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Middle Distance Runner: 'Naturally'

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Formed in Washington, D.C., in 1998, the band Middle Distance Runner spent seven years honing their skills and chemistry before playing a single show. With an indie rock sound, they have been likened to The Strokes, U2, Radiohead and Blur. They produced and released their first album, Plane in Flames, which has been praised in publications including SPIN Magazine and PopMatters. "Naturally," the first track off Plane, features their catchy vocals and beats.

Singer Stephen Kilroy, drummer Erik Dean and guitarist Allan Chappelear formed Middle Distance Runner. In the summer of 2005, guitarist Jay Smith and bassist Ian Glinka joined the group. As well as playing around the Washington, D.C., area, the band hands out hundreds of free demo CDs to promote their album.

The band can be found playing with iForward Russia! and Snowden at Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat on Dec. 16 and performing an acoustic set for DC101's Local Lix (101.1 FM in Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas) on Dec. 10.