This week on DC Music Rocks, Justin Shapiro, a singer-songwriter who takes his love for 90's grunge, acoustic rock, folk, blues, funk, and jam bands, he puts it all together to make his own unique, signature sound, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Iris Divine, Sean Chyun, 51 Peg, and Evilterror.


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  Justin Shapiro

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Justin Shapiro is a Bethesda, MD native, and has been playing in the DC area since 2007. With influences like Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper and Bob Dylan, Justin took his country-bent blues, folk-rock, alternative sound and formed Green River Junction. 

After drummer Rich Cairns relocated to SC, they couldn't find an easy replacement, and the band shortly fizzled out. Justin, who plays around town almost every weekend, took his songs and released his debut album "Campfire Party" in May of 2018. It currently has 2 charting songs on the Digital Radio Tracker charts, and his single "Inspiration Nation" reached #12 on the rock charts; the hardest song on the album. From the basement of Jackpot in Chinatown, to the legendary stage at the 9:30 Club, find Justin playing all around the DMV. Check out for his full schedule.


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  1. ***Fire of the Unknown, by Iris Divine (Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal)

  2. Inspiration Nation, by Justin Shapiro (Rock, Folk Rock)

  3. ***Punk Rock Love Song (Let Me Down Easy), by Sean Chyun (Rock, Pop)

  4. ***Another Nothing, by 51 Peg (Hard Rock, Industrial)

  5. ***Kill or Be Killed, by Evilterror (Heavy Metal, Speed Metal)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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  • Broke Royals - Bad Chemicals
     (Pop 2 Song Single Release - RIYL The Killers, Bastille)

  • Prinze George - Airborne EP
     (6 Song Electro Pop EP - RIYL Metric, Purity Ring, MS MR, London Grammar)

  • Black Masala - Tell Me Again
     (9 Song Full Album of Gypsy Funk - RIYL Horn Bands, this “Devil Went Down To GA” but with horns)

  • Sydney Franklin - Challenger Deep
     (Pop R&B Single - RIYL Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin

  • AZTEC SUN - In The Name Of Everyone
     (Funk Single - Snarky Puppy, James Brown, Alabama Shakes)

  • Rare Essence - Live PA #21 (Live at Aqua Nightclub, 6-23-18)
     (11 Song Go go album - RIYL Chuck Brown)

  • Lori Williams - Hold On (Remixes)
     (4 Song EP of Remixes of the Original Song Hold On - RIYL Dianne Reeves, Anita Baker, Oleta Adams)

  • Mackenzie Fisher - Gravelly Point
     (Indie Single named after the park by National (DCA) Airport - RIYL Birdy, Christina Perri, Nora Jones, Colbie Caillat

  • Vegas With Randolph - Legs & Luggage
     (13 Song Pop Rock Album - RIYL Fountains of Wayne, Weezer, Matthew Sweet, Beatles)

  • Roof Beams - In My Prime
     (Indie Folk Acoustic Single - RIYL Bob Dylan, The Decemberists, Neutral Milk Hotel, Ryan Adams, Mutual Benefit, Angel Olson)

  • Better Homes - Roman  Hard Rock Single - RIYL Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Panic! at the Disco, Paramore

  • M4TR - Callout to the Nation Pop Single - RIYL a hybrid of Ben Folds, Stevie Wonder, Cake, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peter Gabriel




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