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Ian MacKaye Unearths Fan Letter From 14-Year-Old Dave Grohl

Before he was best friends with David Letterman, before he was a Foo Fighter, before he was the drummer in Nirvana, before he was the drummer in Scream, Dave Grohl was the cute kid pictured above. That cute kid wrote a letter to Ian MacKaye when he was 14, asking the Minor Threat (and later… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 28, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Stream Fugazi’s First Demo

D.C. punk heroes Fugazi, who absolutely belong in the top 10 on your greatest-bands-of-all-time list, are about to release their original demo for the first time, giving it the creative title First Demo. Many of the songs on the demo (including “Merchandise,” which we already posted) would later appear, in more polished form, on later… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014 - 8:30 am

Fugazi – “Merchandise” (Demo)

Last month, Dischord announced that they would be putting out Fugazi’s original demo tape in a release called First Demo. The collection contains ten tracks from the group’s demo, which includes (obviously) some demos that would go on to appear on their debut EP and album, plus compilation track “In Defense Of Humans” and unreleased… More »

By: James Rettig / October 27, 2014 - 11:11 am

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” In Washington, D.C.

Fugazi is synonymous with the underground D.C. scene, so it makes sense that Arcade Fire would choose to give them the cover treatment. At last night’s show at the Verizon Center, Win Butler covered “Waiting Room” in his paper mâché mask. The original song kicks off the hardcore punks’ self-titled debut EP (which won’t be… More »

By: James Rettig / August 18, 2014 - 8:35 am

Fugazi To Release Their First Demo

The first thing Fugazi ever released was their 1988 self-titled EP, and that EP started with “Waiting Room,” one of the most iconic punk rock songs ever written. All of which is to say: Fugazi were pretty fucking special from jump. Pretty soon, we’ll learn just how great they were in their early days. A… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 11, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Watch Jeff Mangum & Guy Picciotto Cover Tall Dwarfs

Last night, New York’s Le Poisson Rouge hosted a live-on-the-internet telethon from Strike Debt, an Occupy Wall Street-affiliated nonprofit that’s attempting to relieve regular people’s insane debt burdens. Plenty of musicians showed up to help out: TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Das Racist’s Kool A.D. But the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2012 - 11:41 am

Stream the Evens’ The Odds

Fugazi/Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye and wife Amy Farina (of the Warmers and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, among others) released two terrific albums as the Evens in the mid-aughts before taking a break to have a kid together. But six years since their sophomore release, Get Evens, the band have a new one o… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 12, 2012 - 10:46 am

The 10 Best Indie Rock Documentaries

In a perfect world, all albums would be self-contained universes. A good album can communicate complex emotions and ideas with the aid of just a little context; a great album can communicate beautiful ambiguities with none. All you have to do is listen closely.

Even great albums and great musicians can benefit from… More »

By: Doug Moore / September 18, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Fugazi Albums From Worst To Best

Ian MacKaye’s status as reluctant punk godfather was well established before Fugazi played a note. Between fronting seminal DC punk band Minor Threat (whose “Straight Edge” became a misunderstood anthem for an entire movement of sexually repressed hardcore kids) and co-founding legendary DIY label Dischord, MacKaye’s ability to “walk the walk” has made him a… More »

By: James Jackson Toth / August 23, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Watch Wild Flag Cover Fugazi’s “Margin Walker”

On Saturday night in Boston, Wild Flag finished up a show by covering a song from one of the few indie bands who can match them in terms of sheer firepower: The early Fugazi rager “Margin Walker,” which is such an awesome song. Someone in the crowd, blessedly, captured the cover on camera-phone for posterity,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Fugazi Launch Live Archive

The sound engineers for DC postpunk heroes Fugazi, one of the greatest live bands on the planet back when they were still a functional live band, did the world a favor by recording most of the shows that the band played over the years. And recently, the band launched a massive archive of those live… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2011 - 9:11 am

The Evens – “Warble Factor”

In the middle of the last decade, the former Teen Idles/Minor Threat/Skewbald/Embrace/Egg Hunt/Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye got together with former Warmers drummer Amy Farina to form a duo called the Evens. Together, they released two criminally underrated albums. Their style was basically the classic Dischord post-hardcore style, slowed down and muted and sweetened with some… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2011 - 12:48 pm

TV On The Radio Cover Fugazi, Remixed By Das Racist

Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” is one of my favorite songs, a punk anthem that found me at the right time and led me down a particular path. TV On The Radio covered it at the Pitchfork Festival. This is what their take looked and sounded like — from a distance:… More »

By: brandon / July 20, 2011 - 9:30 am

Our Band Could Be Your Life Tribute @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/22/11

It’s ten years since Michael Azerrad first published his defining DIY ’80s scene portrait Our Band Could Be Your Life, which covered an independent music culture that changed irrevocably a decade before that with the release of Nevermind. Round anniversaries make apt opportunities for retrospectives, and in the case of Our Band, this year ha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2011 - 10:01 am

Bob Mould, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl Celebrate 9:30 Club’s 30th

On Monday/Memorial Day the 9:30 Club celebrated its 30th Anniversary. For kids who grew up listening to and mythologizing D.C. hardcore, punk, and the like, the place needs no introduction. In case it does, host Henry Rollins did a good job offering background and various old-time Black Flag-related anecdotes. (Of course, old pal/pet store coworker… More »

By: brandon / June 2, 2010 - 12:40 pm

Listen To 40 Min Of Fugazi Stage Banter

For anyone who followed Fugazi from stage to stage in the ’90s, this montage of onstage jokes, chimpanzee and Bengay tales, $5 ticket checks, constructive crowd criticism, and all-around awesomeness is welcome nostalgia. “You little MTV Generation piece of shit.”… More »

By: brandon / December 3, 2009 - 12:37 pm