Entries by Monica Alford

Alt-Rock Queen Garbage’s Shirley Manson

More than 20 years have passed since Garbage’s first album hit airwaves, gifting the 90s with their revolutionary sound that wraps alt-rock, grunge, trip-hop and even some pop sensibilities into one badass package. It seems only fitting that one of the most influential rock bands of the past two decades, revered by Gen Xers and […]

Binge-Worthy Podcasts: Serial and S-Town’s Julie Snyder

If you aren’t one of the millions of listeners who has tuned in to or downloaded NPR podcast Serial, chances are you’ve heard of the Peabody Award-winning show that ushered in a new era of investigative journalism. Our country became fascinated with the podcast’s first season in 2014, centered on a 1999 murder case in […]

VISIONDC: The District’s First Arts & Urban Innovation Summit

As a born and bred Northern Virginian, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the DC area change tremendously over the course of my lifetime – but especially in the past decade. The District in particular dove headfirst into new territory, transforming itself into a city with burgeoning dining and arts & culture scenes and urban […]

Light in the Tunnel: Inside Dupont Underground

There are moments in life when you stumble upon something that feels remarkable, and your gut instinct is to hold on tight. As a writer, it’s those moments that can lead to the most compelling stories. On a Tuesday afternoon in late January, about 20 minutes into a private tour of a subterranean streetcar station […]

Inside Ivy City’s Sip & Dry Bar

There are few things in life that aren’t more fun with a well-made cocktail in hand. Add getting your hair professionally done in a hip, industrial setting with a neighborhood vibe, and you’ve just stepped into Ivy City’s Sip & Dry Bar. The blowout bar opened in mid-January, and is one of the only salons […]

New Notable No Longer: March 2017

On Tap keeps locals in the know about the latest and greatest food and drink locales around town, our top foodie picks for the month, and spots that have recently closed their doors. Read on to get the inside scoop on what’s new, notable and no longer in the DC area. NEW Colada Shop’s DC […]

Up Close and Personal with The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt

Stephin Merritt is no stranger to writing about some of life’s most uncomfortable, even painful, moments. But on 50 Song Memoir, the prolific singer-songwriter and Magnetic Fields frontman’s 25th album, he takes a look directly inward with purely autobiographical material. Each song on The Magnetic Fields’ new album, out on March 10, represents a year in […]

Ska Darlings Save Ferris at Black Cat

I’m not going to lie. When I found out that 90s ska band Save Ferris was back together (well sort of, vivacious redhead and insanely talented songstress Monique Powell is still at the helm with a new lineup) and had put together their first album in nearly 20 years, 12-year-old me got really, really excited. […]

Catching Up With Food Photographer Farrah Skeiky

Farrah Skeiky is a name that’s popping up everywhere in the city. The Bloomingdale-based food photographer and founder of Dim Sum Media supports some of the city’s trendiest new spots – ANXO, Bad Saint, Cotton & Reed, Haikan and Bantam King among them – and was one of the driving forces behind inauguration weekend’s All […]