Dave Grohl explained why he wrote Ian MacKaye that letter all those years ago

Dave Grohl has explained that thrash-friendly letter he sent to Ian MacKaye back in the early ’80s. In a video interview with NME, Grohl said that he wrote MacKaye because he wanted MacKaye’s label, Dischord, to put out his band Mission Impossible’s demo. That didn’t pan out, obviously, but Grohl says he still holds…

Where to start with the righteous noise of Dischord Records

Washington, D.C. has been in the spotlight more than usual lately, and it has more to do with the recent midterm elections. The city’s music scene—in particular, the punk and hardcore scene that’s revolved for decades around the independent label Dischord Records—has been featured in the second episode of Dave Grohl’s …

Fugazi to release its first-ever demo recording this winter

In 2003, Fugazi, Washington D.C.’s beloved post-hardcore institution, went on hiatus, and though it’s not so much as hinted at any sort of reunion, the band has since worked to document its time together in the most exhaustive of ways. In 2011, Dischord—the label headed up by Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye—launched the Fugazi…

Chain And The Gang sets fire to garage-punk in the video for “Devitalize”

Throughout his many bands over the years—most notably Nation Of Ulysses, The Make-Up, and Weird War—Ian Svenonius has served as frontman, agitator, revolutionary theoretician, and dude with great hair. His current project, the garage-rock outfit Chain And The Gang, is about to release its fourth full-length, Minimum…

10 years later, hear the final, furious show by Dischord Records’ Black Eyes

During its brief tenure in the early ’00s, Black Eyes was one of the indie world’s most stunning live bands. But the Washington, D.C., ensemble, which released two ferocious albums on Dischord Records, broke up in 2004, leaving a legacy of jazzy, dub-inflected, avant-punk agitation that owed as much to Pere Ubu and…

Hear the 1980 demo by Henry Rollins’ pre-Black Flag band, S.O.A.

Before Henry Rollins was the frontman of Black Flag and Rollins Band, an author, a publisher, a spoken-word performer, and a TV host, he was Henry Garfield—a kid from Washington, D.C., who was part of that city’s burgeoning punk scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s. But he wasn’t just watching. His first band State…