Archive: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

St. Vincent, the War on Drugs, So Cow, Wayne Hancock, more: Acts on the Rise

In Sunday's Style & Arts section, a bunch of us who write those Live Last Night reviews you read on here every day picked some under-the-radar acts coming through D.C. in the next couple months that we think should be on your radar. Catch them now before they get big....

By David Malitz | May 9, 2009; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Mowin' Down the Roses With Jamey Johnson

Jamey Johnson's "That Lonesome Song" was the feel-bad album of 2008. And the ache, angst and anger weren't a put-on: Johnson was going through a divorce and had lost his record deal when he began working up the self-released honky-tonk set. But since the brilliant bummer of a country...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 9, 2009; 4:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

In the Flowers with Animal Collective

Here's just what the Internet needs -- another Animal Collective article! But seriously, of all the insane hype cycles we've lived through recently, no album has been more deserving of all of the breathless, long-winded praise as "Merriweather Post Pavilion." Avey Tare (Dave Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) and...

By David Malitz | May 8, 2009; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: Live Last Night

Most virtuosos are closely identified with their instruments, but Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is an unusual case: His instrument is actually named for him. The Indian master, who performed Thursday evening at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, plays the 20-string Mohan veena, a guitar he modified to resemble a...

By David Malitz | May 8, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dylan and McCartney Coming Together?; Cassie's Computer Has Wardrobe Malfunctions; Courtney Love Still Has No Love for Kathleen Hanna

Headlines: Bob Dylan tells Rolling Stone that he wouldn't mind collaborating with Paul McCartney, and a McCartney rep says the feeling is, in all likelihood, mutual. And then, stating the obvious, the rep adds: "As you can imagine, it would be a pretty major thing if it went ahead."...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 8, 2009; 8:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

St. Vincent, Pink Mountaintops, NOMO, more: Really Quick Spins

St. Vincent - "Actor" "I can't see the future but I know it's got big plans for me," Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) sings on "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood." It seems like one of those lines thrown in there just for reviewers to latch onto and hey,...

By David Malitz | May 7, 2009; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trent Reznor Puts the Hurt on Prince, R. Cuomo; Jacko's Ex-Rep Now Bain of His Existence; Pumpkins-Basher Malitz Gets Psychoanalyzed

Headlines: Trent Reznor's pretty hate machine is running on all cylinders these days. Says the Chris Cornell-slagging, Webby Award-winning musician: "I'm not Prince or Rivers Cuomo who brags about having hundreds of great songs. And to that I would say, Prince, if you have a hundred great songs or...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 7, 2009; 5:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

Junior Boys: Live Last Night

Think of Junior Boys as a sort the 21st century model of Hall and Oates. The Canadian duo of Jeremy Greenspan (Hall) and Matt Didemus (Oates) -- with touring drummer Dave Foster in, uh, the role of the drummer in the "Private Eyes" video -- plays sometimes-sappy but usually-irresistible...

By David Malitz | May 6, 2009; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Unpopular Argument: Bob Dylan Edition -- "Desire" > "Blood on the Tracks"

I teased this in the Morning Mix last Friday and it seemed to rile up a few people. To answer one commenter, no I'm not trying to be cooler-than-thou -- that just happens naturally. I actually do think "Desire" is a better album than its predecessor, the widely-lauded "Blood...

By David Malitz | May 6, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (9)

Paula and Eminem Sing Same, Druggy Song; Start Your Swine Flu Playlist!; Britney Gets Bum-Rushed

Headlines: Eminem was addicted to methadone and says "I had almost died." Paula Abdul was addicted to painkillers and says: "I could have killed myself." They're both clean now, so surely it can't be long before they duet on a remake of "Straight Up." ... The inevitable swine flu...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 6, 2009; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Ben Harper and the Relentless 7: Live Last Night

Ben Harper fooled everybody. Before he'd hit a note for his show last night at the 9:30 club, Harper sat down on a chair and rested a lap steel guitar on his legs. He's not a large man, so for a big portion of the sold out crowd he...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 5, 2009; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

You're a Grown Man. GROW UP!

Please Read the Letter: Vol. 1, No. 3: The latest entry in the newish Post Rock series in which I publish unedited email from readers who rant and rail about my work. Today's missive comes from Maia. Your reviews of the Jonas Brothers are always very mean. I did not...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 5, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (7)

Wilco: The Lawsuit; Relix Keeps on Truckin'; Coldplay's Ripping Somebody Off

Headlines: Forget the Grammys, the multiple documentaries, the sold-out shed shows. Here's how you know Wilco is now a Big Time Rock Band -- litigation! Jay Bennett, the band's original guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/obsessive compulsive, is suing frontman Jeff Tweedy for at least $50,000 in past royalties. He claims he needs to...

By David Malitz | May 5, 2009; 7:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Gavin Rossdale: Live Last Night

Gavin Rossdale only makes the tabloids these days when he steps out with his wife, No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, or those young kids of theirs with the attention-grabbing names (Kingston and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale). But Rossdale is hardly the lesser half in a Britney/KFed pairing. At an...

By David Malitz | May 4, 2009; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

John and Gerald Clayton: Live Last Night

As co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, bassist John Clayton has often performed at the Kennedy Center in a vibrantly expansive setting. Saturday night at the KC Jazz Club, however, the mood was defined by an intimate pairing of bass and piano, father and son. Gerald Clayton, a 24-year-old...

By David Malitz | May 4, 2009; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seeger Celebrates in Style; No Doubt Shakes Off Cobwebs with "Spiderwebs"; No Age Do the Dü

Headlines: Most 90 year olds would probably settle for a small gathering at the local Moose Lodge to celebrate that momentous birthday. Pete Seeger got an all-star fete at Madison Square Garden with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp paying tribute to the...

By David Malitz | May 4, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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