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Afternoon Delights: Noon:30 at Comet Ping-Pong



In a city that counts Bad Brains and Riot Grrrl among its musical gifts to the world, a band like Noon:30 should feel right at home. Still, says drummer Vivianne Njoku, “a lot of people still greet us with this scratched-record effect when we walk in the door.”

Audiences might not expect a group of African-American women to produce the fuzzed-out art-punk that’s Noon:30’s trademark. But Njoku — who formed the band three years ago with bassist/guitarist Aissa Arroyo-Hill and vocalist/bassist Blue S. Moon — says smashing stereotypes is part of the fun of being part of D.C.’s diverse music scene.

“People don’t know where to put us,” she says. “We look one way; we sound a different way.”

With influences ranging from N.E.R.D. to country, Noon:30 has built a local following by playing practically every venue in town, from hip-hop clubs to Fort Reno.

Njoku says the band will keep breaking boundaries on stages across town in 2011, starting with two shows this month, at Comet Ping Pong and Liv nightclub.

“When we get on stage,” she says, “our music just stands on its own.”

» Comet Ping-Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW; Sat., 10:30 p.m., $10; 202-364-0404. (Van Ness)

Written by Express contributor Kristina Gray

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