Archive: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Michael's Musical Legacy Will Endure

Try, for a moment, to separate the art from the artist. Consider Michael Jackson's entertainment proffer in a vacuum-sealed space. In that bubble, where Bubbles and all the peculiarities and plastic surgeries matter not one whit, you will find a man -- and, if you go back far enough...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 26, 2009; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Eric Hutchinson Gloves Michael

Hot off the presses --- err, press release about the Takoma Park piano-popper's MJ tribute. Words could not begin to express the collective sorrow experienced yesterday at the news of the passing of Michael Jackson. In this clip of Warner Bros. Records recording artist Eric Hutchinson performing "OK, Its Alright...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 26, 2009; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Telepathe: Live Last Night

Undoubtedly, many bands dedicated their shows last night to Michael Jackson. But from whatever realm the King of Pop entered yesterday, it was unlikely that he paid much attention to the icy, self-absorbed set that Brooklyn duo Telepathe sent out to him from the Rock and Roll Hotel. (Read...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 26, 2009; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patterson Hood: Live Last Night

Patterson Hood loves to play. The Drive-By-Truckers, the band of road warriors he founded in the mid-1990s, is taking a rare break. So Hood put together a bunch of Southern rock friends, dubbed 'em the Screwtopians and booked a tour of his own. Several times during his show last...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 26, 2009; 3:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

The King Is Dead: Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Headlines: It's the story in popular music. Actually, it's the lead story, period. Of course it is. He was the King of Pop, an entertainer who set a new standard for fame (and, yes, weirdness) and sold something like 750 million records worldwide. "Thriller" is, on any given day,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 26, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Michael Jackson Dies

There are a million things that can be said about Michael Jackson, and most of them probably will be said over the next couple of days. But one thing is undeniable -- he was responsible for some of the best pop songs ever. So for now, just enjoy one. Here...

By David Malitz | June 25, 2009; 6:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

St. Vincent vs. Wilco: Live Last Night, On TV

I actually found myself at home at 12:30 last night and was faced with a late-night-TV musical guest dilemma -- Wilco on Conan or St. Vincent on Dave? In a true changing-of-the-guard moment, I watched Annie Clark live and DVR'd Jeff Tweedy. It was the right choice. An act on...

By David Malitz | June 25, 2009; 3:46 PM ET | Comments (4)

Beyoncé: Live Last Night

Beyoncé works it, owns it. (Marcus Yam/The Washington Post) Sasha Fierce had a tough act to follow at the Verizon Center last night: her own. 'Twas mere months ago she came to serenade the new President, albeit in her more modest alter ego of plain old platinum-selling Beyoncé Knowles from...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 25, 2009; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Mr. Jonas Goes to Washington; Beyoncé Gives a Shout Out to the Obama Girls; Punched Perez Sues

Headlines: Nick Jonas has been lobbying in Washington on behalf of diabetes research -- with President Obama among those he's chatted up about the disease. (That's the most talented of the JoBros with Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey in the photo above.) Jonas, who suffers from Type 1...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 25, 2009; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

REO Speedwagon/Styx: Live Last Night

Hey, the late-'70s just phoned! They said they want somebody to show some respect for the era's rock-and-roll! The folks who packed Merriweather Post Pavillion last night to see REO Speedwagon and Styx would take that call. Proving yet again that nostalgia is an all-powerful force in the rock...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 24, 2009; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Gary Burton Quartet: Live Last Night

"The 6:30 start time is working good for you," Gary Burton joked to a dinner crowd at the Rams Head Tavern last night. The room was packed with boomers old enough to recall when the vibraphonist formed his acclaimed quartet in the mid-'60s. But the current edition of the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 24, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Virgin Mobile Festival Is Now FreeFest; Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, St. Vincent and Wale Join Weezer and Blink

Franz Ferdinand -- we called that one. Headlines: Whew, what a day. Freedom and I were just trying to enjoy a major league/minor league exhibition at Fenway -- er, Nationals -- Park (it ain't "be nice to the Nats week" over here) and all of the sudden we get word...

By David Malitz | June 24, 2009; 7:38 AM ET | Comments (5)

Virgin Festival News: Actual News Coming Soon

Weezer? Headliner? Say it ain't so. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images) Details on this year's version of Virgin Festival will finally be revealed tomorrow. What we think we know as of now: Blink-182, Weezer, Holy [Expletive], August 30, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Free. It's worth noting that Holy [Expletive] was the...

By David Malitz | June 23, 2009; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Black Eyed Peas Personally Deliver No. 1 Hit to Perez Hilton; If I Had a Hammer (And Sickle)

Headlines: When celebrities attack! (Or at least have their managers do it.) Perez Hilton, the gossip blogger who hits his favorite, famous targets exceptionally hard online, says he was on the receiving end of a punch thrown here in the real world by the tour manager for the Black...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 23, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Camera Obscura: Live Last Night

"I don't want to be sad again." That's what Tracyanne Campbell sang -- in her delightfully melancholy voice, with her usual steely-eyed determination -- during the first song Scottish sextet Camera Obscura played Sunday night at the 9:30 club. Maybe she's telling the truth. But if that were the...

By David Malitz | June 22, 2009; 7:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Phoenix: Live Last Night

Long disdained by Anglophones, French rock has a reputation for being kind of lame. Rather than fight that perception, such contemporary French outfits as Phoenix embrace it. The Paris band, which performed last night at the Rock & Roll Hotel, plays pop-rock that's unapologetically synthetic and thoroughly sanitized. (Read...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 22, 2009; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Woody Guthrie Is the Mayor of Folk Alley; Dylan in Iran; The Charlotte Fillmore Opens Its Doors

Headlines: Folk Alley has compiled a list of the 100 Most Essential Folk Songs, with Woodie Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" at No. 1. The rest of the Top 10: Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans," Pete Seeger's "If I Had a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 22, 2009; 7:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

New York Dolls: Live Last Night

When he fronted the proto-punk New York Dolls in the early 1970s, David Johansen was an undiscriminating thrift-store shopper: He took as much from the women's aisles as the men's. Friday night at the 9:30 club, leading the band's latest incarnation, Johansen wore black-rimmed glasses, white polo shirt and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 21, 2009; 9:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mandrill: Live Last Night

Although the clothing is less outrageous and its lineup of players has shifted over the years, '70s funk outfit Mandrill hasn't changed all that much. At the group's show at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre on Saturday night, there were crisp vocal harmonies, plenty of multi-genre grooves built on a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 21, 2009; 9:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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