There’s now an estimated 10 million new iPhone 7 smartphones in the hands of Apple-loving tech fanatics worldwide. From increased photo capabilities to lacking an earphone jack, there’s numerous changes and updates that have been made on the just-released device. We here at DCClubbing aren’t going to argue about whether or not the “upgraded” iPhone is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy X7, though. Rather, we’re going to discuss five products that will enhance your iPhone 7 user experience. From the best wireless headphone to the most durable case and more, we’ve done the research so that you can make the most of your new iPhone investment.

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Mophie’s iPhone 7 Portable Batteries – PURCHASE HERE

For quite some time, Mophie’s been the go-to brand for premium phone charging technology. Nobody likes being out on the town with a phone at 5% and six hours left away from a charger. In the past, Mophie has made cases for phones, and let’s presume that they’ll do so again. However, until then, Mophie’s “powerstation” universal battery powers up for two additional charges on your smartphone, plus comes equipped with two USB ports to charge multiple devices at once. For those times when you and your friend are running on a low battery warning, this device is ideal.

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Jaybird’s Freedom Headphones – PURCHASE HERE

The release of the iPhone 7 can also be officially known as the moment when wireless Bluetooth headphones went from the wave of the future from the absolute necessity of the present. There’s literally no way to use the iPhone 7 with plug-in headphones, so instead, there’s likely a need to find a headphone that’s comfortable, fashionable, and also can, say, go from work-to-car-to-gym-to-home with ease. Our answer is Jaybird’s Freedom F5 In-Ear Wireless Headphones. Priced at a point just a bit cheaper than Apple’s “Airbuds,” Jaybird’s heaphones come with eight hours of play on a full charge, premium metal buds, remote controls for music and calls, and a “My sound app” that customizes your sound settings and saves them to your buds.

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Caseology [Wavelength Series] Slim Ergonomic Ripple Design – PURCHASE HERE

iPhone lovers worldwide know of the pain of a cracked screen. We don’t know of any foolproof solutions against having that occur, but we do believe that a case like the one pictured above from Caseology’s “Wavelength” series has a ripple design that should help you keep a grip on your phone. As well, the phone comes complete with a TPU sleeve and polycarbonate bumper to provide safety in the inevitable event of falls as well. It’s available in coral pink, burgundy, jet black, deep blue, black and gold, and navy blue, so no matter the your color preference, you’re ideally safe(r) than you were before.

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Jawbone Mini Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – PURCHASE HERE

If you have yet to catch Sonos’ home digital stereo wave or you’re still using the aux cord in your car, the quickest fail-safe solution for phone-related audio needs is probably solved by purchasing a Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker. The Graphite Mini Jambox provides one-touch access to all saved and streaming music, plus connects calls from your phone to your speaker. As well, the device has a built-in microphone that provides full crisp sound to the person on the other line. If needing a stop-gap until all of your technology is up-to-date, the Mini Jambox is ideal.

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MaxCurve Photo App – PURCHASE HERE

We’re well aware of the enhanced photo capabilities of the iPhone 7. Therefore, alongside some must-grab physical accessories, we also know that having a great photo app is just as important as a great set of headphones. At DCClubbing, we suggest the MaxCurve app, which, among it’s positives include the most comprehensive curve editing function available with 28 curves, most of which are not available on other apps. The creators of the app note that “[MaxCurve] is able to edit every detail of your photos to its maximum design and also help to perfectly reconstruct your photography works.” For photographer and professional visual artist quality shots, MaxCurve is an essential photo editing tool.

In 2015, CNN Money reported that Americans were working roughly 47 hours a week, which when given that the average work week is expected to be 40 hours, means that there’s a lot of overtime happening. The push towards overtime means that there’s less time for many things, cooking at home included in that list. Thus, if you’re wondering why cities like Washington, DC appear to be over-run with fast casual dining options offering everything from salads to rice bowls to noodle soups, burritos and more, that’s why. However, how big of a business DC’s ability to ever-so-briefly stop working and eat an impressive diversity of meals is becoming is what’s truly amazing.

Sweetgreen’s farm-to-table salads are delicious enough for the company to have existed for nearly a decade, raise $95 million in venture capital funding and spawn a seven-year old music festival. As well, not too far behind is five-year old Cava Grill, which, as an offshoot of the Cava Mezze restaurant has just followed Sweetgreen into New York City and has $60 million in VC funding to spend. As well, established fast-casual industry leader Chipotle launched Shophouse, a Southeast-Asian inspired sister concept, in the area three years ago.

Even iconic and veteran DC chef Jose Andres is in on the fun, his all-vegetarian Beefsteak entry now entering it’s second year in the fast-casual sweepstakes and already having national locations. Andres’ acclaim has attracted pop-star power to his brand as his funders include the likes of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Upstarts like Philadelphia hoagie-inspired Taylor Gourmet, urban-chic “Chipotle for Pizza” & Pizza and sushi-as-burrito operation Buredo are making swift and impressive moves as well.

DC’s downtown park system turning into a lunch-time smorgasbord should be added to this mix as well. There’s now 240-plus food trucks in operation in the Nation’s Capital, offering everything from lobster roll sandwiches to barbecue items, grilled Halal-style meats and much more. Food trucks with brick-and-mortar locations like District Taco are notable, too. When the San Francisco Business Journal reveals that food-truck entrepreneurs are making a half-million dollars a year in earnings, there’s an impressive movement happening.

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Fast casual is even interrupting DC’s traditional sit-down and not-so-fast restaurant boom. In Asia, ramen shops are the ultimate in fast dining, as the shops do an impressive level of in-and-out dining by business people needing incredibly swift dining options during weeks of work that oftentimes expand far past the new American 47 hour-per-week expectation. Now, especially in DC of late, traditionally fast ramen is becoming the height of experience-driven fast-casual eating. There’s roughly a dozen ramen-specific restaurants now in the DC Metropolitan area, a number that’s certain to grow.

When well-regarded publications like Zagat’s food guide says that “perhaps more than any [American] market, Washingtonians can’t get enough of fast-casual” and Eater notes that both “home-grown” and “enthusiastic entrants from elsewhere” are highlighting DC’s “nicer than fast-food, but not quite full-service” offerings, and can name over a dozen eateries not noted in this article, fast-casual has not just arrived in Washington, DC, moreover, it’s likely here to stay.

Thirty years ago, Burning Man was a festival associated with “radical self-expression” that took place in the shadow of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and ended with the ritualistic symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy-as-man. In 2016, Burning Man is a destination on Instagram near Reno, Nevada where from August 28-September 5, the likes of Paris Hilton and 70,000 of her friends partied on-board a jet-plane as art installation, Jack U played Billboard pop hits, and yes, they still burned a wooden man. Somewhere in the middle of this insanity there’s a lesson about what happens when underground things become mainstream fads because everyone loves a good, cool party that it seems like nobody else is attending.

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Burning Man has existed for 30 years, but it was ultimately the festival’s close alignment with mid-2000s leading indie-to-pop cultural staples of electronic music and festivals as communal experiences that arguably put it over-the-top. Over the past weekend, Burning Man’s attendance reached a 40% surge in the past five years. That’s roughly 70,000% growth in the festival’s 30-year history, so it’s probably as good of a time as any to sit down and consider how movements develop and when it’s time to start doing something new.

Getting angry about Burning Man “not being for the scene” anymore is arguably fruitless. From disco to old-school rap, scenes evolve over time, as people, places and economics “conspire” to open culture up to society-at-large. These evolutions welcome in people who bring their unique human backgrounds into what are ideally supposed to be “shared cultural spaces.” Whenever “sharing” occurs, there’s a balance that must be achieved. Of course, when that balance is between wealth and “free-thinking,” the idea that wealth allows for free-thinking to include so much of what we saw at Burning Man 2016, stories like that of a “fancy camp” founded by the son of a Russian billionaire being ransacked make sense.

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There’s been recent discussion of moving the Burning Man Festival out of the Nevada desert because of festival taxes being levied by the state of Nevada. If Burning Man were still all about free-thinking hippies on a beach, that’d be a problem. However, confusing what Burning Man originally was with what it is right now is like comparing a McDonald’s Big Mac to a steak dinner at The Palm. In Burning Man 2016 being far more of the latter and less of the former, the idea of taxing the wealth-positive festival makes sense.

Here’s an intriguing solution. Maybe it’s time for the OG burners to head, as VICE suggested in 2015, to Utah. In June 2016, Burning Man’s organizers purchased the 3,800 square foot Fly Ranch in Washoe County, Nevada in order to build year-round Burning Man-style infrastructure. While for some this may seem like an ideal solution for those looking to get away from the growing crowd in Black Rock City, heading to Utah instead could be a winning plan.

In the 2015 Vice piece, Burning Man’s CEO Marian Goodell notes that the Nevada taxes has made the festival’s organizers “ look longingly towards Utah or any other state that might not have levied that.” However, when Goodell also notes, “[w]e have watched the change in the type of people that come to Burning Man, and we’re not gonna get in front of certain things and force issues. We are gonna nurture the process so we all get the best results. Burning Man is an experiment in temporary community, and we’re the stewards of that process,” is it also a nod to potentially taking things elsewhere? When she continues to note that at 2015’s festival may be the most important sign that times have changed and that the festival’s culture may need to evolve:

“I was one of the people who was awakened at 3 in the morning by the sound of thumping music. My trailer was vibrating! Several of us came out, shocked, and couldn’t understand, even though I’ve been doing this for 19 years. We got in the cart and went out and it was an tart car facing its speakers towards the camp. It was past the man and it woke me!”

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Again, in 2016, Burning Man was a destination on Instagram near Reno, Nevada where from August 28-September 5, the likes of Paris Hilton and 70,000 of her friends partied on-board a jet-plane as art installation, and ultimately, given how change occurs and things evolve, that’s okay. In looking to discover how to preserve a Burning Man that’s more about good music, good vibes and hanging out on a beach as a wooden man burns, maybe it’s time to think about Utah, and that’s okay, too.

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In August 2015, Kanye West took to the stage at MTV’s Video Music Awards and announced that he was running for President of the United States in 2020. As if wanting to make absolutely sure that we all knew that he wasn’t backing out of his prior announcement, he returned to MTV’s VMA stage on August 28, 2016, and in a manner most “presidential” outlined an anti-urban violence stance as well favorably compared himself to the likes of President Harry S. Truman, automaker Henry Ford, iconic entrepreneur Howard Hughes, entertainment titan Walt Disney, and pioneering Apple tech visionary Steve Jobs. In considering how and why he could win in 2020, that’s where things begin to get interesting.

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Yes, the Republican nominee for President stated that, if elected, he would force Mexico to build a wall to contain its potential immigrants. However, Kanye West once said that George W. Bush didn’t like black people. We’re in a political environment where sound bites oftentimes carry more weight than full speeches. In this being the case, Donald Trump’s grassroots appeal being based on enraging/engaging snippets of thoughts could be mirrored by a potential West campaign.

2016’s Presidential campaign has involved Donald Trump making numerous statements about Hillary Clinton’s desire to stay with Bill Clinton after the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal. By comparison to Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian being filmed in a globally-distributed sex tape with one-time pop-star Ray J, the Clinton’s failings pale in comparison. While yes, setting up a slippery slope of sex and drama isn’t exactly what we should want to achieve in a presidential election cycle, if Kanye runs in 2020 — especially as a Democrat in the primaries against Hillary — it’s bound to occur.

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The easiest way for Kanye West to avoid many of the potential public relations pitfalls of a Yeezus for President campaign will exist in his ability to use his pop-star swagger to overcome public angst. Ever since we elected movie star Ronald Reagan as president in 1980 and Bill Clinton became a late-night and MTV celebrity in 1992, there’s a certain level of superstar cool associated with the American presidency that’s maybe more important than public policy stances. In many ways, arguable public policy know-nothing Donald Trump’s successful obtaining of the Republican nomination can almost entirely be directly related to the 35 years that he’s spent as an global media icon alone. However, we’ve never seen arguably one of the top five most entertaining hip-hop artists of all time running for president. The idea that a superstar is vying for a superstar’s job could literally be more than enough to put him over-the-top.

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And let’s also seriously break down the idea that Kanye could release his entire platform as a mixtape, and that mixtape would be FIRE. In a realm of things that could legitimately occur in the world, imagine Kanye’s Watch The White House mixtape being hosted by Barack Obama. Tracks could feature everyone from Beyonce and Rihanna to Jay Z and Nas, Chance the Rapper and Jaden Smith, Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose, Jack U and Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, and the Foo Fighters and Guns N Roses. U2 once released an album on iTunes that magically appeared in everyone’s collections free-of-charge. Zero campaign laws would be violated if private company Apple Music publicly supported Kanye’s presidential aspirations with a similar move. Between blog traffic, think-pieces, potential Billboard chart-topping hits, videos and live performances, that’s an unprecedented media assault that could disrupt traditional campaigning forever.

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Debates would be LIT AF, too. When not potentially nervous and speaking without a script onstage at the Video Music Awards, Kanye West is the son of a college professor and well-acquainted with doing compelling oration in front of thousands-to-millions of people. If Kanye’s coached for debates in a manner similar to any other presidential nominee, it’s easy to imagine that he’d actually not just make points, but be really entertaining at doing so, too.

Kanye’s running in 2020. Intriguingly enough, he could easily win.

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Elvis Crespo: 8.6.16 at Echostage

By amelia in DC Clubs, DC Concerts, DC Events, Echostage, Event Calendar, live music, Music
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DCClubbing Presents

Elvis Crespo

Live in Concert

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Saturday August 6, 2016 | Doors 9:00pm | Ages 18+
Echostage • 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE • Washington, DC
VIP and Venue Information – 202.503.2330

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The Suavemente Elvis Crespo is making his Echostage debut on Saturday August 6!

 

 

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The Puerto Rican duo Zion Y Lennox are making their Echostage debut on Friday September 23!

Alesso: 9.4.16 at Echostage

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Tweet DCClubbing Presents Alesso Sunday September 4, 2016 | Doors 9:00pm | Ages 18+ Echostage • 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE • Washington, DC VIP and Venue Information – 202.503.2330 Tweet

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David Guetta makes his return to Echostage on March 4!

Independence Weekend Beach Party at Ultrabar

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Monday, June 1, 2015, 2:07pm. (Updated: 7/05/16 at 11:29am) Add comments
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Kick off your 4th of July with us at our Independence Day Beach Party this Sunday July 3.We want to see you at Ultrabar!

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Summer has finally arrived! And musically speaking: it will not disappoint.

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