Archive: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Overtime with Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen, who receives a Kennedy Center Honor on Sunday, at the first of four sold-out Capital Centre shows in 1984. (Lucian Perkins/TWP File) The Post's Joe Heim interviewed Bruce Springsteen backstage on November 20 before his concert in Baltimore for this story about the Kennedy Center Honors. Here are...

By David Malitz | December 4, 2009; 4:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

The DMV: Home to North America's best nightclubs?

Concert industry mag Pollstar has announced the nominees for its 21st Annual Pollstar Awards - an event celebrating "international music business professionals." On the ballot for Nightclub of the Year: Alexandria's Birchmere and the District's 9:30 club. Congrats to both venues! Click here for a full list of nominees. The...

By Chris Richards | December 4, 2009; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hot Tuna: Live last night

By Dave McKenna Hot Tuna's casually gorgeous Thursday set at the Birchmere opened with Jimmie Rodgers' 1928 tune, "Waiting on a Train," so Jorma Kaukonen sang about being "a thousand miles from home." Actually, Kaukonen and longtime music-mate Jack Casady, both proto-hippies and jam-band pioneers, grew up a George...

By David Malitz | December 4, 2009; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Talking drums: Go-go panel discussion at Historical Society

Need a crash course in go-go? Then check out "The Beat Goes On: An Insider's Look At the History of Go-Go Music," a panel discussion hosted by D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. at the Historical Society of Washington D.C. on Saturday afternoon. The discussion will explore the history...

By Chris Richards | December 4, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

El Vez: Live last night

By Chris Klimek Chestnuts roasting. Jack Frost nipping. Yuletide carols being sung by the self-described "Mexican Elvis," and folks dressed up like luchadores - mask-wearing Mexican wrestlers. Isn't that how that one goes? Well, that's how it went at the 9:30 club Thursday night, where Los Straitjackets -- an...

By David Malitz | December 4, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brooke Waggoner: Live last night

By Juli Thanki "If at any point this becomes, like, lame piano girl music, you have to tell me. That's not cool." These were 24-year old Brooke Waggoner's mid-show instructions to the Wednesday night Jammin' Java crowd, which, thankfully, never had the need to interject. Nashville-based Waggoner has an...

By Chris Richards | December 3, 2009; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Elvis Perkins: Live last night

By Patrick Foster Elvis Perkins does not rock. The wiry recording artist -- and son of Anthony "Psycho" Perkins -- and his band played rockabilly, New Orleans swing, rustic folk, gospel, heck, they even played raucously, but at no point during their charming hour-plus set Wednesday night at the...

By Chris Richards | December 3, 2009; 2:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rosanne Cash: Live last night

By Dave McKenna Rosanne Cash has gotten back to basics. Cash, who appeared Wednesday at the Birchmere backed only by Jon Leventhal on guitar, was a leader of the pack of brainy, new-agey female songwriters (alongside Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin) that attracted large folk, alternative and pop...

By Chris Richards | December 3, 2009; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Young@Heart Chorus, Oldies But Goodies

What kind of concert starts at 4 p.m.? One that features two-dozen octogenarians as the talent, that's what kind. The Young@Heart Chorus comes to Warner Theatre Saturday and the show should wrap up early enough so you can still catch the early bird special after its conclusion. OK, enough...

By David Malitz | December 3, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Last night's banter: Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins blew some serious magic from his saxophone at the Kennedy Center Wednesday night, but the 72-year-old jazz icon earned some of the evening's loudest applause when he approached the microphone to speak. Here's a sampling of what the saxophone colossus had to say once the cheers died...

By Chris Richards | December 3, 2009; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Post Rock's Grammy picks

Nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced last night with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga earning the most nods. I skipped viewing the nomination telecast for a Sonny Rollins gig at the Kennedy Center (check Post Rock for more on that later), but Ann Powers at...

By Chris Richards | December 3, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Pixies: Live last night

The Pixies in New York in November. (By Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) By David Malitz The Pixies legacy as the wildly influential band that helped usher in the '90s alternative boom is only half the story now. (OK, maybe four-fifths of the story.) When Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and...

By David Malitz | December 1, 2009; 7:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel: Live last night

By Sarah Godfrey Roots reggae shows are always a careful mix of entertainment and exploration of social ills, as there are limits to how much purpose can be mixed with partying. While one might be able to groove to heavy lyrics about revolution and spirituality, it is not so...

By David Malitz | November 30, 2009; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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