ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 03-21-12

Stuff to read:

• Not local but still worth mentioning: We reminded you yesterday that flash mobs aren’t cool, but apparently Renee Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma didn’t get the memo. The pair performed at a food court in Chicago with some Chicago high school students and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (apparently the CSO sent out an email announcing the concert, which reminds us that the only thing less cool than a flash mob is announcing the flash mob in advance. Seriously, people!). Anyway, as much as we hate flash mobs, we can bet that this performance was a step up from Fleming’s 2010 album Dark Hope, a collection of covers of songs by Muse (“Endlessly”), Band of Horses (“No One’s Gonna Love You”), Arcade Fire (“Intervention”), Tears For Fears (“Mad World”), and Peter Gabriel (“In Your Eyes”). (No, we did not make any of that up.) At the flash mob performance, Fleming kept with a safer song choice: “America the Beautiful”.

• Concert updates: Fiona Apple‘s show tonight at 6th & I has been posponed a week, to Wednesday 3/28. Here’s a quick report from the Washington Post. The Washington Examiner, on the other hand, didn’t get the memo that the show is postponed and instead published this preview of the concert.

• Documentary alert: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye opens this Friday at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. That’s “Genesis” as in Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV, and Chris Porter wrote this column about the two [Express].

• We’re still a little sick of seeing the word SXSW, but we don’t at all mind reading DCist’s SXSW 2012 Scouting Report, especially since they kept it local by telling us when those bands would be performing around here.

• Planning guides: DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda. Going Out Gurus’ Best Events for the week.

• Washington Women in Jazz Festival: Capital Bop has a nice interview with Amy K Bormet on the 2nd annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival, which runs from today through next Tuesday. We’ve got all the shows listed on our concert calendar, or you can check out the schedule of events on the WWJF page.

• Local band news: Listen to U.S. Royalty‘s new single “Sleepy Eyes” [All Things Go].

• Marcus J. Moore looks back on The Five One [Washington CityPaper].

Day 11 of Justin Moyer‘s “Edie Sedgwick goes to SXSW” [Washington CityPaper].

• Live reviews: Charles T Downey on L’Arpeggiata at the Library of Congress [Washington Post]. Robert Battey on Ute Lemper at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater [Washington Post]. Stephen Bradley on Narrows at DC9 [Washington Times] (Key quotes: “DC has never had much of a hardcore scene, at least not like other major East Coast cities”. Also: “It’s not entirely surprising that so few hardcore bands are playing now.” I wonder how quotes like those would hold up on the DC Hardcore forums.) Katie Willmott on Dr. Dog at the 9:30 Club [the Vinyl District].

Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of the Big Pink‘s Future This on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to Band of Skulls‘ sold-out show at the 9:30 Club on 3/24 (contest ends today at noon).
• LiveNation Latino’s Facebook Page has tickets to Franco de Vita at the Fillmore on 3/28. You have to install a Facebook app in order to enter (I didn’t do that, so I don’t know when this contest ends).
• Thursday night, head out to Fado in Chinatown, where DC101′s Ty Bailey will be giving away tickets to the DC101 Chili Cook-Off.
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Electric Guest’s Troubleman 7″ (white). Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Thursday 3/22).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to see Housse De Racket at the 9:30 Club on 3/25 (contest ends Thursday 3/22 at noon).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Rubblebucket‘s Live In Chicago DVD. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Thursday 3/22).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a three-month Slacker Premium Subscription (contest ends Friday 3/23).
• is giving away a pair of tickets to see Alcest, deafheaven, Black Clouds, and Auroboros at DC9 on 3/29 (contest ends Tuesday 3/27 at 5 PM).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 02-15-12

Things to Read:
• When you think about musicians that embody black history, do you think about the Rolling Stones? We don’t either, but apparently Mick Jagger– along with BB King, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Gary Clarke Jr., Trombone Shorty, and the Yardbirds’ Jeff Beck (seriously, what is up with this lineup?!)– will be performing at the White House to celebrate Black History Month, according to the NY Times. “Directed by Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MGs, next week’s event will be taped and then broadcast by PBS on Feb. 27. The president will deliver remarks at the event. The ‘In Performance at the White House’ series goes back to 1978.”
Fort Reno is now accepting demos for local bands interested in playing the venue this summer.
• We Love DC offers this Q & A with Justin Trawick about his solo work and the 9 Songwriter Series that he curates. The 9 is at the Hamilton tonight (2/15), and Trawick is at the Black Cat on February 24.
• Capital Bop has an interview with saxophonist Tim Berne, who’s playing with his new ensemble Snakeoil at Bohemian Caverns on Sunday night as part of Transparent Productions’ winter/spring season.
• DCist’s this week in hip-hop.
• Heavy Uber Alles brings you six heavy tunes every week. This week’s installment comes courtesy of Scott O’Dowd, guitarist of Massachusetts stoner rock bands Black Thai and Cortez.
NPR’s Tom Moon on Dr. Dog. The band will be at the 9:30 Club on March 16.
• Photos: Erica Bruce captures Sharon van Etten at the Black Cat [Washington CityPaper]. Last Sunday’s DC Record Fair at the Riot Act Comedy Theater [the Vinyl District].
• Live Reviews: Allison Grossman on the Grey Area at Strathmore [the Vinyl District].

Things to listen to and/or watch:
Wale on Conan, earlier this week [DCist].
• Video of Foul Swoops live at CD Cellar last week [All Our Noise].

Free stuff:
• The Vinyl District has tickets to Zola Jesus at U Street Music Hall on 2/16 (contest ends today at noon)
• Tittsworth has tickets to Moombahton Massive XII at U-Hall on 2/15 (contest ends today)
• The Rogers Revue has tickets to Disney On Ice at the Verizon Center on 2/18 (contest ends 2/17).