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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; 05:29 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; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

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)

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)

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; 04:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Local rappers take it to the stage couch

Local rapper XO, shown here at 9:30 club in September, teams up with other area MCs for the Capitol City Music Tour. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) The Capitol City Music Tour -- a revue of local rappers that crosses back and forth between the District and Northern Virginia through mid-December...

By Chris Richards | November 18, 2009; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Public Enemy to perform on flatbed truck

If Flava Flav jumps like this while on a moving flatbed truck, will he land on the truck or on the street? (We were bad at science.) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FWTP) It will take a traffic jam of millions to hold them back: Tomorrow night, hip-hip icons Public Enemy will...

By Chris Richards | November 17, 2009; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 02:24 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; 08:48 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)

Six Things I Miss About Home With ... Le Loup

D.C. quintet Le Loup is coming home. The band has spent the last month on the road in support its second album, "Family," a collection of carefully adorned folk songs in which banjo, group vocals and rumbling drums all gently mingle with each other. Moira McLaughlin has a profile...

By David Malitz | November 6, 2009; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Howard Yardfest revisited: A trifecta of mix tapes

Yardfest, the annual concert held during homecoming at Howard University, is already a week in the rear view, but I'm still sifting through the copious freebies. Last Friday, street-teamers prowled the H.U. quad, passing out eye-popping party flyers, bottles of soda that tasted like dish soap (I was really...

By Chris Richards | October 30, 2009; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

MJ fizzles, Bootsy sizzles

The prolific Chris Richards is at it again. In today's Style section he has a piece on Bootsy Vegas, who every Wednesday appears on local radio station WPGC with a newly crafted ode to the Redskins. His most recent creation is "Redskins Go-Go," which is far more entertaining than actually...

By David Malitz | October 28, 2009; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Hip-Hop's Breakout Generation?

Wale performs at this summer's Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Maryland. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) Chris Richards looks at Washington's ready-to-burst rap scene in Sunday's paper. "It's been more than 25 years since hip-hop exploded onto America's popscape, but majority-black Washington has never launched a nationally recognized rapper. That's because star-launching...

By David Malitz | October 16, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (5)

"Fame Kills" Tour Is Killed

The Kanye West/Lady Gaga "Fame Kills" tour, which was shaping up to be one of the most bizarre and confusing pairings in recent memory, has been canceled. Not postponed. Not rescheduled. Canceled. No official reason was given, although rumors are flying around that West will be checking into rehab for...

By David Malitz | October 1, 2009; 06:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bun B Bails at 9:30 club

Nothing spoils a show quite like a no-show. For rap fans who attended "The DMV Southern Takeover Concert" at 9:30 club, Saturday, the sting was two-fold, with both Texas rap legend Bun B and local fave Tabi Bonney failing to post. Post Rock contributor Andrew Nosnitsky reports that, while...

By Chris Richards | September 28, 2009; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Double Talk: Vandaveer and Roofwalkers

Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin celebrate the release of the new Vandaveer album Thursday at the Black Cat. (Courtesy Romo PR) (Also posted over on the Going Out Gurus blog, but thought it deserved to be here, too.) On Thursday the Black Cat hosts a mighty fine all-local bill....

By David Malitz | August 20, 2009; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Frodus

Frodus almost certainly wins the award for Most Accidental Reunion. The D.C. post-hardcore/screamo/spazzcore band was one the city's most fiery, unforgettable live acts during the '90s -- and that's saying something -- but had been dormant for nearly a decade after calling it quits in 1999. That was until...

By David Malitz | June 19, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thursday Live Music Overload

Clearly, we had many photo options for this post. We chose this picture of Jenny Lewis. Do you blame us? (Autumn de Wilde) So, what show will you be seeing tonight? You'll definitely be seeing something, right? I'm declaring today, Thursday, June 11, 2009, the Most Insane Live Music Day...

By David Malitz | June 11, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (8)

"Can I Hear You Say Yeah?" -- Ian Svenonious: A Video History

(Cross-posted from Going Out Gurus blog.) Chain and the Gang perform at Comet Ping Pong tonight. It marks the D.C. debut of the latest band from Ian Svenonious -- aka the Spiv -- D.C.'s finest frontman / philosopher / liberation theologist / interviewer / DJ / astrology expert /...

By David Malitz | April 29, 2009; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

Checking In on the Locals: Deleted Scenes

(Cross posted from the Going Out Gurus blog.) Deleted Scenes perform at the Black Cat on Saturday, March 28. (Photo by Alyssa Lesser) You've seen Dan Scheuerman before. It might not have been at a show that his band, Deleted Scenes, was playing. In fact, it was more likely at...

By David Malitz | March 27, 2009; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spotted: Small D.C. Record Label Namechecked on Teen Drama

So I have last night's episode of "Gossip Girl" ready to watch on the DVR, but a friend's Facebook status update informed me of a pretty funny line from the show (um, spoiler alert!) where Dan made Vanessa swear on on her "Simple Machines 7-inches." Now there's an obscure reference...

By David Malitz | January 13, 2009; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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