ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 05-23-12


• Planning guides: DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda and This Week in Hip-Hop. BYT’s summer events.

• Most readers of this blog probably aren’t really into opera, but I still urge you to read Anne Midgette’s thoughtful column Peter and the Press [Washington Post], about how Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, deals with negative press: namely, bullying radio station WQXR to remove a blog post containing a negative review and pressuring Opera News to stop reviewing the Met. Fascinating food for thought about criticism in the modern era (when internet postings can just disappear on a whim) and censorship in general.

• Preview: Brian Ossip on Thrice [DC Music Live]. Performing tonight at the Howard Theatre. All Things Go also previews the show and has a profile on opening band O’Brother.

• Heads Up: Robyn has added a second U-Hall DJ show [Washington Post].

• Preserve this: Chris Richards on the 25 recordings being added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry [Washington Post]. This year’s additions include Parliament’s 1975 album Mothership Connection, a collection of news reports from Edward R. Murrow, Leonard Bernstein’s debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”, and hip-hop Magna Carta “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang.

• Heading to Maryland DeathFest this weekend? Even if you’re not, NPR’s DeathFest Preview will give you plenty of new metal tunes to check out.

• Speaking of DeathFest, Metallomusikum has an interview with MDF organizer Evan Harting. A few weeks back, we pointed you to’s interview with Harting as well.

• Metallomusikum also interviewed Bryan Giles of Red Fang, who will be playing at Sonar on 6/21 with The Sword.

• Local listening: Hometown Sounds DC’s local video of the day is Lenorable‘s “Ligeia”.

• Local band news: Remember how we keep telling you that local power metal band Division is adding old members back into its lineup? Well, their recently reinstated vocalist Scott Stewart recently checked in on the band’s blog.

• The show was last night, but you still might be interested in reading an article/interview with Crystal Fighters [DCist].

Live Reviews

• Scott Galupo on Lady Antebellum at Merriweather Post Pavilion [Washington Post].

• We Love DC on Penguin Prison at the Rock & Roll Hotel on 5/19. Farrah Skeiky reviewed the same show [Brightest Young Things].

• We Love DC on Sound Bites at the 9:30 Club.

• Kara Capelli on Spirit Animal at the Red Palace [Brightest Young Things].

• Robert Winship on Astra Via at the Black Cat [Brightest Young Things].

• Ross Bonaime on Father John Misty at the Rock & Roll Hotel [Brightest Young Things].

• Jeb Gavin on Drive-By Truckers and Lucinda Williams at Merriweather Post Pavilion [Brightest Young Things].


• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Electric Guest‘s Mondo on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today).
NEW SceneTrek is giving away tickets to Yann Tiersen & Piano Chat at the 9:30 Club on 5/26 (contest ends Friday 5/25 at 3 PM).
• 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).
• 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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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 02-22-12

Stuff to read:
• Chris Richards reports on BB King and Mick Jagger at the White House [Washington Post]. Those guys were there celebrating the blues in honor of Black History Month. Also, Obama sang a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago”: this link has video of Obama singing, plus the setlist from the evening and a photo gallery.

“This music speaks to something universal,” the president said before introducing King. “No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that.”

• ALERT: DC GETS SNUBBED! Slowcore heros Codeine are doing a reunion tour this spring, but they won’t be playing anywhere close to the District. The reunion tour’s closest stops are Brooklyn (6/29 at the Bell House) or New York City (7/15 at Le Poisson Rouge). Seriously? New York gets two dates and DC/Balt doesn’t get any? Sigh. Check out the tour dates to plan your roadtrip.
• Ken Avis at CapitalBop has a lengthy retrospective on Jazz Samba by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd.
• DCist tells you what to do: This week in hip-hop and the Weekly Music Agenda.
Preview: Women in Jazz Festival [Washington CityPaper].
Band Profile: Steve Cooper on Spirit Animal [the Vinyl District] – playing the Black Cat on Monday 2/27.
• Heavy Uber Alles brings you six heavy tunes every Tuesday. This week’s edition features New Orleans bands, in honor of Mardi Gras.
• Would you ever by teeny-tiny records at a teeny-tiny record store? [the Awl]
• DC writer Marc Masters reviews Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem‘s Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity for Pitchfork.
• Live Reviews: We Love DC on the Dead Milkmen at the U Street Music Hall.

Audiovisual stuff:
• Loosely DC related: Download the new single from Mynabirds, the new project of ex-Georgie James‘ Laura Burhenn (a former DC resident). [Washington CityPaper]
• Tittsworth points us to a free track from Canadian duo Dooze Jackers.

Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to Galactic at the 9:30 Club on 2/23 (contest ends Thursday 2/23 at noon)
• The Vinyl District is giving away a signed vinyl copy of All the Details by Doris (featuring Paul Adelstein of Private Practice). Winner must have a North American mailing address. (contest ends Tuesday 2/28)
• DC 50/WDCW is giving away tickets to Jim Jones with Nyemiah Supreme at U Street Music Hall on 3/5 (contest ends 3/1 at noon).