Archive: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Devendra Banhart: Live last night

By Patrick Foster Devendra Banhart is just evolving, y'all. The eccentric Californian has been criticized recently for wandering too far from his folky, freaky beginnings, and while there were a few indulgent interludes at the 9:30 club last night, his 100-minute show revealed an artist steadily evolving from --...

By David Malitz | November 27, 2009; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six questions for... Pleasure P

As R. Kelly's opening act, Pleasure P rewards prompt concertgoers. (Photo by Patrick Hoelck) Renowned for its don't-miss-a-single-crazy-second urgency, R. Kelly's live show has never catered to the fashionably late. But on his current tour, Kells has given fans even less reason to dawdle by inviting ascendant R&B singer Pleasure...

By Chris Richards | November 25, 2009; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six questions for... Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart (shirtless) enjoys collaborating with Beck, D.C's Ethiopian restaurants and dagger dancing. (Photo by Neil Krug) I was 10 minutes late calling Devendra Banhart for our interview because, like an idiot, I got on the Blue Line instead of Orange Line on the way to the office. I explained...

By David Malitz | November 25, 2009; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Kelly: Live last night

R. Kelly toned down the X-rated shock tactics and allowed his historically great songbook to be the focus Tuesday night at Constitution Hall. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards Could R. Kelly's freakiest, deakiest days be behind him? So it seemed as the R&B lothario's "Ladies Make Some Noise!"...

By David Malitz | November 25, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (4)

Indian composer A.R. Rahman to perform at state dinner

Wanna sing at tonight's state dinner? Better have an Oscar. Jennifer Hudson won't be the only Academy Award-winner appearing when the Obamas honor Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at this evening's White House state dinner. Indian composer A.R. Rahman is also confirmed to perform, according to his spokesperson. Rahman is...

By Chris Richards | November 24, 2009; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jennifer Hudson to sing at White House state dinner

The Oscar-winner is scheduled to return to Washington. Soul singer and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson has been confirmed to perform at the White House state dinner Tuesday evening, according to a representative at the singer's label, Arista Records. Amid the glitz and glamour, the 28-year-old Chicago native should feel right...

By David Malitz | November 23, 2009; 6:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lambert goes to the extreme

Adam Lambert's sexually charged performance is all anybody wants to talk about from last night's American Music Awards. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Leave it to Adam Lambert to shake up the traditionally drab American Music Awards. After the late Michael Jackson and award-queen Taylor Swift traded off victories and medley performances...

By David Malitz | November 23, 2009; 3:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

tobyMac: Live last night

By Mark Jenkins Remember when so-called Bible thumpers considered rock-and-roll the devil's music? That rebuke was inoperative Saturday night at the Patriot Center, where Christian performer tobyMac delighted a sell-out crowd with a different sort of thumping. He calls his style "urban rock," and it blends brisk rapping and...

By David Malitz | November 23, 2009; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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