ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 02-21-12

Things to read:
• WAMA has announced the winners of the 2011 Wammies. Ally Schweitzer reacts [Washington CityPaper].
Interview: Catherine McCarthy talks to Stillwater, OK, band Other Lives [DCist]. The band performs tonight at the Red Palace, but if you don’t have tickets, you’re out of luck: the show is now sold out.
Interview: Ken Avis talks to Keiko Matsui, who is performing with the US Air Force Band at DAR Constitution Hall on Sunday.
Interview: David Dunlap Jr. talks to comic book rapper Adam WarRock [Washington CityPaper].
• Local band notes: Guitarist Mike Blevins of Division writes a few words after the band’s last gig with vocalist Nick Kelly and bassist Tim Regan last weekend.
• Live Reviews: Jane Coyne on Julia Fischer at 6th & I [MD Theatre Guide]. Zola Jesus at the U Street Music Hall reviewed by Justin Duckham [the Vinyl District] and We Love DC.

Things to listen to and/or watch:
Joyce El Khoury and Brian Jagde sing some Puccini at NPR’s DC offices for a Tiny Desk Concert.

Today’s new releases:
Buckethead: Electric Sea [Metastation] – at Rams Head Live! on March 25.
the Chieftans: Voice of Ages [Hear Music/Concord] – at the Kennedy Center on March 16. Review by Bill Friskics-Warren [Washington Post].
Cursive: I Am Gemini [Saddle Creek] – at the Black Cat on April 6.
Eluveitie: Helvetios [Nuclear Blast] – at Rams Head Live! on March 4.
fun.: Some Nights [Fueled by Ramen] – at the Recher Theatre on March 2 and the 9:30 Club on March 3 and 4.
Galactic: Carnivale Electricos [Anti-/Epitaph] – at 9:30 Club on February 23.
Damien Jurado: Maraqopa [Secretly Canadian] – at the Black Cat on May 21.
Angelique Kidjo: Spirit Rising [Razor & Tie] – at Lisner Auditorium on March 24.
Lambchop: Mr. M [Merge] – at IOTA on 15 April and Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on 16 April.
Max Raabe: One Cannot Kiss Alone [Decca] – at Strathmore on March 1.
Sleigh Bells: Reign of Terror [Mom + Pop] – at 9:30 Club on March 27 (rescheduled from February 16). Review by Chris Richards [Washington Post].
Tyga: Careless World: Rise of the Last King [Universal Republic] – at the Fillmore Silver Spring on March 5.
Dinosaur Jr.: BUG Live at the 9:30 Club: In the Hands of the Fans DVD [MVD Visual].
Grimes: Visions [4AD] – remember this nice Washington Post interview from last week? This week brings a review by David Malitz [Washington Post].

Stuff to win:
• DC 50/WDCW has tickets to Jim Jones with Nyemiah Supreme at U Street Music Hall on 3/5 (contest ends 3/1 at noon).

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 02-17-12

Are you sick of reading the name Sharon Van Etten here and everywhere else in DC’s news this week? Dude, her show was LAST SATURDAY; shouldn’t we have moved on to other things by now?! Thankfully, while there is one more SVE mention below (sorry!), we’ve also got a lengthy roundup of reading about bands coming through town in the next week– plenty of new shows to discover to get your mind off of Ms Van Etten. Thanks for another great week! Have a great weekend, and remember you can add this blog to your RSS feed with

Press about shows for the week ahead:
Washingtonian’s music picks for the next week. TBD on CD release shows this weekend.
• Washington CityPaper’s Guide to the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. DCist also has a preview, and the Michael J West at the Washington CityPaper interviewed Afro-Blue’s Integriti Reeves, who is performing at the Fest on Sunday. West also reviewed Lena Seikaly‘s new album Lovely Changes.
Article: Kristen Paige-Kirby on Duke Ellington [Express], for whom the “Discover Ellington” festival is this weekend at Strathmore. Paige-Kirby also interviews Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performs tonight.
Mike Joyce on Kim Waters‘s album This Heart of Mine [Washington Post] – at Blues Alley Friday through Sunday, 2/17-2/19.
CD Review: Catherine Lewis on Since Antarctica‘s new EP Aurorae [Washington Post] – at Jammin’ Java on Saturday 2/18.
Writeup: Mike Paarlberg on Dead Milkmen [Washington CityPaper] – U Street Music Hall on Saturday 2/18.
Writeup: Steve Kiviat on Homayoun Shajarian [Washington CityPaper] – Lisner on Sunday 2/19.
Interview: Dave Malitz on Ben Lee [Washington Post]. Lee is at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Monday 2/20.
CD Review: Geoffrey Himes on Otis Taylor‘s new album Contraband [Washington Post] – at Blues Alley on Wednesday 2/22 and Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Thursday 2/23.
Writeup: Reese Higgins on the Twilight Sad [Washington CityPaper] – Rock & Roll Hotel on Thursday 2/23. Dan Miller does an album review of the group’s new No One Can Ever Know [Washington Post].
Chris Kompanek on Saul Williams‘s album Volcanic Sunlight [Washington Post] – at the Black Cat on Thursday 2/23.

Other things to read:
CD Review: David Dunlap Jr on Adam WarRock‘s album You Dare Call That Thing Human?!? [Washington CityPaper].
• Live reviews: Stephen Brookes on the Emerson String Quartet at Strathmore [Washington Post]. Joe Banno on baritone Florian Boesch at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater [Washington Post]. Anne Midgette on Conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center [Washington Post] – this program repeats Saturday 2/18 and Sunday 2/19.

Things to listen to and/or watch:
Joan Soriano stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk concert.
Video: Sharon Van Etten at the Black Cat [All Our Noise].

Free stuff:
• The Rogers Revue has tickets to Disney On Ice at the Verizon Center on 2/18 (contest ends today).
• the Vinyl District has tickets to Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends 2/20 at noon).
• DC 50/WDCW has tickets to Jim Jones with Nyemiah Supreme at U Street Music Hall on 3/5 (contest ends 3/1 at noon).