Stuff to read:
• There were more DC-related documentaries at SXSW than just that Ginger Baker doc; perhaps you’ve heard about the documentary Bad Brains: A Band in DC? If no, then hop over to this interview with co-director Mandy Stein and Bad Brains singer H.R. from SXSW [the Awl].
• Local band news: bassist Joe Cariola is leaving operatic metal band Cassandra Syndrome, according to a note posted on the band’s facebook page. Bassists interested in auditioning can contact the band at email@example.com.
• Local band video: Plums, “Three Windows” [Trigger Cut].
• Preview: Washington Women in Jazz Festival [DCist].
• Check out mashup dude John Beckham, who found inspiration in a Trans Am tune [Washington CityPaper].
• Remember when flash mobs were cool? OK, we don’t either, but anyway: a troupe from the Teelin School of Irish Dance flash-mobbed the Westfields Annapolis Mall on Saturday. We’re not sure what LMFAO has to do with Irish Dance (or St Patty’s Day), but you can watch the video here [Washington Post].
• Day 10 of Justin Moyer‘s “Edie Sedgwick goes to SXSW” [Washington CityPaper].
• Live reviews: We Love DC on Hank3 at the 9:30 Club. Anne Midgette on Murray Perahia at Strathmore [Washington Post].
Today’s New Releases (with local reviews):
• Melanie Fiona: the MF Life – at the Hamilton on 3/28. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [Washington Post].
• Casey James: Casey James. Reviewed by Andrew Leahy (scroll past the Shins review) [Washington Times].
• Odd Future: the OF Tape Vol. 2. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [Washington Post].
• the Shins: Port of Morrow – at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 4/28 as part of Sweetlife Festival. Reviewed by David Malitz [Washington Post] and by Andrew Leahy [Washington Times].
• Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society – at the Howard Theatre on 5/12. Reviewed by Mike Joyce [the Washington Post].
• Lost in the Trees: A Church That Fits Our Needs – at the Black Cat on 4/14.
• Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s: Rot Gut Domestic – at the Rock & Roll Hotel on 4/13.
• Lee Ranaldo: Between the Times and the Tides – at the 9:30 Club on 5/13 (opening for M.Ward).
• Unsane: Wreck – at Sonar on 5/25 as part of Maryland DeathFest.
Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to Vetusta Morla at U Street Music Hall on 3/21 (contest ends today at noon).
• 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 Wednesday 3/21).
• 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 Wednesday 3/21 at noon).
• 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 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).
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