Archive: March 22, 2009 - March 28, 2009

Checking In on the Locals: Deleted Scenes

(Cross posted from the Going Out Gurus blog.) Deleted Scenes perform at the Black Cat on Saturday, March 28. (Photo by Alyssa Lesser) You've seen Dan Scheuerman before. It might not have been at a show that his band, Deleted Scenes, was playing. In fact, it was more likely at...

By David Malitz | March 27, 2009; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Meet the New Boss Playlist, Same as the Old Boss Playlist; iTunes Price-Hike Backlash Begins

Headlines: Bruce Springsteen's Asbury Park rehearsal shows are in the books, and some superfans aren't in love with the stale set lists. ... iTunes is about to raise the price of the hottest digital tracks to $1.29, and some industry veterans think bumping prices by 30 percent in the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 27, 2009; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Idan Raichel Project

Striking a range of musical, cultural and implicitly political notes, the Idan Raichel Project combines music from Israel, Ethiopia and other countries in that vicinity. Last night at Lisner Auditorium, the 10-piece group also sometimes ventured into rap, Afro-pop and Celtic jigs. Under it all, though, was a cinematic...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 26, 2009; 3:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

SXSW Leftovers: Talkin' [Expletive] With Psychedelic Horse[expletive]

Psychedelic Horse[expletive], taking no prisoners. As I was talking to Psychedelic Horse[expletive] dude Matt Whitehurst on Thursday night outside of Soho before his band's set at Siltbreeze's SXSW showcase, I knew he was going off. But listening back to it as I was transcribing left me slackjawed and somewhat conflicted....

By David Malitz | March 26, 2009; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Morning Mix: Congressional Leader Whips Up $upport With Britney's Help; C.R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

Headlines: Fantastic Huffington Post sentence: "There was more than one whip at [Tuesday] night's Britney Spears concert in Washington DC." Turns out that House Republican Whip Eric Cantor was at the "Circus" show for a fundraiser, according to my blogging colleague, The Sleuth ... Bob Lefsetz has some serious...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 26, 2009; 9:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prince's 'MPLSoUND,' Etc. (One-Word Review)

Auto-Tune?????!??!??!??????? ***** The trend-setting pop genius is now chasing trends. Go figure. Full review of his "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND" albums coming after -- or, rather, if -- I figure out how to navigate his sorta-insane, subscription-only, Flashed-up site, which went live last night. Giving the little purple polyglot your $77...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 25, 2009; 5:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Please Read the Letter: Vol. 1, No. 1

A new, not-exactly-innovative feature in which I publish unedited email from readers who rant and rail about my work. This one comes from Joanne Schreiner of Damascus. She hated my O'Malley's March piece. Regarding J. Freedom du Lac's March--th review of O'Malley's March and their newly released CD, Galway Races,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 25, 2009; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

I Turn My Camera On: Britney Spears

Britney Spears brought her Circus tour to Verizon last night, and We At The Washington Post rather enjoyed it. Click here for the review. And look below for photos by TWP's Linda Davidson. Post your own reviews -- plus any photo captions that come to mind (well, the ones that...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 25, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night: Raphael Saadiq

Unless you're a country crooner, Charlie Ray Wiggins is a tough moniker to hang a career on. You can see why the Tony! Toni! Tone! vocalist/bassist-turned-producer-and-solo-soul man would trade it in for the rhymes-with-sleek Raphael Saadiq. But if his stage name has a modern sheen, his latest LP, last...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 25, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Metallica's Label Fades to Green; Bruce Working on a Tour; Colin Meloy's Songbook Slays

Headlines: Lars Ulrich, a Bank of Elektra Customer Since 1984! The outspoken Metallica drummer said his band doesn't need a major label -- and he said in front of a bunch of reps from Metallica's label, Warner Bros., which scooped up the rockers after Warner Music Group folded their...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 25, 2009; 8:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Cut Copy (Two-Word Review)

Blue Monday! (Extended club-remix version: Don't You Want Me!) Full review and photo gallery coming later....

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 24, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Morning Mix: Malibu Neighbors on the Edge; P4K Bums Colin Meloy; Lil Jon + 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'? Yeah!!!!

Headlines: As The Edge moves forward with a development project in Malibu, the guitarist is being accused of endangering wildlife, potentially upsetting the ecosystem and creating an eyesore of McMansions that would obstruct existing views. ... Colin Meloy wants Decemberists fans to tell Pitchfork to kiss their pasty white...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 24, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Elvis Costello's Americana Dream (And Other Wolf Trap Bookings)

Cross-posting from another corner of This Very Web Site: As part of its upcoming summer season, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has booked Elvis Costello, the British musical shape-shifter who is apparently planning to spend much of 2009 getting in touch with his inner-Appalachian. His newest project,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 23, 2009; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

Everything You Need to Know About SXSW 2009

Andy Falkous, left, and Kelson Mathias of Future of Left, destroying everything in sight. (By David "It's a point and shoot in a dark club, what do you want?" Malitz) AUSTIN -- I saw tons of bands, walked many miles, drank lots of cheap Lone Star and Twittered my thumbs...

By David Malitz | March 23, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Morning Mix: Bruce's Family Affair; Eminem, Jimmy Page to Share Stage; O! Say Can You James McMurtry?

Headlines:Bruce Springsteen won't have Max Weinberg with him for the entire "Working on a Dream" tour (scheduling conflicts with Weinberg's other boss, Conan O'Brien). But the ESB will have a relatively familiar face behind the kit as Weinberg's son, Jay, will fill in for his father. Says Little Steven:...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 23, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Complete SXSW Haiku Reviews

For anti-Twitters Quick rundown of all I saw Chronological Wednesday Champagne Champagne Seattle hip-hop Rapper in Morrissey shirt How soon is over? The Coathangers Party punk done right Screaming, spitting, cursing - girls! Music should be fun Cotton Jones Folky jamboree Nice background music, sorry Get innocuous Juliette and the...

By David Malitz | March 23, 2009; 4:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: The Ting Tings

With just two members and only two great songs, the Ting Tings might seem under-equipped to handle a sold-out 9:30 club audience. But the British duo did just fine Friday night, holding the crowd's attention -- and affection -- during a barely-45-minute set. Singer-guitarist Katie White and drummer-programmer Jules...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 22, 2009; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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