Archive: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

Live Last Night: Chicha Libre

Reviving a half-forgotten late-1960s Peruvian musical craze might seem an awfully, well, *specific* thing to do. But the advantage of a folk-meets-rock style like chicha (named for a traditional corn liquor) is that it's so adaptable. On its 2008 debut album, "Sonido Amazonico!,'' Chicha Libre mated the genre's clip-clop rhythm...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 22, 2009; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

(Not) Live Last Night: Rihanna

Leave it to the always-bumbling Recording Industry Association of America to mess things up. To quote the internets, last night's RIAA/Feeding America Ball at Ibiza can be described thusly: EPIC FAIL. It shouldn't have been that way. With the official balls requiring a certain amount of pomp and circumstance,...

By David Malitz | January 21, 2009; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

Live Last Night: Wale

Making it in the most opinionated city you can make it in. (By Jahi Chikwendiu/TWP) Rap fans bummed to see the Jay-Zs, Kaynes and T.I.s leave town after an inaugural bacchanal of historic proportions, fret not. Washington finally has a rap star to call its very own. His name is...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 21, 2009; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Backyard Band

As the seemingly never ending inaugural weekend rolled into its fourth night of after-hours revelry, the city's go-go scene hardly blinked. As with any holiday weekend, go-go concerts dotted the city's grid and the surrounding suburbs, including a Martin Luther King Day performance by the esteemed Backyard Band at Club...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 20, 2009; 5:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night: Jay-Z

Jay-Z and some special guests made it a memorable night at the Warner Theatre. (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images/MTV) The 8 p.m. start time printed on the ($500) tickets for Jay-Z's inauguration eve concert at the Warner Theatre was clearly advisory: At that hour, there was only a sprinkling of people inside...

By David Malitz | January 20, 2009; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Beastie Boys

Pop history's most influential novelty act, the Beastie Boys, brought the noise and the chuckles to the 9:30 club on Monday. The Beasties' early material, which was both plagiarized and mimicked, remains its most beloved. Fans showed off their diminished vertical leaps during a club-wide hop-fest on "No Sleep till...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 20, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Big Shoulders Ball

From Chicago they came, nearly a dozen indie-music acts, to present the "Big Shoulders Ball'' at the Black Cat Monday night. The occasion, of course, was the inauguration of Chicago's own Barack Obama. Yet the man of the hour -- six hours, actually -- was Welsh-born country-punker Jon Langford, who...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 20, 2009; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: A Celebration of America

At the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater last night, Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin introduced "A Celebration of America," a salute to Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama's inauguration, as "a chemistry experiment gone right." An apt description, as it turns out. For starters, there was the evening's most unlikely...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 20, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Latino Inaugural Gala

Too bad Daddy Yankee was such a vocal John McCain supporter. Perhaps if the reggaeton artist had backed the other guy, he would've performed alongside his fellow superstars of Latin music at the Latino Inaugural Gala at Union Station on Sunday night. The entertainment at the event incorporated multiple styles--mariachi...

By David Malitz | January 19, 2009; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Lissen

As the Bonos, Bruces and Beyonces descended upon Washington for inaugural weekend, Washington's go-go community welcomed the arrival of America's first black president with an indigenous party soundtrack that still goes relatively unheard outside of the Beltway. Sure, most area go-go clubs weren't graced with star-studded guest appearances, but they...

By David Malitz | January 19, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Carlene Carter

Most folks at Carlene Carter's Barns at Wolf Trap show on Saturday surely left feeling lucky they didn't grow up in a show biz family. Well, her family, anyway. The gifted granddaughter of Maybelle Carter, daughter of June Carter and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash told the audience that "a lot...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 18, 2009; 8:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Songs for Presidents

Over the next few days, plenty of tunes will be sung to, for, or about almost-president Barack Obama. But what about Millard Fillmore, Martin Van Buren or William Howard Taft? Actually, those three didn't make the cut Saturday night at the 6th & I Historic Synagogue, where J. Matthew Gerken,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 18, 2009; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Live From the Lincoln Memorial

Bruce Springsteen, "Rising" up with the help of a choir. (Gerard Martineau/TWP) 6:30 p.m. -- Thanks to everyone who followed along with the live Twittering during the concert. It was quite a scene down there. If you decided to stand anywhere but to the left of the Reflecting Pool...

By David Malitz | January 18, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (16)

 

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