Archive: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Occidental Brothers: Live Last Night

By Mark Jenkins Horns are less prominent in African pop than they once were, but they rule Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, which performed an engaging set Thursday night at DC9. The quintet's percussive timbres -- including the bell-like guitar typical of West African music -- provided a bustling...

By David Malitz | July 17, 2009; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Tortoise

I couldn't help but start my interview with Tortoise drummer John Herndon by asking him to guess the name of this blog. "I can't answer that. I'm not going to say Post Rock," he said. So that got things off to a great start. How could I resist, though?...

By David Malitz | July 17, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Their Goal In Life Is To Be An Echo

Mario Iván Oña wrote the story on tribute bands that appears in today's Weekend section and offers up some interview outtakes. Today's article talks about tribute bands as an alternative, affordable form of entertainment in this down economy. But with each band I interviewed, another angle emerged -- a...

By David Malitz | July 17, 2009; 7:09 AM ET | Comments (2)

Panic, Drugs and Leaked Photos; Mariah Takes on Eminem, Probably; Farms Continue to Be Aided

Headlines: Drugs, feuds and denials in the news. That Panic at the Disco split last week may have been as much narcotic as creative differences. A photo of guitarist/songwriter Ryan Ross has been making the rounds, and it's sort of a rock-and-roll still life: rock star, young women, bowl...

By David Malitz | July 17, 2009; 6:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Robert Cray: What It Feels Like ... To Have Your Own Signature Guitar

Bluesman Robert Cray has had plenty of highlights in his 30-plus-year career -- Grammys, collaborations with the likes of Albert Collins, Eric Clapton and BB King -- but one of the most unique aspects of his career is that he has his own signature guitar, the Fender Robert Cray...

By David Malitz | July 16, 2009; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Grand Duchy

Frank Black has been in the news a lot lately because that old band of his, the Pixies, will be hitting the road this fall on a "Doolittle" tour. But that band still hasn't released an album since the first Bush was president and Black has been keeping very,...

By David Malitz | July 16, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Beatles Get Remastered, Repackaged and Rock Banded; Courtney Love Says Something Incomprehensible; Three Six Mafia Goes Cookin'

Headlines: Things never seem to slow down in the land of the Beatles and that's especially the case lately. The band's catalogue is being remastered, with all of the albums set to be re-released on Sept. 9, each one complete with a mini-documentary about the record. There's even a...

By David Malitz | July 16, 2009; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Abe Vigoda: Live Last Night

By Patrick Foster At age 88, Abe Vigoda probably doesn't think of himself as having much connection with rock and roll. But from scads of kids who picked up the bass to learn the opening riff of the "Barney Miller" theme song (Vigoda played Detective Fish on the 70's...

By David Malitz | July 15, 2009; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Julian, Solo-Boy; Bruce Comes Back for More; Jazz Times Gets a Reprieve; Late Night Tweets!

Headlines: There will soon be a barrage of "Best of the '00s" lists and unless people are being idiots, the Strokes' debut, "Is This It?" will be on pretty much every one of those lists. And with good reason, of course. It's the perfect combination of hooks and swagger...

By David Malitz | July 15, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Jonas Brothers: Live Last Night

(Photo by Michael Temchine/FWTP) By David Malitz A year is a long time in the Land of Tween Idols. Last August the Jonas Brothers came to D.C. as the single hottest musical act in the country. Joe, Kevin and Nick packed 25,000 capacity Nissan Pavilion, the trio's album "A Little...

By David Malitz | July 14, 2009; 2:49 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Dead Weather: Live Last Night

By Mark Jenkins Jack White's latest band, the Dead Weather, isn't Jack White's band -- at least not the way the White Stripes are. When the quartet made its D.C. debut Monday night at a sold-out 9:30 Club, the singer-guitarist stayed behind the drum kit for all but one...

By David Malitz | July 14, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Springsteen News: More Tour Dates (Nov. 2 in D.C.)

The Boss will be back. Less than six months after his last visit to a sold-out Verizon Center, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will return on November 2. Ticket prices, on-sale date and all that info is TBA -- no doubt Camp Springsteen is hoping things go a...

By David Malitz | July 14, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

Lady GaGa Makes History, Bad Fashion Choices; Pixies "Doolittle" Tour Will Come to D.C.; Leonard Cohen Wants a "Hallelujah" Halt

Headlines: Lady GaGa became just the third artist to have three No. 1 hits on a debut album as the pop star's latest single, "LoveGame," reached the top of the Billboard airplay chart. She joins Ace of Base and Avril Lavigne in the select group; granted, the Mainstream Top...

By David Malitz | July 14, 2009; 8:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rock the Bells: Live Last Night

(Photo by Kyle Gustafson) By Sarah Godfrey, all photos by Kyle Gustafson The annual Rock the Bells hip-hop festival stopped at Merriweather Post Pavillion on Sunday, with its usual line-up of golden era hip-hop acts and emerging artists that sound like golden era hip-hop acts. The day held plenty of...

By David Malitz | July 13, 2009; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Walk-Off for Elton at Nats Park Opener; Gahan Goes Down, Again; Game On, Jay-Z

Headlines: It's hard to envision Nationals Park being filled with people wanting to watch baseball too often over the next few years, so may as well get them in for some music. Even if it is for a concert that could have been held at RFK Stadium in the...

By David Malitz | July 13, 2009; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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