Archive: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Local author Eddie Dean reflects on his favorite performances from bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley

This fall, esteemed local music journalist Eddie Dean teamed up with bluegrass giant Ralph Stanley to release Stanley's autobiography "Man of Constant Sorrow." Co-authored by Dean, the book follows Stanley on his journey from his Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, through his legendary run with the Stanley Brothers, to his...

By Chris Richards | December 11, 2009; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Secret Policeman's Film Festival comes to AFI

Pete Townshend becomes the first rock star to perform for Amnesty - and simultaneously starts the "unplugged" phenomenon at 1979's "Secret Policeman's Ball." (By Paul Cox) It was in June of 1979 when "Monty Python" funnyman John Cleese hosted the first "Secret Policeman's Ball," a series of landmark London concerts...

By Chris Richards | December 10, 2009; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should more D.C. bands reunite on talk shows?

9/12 Project vs. 13-Point Program to Destroy America. We live in a copycat society. Now that Jawbox has reunited on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" it's only a matter of time before more defunct D.C. bands start popping up on other talk shows. Here are a dozen reunions we're hoping...

By David Malitz | December 9, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Arctic Monkeys: Live last night

Arctic Monkeys let their songs do the talking at 9:30 club on Tuesday. By Patrick Foster Three albums do not a career make, but it does seem safe to say that the Arctic Monkeys have survived being one of the decade's most hyped British sensations. And though their third record,...

By David Malitz | December 9, 2009; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Jawbox reunites on "Jimmy Fallon"

For the early-to-bed crowd who missed it, Washington post-punk heroes Jawbox reunited on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last night, delivering a jerking, jangling version of their 1994 single "Savory." Celebrating the reissue of its masterstroke album "For Your Own Special Sweetheart," the band also played an extended soundcheck...

By Chris Richards | December 9, 2009; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six questions for ... Brendan Benson

"Well that's kind of always been the case with me. I'm always at the wrong place with the wrong time." That's Brendan Benson, speaking from Nashville shortly before he embarked on a week-long tour in support of "My Old, Familiar Friend." In this case he's only talking about the...

By David Malitz | December 9, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo injured in bus crash; Patriot Center concert canceled

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo at this summer's Virgin Mobile FreeFest. (By Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo was hospitalized with three broken ribs after a bus accident in upstate New York. According to the band's website, the bus hit a patch of black ice and fishtailed off the highway, injuring Cuomo...

By Chris Richards | December 7, 2009; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Esperanza Spalding: Live last night

Esperanza Spalding at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. (By Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Sarah Godfrey As quickly as 25-year-old Esperanza Spalding was embraced as a promising new jazz talent, there was backlash. Spalding has been attacked for everything from playing the White House twice in one year (give other people a...

By David Malitz | December 7, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Outpost: Live last night

By Mark Jenkins U Street NW ain't the East Village, but the neighborhood's Velvet Lounge proved a compatible site for Outpost to perform stately electro-rock inspired (says the band's MySpace page) by "Manhattan after dark." The grungy venue and late hour - after midnight as Saturday leaked into Sunday...

By David Malitz | December 7, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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