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2012 Sounded Good: The Best Breakout Music Acts In Washington DC

December 27, 2012 8:00 AM

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D.C. is known for its dynamic nightclubs and vibrant nightlife. What you may not know is that it’s a great place to check out live, locally based music. Whether you prefer the thumping beat of Afro-Brazilian percussion or the bluesy tunes of emo music, D.C.’s best breakouts have you covered.
Batala Washington
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Ranked as the best local band according to readers of the Washington City Paper, Batala Washington is an all-female percussion band that specializes in Afro-Brazilian, samba and reggae rhythms and beats. The troupe performs at public and private venues throughout the area as well as festivals, marathons and parades. Most recently Batala Washington performed for hundreds of participants and spectators at the 2012 D.C. Marine Corps Marathon. Its catchy beats, bright costumes and energetic dance is sure to get you on your feet.

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Jukebox The Ghost
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Featuring graduates from George Washington University, Jukebox The Ghost has released three albums, appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and Lollapalooza and performed as the opening act for major hit artists including the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds and Jack’s Mannequin. Its most recent album, “Safe Travels,” tells of personal and professional challenges including failed relationships, relocation to a new city and mourning of loved ones who recently passed away. The band has an active international and national tour schedule with tour dates in Canada, Germany and France as well as venues in the United States.

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White Ford Bronco
www.whitefordbronco.com

If you’re jonesing for a blast from the past, then check out White Ford Bronco, a popular cover band that specializes in grunge, pop, rock, hip-hop and country music from the ’90s. Recognized as the 2011 best local band and by readers of the Washington City Paper, White Ford Bronco officially formed in 2008 and has performed in nightclubs around the D.C. metro area including Clarendon Grill, the 9:30 Club and Acre 121. The band covers hit songs from Nirvana to the Spice Girls and everything in between. Catch them perform live at New Years Eve at the Sphinx Club. Coat and tie required. This club is for those 21 and older only.

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The Grey Area
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Nominated as a new artist and vocalist of the year by the Washington Area Music Association, the Grey Area is a local high-energy, power rock, blues and pop duo with a kind heart. In addition to performing at venues throughout the D.C. region, Jason Steinhauer and Timothy Jones perform at private parties and events to help raise funds for local charities, including the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Featuring a blend of Gershwin, Led Zeppelin, Jay-Z and the Dave Matthews Band, the Grey Area has performed at SxSW 2012 as well as local hot spots including Jammin’ Java and the Velvet Lounge. Its latest music video “Sugar, From You,” released in the summer of 2012, was picked up for rotation on MTV.com and MTV Hive as well as a variety of other music-related websites.

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Misun
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For fans of emo-pop, Misun (pronounced ‘me-sun’) is the band for you. The trio met while working together at a bar in Dupont Circle. Once it discovered its mutual love of music, the trio collaborated to produce its 2012 debut album “The Sea.” Fact Magazine calls the maritime-inspired album “Impossibly Catchy” with poppy hooks and upbeat tunes. The band performs at venues in New York City and D.C., including the U Street Music Hall.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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