Archive: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Can You Name 10 Songs Better Than This One? No, You Can't.

News of Estelle Bennett's passing today at the age of 67 serves as a sad excuse to talk about one of the best songs ever, the Ronettes' "Be My Baby." You've got the greatest drumbeat there is, Phil Spector's incomparable Wall of Sound at its most imposing, a stunning vocal...

By David Malitz | February 13, 2009; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

Live Last Night: Jerry Butler

"Sing the song!" shouted an exuberant fan as Jerry Butler began to perform "Let It Be Me" at Blues Alley on Thursday night. "I'm doing the best I can," responded the 69 year-old R&B legend, whose best is still awfully good. The exchange drew a big laugh from the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 13, 2009; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Rokia Traoré

"I can't say what style I am," Rokia Traoré explains in a press release for last year's "Tchamantché," an album that finds the Mali singer/ songwriter weaving slippery West African grooves into blues structures on top of mournful, meditative laments. But at the Barns of Wolf Trap on Thursday...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 13, 2009; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Lambchop

Kurt Wagner is not a sock puppet. Ever listened to someone talk and heard the saliva in their mouth? Kurt Wagner has made a career out of that sound with Lambchop, an ever-rotating outfit that has been purveying a startlingly original brand of something you might call Mumble Rock for...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 12, 2009; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Even though I'm the worst eater this side of your picky 6-year-old nephew (my three food groups are: pizza, bagels and pizza bagels), I enjoy watching "Top Chef." Maybe it was a subconscious thing, with the producers constantly using that one background song that's a complete rip-off of Spoon's "I...

By David Malitz | February 12, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Mark Olson and Gary Louris

The All-Americana duo: Just don't call 'em the Jayhawks. Roots music is all about basicness. So, to compare Mark Olson and Gary Louris to sandwich spreads, let's go no further than peanut butter and jelly. Pretty darn good on their own, but most sublime when thrown together. A Birchmere crowd...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 11, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Perfection of a 30-Minute Set

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Long band name, short set. (By Annie Powers) Consider this to be the opposite of our Rules of the Road series. On Monday night cumbersomely named New York indie-pop up-and-comers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart came to the Black Cat's backstage....

By David Malitz | February 10, 2009; 5:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Who Doesn't Like Bob Marley?

J. Freedom's got a story in today's paper about a Bob Marley photo exhibition at Govinda Gallery. It's a good read -- particularly entertaining because the photographer, David Burnett, had no idea who Bob Marley was when he was given the assignment from Time magazine in 1976. More than...

By David Malitz | February 10, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (10)

What's the Deal: Keith Urban's Tour

Urban development plan: A $20 concert ticket in every pot. (Susan Biddle/TWP file) Guess Keith Urban won't be playing guitar in Al Green's band, after all. Fresh off of Urban's surprise appearance backing the Rev. Green during the soul legend's added-on-the-fly Grammy performance of "Let's Stay Together" with Justin Timberlake...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 9, 2009; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (3)

Twittering the Grammys

The main question coming into this year's Grammys is -- might they actually not be totally lame this year? I'll believe it when I see it, but the shockingly relevant list of nominees and performers leaves me optimistic, at least as much as I can be about a self-congratulatory industry...

By David Malitz | February 8, 2009; 7:51 PM ET | Comments (7)

Live Last Night: Mambo Sauce

Mambo Sauce has played nearly every music venue, festival, and cultural event in the D.C. area. The go-go fusion band has a Billboard charting single in "Welcome to D.C.," and an enthusiastic fan base throughout the area -- and beyond. The one thing Mambo Sauce doesn't have just yet? An...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 8, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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