ShowlistDC Music Notes: Thursday 06-21-12


• Planning Guides: TBD’s guide to local shows this weekend. DC Music Download’s Top 5 Free Concerts in DC. DCist’s This Week in Jazz.

• The saga around BYT‘s “Write a suicide note to win Morrissey tickets” continues. Here’s a summary: BYT posted a contest on Monday asking readers to write suicide notes in order to enter a contest to win tickets to Morrissey’s show at Strathmore. I wrote about this in Tuesday’s Music Notes. The Washington CityPaper picked up the story later that day and got some quotes from BYT managing editor Logan Donaldson. On Tuesday night, BYT quietly changed the contest to say “string together a couple of paragraphs using only Morrissey’s lyrics”; I printed the full text of the new contest and a rant from their Assistant Editor Stephanie Breijo in Wednesday’s Music Notes, and DCist picked up the story, getting an additional quote from Donaldson. THEN, BYT took its contest down entirely (if you click on the contest link now, you’re taken to a login page). The Washington CityPaper reported on that, with an additional statement from Donaldson.

• Ryan Little weighs in on the NPR / David Lowrey / Travis Morrison saga about downloading music [Washington CityPaper].

• Ken Avis on the DC Djangofolies Festival [CapitalBop].

Journey‘s Neal Schon responds to the accusations that he walked out of Silverdocs [Washington Post]. Apparently, he just doesn’t like Q&A’s and says he never agreed to be on a panel discussion in the first place.

• Local band news: Darkest Hour has posted a 19-second teaser for its “Severed Into Separates” music video [].

• Bryce Harper used Justin Bieber as his walk-up music [Washington Post].

• Anne Midgette rounds up reviews of the NSO‘s tour. She also talks to some of the members of the Orchestra about the repertoire [Washington Post].

• Interview: Finch Fulton talks to Kal Traver of Rubblebucket [Brightest Young Things]. Tonight at the Hamilton.


• Rohan Mahadevan’s song of the day is Cigarette, “Hundred Tears” [DCist].

• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is the Pietasters, “Stone Feeling”.

• If you’re wondering how Ian Svenonius’s music sounds nowadays, you can stream the new Chain and the Gang album, In Cool Blood [Impose Magazine].

• Listen: Sam Cooper & the Sleepwalkers, New Typerighter Moon EP [DC Music Download].

Live Reviews

• Stephen Bradley on Keane at Strathmore [Washington Times].

1 More photos of DC Record Fair [The Vinyl District - Part 2].

• Brightest Young Things on Santigold and Theophilus London at the 9:30 Club.


NEW The Vinyl District is giving away tickets to The Mynabirds at the Black Cat on 6/23 (contest ends Friday 6/22 at noon).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to The Great American Festival featuring Eve 6, Ozomatli, and more, at the National Harbor on 6/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to see Everclear, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground at Wolf Trap on 7/25 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• Metal Injection is giving away tickets to the Rockstar Mayhem Fest featuring Slipknot, Slayer, and Motorhead at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/29 (contest ends “randomly” as the concert date approaches).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see 311 and Slightly Stoopid at Jiffy Lube Live on 7/28 (contest ends Sunday 7/22).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see System of a Down with the Deftones at the Verizon Center on 8/7 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see OAR at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/10 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Linkin Park and Mutemath at Jiffy Lube Live on 8/11 (contest ends 8/5).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Thursday 04-12-12

Shameless plug: In addition to rounding up the day’s local music news and press, we also give away concert tickets! We’re running a contest now to give away tickets to Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at the Hamilton next Thursday, 4/19– a great chance to check out a new band and a new venue! Toss your name in the hat here.


• Concert planners: DCist’s This Week in Jazz. The Vinyl District promotes shows at the 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, and Merriweather Post Pavilion. Going Out Guide on 90s nostalgia acts.

• Interview/preview: Stephen M Deusner talks to the Ting Tings [Express]. At the 9:30 Club tonight.

• Interview/preview: Christopher Porter talks to Ian Svenonius [Express], whose band Chain & the Gang performs tonight at the Black Cat.

• Preview: Marie Gullard on Viver Brasil [Washington Examiner]. Tonight at Strathmore.

• If you’re not tired of hearing about the new Howard Theatre yet, check out this history and photo gallery from

• Metallomusikum continues her countdown to MDF with a preview of Godflesh.

Live Reviews

• David Turner on Hundred Visions at the Rock & Roll Hotel [All Things Go].

• More chickfactor press: Jenn Bress [the Vinyl District].

• Erin Keane on the Magnetic Fields and DeVotchKa at the 9:30 Club [DCist].

• NoVA Metal Review on Onslaught and M:Pire of Evil at the U Street Music Hall.

• Stephen Brookes on Arditti String Quartet at the Library of Congress [Washington Post].

• Alan Duckworth on Video Games Live at Strathmore [the Rogers Revue].


• 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 today).
• ShowlistDC is giving away two pair of tickets to Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at the Hamilton on 4/19 (contest ends Friday 4/13 at midnight).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to Creed at the Warner Theatre on 4/24 (contest ends Sunday 4/15).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Neil Nathan‘s The Distance Calls on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing list (contest ends Tuesday 4/17).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Imperial Teen‘s Feel the Sound on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Wednesday 4/18).
• 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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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Monday 02-20-12

ShowlistDC Notes from Last Night:
I went to see Peter Frampton at the Warner Theatre last night– great show! Frampton played for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, showing off his recently-recovered Les Paul guitar for about a third of the night, including his iconic “Do You Feel Like We Do”. The show was a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive!, and Frampton and his four-piece band (which included original FCA! bass player Stanley Sheldon) played the album in its entirety. Then they played a bunch of other tunes, including a few from his Grammy-winning instrumental album Fingerprints (including an awesome cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”, which was mostly instrumental until a final chorus sung through Frampton’s signature talk box). Frampton and his Les Paul ended the night with a fitting cover: the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, which started as a lengthy guitar solo before Frampton was joined by the rest of the band.

Things to read:
Interview: David Malitz talks to Ian Svenonius about the Make-Up reunion show [Washington Post]. No, we still don’t get a clear answer about whether there will be more than just the London show:

So you guys are going to play a show — just one show? I think we’re just going to do one show. It’s one of those special events.
[F]or a lot of people in D.C. that’s a long trip [to London]. Well hopefully we can play a show in D.C. You know what I mean by hanging around. It’s uncharted territory but I’m pretty excited about it. It’s fun to play with these guys again and it’s really fun to play these songs. I always felt like this group had a very particular sound and I always really enjoyed playing the songs.
Clear as mud, right? Spiv also offers this little tidbit of what he’s been up to outside of making music:
I’m writing a book right now, it’s out this winter. It’s a manual, and it’s called “Supernatural Strategies For Starting a Rock ‘N’ Roll Group.”

Interview: Chris Richards chats with Nils Lofgren about writing the “Nobody Bothers Me” TV jingle [Washington Post].
Local guitarist Phil Mathieu has passed away, writes Steve Kiviat in the Washington CityPaper. Mathieu played with Charlie Byrd’s Washington Guitar Quintet, Ruthie and the Wranglers, and the Natty Beaux, among many others.
• Erin Williams gives a profile of Ebony Dumas aka DJ Natty Boom, co-founder of Girls Rock DC [Washington Post].
• We promised you that we’d keep our Grammy coverage to a minimum here, but since Dave Grohl grew up around here, this counts as local(ish) news. The Foo Fighters guitarist/singer has clarified his Grammy acceptance speech (you know, the one where he dissed computer-generated music and then went on to perform with Deadmau5 later in the broadcast). He issued a press release that stops just short of having us all hold hands and sing kumbayah. Check it: Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell…I’m not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really fucking hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.
• Roger Catlin on NSO Pops and Cirque de la Symphonie [Washington Post].
• Live Reviews: Aaron Leitko on Zola Jesus at U Street Music Hall [Washington Post]. Anne Midgette on Julia Fischer at 6th & I [Washington Post]. Samantha Buker on Kronos Quartet and Alim Qasimov at University of Maryland [Washington Post]. Francis Chung on Flock of Dimes at the Black Cat Backstage [DCist].

Free stuff:
• the Vinyl District has tickets to Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends today 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).