Archive: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Six Questions for ... Art Brut

(By special guest contributor/adult beverage expert Fritz Hahn.) Let's be fair: Without frontman Eddie Argos, Art Brut's spiky mix of garage rock and punk might have earned them a mention or two in the NME. But Argos' vocals, more spoken than sung, are what really set the London-based band...

By David Malitz | October 16, 2009; 5:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions for ... Dead Man's Bones

If Ryan Gosling wasn't in Dead Man's Bones, you wouldn't be reading this. Fine. There. But of all the actor-turned-musician projects that we've heard over the years, perhaps only the immortal Crispin Glover's "The Big Problem Does Not Equal the Solution, The Solution Equals Let It Be" is a...

By David Malitz | October 16, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

D.C. Hip-Hop's Breakout Generation?

Wale performs at this summer's Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Maryland. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) Chris Richards looks at Washington's ready-to-burst rap scene in Sunday's paper. "It's been more than 25 years since hip-hop exploded onto America's popscape, but majority-black Washington has never launched a nationally recognized rapper. That's because star-launching...

By David Malitz | October 16, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (5)

Hope Sandoval: Live Last Night

By David Malitz Siren-song chanteuse Hope Sandoval and her quartet the Warm Inventions were cloaked in near-darkness for Wednesday night's show at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, mere silhouettes on stage. With the band members offering no visual stimulation, the audience was instead treated to video collages projected on...

By David Malitz | October 15, 2009; 7:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

Them Crooked Vultures: Live Last Night

By Chris Klimek As long as John Bonham and Kurt Cobain stay dead, there's probably no more intriguing a musical home for their former bandmates John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl, respectively, than Them Crooked Vultures, newest and superest of the supergroups. At the 9:30 club Wednesday night, rock's...

By David Malitz | October 15, 2009; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

Daniel Johnston: Live Last Night

By David Malitz A Daniel Johnston show is as much a support group as a concert. The 48-year-old cult favorite is known as much for his gleefully deranged outsider pop songs as for his well-publicized battles with personal demons such as bipolar disorder. Both of those aspects were well...

By David Malitz | October 14, 2009; 11:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kiss: Live Last Night

Gene Simmons and rock's most famous tongue. (All photos by Richard Lipski/TWP) By Dave McKenna That old saw about selling ice boxes to Eskimos would be no sweat for Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. These guys are still selling concert tickets to the same folks who paid to see Kiss'...

By David Malitz | October 14, 2009; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers: Live Last Night

Graham Sharp and Steve Martin -- dueling banjos. (Susan Biddlei/TWP) By Chris Klimek We know what you're thinking: Oh, great, another celebrity banjo album. Actually, yes. "The Crow," the collection of banjo tunes written (save for one) and performed by Steve Martin -- uh-huh, that one -- is truly wonderful....

By David Malitz | October 14, 2009; 4:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five "Fade Into You" Alternatives

Hope Sandoval, former chanteuse of '90s dream-pop faves Mazzy Star visits Sixth and I Historic Synagogue tonight. (Hopefully things will run a bit more smoothly than her recent New York show.) Mazzy's defining song was "Fade Into You," which certainly ranks high in the pantheon of sultry, mid-'90s makeout songs....

By David Malitz | October 14, 2009; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Don't Think Twice, It's All Christ

Bob Dylan does a Christmas album ... "And it is awesome." That's a direct quote from Chris Richards on Dylan's "bizarre and bewildering" album "Christmas in the Heart," out today. Read the full review. Also reviewed in today's Post: Quick: "Blue Record" by metal band Baroness "injects an ineffable...

By David Malitz | October 13, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Michael Jackson: Is This It?

Chris Richards checked in with his thoughts on "This Is It," the first unreleased track by Michael Jackson that will be featured in the movie of the same name. It opens in theaters on Oct. 28. The verdict? "It's a dawdling love song that dissolves into a sweet, middling...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Bravery: Live Last Night

By Mark Jenkins Grandiose, energetic and yearning, the Bravery's music is eminently adolescent. So perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise, Sunday night at the 9:30 Club, when frontman Sam Endicott revealed that his favorite book is that young-adult classic, S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders.'' Endicott claimed the novel...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Thee Oh Sees and More: San Francisco Treats

The vastness and connectivity of the Internet has made it easy to hear more music than ever. No shock there. It also makes it easier to notice when something special is happening in a certain town. And that's what's going on in the San Francisco Bay Area right now,...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pop Stars Gaga for Gaga

Lady Gaga performs at the 13th annual Human Rights Campaign dinner. (Richard A. Lipski/TWP) By Chris Richards In today's Post, Dan Zak reports from Saturday's Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington where Lady Gaga accepted her metaphorical crown as America's newest, hottest, pants-averse Gay Icon. Meantime, Gaga has enjoyed a...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 7:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Yesterday's Papers

In less than a year, Wavves (aka Nathan Williams) has gone from next-big-thing to next-big-backlash. (Richard A. Lipski/TWP) In case you missed it in Sunday's paper, our own Chris Richards had a very nice read about the half-life that bands experience in the accelerated world of the blogosphere. It focused...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 7:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Kelly Clarkson: Live Last Night

By Dave McKenna Kelly Clarkson, at 27, is a better singer than she's ever been. But she's nowhere near as fun. At a less than half full Patriot Center on Friday, Clarkson offered rockier material than that usually associated with the original American Idol. She held her own on...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 7:17 AM ET | Comments (4)

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki When a band has been together for 43 years, staying creative and relevant -- and continuing to get along with one another -- might be a struggle. Not so for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose easy camaraderie, dry humor and considerable musicianship made it all...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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