Archive: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

LeAnn Rimes: Live Last Night

(Photo by By Andrew Propp) By Dave McKenna LeAnn Rimes put out her first and best record when she was just 13. Appearing on Thursday for the first time at Wolf Trap after years of tabloid press had foisted a train wreck aura upon her, Rimes showed she still loves...

By David Malitz | July 10, 2009; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jay-Z: 99 Problems, $35 Million; Pearl Jam Readies Its Ninth; Vampire Weekend Gets "Hero"ic

Headlines: The annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings list from Forbes is out and Jay-Z has overtaken 2008 leader 50 Cent for the top spot even though the $35 million he made over the past 12 months was way down from the $82 million he made in 2008 and nowhere near...

By David Malitz | July 10, 2009; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Les Nubians: Live Last Night

By Sarah Godfrey Back in the '90s, whenever hip-hop and soul artists wanted to add a little French flavor to their tracks, they called on sisters Helene and Celia Faussart, better known as Les Nubians. Although everyone from Guru to Talib Kweli has enlisted the duo for guest spots,...

By David Malitz | July 9, 2009; 10:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wilco: Live Last Night

(Photo by Andi Kling) By David Malitz The formula behind Wilco's twin ascent to being both one of the best and most popular American rock bands was on full display during its wholly satisfying performance Wednesday night at a sold-out Wolf Trap. At many points during the band's 15-year career...

By David Malitz | July 9, 2009; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (5)

Pandora's Stream Stays Strong; Beck and Tom Waits Talk to Each Other About Nothing In Particular; Sports Stars Pay Tribute To MJ

Headlines: I'll be honest. I never listen to Web radio. Never. I've already got hundreds of albums in my to-listen-to queue, hundreds of hours of Dylan bootlegs to sift through and I end up just listening to the Future of the Left album over and over anyway. There are...

By David Malitz | July 9, 2009; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (3)

Those Darlins: Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki If you didn't lock up your sons and your liquor cabinet Tuesday night, you're probably regretting it today: country-punk girl group Those Darlins were in town for the opening gig of their album release tour. Sporting miniskirts, battered cowboy boots, and tattoos, Kelley, Jessi, and Nikki...

By David Malitz | July 8, 2009; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Being There (On the Phone) With Jeff Tweedy

You saw Chris Klimek's interview with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy in Sunday's newspaper. That was just a teaser. Here's the entire thing, to get you ready for the band's sold-out show tonight at Wolf Trap. You waited seven albums in to do a self-titled disc, but now we've got Wilco...

By David Malitz | July 8, 2009; 9:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Somber Farewell to the King of Pop; NIN Schedules Final Dates; Kanye and Lady GaGa Dates Announced

Headlines: Once again, it was basically an all Michael Jackson news day. The King of Pop's funeral in Los Angeles was "a surprisingly somber affair, and far less of a spectacle than you might have imagined." As The Post's Monica Hesse neatly sums up: "It was very sad. It...

By David Malitz | July 8, 2009; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Sonic Youth: Live Last Night

By David Malitz Over the past few years it's become en vogue for rock bands to perform a "classic" album from start to finish. Sonic Youth has taken part in this phenomenon ("Daydream Nation" a couple years ago) but has spent most of the past decade giving the same...

By David Malitz | July 7, 2009; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Stars Will Be Out For MJ; Panic in Panic at the Disco Land; Please Come to America, Blur

Headlines: You will not be able to escape the Michael Jackson funeral today, so don't even try. It will be nothing short of an extravaganza, which should serve as a fitting farewell to the King of Pop. The ceremonies at Staples Center will be broadcast on every major network....

By David Malitz | July 7, 2009; 7:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Discographically Speaking: Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth, esteemed godfathers of alternative rock, are in town for two sold-out shows at the 9:30 club tonight and tomorrow. It's been a while since there's been a Discographically Speaking on here, and what better band to restart the series than the definitive guitar rock band of the past...

By David Malitz | July 6, 2009; 4:20 PM ET | Comments (9)

Jay Reatard: Live Last Night

By Patrick Foster Rumor has it that Jay Reatard's forthcoming Matador debut album ("Watch Me Fall," due August 18) is a pure pop masterwork. At the Black Cat Backstage last night, though, any pop that was in the room was obliterated by buzzsaw guitar and a punk rhythm section...

By David Malitz | July 6, 2009; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rock's "Most Ruthless Svengali" Dies; 500K Expected for Jackson Funeral; Pixies Do "Doolittle"

Headlines: You know how when people die everyone says nice things about them? I mean, the last week or so has proven that pretty well, right? Not so much the case with Allen Klein. The former manager of both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones passed away from Alzheimer's...

By David Malitz | July 6, 2009; 7:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Chuck Mead: Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki Unless you've got pyrotechnics at your disposal, playing D.C. on the Fourth of July is kind of a bad idea. At Chuck Mead's IOTA gig, barstools outnumbered patrons even though the show's start time was pushed back an hour to accommodate fireworks watchers. However, the 20...

By David Malitz | July 5, 2009; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

 

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