Archive: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Bowen McCauley Dance/'Lucy's Playlist': Live Last Night

What's on a choreographer's iPod? A mix of punk rock B-sides, indie pop songs and a 1980s one-hit wonder. That's a typical shuffle mix for Lucy Bowen McCauley, a Northern Virginia-based choreographer who spent her younger years "Rockin' Around in N.Y.C." clubs. That Marshall Crenshaw song, plus 11 other...

By David Malitz | June 12, 2009; 9:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Elvis Costello: Live Last Night

(Photo by Andi King) No matter how many Will Ferrell flicks or Stephen Colbert Christmas specials Elvis Costello turns up in, the circa 1978 image of him as the logorheic and self-immolating Angry Young Man endures. But in the latter two-thirds of his wildly eclectic career, he's evolved into something...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 12, 2009; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (8)

A.A. Bondy: Live Last Night

"If there's one thing this country loves, " A.A. Bondy said before he played "Vice Rag" at Iota last night, "it's drugs and the Bible." And even though that's actually two things, the small crowd cheered, because they were on Bondy's side and wanted him to keep singing his...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 12, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dave Brubeck: Live Last Night

Before he played a note last night at the Warner Theatre, Dave Brubeck received a standing ovation. "I never expected to see a lot of you again," he said, referring to an April concert that was postponed when he was hospitalized with a severe infection. Ever the trooper at...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 12, 2009; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hip-Hop Stars (Auto-) Tuning Out Jay-Z's 'Death' Wish; Police Deliver Major Bonnaroo Buzzkill

Headlines: Jay-Z's song-sized call for the death of Auto-Tune has the hip-hop world talking. Mary J. Blige, who uses Auto-Tune on her new single, "The One," defends her position (sort of) by saying: "Do what you do, because I do what I do." Right. And Auto-Tune king T-Pain says...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 12, 2009; 7:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Thursday Live Music Overload

Clearly, we had many photo options for this post. We chose this picture of Jenny Lewis. Do you blame us? (Autumn de Wilde) So, what show will you be seeing tonight? You'll definitely be seeing something, right? I'm declaring today, Thursday, June 11, 2009, the Most Insane Live Music Day...

By David Malitz | June 11, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (8)

Amadou and Mariam: Live Last Night

"Welcome to Mali,'' announced Amadou and Mariam's opening number last night at the Birchmere, and the music did feature West African pop's trademarks: chiming guitar, chattering polyrhythms and call-and-response vocals. But the married couple's style has been augmented considerably since its early recordings, and not all the changes are...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 11, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Slanted Concert Review? No. Way.

Please Read the Letter: Vol. 1, No. 5: The latest entry in the Post Rock series in which I publish unedited email from readers who rant and rail about my work. Today's missive comes from Alan Carver. Amy Grant, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss perform a concert promote the Challenge...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 11, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Prince Hips the World to His Jehovah's Witness Ways; Phil Spector's Streamlined Prison Look

Headlines: Prince reportedly needs double-hip-replacement surgery but won't undergo the operation because Jehovah's Witnesses can't accept blood transfusions. ... Trent Reznor, a real rock star in the Twittering class, has decided to end his micro-blogging experiment. Too many haters. ... You wanna battle? Mos Def has challenged Jay-Z to...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 11, 2009; 8:10 AM ET | Comments (6)

Jane's Addiction/Nine Inch Nails: Live Last Night

Perry Farrell is fun. Fronting the reunited Jane's Addiction at Merriweather Post last night, Farrell filled the big room and lawn with laughs and worked the stage with poses borrowed from Jim Morrison and Jerry Lewis. "Let's kill some pain!" Farrell told the crowd early in the set, hugging...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 10, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (6)

Passion Pit: Live Last Night

Sometime in 2007, like a chemist messing around in the lab, Michael Angelakos created a mini-explosion by combining junky disco beats, gallons of squiggly 80's synth lines and a whooping, unrestrained falsetto that sounds like your roommate singing Prince's "Dirty Mind" in the shower. When the smoke cleared, Passion...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 10, 2009; 1:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Adam Lambert Is Loud and Proud (and Crushing on Kris Allen); O.A.R.'s Crazy Game of Twitter

Headlines: Least surprising celebrity news of the year: Adam Lambert likes boys. Duh! "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," Lambert says in the new issue of Rolling Stone that's, err, out this week. More: "Right after the finale, I almost...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 10, 2009; 6:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

TV on the Radio: Live Last Night

TV on the Radio is one of today's great rock-and-roll bands. TV on the Radio is also one of today's many mediocre art-rock bands. But the former is starting to overpower the latter and the best moments of the Brooklyn group's sold-out show at the 9:30 club Monday night...

By David Malitz | June 9, 2009; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Decemberists: Live Last Night

So, have you heard this new Decemberists record, "The Hazards of Love"? Dude. It's an hour-long fantasy rock opera about a young squire who once suffered a vexing enchantment by a vengeful sprite of the wood, and whose lady faire -- hey, where are you going? Come back! It's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey: Live Last Night

Harmonizing into a single microphone last night at Iota, Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey looked a little and sounded a lot like the Everly Brothers. The resemblance was not coincidental. The veteran North Carolina pop-rockers included two Everlys tunes, "The Lord of the Manor'' and "Let It Be Me,''...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 9, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Little Richard: Live Last Night

If the Alexandria sky shone a little brighter last night, there was a perfectly logical explanation: Little Richard was in town. Clad entirely in sequins and rhinestones, the rock-and-roller announced his presence before the sold-out Birchmere crowd by saying: "Hello, I'm the beautiful Little Richard." With an introduction like...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 9, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Axl Rose Humming Live and Let Hide; Britney Does a Flash Dance; Katy Perry Unplugs For MTV

Headlines: Remember when Axl Rose came out of hiding and released some new Gun N' Roses music and spoke to Billboard and then to his fans, via the Web, and promised a big summer tour and all that? He's apparently gone back into hiding. "It's not just Guns N'...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 9, 2009; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Out With the (H)Old (Steady), In With the New: Disappears

The Hold Steady played in D.C. last night, but I wasn't there. Been there, seen that, wrote far, far too many words about it. Gotta keep things fresh. And since the Hold Steady had no new album to tour in support of and were already slipping into self-parody, freshness was...

By David Malitz | June 8, 2009; 6:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Phil Vassar: Live Last Night

In case you didn't hear it the dozen or so times he announced it during his set, Phil Vassar was glad to be back in his home state of Virginia. The Lynchburg native delighted the crowd at Celebrate Fairfax yesterday with his collection of chart-toppers -- some written for...

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

The Sway Machinery: Live Last Night

If Howlin' Wolf had been a refugee from an Eastern European shtetl who started a New York alt-rock band, circa 2006 -- well, that doesn't make any sense, does it? Yet that fusion seemed entirely plausible last night at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, where the Sway Machinery exuberantly...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 8, 2009; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Last Night an MBA DJ Saved My Life; Weezy Hearts Kobe; Robert Pattinson Wants to Be Jeff Buckley

Headlines: The recession has been good for business at DJ schools. And some of the students might surprise you. Key passage from the Time magazine report: "After she lost her hedge fund job in December, [Koma] Gandy, a Harvard undergrad who also has an MBA from Georgetown, made a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 8, 2009; 7:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Todd Snider: Live Last Night

The Birchmere's "quiet please" policy was rendered completely and totally irrelevant the second Todd Snider opened the floor up to requests Friday night. At that moment, the rabid fans -- and that would be most of them -- of the impossibly charismatic, barefoot, 42-year-old folkie bombarded him with titles...

By David Malitz | June 7, 2009; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

David Byrne: Live Last Night

We know Ted Leonsis is D.C.'s best sports owner, but now we know something else: He's a David Byrne fan. At Byrne's show at Wolf Trap last night, Leonsis took a seat around sixth row center during DeVotchka's opening set. The savvy Caps owner sat politely through the Denver...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 7, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

X: Live Last Night

The big, sad news out of Camp X last week -- the great Los Angeles punkabilly band X, that is -- was that singer Exene Cervenka, 53, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. But there was neither sign nor mention of infirmity at the quartet's typically rocket-powered set at...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 7, 2009; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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