, you can also peruse their selection of DJ equipment, as well as occasionally pop in for an onsite visit from your favorite artist. As much as we love the accessibility of digital music, we still laud the days when music was something tangible, something you could hold in your hands. As such, we’ve teamed up with Sound Garden to bring you the opportunity to win tickets to shows fit only for the true music lover. Right now you can win tickets to see Queens of the Stone Age at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 17. Stay connected to Sound Garden via their email newsletter, social media, and store to be privy to more great giveaways! Get listening, folks!

-Mandy Brownholtz 

Sound Garden is located at 1616 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD. To connect with Sound Garden, visit their website here.

Queens of the Stone Age will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 17.

nickthewooperexplorer asked:

Hey Gavin! I'm building a casual deck I can play with my partner. It features Blood Knight, Black Knight, and Knight of Infamy. Do you have any gems to suggest for me?

Sounds like you want some more knights and knight helpers! You could consider playing white for some fun Knight-based theming: not only do you get all the white versions of those knights, but you also get the mighty Knight Exemplar which is awesome in your deck!

Girl Power Week - Day 4 - The Power Of The Feature

Day 4 comes to you baring some bad ass features by five female singers! These girls took their respective tracks and treated it like their own. It can be hard to come onto someone else’s album and have a remembered appearance, but these girls have shown right through. Some of these ladies even pushed their friends’ songs right into fame. 

1. Two Is Better Than One - BoysLikeGirls ft. Taylor Swift

2. Jet Lag - Simple Plan ft. Natasha Bedingfield

3. Partners In Crime - Set It Off ft. Ash Costello

4. A Part Of Me - Neck Deep ft. Laura Whiteside

5. Rat A Tat - Fall Out Boy ft. Courtney Love

PARTNER FEATURE: Culture Collide & Dr. Martens Georgetown

Badass babes. Badass boots. Badass babes in badass boots. 

That’s what’s in store when Ex Hex plays Dr. Martens Georgetown on February 5 as part of the 2015 Stand for Something tour, co-presented by Culture Collide! 

Seeing DC’s leading punk rock ladies in the intimate space is free, but you must RSVP. Do so now via Culture Collide before the spots fill up!

Should you need any convincing, just check out this video of Ex Hex ripping through an in-studio performance of “Waterfall.”

We’ll see you there, standing for something (preferably in a pair of these), faces melted and all.

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Washington, DC, is an up-and-coming metropolis. You want to know how I know that? Because, in addition to such things as restaurant openings and an ever-expanding bike share program, we finally have one more thing that was clearly missing: our very own locally brewed beer! Meet DC Brau, our Partner Feature this week, and the District’s first production brewery since 1956. No lie. 

Started by local beer fanatics Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock, DC Brau is the fifth fastest growing brewery in the U.S., with over 35 unique beers brewed in its first two years of operation. They wasted no time at all.

You can feel good buying DC Brau, too. Skall and Hancock prioritize environmental friendliness, sending all of their waste to a farm in Virginia that converts the waste into animal feed and compost. In addition to their social awareness, they’re just rad folks all around. They have free tours and tastings at the Brewery on most Saturdays, and they offer a feature on their website called the Braufinder, which allows you to search which liquor stores and corner stores closest to you sell Brau. We love when our partners keep it convenient and keep the beers pouring–and so should you! Whether you’re a Corruption kind of guy, a Citizen kind of gal, or a Public Pale kind of patron (find it on tap at the 9:30 Club!), DC Brau has got somethin’ for you. Keep an eye next time you’re browsing a brewski list when you’re out!

Note, you must be 21+ to drink DC Brau. Drink responsibly!

-Mandy Brownholtz

Review: Partners

A review of Partners. A great story with excellent art, which should really be an ongoing series #comics

I have long been a fan of the crime noir genre, there is just something so alluring and mysterious, much like the genre’s inhabitants, it is what pulls audiences to Dashiell Hammett’s books up to this day, why LA Confidential was such a big hit when it came out and why Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips work from Criminal to The Fade Out, has caused their comics to go into 2nd and 3rd printings, it…

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Anytime we have a hankering for something sweet, we visit our partner Dolcezza. The purveyors of artisanal gelato sure know how to satisfy our sweet tooth! 

Dolcezza churns out over 300 handmade, locally-sourced types of gelato a year. Lemon ricotta cardamom, peppermint stracciatella, and sweet corn/black raspberry jam are just a sample of the mouthwatering flavors currently being served at Dolcezza’s five shops and brand new factory.

The gelato masters also double as prime baristas. If you’d like a pick-me-up with your cuppa gelatto, be sure to grab a cuppa Dolcezza’s specially-brewed Stumptown Coffee.

Our awesome partner’s making things even sweeter by giving away a pair of tickets to Julian Casablancas + The Voidz at 9:30 Club on Friday, October 17! For your chance to win ‘em, stay tuned this coming week to Dolcezza’s social media feeds and website

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Anytime we feel that itch to add a record or two to our ever-growing vinyl collection, one of the first spots we hit is Red Onion. Located in Adams Morgan, Red Onion is cozy, quaint, and carries the best of new and old releases. From time to time, they host in-store performances, but they’re few and far between, so you better keep your eyes peeled on Red Onion’s Facebook for any announcements. 

Guess what? We’re not the only ones who adore this indie, local spot - Joe Goddard of Hot Chip does, too! In honor of the ultra-cool shoutout Joe gave Red Onion on Urban Outfitters’ blog, we plan to pick up Hot Chip’s latest, Why Make Sense?, next time we’re in to browse the crates.

WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Gibson Guitar Showroom

Gibson Guitar’s DC Showroom, nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, is a place of rock refuge. Lined with gorgeous guitars and filled with natural sunlight, the showroom invites visitors to reflect on the music of Gibson-wielding greats, such as Les Paul, Johnny Cash, and David Byrne. The space is primarily reserved for private concerts and special occasions, so if you’re ever invited to attend an event there, be sure to cancel all other plans.

The rockin’ Gibson folks are currently giving away tickets to Boris at 9:30 Club on Saturday, August 2. For your chance to win, visit the Showroom’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

-Madelyn Dutt (@MaddyDutt)

Boris will perform at 9:30 Club on August 2. 



Artist, poster designer, music blogger, all things cool extraordinaire: we really dig Meg Vasquez. We found her through Tumblr when she was making show posters for her thesis at MICA. We thought they were pretty rad, so she started making them for us! She designs special posters (not the ones you see hanging on the club’s walls when you come visit) for artists to sign, which we in turn use for contesting. The artists love them so much that they sometimes steal them! Additionally, she creates art through her own company, Solid Shout. She has a store where you can buy her art, as well as copies of all the posters she has made in the past. You should also keep an eye out for contests, because you might win some of her work signed by your favorite artists. Basically, Meg is living the dream, and we’ll do anything to keep her going! Support a local artist and treat yourself to something beautiful, all at once.

-Mandy Brownholtz 


WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Dangerously Delicious Pies

My, oh my, oh, pie? Why yes. Our Partner Feature this week is a pie shop so dangerous, so delicious, you’ll think you’ve been hit by a Baltimore Bomb. If you haven’t guessed it yet, our PF is none other than Dangerously Delicious Pies. We are so stoked to gush about them for the next few minutes, and prepare yourself for SERIOUS gushing–we are slightly obsessed. 

With locations ranging from Baltimore, to all across DC, and even mobile with their pie truck, there is pretty much no reason to not be overeating sweet pies, savory pies, and quiches. I mean, they are all homemade from scratch with no additives and/or preservatives. And with over 50 pies on the menu, with at least 15-25 varieties per day (depending on what is in season), there is seriously something for everyone.

Because DDP is so mouthwatering (if your mouth isn’t watering by now, you should probably see a doctor), it’s no surprise that Rodney Henry, aka Pie Man and Founder of DDP, is in the Top 4 finalists on Season 9 of The Next Food Network Star. YES, WE KNOW, HOW FREAKING COOL?! And you can show some DC lovin’ by voting for him here. We can’t wait to see him bring home the gold.

In addition to killing the game at pie-making, our friends at DDP are obviously music lovers, and have a killer “pie shop house band,” The Glenmont Popes. They love music, we love music. They love pie, we love pie. It’s basically a match made in heaven. So thank you DDP, for being so, so amazing to us. 

In pie we crust.


9:30 Club.

(It’s a happy day at the Club when there’s pie in the office!)

-Sara Sopher


Three fun-loving girls and one shared passion for good music is what makes This Is Our Jam a special DC music blog, and one of our great partners. Krista, Kristen, and Stacey publish unpretentious concert recaps and artist interviews, compose Spotify playlists for every season or mood, and even do ticket giveaways for 9:30/IMP shows. In a city of critics, following This Is Our Jam is refreshing and can put a smile to a music lover’s face. We love how TIOJ  promotes all sorts of shows within the DC community as we at the 9:30 club also find beauty and entertainment in a variety of genres and scenes. Check out the blog for giveaways, more reviews, and frequently updated (and not to mention entertaining) content at

-Myriam Assaadi

Connect with TIOJ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Picture this: a scenic mountain view, the smell of clean fresh air, cell service is limited - and thank god, because you needed the break. Now let’s just throw in some of the best live music touring and what do you get? Floyd-freaking-fest.

Last year was our first year partnering with this festival, and it’s safe to say - it’s a love that is going to last. Nestled in a gorgeous mountain valley in southern Virginia, this festival is just oozing with charm. Biggest highlight, it was one of the most energetic and insanely polite crowds we’ve ever seen in a festival setting.  Plenty of camping, vendor villages (hand tooled leather, clothing, jewelry), delicious eats (we went WAY HAM on some killer gyros), and a huge list of activities (panels, yoga, you name it). It’s more than good for your ears, it’s good for mind, body, and soul.

But seriously, look at that freaking lineup.

Tickets are on sale now. We’ll be there, and we think you would be crazy not to join us.

Self/Less :: Free Baltimore Advance Screening Passes

#SelfLess :: Free #Baltimore Advance Screening Passes @SelflessFilm

Focus Features HOTCHKA has partnered with Focus Features to offer readers in the Baltimore area a chance to download free advance screening passes to the new sci-fi thriller Self/Less starring Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Michelle Dockery, and Ben Kingsley. In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Kingsley)…

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WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: HBO Screen on the Green

Summers in the District mean three things - heat, humidity, and heaps of free, fun cultural events. One of our favorites is HBO’s Screen on the Green, an outdoor movie series on the National Mall. Every Monday night from July 21 to August 11, bring your friends, blankets, and picnic baskets to stake your spot on “America’s front yard” for a monumental movie-going experience.

Since this summer’s series spotlights classic films like The Karate Kid and Lover Come Back, we’ve partnered with HBO to give you tickets to see two classic singer-songwriters - Beck and David Gray! Stay tuned to HBO’s Facebook page and the #HBOScreenontheGreen Twitter hashtag on July 21 and 28 for your chance to attend these Merriweather Post Pavilion shows for free. 

-Madelyn Dutt (@MaddyDutt)

Beck will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 24.

David Gray will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 7