Archive: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Dirty Projectors: Live Last Night

By Patrick Foster Just two years ago, about 100 people watched the Dirty Projectors do an impossibly arty interpretation of a classic punk rock album on the Black Cat's Backstage. Thursday night, they sold-out the club's Mainstage. In between, the band took a massive artistic leap forward, recording the...

By David Malitz | October 23, 2009; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Gaslight Anthem: Live Last Night

By Chris Klimek Look, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer didn't invent this stuff, either. The greased hair and leather and the overdriven takes of "Mad Men"-era rock standards already had a blanket of dust on them by the time The Boss and The Clash got around to them. Jersey...

By David Malitz | October 23, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Merriweather Hosts Halloween Costume Contest!

Halloween is almost upon us and local concertgoers are getting into into the spirit. Last night at the 9:30 club, we saw not one, not two, but three fans dressed as John Oates. (Perhaps Daryl Hall's Halloween humbugging on Post Rock yesterday kept his impersonators at bay?) We certainly...

By Chris Richards | October 22, 2009; 4:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

CMJ: Surf City, Gonna Have Some Fun

The 2009 CMJ Music Marathon descends upon New York City this week, with hundreds of bands appearing at official showcases and off-the-grid gigs. The entire festival can feel like a sprawling mess, but it's still a golden opportunity for a band like Surf City whose performance I managed to...

By David Malitz | October 21, 2009; 6:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Six Questions For ... Daryl Hall

Hall & Oates perform at the 9:30 club tonight, touting a new, career-spanning box set. It's called "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" and it's unsurprisingly excellent. Last week, we spoke with leonine soulman Daryl Hall about the tour, the box, karaoke and Halloween costumes. I remember...

By Chris Richards | October 21, 2009; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Jill Sobule and Erin McKeown: Live Last Night

By Dave McKenna Cute is hard in pop music. Touching is harder. Monday at Jammin Java, Jill Sobule was both cute and touching, often in the same song. Even after all the punchlines she threw into "Mexican Wrestler" -- sample lyric: "I can crack all your ribs, but I...

By David Malitz | October 20, 2009; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bill Frisell: Live Last Night

By Mike Joyce It's not often that a jazz drummer has the best seat in the house, yet certainly that was the case when the Bill Frisell Trio performed at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater on Friday night. True to form, Kenny Wollesen was perched between -- and a...

By David Malitz | October 19, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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