ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 01-18-13

Weekend/Week-Ahead Planner

Planning Guides
• DC Music Download’s 5 best live music events this weekend that aren’t sold out.
• DCist’s This Week in Jazz.
• Washington CityPaper’s Jazz Setlist.
• ShowlistDC’s list of changes and additions over the last week.

Today – Friday 18 January
Rhett Miller at Jammin’ Java. Interview by Tanya Pai [Washingtonian].
Marshall Crenshaw at the Birchmere: Preview by Alex Baca [Washington CityPaper].
Lalah Hathaway at the Howard Theatre: Preview by Marie Gullard [Washington Examiner].
Soundgarden at DAR Constitution Hall: Preview/interview by Robert Fulton [Washington Examiner].
Christopher Cross at the Barns of Wolf Trap: Preview/interview by Emily Cary [Washington Examiner].
BSO and pianist Garrick Ohlsson present Rachmaninoff 101: Preview/interview by Marie Gullard [Washington Examiner].
the Walkaways at IOTA: CD review of Romance and Medicine by Moira E McLaughlin [Washington Post].

Saturday 19 January
Silent Old Mtns. at the Velvet Lounge: Interview by Stephanie Lanham [Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie].
2 Chainz at the Fillmore: Preview by Kriston Capps [Washington CityPaper].
Christopher Cross at the Barns of Wolf Trap: Preview/interview by Emily Cary [Washington Examiner].

Sunday 20 January
Catharsis at the Warehouse: Preview by Leor Galil [Washington CityPaper].
the Soft Moon at the Black Cat: CD review of Zeros by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post].

Monday 21 January
Iris DeMent at the Birchmere: Preview/interview by Geoffrey Himes [Washington Post].

Tuesday 22 January
the Menzingers at the 9:30 Club: Preview by Matt Siblo [Washington CityPaper].

Wednesday 23 January
Ra Ra Riot at the 9:30 Club: CD review of Beta Love by Ben Opipari [Washington Post].

Thursday 24 January
Red Baraat at the 9:30 Club: CD review of Shruggy Ji by Catherine P Lewis (that’s me!) [Washington Post].
Widowspeak at the Black Cat: CD review of Almanac by Dan Miller [Washington Post].

This Week’s New Releases (with locally-penned reviews)

Arbouretum, Coming Out of the Fog: Reviewed by Aaron Leitko [Pitchfork].

Dropkick Murphys, Signed and Sealed in Blood: Reviewed by Justin Beland [Chunky Glasses].

Kingsley Flood, Battles: Reviewed by Nida Masiulis [DC Music Download].

A Sound of Thunder, Queen of Hell EP: Reviewed by NoVA Metal Review.

Yo La Tengo, Fade: Reviewed by Rusty Roberts [Chunky Glasses].


• New blog The Flash Band Project wrote this profile of DC Music Listing Sites– including a really nice shout-out to ShowlistDC!

• Venue profile: Club K in Baltimore, profiled by Brandon Weigel [Baltimore CityPaper].

• Booker profile: Ally Schweitzer has an excellent profile of and interview with Jim Thomson, booker of Tropicalia [Washington CityPaper].

• Schweitzer also has an excellent overview of DIY Record Labels in DC [Washington CityPaper].

• Interview: Valerie Paschall talks to Immanent Voiceless [DCist].

• Interview: Valerie Paschall talks to Teen Mom [DCist].

• Interview: We Love DC talks to Ugly Purple Sweater.

• Interview: Chris Richards talks to Jessie Ware [Washington Post].

• Jonathan Fischer analyzes how DC bands fared in the annual Pazz & Jop poll [Washington CityPaper]. Full disclosure: my ballot is here.

DJ AngelBaby puts out a Baltimore club music mixtape [Baltimore CityPaper].

• A round-up of musicians appearing at inaugural balls and concerts [Washington Post].

• A listening tour of Mali [Washington Post].

• Vote in the Washington CityPaper’s Best of 2013 Readers’ Poll.


Black Prairie stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert [NPR]. They’re opening for Rhett Miller at Jammin’ Java tonight (1/18/13).

• Listen to Sunwolf‘s “Sun & Sea” [Washington CityPaper].

• Hometown Sounds DC’s local videos of the day have been Bad Domes, Show in 80 seconds and Drew Gibson, “Elmira” and New Rock Church of Fire, “the Sword” and Tom Goss, “Lover” and Thievery Corporation, “Take My Soul”.

• DCist’s songs of the day this week have been Tereu Tereu, “Savage Love” and Teen Mom, “I Wanna Go Out” and Jessie Ware, “Sweet Talk” and Freakwater, “My Old Drunk Friend” and Gringo Star, “Going Way Out”.

• Lots of DMV Beats [Washington CityPaper].

• New singles by Parquet Courts, Destiny’s Child, and Dylan Ryan/Sand – reviewed (with song clips) by Chris Richards [Washington Post].

• Heavy Uber Alles’s six heavy tunes.

Live Reviews

Folger Consort and Cathedra at the Washington National Cathedral, 1/11/13: Reviewed by Patrick Rucker [Washington Post].

the Gin Blossoms at the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1/16/13: Reviewed by Alan Duckworth [the Rogers Revue].

Morrissey and Kristeen Young at Strathmore, 1/16/13: Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live] and photos by Erica Bruce [Washington CityPaper].

David Murray Big Band with Macy Gray at the Howard Theatre, 1/10/13: Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live].

Niki and the Dove with Vacationer at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1/11/12: Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live].

Paint Branch at Red Onion Records, 1/12/13: Photos by Erica Bruce [Washington CityPaper].

Quicksilver at Dumbarton Oaks, 1/13/13: Reviewed by Charles T. Downey [Washington Post].

Robert Egger’s Tribute Show at the Hamilton, 1/7/13: Reviewed by Stephanie Williams [DC Music Download].

Sóley at the 9:30 Club, 11/25/12: Video by All Our Noise.

Ugly Purple Sweater, Kingsley Flood, and Kindlewood at the Black Cat, 1/12/13: Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live] and by Kevin Hill [Chunky Glasses].


• is giving away Corrections House and Tone at DC9 on 1/24/13 (giveaway ends 1/23/13). Corrections House is a supergroup featuring members of Neurosis, Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, and Yazuka.
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of the Weeks, Gutter Gaunt Gangster EP (giveaway ends 1/24/13).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Sum 41‘s Does This Look Infected? (giveaway ends 1/23/13).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 02-14-12

Things to read:
• Local band lineup change alert: singer Nick Kelly shares some words about his last week in power-metal band Division. There’s still one more chance to see Nick sing with Division, but it’ll involve a drive: the band is playing this Saturday at Balls Bluff Tavern, 2-D Loudoun Street Southwest, Leesburg, VA.
• the DC-related Whitney Houston coverage continues: DCist remembers Houston’s last public DC-area show, in 1997 at DAR Constitution Hall.
• Ever wonder what types of things go on at the Fillmore Silver Spring on nights when the venue doesn’t have a concert? Washingtonian’s blog stopped by there this weekend to find a Valentine’s dance for 90-year-old members of the community.
• DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda.
• Timothy Bracy on Tennis‘s Young and Old for the Washington Post. Tennis is at the Black Cat on March 7.
• DC writer Joe Colly on Various Artists: We Are the Works In Progress (Asa Wa Kuru) for Pitchfork.
• Live reviews: Francis Chung on Sharon van Etten at the Black Cat [DCist]. Robert Battey on Voxare String Quartet at the Phillips Collection [Washington Post]. Charles T Downey on Leif Ove Andsnes at Strathmore [Washington Post]. Alan Duckworth on Steve Aoki at the Fillmore Silver Spring [the Rogers Revue]. We Love DC on the Sockets Records showcase at the Black Cat.

Things to listen to and/or watch:
• NPR brings us the video for Lambchop‘s “Gone Tomorrow”. The band will be at IOTA on April 15.
• NPR’s tiny desk concert with Red Baraat.

Today’s new releases:
Band of Skulls: Sweet Sour [Vagrant] – playing at the 9:30 Club on March 24.
Islands: A Sleep & A Forgetting [Anti-] – playing at the Black Cat on February 22.
Punch Brothers: Who’s Feeling Young Now? [Nonesuch] – playing at the 9:30 Club on April 27.
Rosie Thomas: With Love [101] – playing at Jammin’ Java on March 16.
the Dunwells: Blind Sided Faith [Playing in Traffic] – playing at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on May 10th (all-ages matinee!).
Heartless Bastards: Arrow [Partisian Records] – playing at the Ottobar in Baltimore on February 27.
Catherine Russell: Strictly Romancin’ [World Village] – playing at the Kennedy Center on April 13.

Free stuff:
• The Vinyl District has a copy of Of Montreal‘s Paralytic Stalks on yellow vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address. (contest ends today)
• The Vinyl District has tickets to Zola Jesus at U Street Music Hall on 2/16 (contest ends 2/15 at noon)
• Tittsworth has tickets to Moombahton Massive XII at U-Hall on 2/15 (contest end date unknown; presumably Wednesday).
• The Rogers Revue has tickets to Disney On Ice at the Verizon Center on 2/18 (contest ends 2/17).

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 02-07-12

Quiet news day, so we’ve included a few of today’s new releases below.

Things to read:
• JUST ANNOUNCED: Madonna at the Verizon Center on Sunday, September 23rd. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 13th at 10 AM.
• DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda.
• Newt Gingrich as president would boost the grindcore scene in DC! Well, maybe not directly, but apparently a grindcore band calle Traumatic Anal Devastation played at a Gingrich rally in Las Vegas.

Apparently the band showed up outside the rally, plugged their instruments in, and generated what Gingrich staffer Terry ‘The Stick’ Foley called “the sound of a tank driving through a minefield.” Police showed up and pulled the plug on the youthful thugs after about 5 minutes (the equivalent of 20 songs, according to estimates from our grindcore research staff).
No reports of hearing loss or more than usual psychological damage from the Gingrich supporters who were present.

• DCist interviewed Theophilus London. (Yes, we know the show was last night, but this interview was published after our Music Notes ran yesterday.)
• RIP WAMU DJ Jerry Gray [Washington CityPaper]. The bluegrass DJ passed away last Thursday at the age of 78.
• Listen Local First (the folks who bring us DC Local Music Day) have started a Kickstarter campaign to bring DC music to SXSW [WLDC].
• Chris Porter on Alan Lomax [Express].
• Talking at shows: it’s not just for indie-rockers, although this patron’s interruption at a KenCen is a bit over the top.
• Live reviews: Mark Jenkins on Red Baraat at U St Music Hall [Washington Post]. Erica Bruce on the Kills and JEFF the Brotherhood at the 9:30 Club [the Vinyl District].

Today’s new releases:
Air: Le Voyage Dans La Lune [Astralwerks] – an original soundtrack to the 1902 film of the same name; with guests Au Revoir Simone and Victoria Legrand of Beach House.
• Howard U alum Roberta Flack takes on the fab four: Let It Be Roberta – Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles [429 Records]
Mark Lanegan Band: Blues Funeral [4AD] – Screaming Trees frontman’s first solo record since 2004 after several collaborative records with Belle & Sebastian’s Isobel Campbell.
Of Montreal: Paralytic Stalks [Polyvinyl] – Remember when everyone in DC (and by everyone, we mean Jenkins, Lewis, and Malitz) ragged on Of Montreal’s 2010 trainwreck of a concert at the 9:30 club?
Psychroptic: Inherited Repression [Nuclear Blast]
Twilight Sad: No One Can Ever Know [Fat Cat] – They’re playing the Rock & Roll Hotel at the end of this month, and we recommend that you attend.
Sharon Van Etten: Tramp [Jagjaguwar] – She’s playing the Black Cat on Saturday (we recommend it), and yesterday we pointed you to the Washington Post‘s interview with SVE.
Van Halen: A Different Kind of Truth [Interscope] – playing at Verizon Center at the end of March.

Win tickets:
• The Vinyl District has tickets to Feist @ Strathmore on 5/9 (contest ends today at noon).
• has tickets to Opeth/Mastodon/Ghost (5/9) and Meshuggah/Baroness/Decapitated (5/22), both at the Fillmore in Silver Spring (contest ends Friday 2/10 at 4 PM).
• ShowlistDC has tickets to Mos Def at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends Friday 2/10 at 5 PM).
• Heavy Uber Alles has tickets to Iced Earth at the 9:30 Club on 3/13 (contest ends Monday 2/13 at noon)