ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 02-28-12

Stuff to read:
• Local band blog: bass player Tim Regan writes about his time in local power metal band Division. Regan’s last gig with Division was earlier this month.
• ALERT! DC GETS SNUBBED! (again!) the Washington CityPaper tells us that the Bobby Liebling documentary isn’t scheduled to play in DC. The documentary follows the self-destructive frontman of local doom metal legands Pentagram. Seriously, not even a screening at Silverdocs? (Does anyone else miss Visions Theatre? They totally would’ve played this!)
• DC nostalgia alert: You can see Ted Leo and the Pharmacists perform the Tyranny of Distance at the Black Cat in April [Washington CityPaper].
• DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda.
• Live reviews: We Love DC on Smiths tribute band Spineless Swine at the Red Palace. Jane Coyne on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra‘s Prokefiev program at Strathmore [MD Theatre Guide]. Cecilia Porter on the IBIS Chamber Music Society [Washington Post]. A big metal show at Overlea Station in Baltimore [Baltimore Dead Metal].

Today’s new releases:
Carolina Chocolate Drops: Leaving Eden – at the Birchmere on 5/10. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [Washington Post]
the Cranberries: Roses – at the 9:30 Club on 5/14. Reviewed by DC writer/SLDC curator Catherine Lewis [AV Club].
Tyga: Careless World: Rise of the Last King – at the Fillmore Silver Spring on 3/5. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [the Washington Post].
Chiddy Bang: Breakfast – at the U Street Music Hall tonight.
Corrosion of Conformity: Corrosion of Conformity – at Sonar on 3/2.
Eluveitie: Helvetios – at Rams Head Live on 3/4.
Fanfarlo: Rooms Fille With Light – at the U Street Music Hall on 3/7.
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Yim Yames: New Multitudes – at the Birchmere on 3/12.
Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio – at the Warner Theatre on 4/3.
Green River Ordinance: Under Fire – at Jammin’ Java on 4/19.
Anais Mitchell: Young Man in America – at Rams Head Tavern on 2/29 (opening for the Cowboy Junkies) and at Jammin’ Java on 3/2 (headlining).
Napalm Death: Utilitarian – at Sonar on 5/25 as part of Maryland DeathFest.
Nneka: Soul Is Heavy – at Jammin’ Java on 3/29.
Julia Nunes: Settle Down – at the Red Palace on 3/2.
Plants and Animals: The End of That – at the Red Palace on 4/6.
Amy Ray: Lung of Love – at Rams Head Tavern (Annapolis) on 4/11 and at IOTA on 4/13.
School of Seven Bells: Ghostory – at the Black Cat on 4/5.
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds: Pound of Dirt – at Baltimore SoundStage on 4/17.
the Ventures: Surfing and In Space and Fabulous Ventures and Walk Don’t Run 2 – at the Birchmere on 4/5.
Amelia White: Beautiful and Wild – at Ebenezers on 4/19.

Audiovisual stuff:
• Watch the video for René Moffatt‘s “Route 42″, which was filmed by American U film student Alex Bryant. The song was inspired by the 42 bus.
• All Our Noise captured some video of Cate Le Bon‘s recent show.

Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to tonight’s Lenorable show at the Black Cat PLUS a copy of the band’s new 7″. (contest ends today at noon)
• The Vinyl District is giving away a signed vinyl copy of All the Details by Doris (featuring Paul Adelstein of Private Practice). Winner must have a North American mailing address. (contest ends today)
• DC 50/WDCW is giving away tickets to Jim Jones with Nyemiah Supreme at U Street Music Hall on 3/5 (contest ends 3/1 at noon).
• is giving away a pair of tickets to see Marilyn Manson at the Fillmore Silver Spring on 5/1 (contest ends Friday 3/2 at 5 PM)

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 02-10-12

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Things to read:
Black Tambourine wants to record an EP of Ramones songs, and they’ve set up a Kickstarter to do so. If that’s not enough Black Tambourine in your life, remember that they’re playing the Chickfactor 20th anniversary show in April at Artisphere (buy tickets, if you’re so inclined).
• Geoffrey Himes interviews Ralph Stanley in the Washington Post. Stanley performs this weekend at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
Steve Aoki talks to the Washington Post about his music and also mentions Fugazi. Aoki is in Silver Spring at the Fillmore on Saturday.
• the Vinyl District continues its Gold Leaf Studios retrospective.
• the Washington CityPaper’s Spring Arts Guide.
• What to do this weekend and the following week ahead: The Vinyl District suggests Cate Le Bon and Marian Fahey McLaughlin at DC9 on Sunday, 12 February. Mark Jenkins also reviews Cate Le Bon for the Washington Post. tells you about shows at unusual venues. Washingtonian offers picks for the next 7 days.
• Also reviewed in the Washington Post: Jess Righthand on Nicholas Payton‘s album Bitches (tonight at the Kennedy Center). Catherine Lewis on O’Brother‘s album Garden Window (Thursday at DC9). Jess Righthand on the Robert Glasper Experiment album Black Radio (Thursday at Strathmore).
• If you’re not sick of hearing about the sold-out Sharon van Etten show by now, the Washington Post has now reviewed opener Shearwater’s new album, Animal Joy (scroll down below the excellent SVE article).
• If you’re going to place your vote in November based on the candidates’ musical tastes, then you can thank the Washington Post for pointing you to the campaign playlists of Obama and Romney. (Seriously? Slow news day, apparently….)
• Live reviews: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at the 9:30 club reviewed by Dulani Wallace [the Vinyl District] and Erica Bruce [Washington CityPaper]. We Love DC on Thurston Moore and Kurt Vile at the Black Cat. Marlene Hall on the Kills at the 9:30 Club [Huffington Post].
• Bonus reading: this is not at all music-related, but we love a good vegan bakery, and Express has a nice interview with Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers, in advance of her new cookbook Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes, which comes out later this month. Petersan is doing a reading/Q&A at 6th & I on March 1st.

Things to listen to and/or watch:
• No tickets to tomorrow’s sold-out Sharon Van Etten show at the Black Cat? NPR brings you her World Cafe performance.
• Local rap duo DTMD released a video for “Raw” [Washington CityPaper]
Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn did a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

Free stuff:
• has tickets to Opeth/Mastodon/Ghost (5/9) and Meshuggah/Baroness/Decapitated (5/22), both at the Fillmore in Silver Spring (contest ends today at 4 PM).
• ShowlistDC has tickets to Mos Def at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends today at 5 PM).
• Heavy Uber Alles has tickets to Iced Earth at the 9:30 Club on 3/13 (contest ends Monday 2/13 at noon)
• The Vinyl District has a copy of Of Montreal‘s Paralytic Stalks on yellow vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address. (contest ends Tuesday 2/14)