Archive: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Future of Music Policy Summit Comes to Town

Want to know what the music landscape will sound and look like in a few years? A decade? Two decades? Then the Future of Music Policy Summit, kicking off on Sunday at Georgetown University, is for you. This year's summit hosts a boatload of speakers and panelists, including Daniel Ek...

By David Malitz | October 2, 2009; 5:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wisin y Yandel: Live Last Night

By Sarah Godfrey Remember Reggaeton? A few years back, it was an industry sensation -- nowadays, not so much. But just because reggaeton has gone the way of baile funk, Miami bass, and a slew of other genres that have enjoyed temporary periods of crossover appeal, doesn't mean it's...

By David Malitz | October 2, 2009; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wavves: Live Last Night

By David Malitz What makes the songs by Wavves (aka 23-year-old San Diegan Nathan Williams) stand out on record is the abundance of pop hooks that fight through the fuzz of his lo-fi home recordings. But it was an unexpected thrashy punk energy that made Thursday night's show at...

By David Malitz | October 2, 2009; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

"Fame Kills" Tour Is Killed

The Kanye West/Lady Gaga "Fame Kills" tour, which was shaping up to be one of the most bizarre and confusing pairings in recent memory, has been canceled. Not postponed. Not rescheduled. Canceled. No official reason was given, although rumors are flying around that West will be checking into rehab for...

By David Malitz | October 1, 2009; 6:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Regina Spektor: Live Last Night

By Chris Klimek Regina Spektor is a wellspring of quirk, and her Dadaesque lyrics offer metaphorical cover without limit. But the songstress's stripped-down show at Constitution Hall Wednesday night gave her no place to hide. (Read the rest of the review after the jump.)...

By David Malitz | October 1, 2009; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

James McMurtry: Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki Rail thin, with unruly hair and wire-rim glasses, James McMurtry looks like your favorite college professor, or perhaps an extremely literate vagabond. As the spawn of a Pulitzer winner and an English prof, it must be in his genes that he's able to write slice of...

By David Malitz | October 1, 2009; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lady Gaga: Live Last Night

Lady Gaga, in her disco ball mini-dress at Constitution Hall. (All photos by Mark Gail/TWP) By David Malitz She's not much of a singer. She's not much of a dancer. Her best songs remind you of better songs by previous chart-toppers. So just how has Lady Gaga become the breakout...

By David Malitz | September 30, 2009; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (5)

BLK JKS: Live Last Night

By Mark Jenkins BLK JKS won't rock you all night long. That's not because the much-hyped South African quartet, which played Tuesday night at the Black Cat's backstage, lacks the energy; the four Johannesburg musicians were in constant motion during their performance, spinning and stalking about the small riser....

By David Malitz | September 30, 2009; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Claw and Order: U2 Delivers the Hits at FedEx Field

Not even Bono could compete with "The Claw" as the main attraction at Tuesday's U2 show at FedEx Field. (All photos by Ricky Carioti/TWP) By Chris Richards Washington Post Staff Writer After months of anticipation, it finally descended upon FedEx Field: The stage prop to end all stage props....

By Chris Richards | September 30, 2009; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (148)

Pink: Live Last Night

Pink gets her trapeze on at the VMAs earlier this month. By Chris Klimek Never break up with Pink! She'll make an album about it, it'll go platinum, and pretty soon she'll be in the middle of 10,000 people at the Patriot Center, just like she was for two lusty...

By David Malitz | September 29, 2009; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Six Questions for ... BLK JKS

BLK JKS are a South African quartet that plays wide-ranging, expansive prog-rock with an element the genre often lacks -- soul. The band's debut full-length, "After Robots," is an intense listening experience, but never quite overwhelming. Drummer Tshepang Ramoba even went so far as to call it "chill" during...

By David Malitz | September 29, 2009; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Marianne Faithfull: Live Last Night

By Dave McKenna Marianne Faithfull's voice during her wonderful late show at the Rams Head in Annapolis on Monday had little in common with the waify warble she used in 1965 on her first hit, "As Tears Go By," as a teenage plaything of the Rolling Stones. She has...

By David Malitz | September 29, 2009; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bun B Bails at 9:30 club

Nothing spoils a show quite like a no-show. For rap fans who attended "The DMV Southern Takeover Concert" at 9:30 club, Saturday, the sting was two-fold, with both Texas rap legend Bun B and local fave Tabi Bonney failing to post. Post Rock contributor Andrew Nosnitsky reports that, while...

By Chris Richards | September 28, 2009; 4:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Faust: Live Last Night

By Mark Jenkins Some people will just never get over the early 1970s. Two of those people, to judge by Faust's self-indulgent performance Sunday night at the Black Cat, are Jean-Herve Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier, founding members of the Hamburg band whose song, "Krautrock," named an entire movement....

By David Malitz | September 28, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Live Last Night

Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing last month in Paris. By David Malitz In terms of pure kinetic energy, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is unrivaled in today's rock-and-roll landscape. She continuously flailed, hopped and lunged her way across the 9:30 club stage Friday night, a water-spewing blur...

By David Malitz | September 28, 2009; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Polvo: Live Last Night

By Patrick Foster Once upon a time (around 1992), the land of Indie Rock was a different place than it is today: 7" singles were essential currency, fanzines came from a photocopy machine and a pitchfork was something you'd only find on a farm. And a humble quartet from...

By David Malitz | September 28, 2009; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jandek: Live Last Night

The mysterious Jandek, at a previous performance. By David Malitz So, that was Jandek. But was it really Jandek? The famously reclusive outsider folk musician performed his first ever D.C. concert Saturday night at an overflowing Velvet Lounge, a mere 31 years after he recorded the first of his five...

By David Malitz | September 28, 2009; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Melissa Walker: Live Last Night

By Mike Joyce Long before becoming a seasoned artist in her own right, vocalist Melissa Walker often frequented One Step Down and other Washington jazz clubs to listen to her favorite musicians. So it wasn't surprising to hear a tribute to the late Shirley Horn during Walker's homecoming concert...

By David Malitz | September 28, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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