Thursday Live Music Overload
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 In Recent D.C. History. There's something for everyone, whether you want a pop starlet, living legend, indie-rock babe, mathcore band or free-jazz wailer. Just get out there.
Taylor Swift at Merriweather Post Pavilion
The reigning queen of country. And pop. And the summer touring season. All tickets for this show were gone in 30 minutes, which was an MPP record until Phish took Taylor's tiara. Looks like it'll be a wet one on the lawn tonight. This is where I'll be. Come say hi.
Elvis Costello at Wolf Trap
Declan goes bluegrass and country. The tour kicked off Tuesday night in Jersey. Don't expect a greatest hits show -- "for the most part, Costello and his six-man backing string band had a specific old-timey purpose in mind, and they would not be swayed from that path, no matter how many times one woman in the crowd shouted for "rock 'n' roll!'"
Dave Brubeck at Warner Theatre
The jazz icon is still getting it done at 88 years old. He's 88! Looking for a good read? Check out Matt Schudel's article from last April about Brubeck's 1958 State Department tour that took him behind the Iron Curtain.
Jenny Lewis at 9:30 club
The indie-rock siren will surely induce some swooning at a sold-out 9:30 club. Will she be wearing hot pants? We expect a report from the field. The openers are Deer Tick, personal favorites of Brian Williams, of course.
The Avett Brothers at Lisner Auditorium
Good things can happen when kids who grew up on punk and alternative discover the joy of the banjo. Expect plenty of romps and broken strings.
Gil Scott Heron at Blues Alley
Here's who we have to thank for every bad student film project that had a play on the phrase "The revolution will not be televised." But we also have him to thank for laying the groundwork for hip-hop. And for providing the highlight in the name-checking portion of LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge." (Gil! Scott! Heron!)
Dillinger Escape Plan at Rock and Roll Hotel
On their Wikipedia page, under genre, you'll find "mathcore" and "experimental metal." So you know it's awesome. I have a friend who loves this band so much he named his dog Dillinger. True story. I'm glad he got a dog before he had a kid.
AA Bondy at Iota
Former grunge guy (remember Verbena? no?) goes folky, pulls it off pretty well. Opening is Holly Miranda. I've been positively obsessed with this picture of her for the past week. Is that wrong? Local blog Brightest Young Things had a listening party for her new EP.
Blk Jks at Black Cat
I'm disappointed to be missing the D.C. debut of this South African quartet. Mark Jenkins says to expect "loosely structured, dazzlingly unpredictable songs" featuring "exuberant polyrhythms and lilting guitar."
Mika Miko at Comet Ping Pong
And I'm very disappointed to miss one of my faves, although I might be able to pull off the Columbia-to-Chevy Chase twinbill. I'm a bit disillusioned that these L.A. punks are no longer all-girl L.A. punks, but hey, it happens. Still one of the most fun bands around and any band that has a song with the chorus of "I want a turkey sandwich!" is a band for me.
Peter Brotzmann at Velvet Lounge
Black Plastic Bag has the low down on the free-jazz blower.
By David Malitz |
June 11, 2009; 12:28 PM ET
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