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Washington DC

As the political center of the globe and a city polarized by race and economic means, DC is a perfect catalyst to create rebellion and social commentary. This is exactly what transpired in the 80s when, with Dischord at the helm, punk rock and hardcore grew a social conscience. During the 90s, punk began to take new expansive forms as consumers began to take commercial notice of the scene and what it had to say. In recent years, DC's underground output has waned, but its artists remain major influencers on -- and contributors to -- cutting-edge music.