Archive: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Full album concerts do little for us

By the end of November, Bruce Springsteen, the Pixies, Steely Dan and Devo will all have played full-album concerts in D.C. (Illustration by Serge Bloch) In Sunday's Arts & Style section Chris Richards wrote a piece titled "Frozen in their tracks" about the continuing trend that finds bands playing concerts...

By David Malitz | November 14, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (20)

Slumberland celebrates its 20th

"I don't think any of us had any great ambitions or imagined putting out more than one or two singles each. We really just wanted documents of what we were doing, and putting out singles seemed to make the most sense." That's Michael Schulman of Slumberland Records, talking about the...

By David Malitz | November 13, 2009; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sights and sounds from the Beijing underground

Chinese post-punk band P.K. 14 plays at the Velvet Lounge Friday night. (Photos By Matthew Niederhauser/from "Sound Kapital" Courtesy Powerhouse Books) In today's Style section I've got an article that focuses on Matthew Niederhauser, a local photographer who now lives in Beijing and has spent the past two years documenting...

By David Malitz | November 13, 2009; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bob Dylan: Live last night

By Chris Klimek Even Bob Dylan can't be Bob Dylan all the time. The 68-year-old Boy from the North Country born Robert Allen Zimmerman has been trying to break his own myth since the mid-'60s, when he alienated fans of his early folk albums by plugging in and rocking...

By David Malitz | November 12, 2009; 9:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Kailash Kher: Live last night

By Mark Jenkins Bollywood movie musicals are known for vivid costumes, exuberant dances and musically omnivorous scores. Kailash Kher and Kailasa's Tuesday performance at Lisner Auditorium didn't quite deliver on the first two of those: Kher's five-piece band wore street clothes, although the singer did set off his jeans...

By David Malitz | November 11, 2009; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bob Dylan's top 5 kiss-offs

Fun fact: Before he became famous for appearing with Will.I.Am in Pepsi commercials and singing traditional Christmas carols, Bob Dylan was actually a noted original songwriter! Some may even say he's the greatest songwriter to ever walk the Earth. (Or wander random New Jersey towns.) I would be among...

By David Malitz | November 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

When Steven Tyler should have left Aerosmith

Did you feel a disturbance in the force yesterday? That was Steven Tyler announcing he was leaving Aerosmith and Joe Perry then stating that the band would soldier on without him while searching for a new lead singer. It's not the first time members have bailed on Aerosmith and...

By David Malitz | November 10, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Tonight: Numero's Eccentric Soul Revue

Syl Johnson leads the Eccentric Soul Revue into 9:30 club Tuesday night. Kevin Coombe isn't a soul legend, but he'll share the spotlight with a few of them tonight when Numero's Eccentric Soul Revue touches down at the 9:30 club. Organized by the Chicago-based record label Numero Group, the revue...

By Chris Richards | November 10, 2009; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Swell Season: Live last night

By Chris Klimek They broke up. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, for whom life imitated art imitating life when they fell in love playing lovers in the kinda-sorta-semi-autobiographical sleeper romance "Once" a few years back, are no longer an item. But on the evidence of "Strict Joy," their first...

By David Malitz | November 10, 2009; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wale day: Here at last

After five mixtapes, dozens of guest spots, countless delays and nearly 9,300 tweets, "Attention Deficit" is finally here. How long have we been waiting for the debut album from local rapper Wale? Here's the Post's story about the DMV's breakout star with the headline, "The Great Rap Hope" ......

By David Malitz | November 10, 2009; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lee Ann Womack: Live last night

By Juli Thanki "Do you guys like country music? How 'bout real country music?" Lee Ann Womack shouted to the crowd Saturday at the American Freedom Festival at George Mason University's Patriot Center. She charmed the audience of veterans and families with her wry humor and flawless soprano, sandwiched...

By David Malitz | November 9, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Le Loup: Live last night

By Dave McKenna Le Loup had a lot going on Saturday at the Black Cat, where the potpourri-rock quintet ended a national tour with a hometown show. Singer and frontman Sam Simkoff alternately strummed an autoharp, sang into two microphones simultaneously and punched buttons on a digital sampler. Members...

By David Malitz | November 9, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down: Live last night

By Patrick Foster "I am a smoky plume," Thao Nguyen sang during her sold-out show at the Black Cat on Friday night, an apt descriptor for not only her voice, but the shimmery ambiance of her best recordings. The Falls Church native -- backed by her band, the Get...

By David Malitz | November 9, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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