Archive: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Discographically Speaking: Morrissey

Almost two years ago I went to see Morrissey at Wolf Trap and it was a life-changing experience. Up to that point I had never been much of a fan, and I will never forgive myself for my past transgressions. Over the past two years I've become a complete convert,...

By David Malitz | March 13, 2009; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Almost Famous with Clem Snide

Clem Snide is an eminently likable band that plays tuneful, quirky, indie-alt-country songs that are most memorable for frontman Eef Barzelay's often-wry lyrics and appropriately deadpan delivery. For the early part of its career the band seemed always on the verge of a breakthrough; during the second act it...

By David Malitz | March 13, 2009; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Young Pheezy Goes All Akon; Message in a Wine Bottle; JoBros Create Sticky Situation

Headlines: Joaquin Phoenix, who has hip-hop's best Hell's Angels beard since Rick Rubin split with Def Jam, interrupted his own concert in Miami to attack a heckler in the audience. Is Young Pheezy's recent run of bizarre behavior just an act? The Reliable Sourcettes think so. ... They won't...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 13, 2009; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Common

After Common's latest LP, "Universal Mind Control," was widely dismissed as an overly commercial, hyperactive mess, everyone wondered if the rapper had yet again lost his senses. The album, which dropped in December, could be Common's most puzzlingly bad effort to date -- at least his 2002 experimental flop...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 12, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: U2 Wants a Mulligan; Leno Has an Insatiable Appetite 4 Prince; Jack White's Weather Report

Headlines: U2, whose new "No Line on the Horizon" tops the latest Billboard 200, wants to rework and re-release some of its early work, including "Boy," the band's 1980 debut. "I would love to sing that album again and finish that," Bono said yesterday. The band "couldn't afford another...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 12, 2009; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Fleetwood Mac

Tuesday night at the Verizon Center, Fleetwood Mac surveyed 40 years of its turbulent career, including material written by members past and present. But the concert was dominated by singer-guitarist Lindsay Buckingham, whether the quartet was excavating its origins as a late-'60s blues band or playing hits from "Rumours,''...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 11, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (12)

Live Last Night: Mi Ami

During its turbulent three year existence, D.C.'s Black Eyes evolved into one of the city's most inventive and explosive bands; twisted, pummeling rhythms and a scabrous attitude that was a little like a musical version of getting your face clawed. By the group's 2004 dissolution, it seemed to be...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 11, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Talk to Beyonce's Terminator Hand; Singer-Songwriter-Scalper?; 1-866-IDOLS13 = NSFW

Headlines: Beyonce is ramping up for a world tour, during which she might need an extra roadie just to deal with the robo-hand that she's bringing on the road. "I have to figure out how I'm going to perform with that hand," the hip-hop diva says of the artificial...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 11, 2009; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Bettye LaVette

For a soul diva as brilliant as Bettye LaVette, toiling in obscurity for about 42 out of her 47 years in showbiz is a tragedy worth getting worked up about. But some dryness in her vocal cords at a half-full 9:30 club? Ain't no thing. (Read the rest of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 10, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Forever 21 Out of Step; Cops Crash Phish Reunion; Chris Brown Tending to His Career

Headlines: Youth-clothing retailer Forever 21 is selling T-shirts with Minor Threat's logo on them, and the late, great D.C. hardcore band's label isn't pleased. "This is an unauthorized shirt and it is still unclear whether the shirt was produced by Forever 21 or if it is a bootleg that...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 10, 2009; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

I Watched Ray LaMontagne on 'SNL'

Man, what was that? Seriously, what was that??? I'll admit that before Saturday I had never bothered to actually listen to him because, well, just look at the dude. You've heard one beard act, you've heard them all. Also, as Chris Richards was reviewing his most recent album we...

By David Malitz | March 9, 2009; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Live Last Night: Ashford and Simpson

Royalty checks are sweet, but there's no substitute for applause. At the Birchmere on Sunday, husband and wife hit machine Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson soaked in their fans' love live while reclaiming some of the finest pop-soul tunes ever written. (Read the rest of the review after the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 9, 2009; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Hoba Hoba Spirit

A mere 27 years after the Clash scored a fluke U.S. hit with "Rock the Casbah,'' the Casbah returned the favor Sunday evening at the Eisenhower Theater. As part of the Kennedy Center's "Arabesque" festival, Casablanca quintet Hoba Hoba Spirit played a short but exuberant set of what one...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 9, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Morning Mix: Led Zep in Wheaton?; U2 Possibly Playing FedEx; Phish Jams On; M.I.A. Not Down With 'Ickitt'

Headlines: Led Zeppelin played here? At the Wheaton Youth Center? On Jan. 20, 1969, during Led Zep's first U.S. tour? "Yes. No way. Depends whom you ask," writes David Montgomery, who notes that "Zeppelin-in-Wheaton is Washington's own rock-and-roll Loch Ness Monster." ... U2 is announcing its world tour today....

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 9, 2009; 8:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Hall & Oates

Hall & Oates don't have to maintain an image. In fact, the blue-eyed soul duo -- which dominated commercial radio throughout the '80s -- is in many ways immune to the anxieties that vex successful pop musicians. This is because Hall & Oates are not cool. When Daryl Hall...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 8, 2009; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: The Foreign Exchange

When an MC hits the stage wearing a bow-tie, it's a good sign that an interesting show is about to take place. For the Foreign Exchange's sold-out date at the Black Cat on Friday, singer/rapper Phonte broke out what he called his "finest haberdashery," but even though he was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 8, 2009; 5:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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