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A DC Music Playlist to Satisfy Your Soul

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Check out playlists and performances while social distancing in Washington, DC

Social distancing needs a soundtrack. While you’re not able to attend a concert at one of DC’s many outstanding venues, there are still plenty of ways to engage with the music scene that the city harbors. Below, we’ve laid out ways to enjoy playlists and performances populated by local and national artists.

PLAYLIST BLISS
Make sure you check out our Discover the Real DC playlist, entirely composed of artists from DC.

Local DJ, producer and writer Rhome Anderson offers this playlist of DC-flavored jams.

The 9:30 Club’s staff shared this eclectic collection featuring a wide range of artists, from the mainstream to the underground. The legendary venue also shared this super fun crossword puzzle.

CONCERTS FROM YOUR COUCH
NPR, based in DC, has been hosting its awesome Tiny Desk Concert series for years, often featuring artists from or based in the nation’s capital.

Here’s Wale crushing it in his hometown:

Pay homage to the Godfather of Go-Go when you watch this classic Chuck Brown performance:

Priests, DC’s punk rock torchbearers, rip through this intimate set:

Vibe to the sounds of one of DC’s signature acts, Trouble Funk:

Members of Fugazi, DC’s legendary punk group, make up two-thirds of The Messthetics:

Get in the groove with Rare Essence. You are going to be dancing in your living room, we guarantee it:

View the full list of NPR Tiny Desk Concerts to continue the jam.

LIVE STREAMS
With so many music venues closed and many national and international tours canceled, musicians have taken to live streaming to engage with their fans and community.

DC Music Review and 7DrumCity came together to host this show from locals Ménage À Garage:

Stay tuned to DC Music Review for more live streams from local musicians.

Also, be sure to peruse Vulture’s list of livestreamed performances from musicians all over the world.