Archive: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Live Last Night: Little Big Town/Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown, "Chicken Fried" country star. (C. Taylor Crothers) There's something paradoxical about screaming the lyrics of a Buffet-esque ode to taking it easy. But don't tell that the 1,200 or so fans who packed the 9:30 club Wednesday night to declaim the chorus of "Toes" ("Toes in the water,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 5, 2009; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

R.I.P. Lux Interior of the Cramps

Lux Interior, frontman for psychobilly (emphasis on psycho) greats the Cramps, passed away yesterday at the age of 52 62. I dug through The Post archives and found some old reviews of the band's shows from years past to give a feel for what the live experience was like. And...

By David Malitz | February 5, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (4)

Live Last Night: Passion Pit

Passion Pit: And don't the kids just love it. There's a reason baseball players spend at least a couple years in the minor leagues before making it to The Show. They need time for seasoning and to hone their skills. The same holds true for bands. You don't become a...

By David Malitz | February 4, 2009; 5:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Three Girls and Their Buddy

Musician's-musician Buddy Miller reclaimed his "Wide River to Cross" from Levon Helm, for whom it helped to win a Grammy. Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Emmylou Harris joined their crystalline, haunting voices on the Depression-era gospel of "We Shall All Be Reunited." Colvin covered Miller's cover of Richard Thompson's "Keep...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 4, 2009; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Andrew Bird

About the time of "Weather Systems," listening to Andrew Bird records became akin to eating a pile of steamed crabs: a lot of work for intermittent moments of deliriously succulent pleasure. But in the car, on earphones or even via webcast, the work of picking through his craggy violins,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 4, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Antony and the Johnsons

The essential tension in the music of Antony and the Johnsons is between the precise chamber-rock arrangements and Antony Hegarty's precarious falsetto. When the septet performed Tuesday night at the 6th and I Historic Synagogue, there was another notable contrast: between Antony's cryptic, evocative lyrics and his rambling, garrulous remarks....

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 4, 2009; 8:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Billie Jean is Not My Lover, It's Just the Song That I Can't Get Out of My Head

The title of the post pretty much says it all. It's not like this is a unique phenomenon; everybody gets a song stuck in his or her head once in a while. I wrote about it last time it happened to me, with Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love." But this...

By David Malitz | February 3, 2009; 6:40 PM ET | Comments (7)

Live Last Night: The Pretenders

Last year's "Break Up the Concrete" is only the second Pretenders album of the 21st century, and it's more country than New Wave, but Pretender-in-Chief Chrissie Hynde has plenty of confidence in it. At the band's sweaty, sold out 9:30 show Monday, six of the gig's first nine songs were...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 3, 2009; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Day the Music Died

Dave Marsh's Rock Rap Confidential just emailed an image of this poster for the Feb. 3, 1959, stop on the Winter Dance Party tour featuring Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Ritchie Valens -- all of whom died 50 years ago today when their plane crashed near Clear Lake,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 3, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

They Played What, Where? Vol. 2, No. 1

A video featuring Beyonce's baby sister, Solange, doing a version of "Viva La Vida" landed in my inbox late last night. Which reminded me that I'd heard something truly strange early Sunday afternoon, while walking in downtown Bethesda. A violinist and electric bass player were set up in front of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 3, 2009; 8:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Boss at the Super Bowl

Now the Cards have drawn a rough hand. . . (Associated Press) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the Super Bowl half-time show, and Malitz and I watched because, well, Liz Clarke just wasn't gonna report on it for us. The 12-minute set featured shortened versions of four...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 1, 2009; 8:33 PM ET | Comments (4)

Live Last Night: Ryan Cabrera

Ryan Cabrera was roundly booed during his set at College Park's Santa Fe Café on Friday night, but, unbelievably, it had nothing to do with his music. (More after the jump.)...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 1, 2009; 5:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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