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It’s rare I hear a band and can’t imagine why they aren’t famous yet. Juniper Lane are one of those bands. I’ve been hearing about them for years but I’m embarrassed to say that I’m just getting around to listening. While “Wake From Yourself” (released 2008) is packed with moments reminiscent of Radiohead, The Cure, and Coldplay, it’s a very unique and well written record. The songs are powerful, intimate, emotional, and delicate all at the same time. On top of that, the production is exquisite and the mix is perfect.

While I’m late to the party on “Wake From Yourself,” the band have a brand new CD on the way. They will debut “Standing on the White Line” at their CD release party at IOTA on October 8. I’ll be there to get my copy!

Favorite Tracks: Take Me Home, Getting the Human Out
Where to Find Them: www.facebook.com/juniperlane
Next Show: October 8th @ IOTA / Arlington, VA

I don’t think it’s possible to count the number of bands in DC claiming to be influenced by post-punk these days. At best they are bland, boring ghosts of their influences with no appeal or substance. That’s why Dance for the Dying was such a surprise. I’ll admit that I’ll fall for anything with Peter Hook or Simon Gallup influenced bass lines but there is so much more to the songs than that – personality, depth, atmosphere, great lyrics and hand claps for God’s sake.

What’s nice is that they’re taking chances. Sure they’re using synths and some Bernard Sumner-like guitar but these songs are unusually anthemic. The choruses are huge and you will be compelled to sing along with them immediately. While the production is excellent, it is decidedly indie and I think the songs could be better served with a bigger sound. All in all this is a phenomenal set of songs and I’m glad they’re from our town.

Favorite Tracks: Death in the Garden, El Monstro
Where to Find Them: www.danceforthedying.com
Next Show: October 7th @ Velvet Lounge, DC