ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 08-21-12

Today’s New Releases (with locally-penned reviews)

Bloc Party, Four. Reviewed by Elizabeth Nelson [Washington Post].

Blur, Parklive. Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork].

the Darkness, Hot Cakes. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

Owl City, the Midsummer Station. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post] and by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times]. At the 9:30 Club on 9/10.

Redd Kross, Researching the Blues. Reviewed by Aaron Leitko [Pitchfork].

Spider Bags, Shake My Head. Reviewed by

Yeasayer, Fragrant World. Reviewed by David Malitz [Washington Post]. At the 9:30 Club on 11/14 and 11/15.


• Planning Guides: Washington Post Going Out Guide’s Nightlife Agenda. DC Music Download’s Weekday Hits and Upcoming Shows You Should Know.

• Interview: Valerie Paschall talks to Priests [DCist].

• Interview: Valerie Paschall talks to Meow vs. Meow [DCist].

• Interview: Gregory Ayers talks to Clarissa Villondo, co-founder of Indie Bands With a Mission [DC Music Download].

• Interview: Nancy Dunham talks to Mat Kearney [Washington Examiner]. Opening for Train tonight at Wolf Trap.

• DVD/Documentary review: Joe Warminsky on Sweet Rock: the Red Weasel Movement [Washington CityPaper]. It’s “a 35-minute documentary about a Salisbury, Md., band that was a small oasis of grunge-era good times on the Eastern Shore and whose members were familiar with D.C.’s late ’80s/early ’90s scene“.

• Republican Vice Presedential candidate Paul Ryan apparently loves Rage Against the Machine. That love is not returned [Washington Post].

• Are you tired of people saying that the local music scene sucks? Baltimore blogger Metallomusikum certainly is, and she wrote this handy list of things you and your band can do to make it better. (She wrote it back in January, but it’s still worth reading/following/taping to the fridge).

• Local band news: Periphery is dropping off the Summer Slaughter Tour due to a family emergency [Facebook].

• Chuck Brown Day: Ally Schweitzer tallied an hourly update on the event’s breakdown [Washington CityPaper] (PS: she also reports that refunds are available for those who had tickets).

Big Time Rush performed at a kids’ “state dinner” at the White House. Chris Richards was there [Washington Post].

• OK, we get it: making fun of Nickelback is like shooting fish in a barrel. Still, Maura Judkis critiques their new music video, “Trying Not To Love You” [Washington Post].

• More on Brightest Young Things‘ move to NYC: an article in the New York Times.

• The Washington CityPaper is curating a concert at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on 9/14. Kokayi, The Caribbean, and Alex (aka Alex Minoff) will be performing, and the event is free.

• Extra cash in your pocket? Check out the new Kickstarter from local power metal band A Sound of Thunder, to help fund their new album Time’s Arrow (and featuring an exclusive EP).

• Everyone’s been talking about Pussy Riot, and the Washington Post now has a blog post about the Russian punk rockers.

• Opera falls just outside the scope of what I cover here on ShowlistDC, but Anne Midgette wrote a few thoughtful pieces for the Washington Post recently, so I’ll round them up here: Taking Opera’s Pulse (a response to a recent cover article of Opera News, which sparked a conversation on NPR) and Opera: great personalities, bad actors.


• Here’s a roundup of Hometown Sounds DC’s local music videos of the day:
      – Screen Vinyl Image, “Night Trip” (8/20)
      – the Young Rapids, “Goods (Blue Light Sessions)” (8/17)

• Here’s a roundup of DCist’s music videos of the day:
      – Airiel, “Flashlight Tag” (8/20)
      – Wye Oak, “Spiral” (8/17)

• Live listening: Wye Oak, live from the 9:30 Club, 8/17/12 [].

Rufus Wainwright stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• Listen to yU‘s latest 7″ release [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen to Substantial‘s “Check My Resume” [DC Music Live].

• Listen to Mac Demarco‘s “My Kind of Woman” [].

• Podcasts: Hometown Sounds DC’s podcast for 8/19 and’s Episode 13.

Live Reviews

Be’La Dona and Klymaxx at Fort Dupont Park, 8/18/12. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [Washington Post].

the Dirty Projectors and Wye Oak at the 9:30 Club, 8/17/12 & 8/18/12. Reviewed by Rohan Mahadevan [DCist] and by Aaron Leitko [Washington Post]. 9:30 Club posted the setlist from 8/17 [].

Gold Motel at Jammin’ Java, 7/23/12. Reviewed by Stephen Bradley [Washington Times].

the Kennedys and Naked Blue at the Hamilton, 8/19/12. Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live].

Lorelei, Deathfix, and Sun Wolf at the Black Cat, 8/17/12. Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live] and photographed by Erica Bruce [Washington CityPaper].

Barry Manilow at Wolf Trap, 8/16/12 & 8/17/12. Reviewed by Mark Beachy [MD Theatre Guide], by Denise A Levien [the Rogers Revue], and by Reel Film News

Marina and the Diamonds and MS MR at the 9:30 Club, 8/14/12. Reviewed by We Love DC.

Raise the Roofbeams, the Beanstalk Library and Red Sammy at DC9, 8/16/12. Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live].

Christian Scott aka Christian aTunde Adjuah at the Bohemian Caverns, 8/16/12. Reviewed by Michael J West [Washington Post].


NEW The Vinyl District is giving away tickets to the Brian Jonestown Massacre at the 9:30 Club on 8/22 (contest ends today at noon).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to the Rockstar UPROAR festival with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, and more. Show is at Jiffy Lube Live on 9/2 (no indication of when this giveaway ends).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away two Slumberland LPs: Lorelei‘s Enterprising Sidewalks and Echo Lake‘s Wild Peace (contest ends Friday 8/24).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to Ben Harper‘s acoustic show at Wolf Trap on 9/4 (contest ends 8/26).
NEW Local band Cassandra Syndrome has a contest that includes T-Shirts and tickets to their concerts on 9/1 (with Cybergeist and Death Maschine at the Recher Theatre) and 9/14 (with Kamelot, A Sound of Thunder, and Fallen Martyr at Empire).
• DC101 is giving away front row tickets to DC101′s Kerfuffle with the Offspring, Sublime, Rome, Garbage, etc., at Jiffy Lube Live on 9/15 (contest ends 9/3).
• 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).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 06-22-12

Weekend/Week-Ahead Planner

Planning Guides
• Washingtonian’s Music Picks.
• DC Music Download’s Weekend Hits.
• We Love DC loves weekends.
• Washington Post Going Out Guide’s Things to Do in DC This Weekend.
• Washington CityPaper’s Jazz Setlist. Chris Richards also writes about the Nordic Jazz Fest [Washington Post Express].
• TBD’s guide to local shows this weekend.
• The Fort Reno schedule is finally announced [Washington CityPaper]. We’ve got the dates on our Fort Reno page.
• ShowlistDC’s recent changes.

Tonight – Friday, 22 June
• Preview/Interview: Mark Jenkins talks to Image Band [Washington Post]. Part of the Reggae Night at Carter Barron Amphitheatre.
• CD Review: Walk the Moon: Walk the Moon. Reviewed by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post]. At the Black Cat.
• Preview: Matt Siblo on Hot Snakes [Washington CityPaper]. At the Rock & Roll Hotel.
• Preview/Interview: Marie Gullard on Angela Winbush [Washington Examiner]. At Blues Alley tonight, Saturday, and Sunday.

Saturday, 23 June
• Preview/Interview: Stephen Deusner talks to Laura Burhenn of Mynabirds [Washington Post Express]. At the Black Cat. Also, here’s Moira E McLaughlin’s Washington Post review of the Mynabirds’ new album Mynabirds: Generals.
• Preview/Interview: Nancy Dunham on Rascal Flatts [Washington Examiner]. At Jiffy Lube Live.

Sunday, 24 June

Monday, 25 June

Tuesday, 26 June
• Preview: Lindsay Zoladz on White Lung [Washington CityPaper]. At Joint Custody (web).
• CD Review: Lauren Mann: Over Land and Sea. Reviewed by Moira E McLaughlin [Washington Post]. At Jammin’ Java.

Wednesday, 27 June
• Preview: Steve Kiviat on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival [Washington CityPaper].

Thursday, 28 June
• CD Review: Brandi Carlile: Bear Creek. Reviewed by Catherine P Lewis [Washington Post]. At Wolf Trap.
• Preview: Michael J West on Lou Donaldson [Washington CityPaper]. At Blues Alley.


• Random local band news: DC thrashers Absolute Vengeance were on this episode of Brutally Delicious Food Show.

• The latest on BYT‘s “Write a suicide note to win Morrissey tickets” situation: If you didn’t think that BYT changed the contest on its own, you were right. Alex Baca at the Washington CityPaper talked to a representative of contest sponsor IMP, who confirmed that IMP asked BYT to change the contest. To catch up on how this story unfolded, here’s the backstory: 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. And once again, here’s the CityPaper’s interview with IMP spokesperson Audrey Schaefer.

• Chris Richards on Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, “It’s Always a Good Time” [Washington Post].

• Interview (sort of): David Malitz posts an email from David Berman of Silver Jews [Washington Post].

• Interview: Siriam Gopal talks to jazz bassist Michael Bowie of Siné Qua Non [DCist].

• Interview: Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie talks to Joey Harrison of Fire and the Wheel.

• On the documentary Bad Brains: a Band in DC, airing as part of Silverdocs: Mark Anderson [Washington CityPaper] and Valerie Paschall [DCist].

• Anne Midgette continues her coverage of the NSO‘s South American tour [Washington Post].

• I’m not sure about the objectivity of the 9:30 Club’s blog posting album reviews for bands that are playing the 9:30 club, but here is Kelsey Butterworth’s review of Jukebox the Ghost: Safe Travels []. At the 9:30 Club on Friday 6/29.


• Rohan Mahadevan’s song of the day is Rubblebucket, “L’Homme” [DCist].

• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is Oddisee featuring Olivier Daysoul, “You Know Who You Are”.

Mariachi El Bronx stopped by NPR’s DC offices for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• Listen to the Distillers, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” [Washington CityPaper].

Live Reviews

• Gina Rullo on Grouplove at the 9:30 Club [].

• Cheryl Demas on the Cribs with Devin at the Black Cat on 6/7 [There Goes the Fear].

• Mary Chang on Two Door Cinema Club at Rams Head Live on 6/12 [There Goes the Fear].

• Reel Film News on the Hives at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things].


• The Vinyl District is giving away tickets to The Mynabirds at the Black Cat on 6/23 (contest ends today at noon).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of the Mynabirds, Generals on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Thursday 6/28).
• 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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