• Planning guides: DCist’s This Week in Hip-Hop.
• Now that the DC Jazz Festival is over, here’s CapitalBop’s guide to DC jazz all year long.
• Here are NPR’s 25 favorite albums and 50 favorite songs of 2012 so far. Agree? Disagree? You can vote on your favorites.
• Local band news: Local blackened progressive death metal band Apothys has called it quits [Facebook]. The band promises to post audio and video on its official site.
• Preview/interview: Nancy Dunham talks to Martina McBride [Washington Examiner]. Performing tonight at Wolf Trap.
• Preview/Interview: Yohana Desta talks to Jonathan Goldman of Spanglish Fly [930club.tumblr.com]. The band performs Saturday at the U St Music Hall.
• Preview: Philip Runco on Destroyer. Saturday at the 9:30 Club.
• CD Review: Frau Eva, Underneath Eyelids. Reviewed by Nida Masiulis [DC Music Download].
• Rohan Mahadevan’s song of the day is Laura Marling, “Sophia” [DCist].
• Hometown Sounds DC’s DC music video of the day is Christylez Bacon, “Reinventing Hip Hop”.
• Marcus J Moore on Carolyn Malachi, “Free Your Mind” [Washington CityPaper].
• Alex Edelman on Kindlewood, Fire and the Wheel, and Thieving Irons at DC9 on 6/7 [DC Music Download].
• Travis Andrews on Matthew Sweet at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things].
• Kara Capelli on Foster the People, the Kooks, and Kimbra at Merriweather Post Pavilion [Brightest Young Things].
• Farrah Skeiky on Ceremony and Citizens Arrest at St. Stephen’s Church [Brightest Young Things].
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to Yeasayer at the 9:30 Club on 11/14 (contest ends today at noon).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of The Temper Trap‘s “Need Your Love” picture disc 7″. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today).
• Washingtonian is giving away a pair of tickets to see the Beach Boys at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 6/15 (contest ends today).
• NEW Brightest Young Things is giving away a pair of tickets to see Mystery Jets at the U Street Music Hall on 6/14 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of the Sufis self-titled album on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Tuesday 6/19).
• NEW Brightest Young Things is giving away tickets and a meet-and-greet with Childish Gambino at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore on 6/23 (contest ends Wednesday 6/20).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to The Great American Festival featuring Eve 6, Ozomatli, and more, at the National Harbor on 6/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to see Everclear, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground at Wolf Trap on 7/25 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• Metal Injection is giving away tickets to the Rockstar Mayhem Fest featuring Slipknot, Slayer, and Motorhead at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/29 (contest ends “randomly” as the concert date approaches).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see 311 and Slightly Stoopid at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/28 (contest ends Sunday 7/22).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see System of a Down with the Deftones at the Verizon Center on 8/7 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see OAR at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/10 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Linkin Park and Mutemath at Jiffy Lube Live on 8/11 (contest ends 8/5).
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