Overall planning guides
• Washington CityPaper’s Jazz Setlist.
• Washingtonian’s music picks and Where & When Picks.
• Capital Bop’s Weekend in Jazz.
• Smithsonian’s Around the Mall’s Weekend Events.
• TBD gives you several shows to help you celebrate Easter.
• Trigger Cut’s concert planner.
• DC Music Download’s Weekend Hits.
The big event this weekend is the chickfactor 20th anniversary show at Artisphere in Rosslyn. The shows are tonight and tomorrow night, and full information, including tickets, can be found here. Lots of press to round up on this event!
• The Washington CityPaper has a huge article on the zine chickfactor.
• Interview: Stephen M Deusner talks to Frankie Rose [Express], who’s performing tonight.
• Interview: David Malitz talks to Black Tambourine, who performs tomorrow night.
• Overview: The Vinyl District also recommends the show.
Tonight – Friday 6 April
• Interview: We Love DC talks to Plants & Animals, who are at the Red Palace tonight.
• CD Review: Cathy Ponton King: the Crux – Reviewed by Catherine P Lewis (that’s me!) [Washington Post]. Performing with Jimmy Thackery at the State Theatre.
Saturday 7 April
• Preview: DC Jazz Loft with Lyle Link, DC Jazz Composers Collective, and Allen Jones [Capital Bop]. At the Dunes in Columbia Heights.
• CD Review: Spider Fever: Spider Fever – Reviewed by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post]. Performing on the 2nd night of the Windian Records 2nd anniversary, at the Montserrat House.
• Interview/preview: Marie Gullard on the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra [Washington Examiner], who perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason’s Prince William Campus in Manassas.
Sunday 8 April
• Preview: Screaming Females [Washington CityPaper], who are performing at the Black Cat. The Washington Post also previewed this show with a review by Brandon Weigel of the band’s new album Ugly.
Monday 9 April
• CD Review: the Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea – Reviewed by Geoffrey Himes [Washington Post]. Performing at the 9:30 Club.
• Listen local: Jonathan L Fischer writes an excellent piece on whether being local makes something good (or worth listening to) [Washington CityPaper]. All the same, as someone who values a Washington whose cultural life is both distinct and worldly, I’m nervous about this sort of genre-agnostic focus on what area code artists happen to live in. Those who advocate for eating local make an environmental pitch that has to do with carbon footprints. Proponents of shopping local make an economic argument that has to do with the influence and labor practices of large corporations and the diversity of shopping opportunities. But in consuming culture, I’ve never felt “local” to be an inherent plus. Not exactly. What matters, or ought to matter, is whether something is interesting, forward-thinking, vibrant—and mostly importantly, good.
• Venue news: The Hamilton is no longer open 24 hours a day, reports DC.Eater.com. The Penn Quarter venue/restaurant will remain open until 1 AM on weekedays and 2 AM on weekends, with the bar open an hour later each day.
• Venue news: Arlington’s Artisphere is at risk of being shut down due to financial trouble [Sun Gazette]. (Yes, we know this problem isn’t new, but this is a new article about it!)
• Coming soon: Protect-U‘s Motorbike on Planet Mu [Washington CityPaper].
: On musical instruments: Roland Flamini on the comparison between a Stradivarius and an instrument made by a modern violin makers [Washington Times]. When is a fiddle a violin? One day late last year, 17 experienced violinists gathered in a hotel room in Indianapolis to tackle the question. Each one in turn was blindfolded and played a few bars of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto on six violins — two made by Antonio Stradivari, one by Bartolomeo Guarneri del Gesu and three by modern violin makers. The challenge was to distinguish the three old master violins. According to the results of the experiment published in the January issue of the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, only three of the 17 guessed right.
• Stephen Bradley on Deafheaven at DC9 [Washington Times].
• Robert Battey on NSO‘s first-ever performance of “Elijah” at the Kennedy Center [Washington Post].
• Stephen Brookes on Maki Mori at the KenCen’s Terrace Theater [Washington Post].
• 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 today).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Nirvana‘s Incesticide on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today).
• 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 today at 5 PM).
• 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 tomorrow at noon).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of The Vespers‘ The Fourth Wall on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Monday 4/9).
• 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).
• NEW The Vinyl District is giving away three copies of Portugal the Man‘s In the Mountain In the Cloud on vinyl. Winners must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Thursday 4/12).
• 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 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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