Archive: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Keith Urban: Live Last Night

Keith Urban let his inner shredder loose at Verizon Center on Thursday. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson) By Dave McKenna You'd have to go back to Glen Campbell to find a pop-country star whose musical skills are buried any deeper in hit records than Keith Urban's. The guy can really, really...

By David Malitz | August 21, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Henry Butler: Live Last Night

By Mike Joyce There were times during Henry Butler's performance at Blues Alley on Thursday night when the New Orleans pianist displayed such a punishing attack that he could have been charged with assault and battery on a Steinway. Thundering block chords and hammered pedal tones, resounding vamps and...

By David Malitz | August 21, 2009; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Kelley Deal 2200 (Word Interview)

I didn't think there could be a more laid back, conversational, entertaining interview subject than Kim Deal. Then I talked to her twin sister, Kelley. And now I really don't know. Just like when I talked with Kim, this turned out to be less an interview and more just...

By David Malitz | August 21, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Double Talk: Vandaveer and Roofwalkers

Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin celebrate the release of the new Vandaveer album Thursday at the Black Cat. (Courtesy Romo PR) (Also posted over on the Going Out Gurus blog, but thought it deserved to be here, too.) On Thursday the Black Cat hosts a mighty fine all-local bill....

By David Malitz | August 20, 2009; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting Epic

Yesterday marked the release of "Bay of Pigs," the latest masterpiece from Destroyer. It's 13:39 of ambient disco awesomeness, and I am required by blog-law to use the word "epic" in describing it. I love a 90-second song as much as (OK, more than just about) anyone, but there's also...

By David Malitz | August 19, 2009; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (9)

Live Last Night Power Rankings: Kurt Vile, Two Cow Garage, The Duke & The King, more

A quick roundup and ranking of all the shows I saw in the past week. 1. Kurt Vile, Talking Head (Baltimore), Tuesday Kurt Vile has played exactly one show in D.C. this year. Last Tuesday was the sixth time I've seen him. It doesn't take a math genius to figure...

By David Malitz | August 17, 2009; 5:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Bonnie Raitt: Live Last Night

By Mike Joyce Bonnie Raitt is well known for hand-picking and generously showcasing her tourmates. But she couldn't have been more accommodating at Wolf Trap on Sunday night, when she shared the stage with bluesman Taj Mahal, her friend of 40 plus years and her "favorite artist ever." After...

By David Malitz | August 17, 2009; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bat For Lashes: Live Last Night

By David Malitz Before Bat For Lashes took the 9:30 club stage Saturday night a giant backdrop was revealed. It featured a wolf howling in front of a full moon. A similar tapestry, the kind you might find at a store that sold incense and books about the Goddess,...

By David Malitz | August 17, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jason Isbell: Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki Friday night saw D.C. music lovers struggling with a rock-and-roll dilemma. As if the decision between The Pretenders with Cat Power and Crosby, Stills and Nash wasn't hard enough, roots-rockers Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit were thrown into the mix as well, with the bonus...

By David Malitz | August 17, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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