Archive: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Live Last Night: Fountains of Wayne

A singer can have perfect pitch. So can a band have perfect pop? If so, Fountains of Wayne would undoubtedly be that band. The veteran quartet's acoustic show at a sold-out Birchmere last night may have been short on guitar fuzz and crackling drums, but that only served to...

By David Malitz | February 20, 2009; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Fujiya and Miyagi

A British band with a Japanese name and a German beat, Fujiya and Miyagi is well-outfitted with absurdity. Yet the quartet's sense of humor is hard to locate. Thursday night at the 9:30 club, singer-guitarist David Best and his cohorts maintained a deadpan air as they delivered silly lyrics...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 20, 2009; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: The Points

Ever since guitar strings were amplified, raw power has been in style. The Points know this, because they're historians. Or least they sounded like it on the Black Cat Backstage last night. The D.C. band ran an extension cord back to the moldy basements and crumbling garages of yesteryear,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 20, 2009; 3:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Playing Ball: The Piano Men At Nationals Park?

We didn't start the rally. Received an alert today from Live Nation, the Washington Nationals and the mayor's office about a press conference on Monday at Nationals Park, where Mayor Fenty, et al, will announce the first-ever musical performance at the year-old ballyard near the Anacostia. They're calling it "Washington,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 19, 2009; 3:49 PM ET | Comments (4)

Photo-Caption Contest: Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo did his thing at Constitution Hall last night -- his thing being melody-rich, well-mannered R&B delivered in an elegant, super-suave style. He also brought a bit of sexy back to the stage, with the help of girdle-clad dancers -- one of whom kinda looked like Margaret Cho, the most...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 19, 2009; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Ruthie Foster, Robben Ford, Jorma Kaukonen

The phenomenal Ruthie Foster, speaker of the truth. Commercially speaking, blues music has been in a nosedive since Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1990 helicopter crash. The fall toward mainstream irrelevance was helped by the economic boom the country enjoyed for most of the rest of that decade: When everybody's making money,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 19, 2009; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

What It Feels Like To Win Country's Songwriting Triple Crown

You keep telling me, baby, there will come a time/When all the songwriting trophies will forever be mine. (Susan Biddle/TWP file) Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is one of contemporary country's most prominent power belters, with a distinctive, dynamic voice that's big, brassy, super-emotive and twangier than a Tennessee trucker. But as...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 18, 2009; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cheap Top 5: Nirvana Songs

In today's paper I reviewed "Dark Was the Night," the new "intellectual indie" collection from the folks at Red Hot. The AIDS charity has been releasing compilations for the last two decades, and if you went to high school in the '90s -- or even if you didn't -- "No...

By David Malitz | February 17, 2009; 5:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Live Last Night: The Wammies

Multiple award winner Jon Carroll had plenty to sing about at the 23rd annual Wammies. Of all the awards ever devised to honor the purveyors of musical excellence, the Wammies are without question the most local, not to mention the most recent. Last night at the State Theatre in Falls...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 16, 2009; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (7)

Live Last Night: Patricia Barber

Jazz pianist and singer-songwriter Patricia Barber often brings a certain physicality and willfulness to her performances, and that certainly was the case at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Friday night. (Read the rest of the review after the jump.)...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 15, 2009; 8:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

© 2010 The Washington Post Company