Archive: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

St. Vincent: Live Last Night

The Black Cat crowd was so noisy as St. Vincent -- aka 26-year-old ingenue Annie Clark -- performed a hushed, solo version of "Oh My God" that you'd think she was a basketball player on the road team shooting a free throw at the end of a big game....

By David Malitz | May 23, 2009; 11:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Au Revoir Simone, Jarvis Cocker, John Vanderslice, more: Really Quick Spins

Au Revoir Simone - "Still Night, Still Light" After-party electro-pop. You keep waiting for things to get light and bouncy, but these Brooklyn girls keep it pretty dreary throughout their third album. Seriously, why so sad? You're young and attractive and live in Brooklyn. Wait, maybe that's it. Maybe...

By David Malitz | May 22, 2009; 1:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Green Day Adds Wal-Mart to List of American Idiots; Don't You Worry About Adam Glambert, People

Headlines: Green Day is No. 1, but not at Wal-Mart, where you won't find the band's new album, "21st Century Breakdown." The retail giant wanted the album edited for language and content, citing its long-standing policy not to stock albums bearing parental advisory stickers. Green Day refused. "They want...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 22, 2009; 6:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anvil: Live Last Night

(By Kyle Gustafson) Heavy metal isn't for the sentimental. But it was impossible to watch Anvil's odd live show at the E Street Cinema on Wednesday without getting a little weepy about all the can-miss Canadian band has been through for rock and roll. Singer Steve "Lips" Kudlow and...

By David Malitz | May 21, 2009; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kris Allen Harshes Adam Lambert's 'American Idol' Mellow; Bob Dylan's History of Love and Theft

Headlines: Kris Allen is your new American Idol, having won in an upset over the flamboyant rockerdude Adam Lambert. Lambert was so good that when he and Allen sang "We Are the Champions" with Queen last night, you could actually envision him filling Freddie Mercury's enormous shoes. And Mercury...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 21, 2009; 7:51 AM ET | Comments (12)

Best of the Bruce Comments

(By Linda Davidson/TWP) Bruce played, Freedom wrote, I tweeted, you commented. Let's look at some of the best ones. Most On Point tojo45 said: He's a legend, a master performer, who cares about giving all he can to his audience. He's an excellent guitar player as well. The first...

By David Malitz | May 20, 2009; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Britney Being Britney Is an Expensive Endeavor; Bob Dylan Was a Teen Poet, Don't You Know It?

Headlines: Oh, the price of fame. Britney Spears spent around $10 million over 11 months in 2008, on assistants, a Malibu beach house, personal grooming, child support and such. She paid $3.6 million to an army of attorneys and $447,633 on bodyguards and other security measures. Oh, and $3,400...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 20, 2009; 8:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bruce Springsteen's Salvation: Live Last Night

(All photos by Linda Davidson/TWP) Bruce Springsteen wasn't about to shuffle quietly into the night. Having already spent nearly three sweaty hours striving for rock-and-roll deliverance Monday at the Verizon Center, Springsteen thundered one last time down that familiar redemptive road. As the E Street Band roared through an...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 19, 2009; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (42)

'Idol' Gets KISS-ed?; Pearl Jam to Greet Conan in L.A.; Yoko + Twitter + Haiku = Awesome

Headlines: It's "American Idol" finale time, and that's kind of music related, right? Joining Adam Lambert and Kris Allen on Tuesday's show will be the likes of Carrie Underwood, Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, Keith Urban, Queen Latifah and David Cook. There are also rumors...

By David Malitz | May 19, 2009; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Working on a Tweet: Bruce Springsteen at Verizon Center, Live Updates

Team Post Rock is off to Verizon Center to see us some Earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making rock-and-roll. You can stay up to date -- set list, request signs, celebrity sightings, etc. -- right here as we will be Tweeting. Make sure to sign up for our feed while you're...

By David Malitz | May 18, 2009; 7:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dan Deacon: I Turn My Camera On

Dan Deacon must have been as sick of his one-man show as I was. There's only so much you can get out of a live performance that consists of one dude pressing a few buttons and singing through a Woody Woodpecker vocal filter. So the man at the center...

By David Malitz | May 18, 2009; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen's Sound and Fury

Bruce at the Cap Centre in 1981. (Joel Richardson/TWP File) In advance of tonight's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Aug. 5, 1981,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 18, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Radiohead Breaks Out the Big Lego Box; Naked Photos of Rihanna, Cassie Don't Lift Music Sales

Headlines: Radiohead has returned to the studio to begin work on a new album. Only, the beloved British rock band doesn't have any actual, you know -- songs. "We're at the stage where we've got the big Lego box out and we've tipped it out on the floor and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 18, 2009; 7:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen, An Austere Power

In advance of tonight's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Dec. 6, 1995, and written by Richard Harrington. *** Near the beginning of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 18, 2009; 6:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Nils Lofgren on Springsteen's Audibles, Audience Energy, Set List Criticism, TicketsNow and More

Bruce Springsteen E Street Band, Monday, Verizon Center. High expectations? Only for anybody who's ever been to a show staged by the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, etc.-etc., band. I caught up with guitar whiz Nils Lofgren, Bethesda's former boy wonder, this afternoon to talk about the tour,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 17, 2009; 11:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Etta James: Live Last Night

Sasha Fierce, keep your distance. "Y'all know where Beyoncé is?" Etta James demanded on Saturday night at the Birchmere. The septuagenarian sexpot is still cranky that the 27-year-old one-namer who portrayed her in the film "Cadillac Records" got to sing "At Last" for the president and the first lady...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 17, 2009; 8:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival: Live Last Night

How is it possible that the Maria Schneider Orchestra hasn't performed at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival since 1997? No doubt that question occurred to a lot of listeners at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Saturday night, when the ensemble brought the 14th edition of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 17, 2009; 8:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Soul of John Black: Live Last Night

John Bigham, the frontman and alter ego of the Soul of John Black, covers a lot of territory with a minimum of fuss. Friday night at the State Theatre, Bigham updated such venerable African American forms as blues, soul, funk and gospel, garnishing them with hints of jazz and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 17, 2009; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Live Last Night

Sweet Honey in the Rock wrapped up its 2008-09 concert season at the Birchmere on Friday night, and the women of the a capella group declared one of the best in memory. "Barack was elected this season, Barack moved into the White House this season, and Sweet Honey in...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 17, 2009; 8:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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