Archive: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Live Last Night: Marah

The Remains, Big Star, The Fleshtones, Tommy Keene, High Back Chairs. Every rock-n-roll obsessive has their personal list of bands who shoulda-coulda-woulda been as big as the Beatles. For those whose list includes Marah -- if pressed, Americana-soaked guitar rock with a wickedly beautiful poetic twist works as a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 28, 2009; 4:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night: Ledisi

Oakland singer Ledisi is a truth-teller, and she warned her audience at the Birchmere on Thursday to brace themselves for a night of sobering reality checks. Making good on that promise, Ledisi served up straight talk all night long--refusing to ease up even when she made her fans squirm...

By David Malitz | February 27, 2009; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Big-noise boys from the Lone Star state, the founders of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead began their career by wrapping brisk little songs in sheets of clamor. The Austin band still does that, but Trail of Dead's latest album -- emphasized at its Thursday...

By David Malitz | February 27, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Tom Jones

(Helayne Seidman for TWP/File) Here's one sure way for a veteran pop star to deflate an eager audience: by announcing that he's going to perform most of his new album. That's what Tom Jones did Wednesday night at the 9:30 club, promising he'd highlight material from his underwhelming new album,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 26, 2009; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (8)

Live Last Night: Cross Canadian Ragweed

Cross Canadian Ragweed, a leader of the guitar-based regional rock clique known as Red Dirt bands, doesn't get commercial radio airplay. If any of the veteran Oklahoma quartet's romantic or druggie anthems makes the playlist of a college station in College Station, that's good enough for CCR. It's all...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 26, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Chabab Al Andalous Rabat Orchestra

The 10 performers took their seats on the Millennium Stage and began to play a jaunty dance, its rhythm set by a derbouka, a traditional drum. The spiraling melody and flatted notes -- like the troupe's flowing white robes and red fezes -- indicated that this was Arabic music. Yet...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 26, 2009; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

PR Pitches We Actually Finished Reading!

This one just landed, announcing the Can't Stop Rockin' tour. It features "three of the hardest-working bands in rock-and-roll" and, thus, will include "hit-packed sets spanning the course of these three unparalleled rock legacies." Also, there are some bargain tickets available, under the guise of a rock-and-roll stimulus package: "Ticket...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 26, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (5)

Live Last Night: Stevie Wonder. (Yes, Him Again)

POTUS in Wonderland: President Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the East Room. (Reuters) "Stevie Wonderful!" exclaimed Tony Bennett. An overjoyed Stevie Wonder beamed, the Motown music legend having just jumped onstage to provide an ad-libbed coda to Bennett's rendition of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 26, 2009; 12:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night: Jimmy Eat World

Emo would seemingly be the genre worst suited for the current performing-a-"classic"-album-in-its-entirety trend. After all, wouldn't it be too painful to dredge up all that heartbreak, not to mention all those embarrassing lyrics? But Jimmy Eat World successfully stared down its past at a sold-out 9:30 club on Tuesday...

By David Malitz | February 25, 2009; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Please Explain To Me ... Jane's Addiction

Nothing's shocking. Not even that suspender/gloves combo. One of the bigger rock tours this summer promises to be the Nostalgiapalooza tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction, who will attempt to relive the summer of 1991. Trent Reznor announced the plans for the tour on his Web site last...

By David Malitz | February 25, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (14)

Live (Very, Very Late) Last Night: Mos Def

There are very few hip-hop shows that would be well worth a two-and-a-half hour wait: maybe a reunion of the surviving members of N.W.A. or a posthumous Tupac/Biggie double-bill. But standing around for that long to see Mos Def, which is what fans of the rapper did at the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 24, 2009; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder knows from classics. Classical, too, as it turns out. At the Library of Congress last night, the Motown legend spoke of a longtime "love for classical music" -- of listening to Stravinsky, Bach and Beethoven. And then Wonder ambled onstage at the library's Coolidge Auditorium and gave...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 24, 2009; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Billy Joel and Elton John Confirmed for Nationals Park

Our sources were right. The first ever concert at Nationals Park will be a pairing of Billy Joel and Elton John, and it will be on Saturday, July 11. It's one of a handful of summer ballpark dates for the duo on their Face 2 Face Tour 2009. Tickets go...

By David Malitz | February 23, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

What It Feels Like To Be A Rock Star In Canada (But Not In The United States)

Yes we Can-rock: Sam Roberts, takin' care of business Sam Roberts is a Montreal musician whose eponymous rock band has earned a fair amount of fame in the Great White North: The rock-and-roll classicist has a raft of hit singles ("Brother Down," "The Gate," "Bridge to Nowhere," "Them Kids," etc.)...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 23, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night*: Drive-By Truckers (* Two Nights, Two Reviews!)

Status ain't Patterson Hood: The frontman for the DBTs (he's the scruffy guy in the middle) was a DNP at the band's two 9:30 club concerts. "Just 'cause I don't run my mouth don't mean I got nothin' to say," goes the line in the Drive-By Truckers song, "Marry Me."...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 22, 2009; 1:57 PM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night: M. Ward

"Faith in God is happiness" read an inscription on the wall behind M. Ward at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue last night, words that would have provided a fitting backdrop to the transcendental songs on "Hold Time," his just-released album. But Ward didn't focus too much on his...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 22, 2009; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

The delight was in the details when the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra unveiled "The New Jazz Standards" at the National Museum of Natural History's Baird Auditorium on Saturday night. The concert was, at first blush, a celebration of the works of numerous NEA Jazz Masters, each of whom was represented...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 22, 2009; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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