ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 08-08-12


Planning Guides: DCist’s This Week in Hip-Hop. Washington Post Going Out Guide’s Nightlife Agenda.

• RIP Marvin Hamlisch, who died unexpectedly Monday at the age of 68. The Washington Post has an obituary and remembers three of his movie ballads.

Jason Noble of Rodan, Rachel’s, and Shipping News also passed away over the weekend; you can listen to (and/or buy) his benefit compilation, In Pleasant Company: A Mixtape for Jason– featuring Tone, Beauty Pill, True Womanhood, J. Robbins, and more– on Bandcamp [Washington CityPaper].

• CD Review: Samara Lubelski: Wavelength. Reviewed by DC writer Marc Masters [Pitchfork].


• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is Thievery Corporation, “Culture of Fear”.

• DCist’s music video of the day is She Keeps Bees, “Counter Charm”.

• Listen to the State Department‘s final EP [DCist].

• Heavy Uber Alles brings us six heavy tunes on Tuesday.

Live Reviews

• Aubrey Menard on Old Crow Medicine Show, the Lumineers, and the Milk Carton Kids at the 9:30 Club, 8/2/12 [].

• Jenn Bress on Run for Cover at the Black Cat, 8/4/12 [Brightest Young Things]. Again, I question whether BYT has anyone on staff that reads copy before it’s posted; let’s round up a few of the typos and random missed words here (and I’m not even going to talk about the tense changes throughout the piece or incomplete/nonsensical sentences):
    – “Just when I’m wondering where Nico is, a spazzed out looking AndyWarhol appears.” {we’re used to seeing Andy and Warhol as two separate words.}
    – “I’ve found I like to guess what each band [is?] rather than see the set-list beforehand.” {Guess the missing word!}
    – “So, a drummer in a 70′s era white suite, a guy in a white jump suit and a guy in a black skeleton costume had me questioning until the main singer appears in [a?] fringed coat (amazing) no shirt and jeans.” {Guess the missing word! Also, guess the missing comma, unless “fringed coat no shirt” is an actual thing.}
    – “”Talking about my Generation” gives me that DUH moment when I realized its The Who.” {its vs it’s}
    – “the lead singer had all the swagger and grit of Roger Daltrey and is a total rock star.” {We know we said we weren’t going to talk about all the tense issues, but here’s one that’s particularly egregious. Past tense or present tense– please pick one.}
    – “A Townsend jump kicks and splayed out leather fringe stance [were?] also included in this mind-blowing performance.” {Guess the missing word!}
    – “”Werewolves in London” came on with a dude in a wherewolf mask that stage dove into the audience.” {WOW – two different spellings of werewolf in the same sentence!}
    – “I might have been into it if Wolfpussy hadn’t wasted two of out drinks in the process.” {two of OUR drinks, presumably}
    – “Now the power bands start to follow, as Run for Cover always builds it’s set appropriately leading up to the ultimate crowd pleasing blow-up acts.” {its vs it’s!}
    – “We got “In your Eyes”, “In the Air” ” Land of Confusion” “Solsbury Hill” and “Sledgehammer” all flawlessly performed.” {Are commas between items in a list now optional?}

• Jenn Bress on Girls Rock! DC‘s showcase at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things]. (Sorry, we can’t do the typo/grammar round-up for more than one review per day.)

• Jeb Gavin on Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion [Brightest Young Things].

• Marcus Dowling on Ted Nugent at the Fillmore Silver Spring [Brightest Young Things].

• Brightest Young Things’ photos of Parachute and the Cab at the Howard Theatre.

• Brightest Young Things’ photos of Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz at the 9:30 Club.


• ShowlistDC (that’s us!) is giving away a pair of tickets to see Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap on 8/14 (contest ends Thursday 8/9 at 5 PM).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Civil Twilight‘s Holy Weather on vinyl (contest ends Friday, 8/10).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away tickets to Aerosmith and Cheap Trick at Jiffy Lube Live, 8/12/12 (contest ends Friday 8/10 at noon).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gotye at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 9/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Monday 06-04-12

Notes from This Weekend

On Saturday night, I went up to Sonar in Baltimore for a four-band black metal tour: Sweden’s Marduk, Norway’s 1349, Atlanta’s Withered, and Canada’s Weapon. There were also 7 local bands on the lineup– I’m not a huge fan of pay-to-play (which is the policy of asking local bands to pre-sell tickets to shows in order to play; I wrote a lengthy article for about Jaxx last year where I talked a lot about that policy; you can read that article here), and I think that an ELEVEN-BAND lineup is a bit ridiculous, even for a Saturday night. Sure, having a lot of local bands on the bill helps bring people out to the show, but there were already four good touring bands on this bill!

Anyway: apparently they were staggering the local bands between the Talking Head Lounge (Sonar’s smallest room) and the Talking Head Club (the medium-sized room), to shorten the setup time, then all four touring bands played on the Club stage. Except that’s not exactly what happened. I got there around 8:30 and caught the end of Baltimore’s Strong Intention‘s set on the Club stage, then Weapon played a great set. Then, as Withered played its set on the Club stage, there was another local band playing AT THE SAME TIME on the Talking Head stage down the hall. No joke– one of the touring bands was competing for an audience with one of the local bands. Not only that, those of us trying to hear Withered from the back of the Club room had to strain to hear them over the sound of the local band playing a few feet away (if you’ve never been to Sonar, these two rooms are very close together). It made for a really frustrating night– sure, I’d just seen Withered about a year ago when they played Sonar with Krallice, but it would’ve been nice to hear them again without having their music mashed up with that of a local band. It made for a really frustrating night and just seemed completely unprofessional overall. Seriously, folks: don’t have a touring band compete for an audience and decibels with a local band. It’s just not awesome.

Local band news

So much news about local bands that we had to break it into its own section today!

Periphery‘s Matt Halpern is on the cover of the July issue of Modern Drummer magazine. You can check him out in action in this improvised jam he posted on YouTube last year.

• There are songs by Beauty Pill, J. Robbins, TONE, and True Womanhood (among many others) on this compilation album to benefit Jason Noble of Rodan and the Shipping News. Jason is battling Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

• You could join TONE‘s guitar army; the longtime post-rock band is looking for a guitarist.

Black Clouds have a “name your own price” deal for their album Everything Is Not Going To Be OK on Bandcamp.

• You can pre-order the new limited-edition Auroboros EP (250 hand-numbered copies that come with a free digital download) via Australopithecus Records. No, we can’t spell that either, so just click the link.

• In a local band? Check out Jammin’ Java’s Mid-Atlantic Band Battle 7. Prizes include $2500 cash, studio time, a band photoshoot, and more. Deadline to apply is June 9th.


Planning Guides
    • DC Music Download’s weekday hits.
    • DC Music Live’s weekly show roundup.
    • Listen Local First’s June featured artists and events.

• All Songs Considerd’s Bob Boilen deleted all his music [NPR].

• There’s always more Chuck Brown coverage: Chris Richards talks to Source Records’ Logan Westbrooks, the man who helped break “Bustin’ Loose” [Washington Post].

• The Washington Post ran a big feature this weekend about summertime classical music festivals: Anne Midgette on DC-area summer classical music [Washington Post]. Here’s a feature on the Castleton Festival in Rappahannock County, VA (and the $1.08M Guadagnini violin that was sold to finance it). Here’s a sidebar listing all the local festivals and 5 American classical festivals outside of DC.

• Interview: Steve Kiviat chats with zydeco player Curley Taylor on why he likes R. Kelly [Washington CityPaper].

• Interview: Metallomusikum talked to Edmonton black/death metal band Weapon at an in-store at Black Mess Records in Baltimore on Saturday.

• Mike Paarlberg on the comfortable routine of the Washington Performing Arts Society [Washington CityPaper]. WPAS’s president, Neale Perl, announced last week that he would retire at the end of next season.

• Looking for work in the music industry? Jammin’ Java in Vienna is looking for a full-time venue manager.

• Preview: Michael J West on the DC Jazz Festival [Washington CityPaper], which started this past weekend.

• Somewhat after the fact but somewhat relevant: Here are several previews for CapitalBop‘s DC Jazz Lofts, part of this year’s DC Jazz Festival: Siriam Gopal [DCist] and Listen Local First. Two shows were this weekend and the third is June 9th.

• The show was this weekend, but here’s an interview with Coup Sauvage & the Snips [We Love DC].

• The show was this weekend, but here’s Nia Hightower’s interview with Les Nubians [DC Music Live].


• DC rapper SmCity now has a video for “Hate, Love, & Money” [Washington CityPaper].

• DC Music Download’s Local Listening Booth.

• Rohan Mahadevan’s Song of the Day: Big Freedia‘s “Azz Everywhere” [DCist].

• Hometown Sounds DC’s Local Music Video of the Day: Koshari‘s “Wake Me”.

• Replayed: Justin Jones‘s “My Father’s Gun” [DC Music Download].

Live Reviews

• Stephen Bradley on Crystal Fighters at the Rock & Roll Hotel [Washington Times].

• Stephen Brookes on Deviant Septet at the Atlas Performing Arts Center [Washington Post].

• Joe Banno on the BSO‘s Mozart performance at Strathmore on 5/31 [Washington Post].

• Ross Bonaime on the Dandy Warhols at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things].


• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of 2:54‘s S/T on vinyl (contest ends Tuesday 6/5).
• Brightest Young Things is giving away a pair of tickets to see Monty Alexander at the Hamilton on 6/9 (contest ends Wednesday 6/6).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to see The Cribs at the Black Cat on 6/7 (contest ends at noon on Wednesday 6/6).
• Scene Trek is giving away a pair of tickets to The Cribs at the Black Cat on 6/7 (contest ends at 3 PM on Wednesday 6/6).
• Brightest Young Things is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gotye at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 9/30 (contest ends Thursday 6/7).
• 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 OAR at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/10 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).

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