Archive: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Talks Earth Day, Mars Day and "Exaggerated Optimism"

On Sunday, Earth Day Network will host Earth Day On The National Mall. The "inventors" of Earth Day have planned a line-up of environmental speakers including elected officials, environmental activists and cause-oriented celebrities (Matthew Modine!). You'll be able to join The Green Generation Campaign in support of renewable energy,...

By David Malitz | April 17, 2009; 4:15 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ratatat: Live Last Night

In terms of an appropriate onomatopoeia band name, THUMPBOOMSHRIEK -- absolutely in all caps -- would work better than Ratatat, the name the electro-rock duo of Mike Stroud and Evan Mast went with. Ratatat implies some sort of understated, simple percussion. But there was nothing remotely understated about the...

By David Malitz | April 17, 2009; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Flatlanders: Live Last Night

"Hills and Valleys," the new Flatlanders album, has the perfect title. Watching the trio open a two-night stand at the Birchmere last night, one only wondered why it took them so long to use it. Entering something like their 37th year of existence, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 17, 2009; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Benjy Ferree on the Record (Store Day)

The second annual Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 18. It's a pretty simple concept -- "the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music." Now by "celebrate the art of music" they mean "release extremely limited...

By David Malitz | April 17, 2009; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Habib Koite and Dobet Gnahore: Live Last Night

The two West African musicians who performed at Lisner Auditorium last night, Habib Koite and Dobet Gnahore, also appeared together on a 2006 sampler, "Acoustic Africa." That title suggests the style of both performers: easygoing folk-rock, emphasizing finger-picked guitar and embellished by indigenous African instruments. At Lisner, Koite seemed...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 17, 2009; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Celine Dion's Heart Will Go On ... Ice?; Ice-T Hunting For Flavorless Impostor With Uncool Tweets

Headlines: Celine Dion wants to trade up from power pap to power plays: The twiggy Quebecoise diva is reportedly part of a group that's trying to buy the Montreal Canadiens. ... Ice-T is not happy with his Twitter impostor. Key quote: "I'm looking at what he's writing and it's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 17, 2009; 8:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bob Dylan Said, 'Could You Help Me Out? I Got Some Songs Down the Way'; Bocephus Bails Out

Headlines: Bob Dylan received a major lyric-writing assist on new album, "Together Through Life," from Robert Hunter, the rock poet best-known for his work with the Grateful Dead. But Hunter has co-written with Dylan before, too, working up words for "Silvio" and "The Ugliest Girl In The World" on...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 16, 2009; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

An Horse: Live Last Night

There are more important things in the world than the end of one young couple's affair, but it might not seem so when listening to An Horse's debut album, "Rearrange Beds." The Australian duo, which played a short and vigorous set last night at DC9, focuses tightly on singer-guitarist...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 15, 2009; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Benny Goodman Salute: Live Last Night

They held a Benny Goodman centennial salute at the National Museum of American History's Carmichael Auditorium last night, and a comedy roast broke out. (Read the rest of the review after the jump.)...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 15, 2009; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dead Men Walking in West Wing, Right Past Scarlet Begonias; Lil' Kim Flashes 'Jailhouse' Rack

Long, strange trip leads to White House for Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Co. Headlines: The Dead went to the White House on Monday, and all they got was this lousy tour. Well, that and meetings with President Obama and some of his top advisers. The dress code? "No ties...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 15, 2009; 8:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Let There Be Twitters to Fill the Air: The Dead at Verizon Center, Live Updates

I'm off to see the Dead at Verizon Center. Live updates throughout the evening. I'm counting on my dad to know the song titles. #twitter_div h2 { background-color: transparent; color: #C00; font: bold 12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; margin: 0 0 1px 0; padding: 10px 0 0 0; border-bottom:...

By David Malitz | April 14, 2009; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bill Callahan, Death Cab For Cutie, Telepathe and more: Really Quick Spins

Bill Callahan - "Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle" Bill Callahan (nee Smog) is drier than a Saltine. I've been listening to and loving him ("Knock Knock" and "A River Ain't Too Much to Love" are all-timers) for almost half my life and I still can't quite tell...

By David Malitz | April 14, 2009; 4:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Flight of the Conchords: I Turn My Camera On

Everyone's favorite New Zealand acoustic-comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords, came to Constitution Hall last night. Kyle Gustafson was there to take some pictures. You can some below, along with my idea on how the evening went. (Note: I've seen 1.5 episodes ever.) Jemaine says, "Oh, right, there are two...

By David Malitz | April 14, 2009; 3:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Do You Realize the Flaming Lips are Playing a Free Show on Sunday??

(Cross posted from Going Out Gurus blog. Thanks to commenter Hemisphere for the quick tip!) For a long time we've known there was going to be a free concert -- Earth Day on the National Mall on Sunday. We just didn't know who was going to play. I assumed it'd...

By David Malitz | April 14, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (2)

Jacko Sells Off His Stuff; Josh Freese Sells Out

Items in the upcoming auction of Michael Jackson's personal "collectibles" include a life-size Batman and a painting of the erstwhile King of Pop himself. (Jonathan Alcorn for TWP) Headlines: Michael Jackson's stuff is no longer trapped in the closet. Instead, a whole bunch of it is going up for auction....

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 14, 2009; 8:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Dead's Long, Strange Trip Could Lead Back to Recording Studio; K'Naan Flies Flag for Pirates

Headlines: The Dead could become a recording act again, if the tour that began last night in Greensboro, N.C., goes well. Says Mickey Hart: "I would think that if we stay on this path that's inevitable. I think this could be a serious attempt at new Grateful Dead music."...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 13, 2009; 7:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beirut: Live Last Night

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue would seem like the perfect venue to see a band like Beirut, whose amalgam of Eastern European swing, marching band, indie folk, Serge Gainsbourg (and recently, Mexican funeral music) relies on an otherworldly mystique. And while Saturday night's show was more like an ordinary,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 13, 2009; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bajofondo: Live Last Night

Although they inspire rather different moves, tango and techno are both dance music, so it was inevitable that someone would combine the two. Soundtrack composer Gustavo Santaolalla did just that with Bajofondo, which performed at the 9:30 club on Saturday night. The group melded electronica's global thump with the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 13, 2009; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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