ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 04-04-12



Articles


• On Monday, we pointed you to an article about Bruce Springsteen‘s use of a teleprompter in live performances [Washington Post]. E Street Band member Nils Lofgren has written a letter in response. [Springsteen] would show us the sign [with the name of a song request] and then immediately “frisbee” it down the stairs to the teleprompter crew to surf the net and find the lyrics while we all talked up a quick arrangement at his microphone, knowing he’d be counting it off in 20 seconds. Many of those audibles were Bruce songs unrehearsed or played in years or decades.

• We can’t think of a more terrible supergroup than the Sons of Beatles. No, we’re not joking; apparently the sons of the Fab Four might form a band. For now, though, you’ll have to settle for the equally terrible-sounding solo show of James McCartney at the Fillmore on 6/11.

• Symphonies go on tour too: the NSO is due to tour Latin and South America this June [Washington Post].

• EP Review: Marcus J Moore on Martyn‘s Hello Darkness [Washington CityPaper]. Note that there’s an audio file embedded at that link, in case you’d like to take a listen.

• Concert planners: DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda and This Week in Hip-Hop. the Going Out Guide’s Nightlife Agenda.

• Interview/preview: Nancy Dunham talks to Joan Osborne [Washington Examiner], who’s at the Birchmere tonight.

• Venue history: We Love DC gives us a history of the Howard Theatre.

• Substitutions: Wayne Brady steps up to host the Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association gala in June [Washington Post] after Louis C.K. dropped the gig when Greta Van Susteren threatened to boycott it. C.K. ended up in the Fox anchor’s crosshairs because of a vulgar 2010 Twitter rant in which he called Sarah Palin a word that we not only cannot repeat here but which is widely regarded as the worst thing you can call a woman. (He told The Wrap this week that he dropped out because “I wasn’t that excited about it” and “I didn’t want to cause them problems.”) As for his replacement? “Wayne Brady is as close to safe as you can get,” said Adam Frucci, editor of Splitsider, a blog devoted to comedy. “He’s pretty squeaky-clean.”

• Listen: local band Teething Veils has recorded a song called “Cobblestone” [Washington CityPaper]. {full disclosure: I’m scheduled to be singing on Teething Veils’ upcoming album.}

• Listen: Heavy Uber Alles brings us six heavy tunes every Tuesday.



Live Reviews


• Mary Cappabianca on Wild Flag at the 9:30 Club [DCist].

• Stephen Bradley on Sleigh Bells at the 9:30 Club [Washington Times].

• Anne Midgette on Marc-Andre Hamelin at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre [Washington Post].



Contests


• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to see KISS and Motley Crue at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/20 (contest ends Friday 4/6).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Nirvana‘s Incesticide on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Friday 4/6).
• DCHeavyMetal is giving away a pair of tickets to see Onslaught and MPire of Evil at the U Street Music Hall on 4/8 (contest ends Friday 4/6 at 5 PM).
NEW Heavy Uber Alles is also giving away a pair of tickets to see Onslaught and MPire of Evil at the U Street Music Hall on 4/8 (contest ends Saturday 4/7 at noon).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of The VespersThe Fourth Wall on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Monday 4/9).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of The Mark Lanegan Band‘s Blues Funeral on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Tuesday 4/10).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to Creed at the Warner Theatre on 4/24 (contest ends Sunday 4/15).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to Nickelback at the Verizon Center on 4/30 (contest ends Monday 4/23).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to Marilyn Manson at the Fillmore Silver Spring on 5/1 (contest ends Sunday 4/1).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out Radiohead show at the Verizon Center on 6/3 (contest ends Sunday 5/27).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to Dave Matthews Band at Jiffy Lube Live on 6/16 (contest ends Sunday 6/3).

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