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: Friday 02-10-12

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Things to read:
Black Tambourine wants to record an EP of Ramones songs, and they’ve set up a Kickstarter to do so. If that’s not enough Black Tambourine in your life, remember that they’re playing the Chickfactor 20th anniversary show in April at Artisphere (buy tickets, if you’re so inclined).
• Geoffrey Himes interviews Ralph Stanley in the Washington Post. Stanley performs this weekend at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
Steve Aoki talks to the Washington Post about his music and also mentions Fugazi. Aoki is in Silver Spring at the Fillmore on Saturday.
• the Vinyl District continues its Gold Leaf Studios retrospective.
• the Washington CityPaper’s Spring Arts Guide.
• What to do this weekend and the following week ahead: The Vinyl District suggests Cate Le Bon and Marian Fahey McLaughlin at DC9 on Sunday, 12 February. Mark Jenkins also reviews Cate Le Bon for the Washington Post. tells you about shows at unusual venues. Washingtonian offers picks for the next 7 days.
• Also reviewed in the Washington Post: Jess Righthand on Nicholas Payton‘s album Bitches (tonight at the Kennedy Center). Catherine Lewis on O’Brother‘s album Garden Window (Thursday at DC9). Jess Righthand on the Robert Glasper Experiment album Black Radio (Thursday at Strathmore).
• If you’re not sick of hearing about the sold-out Sharon van Etten show by now, the Washington Post has now reviewed opener Shearwater’s new album, Animal Joy (scroll down below the excellent SVE article).
• If you’re going to place your vote in November based on the candidates’ musical tastes, then you can thank the Washington Post for pointing you to the campaign playlists of Obama and Romney. (Seriously? Slow news day, apparently….)
• Live reviews: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at the 9:30 club reviewed by Dulani Wallace [the Vinyl District] and Erica Bruce [Washington CityPaper]. We Love DC on Thurston Moore and Kurt Vile at the Black Cat. Marlene Hall on the Kills at the 9:30 Club [Huffington Post].
• Bonus reading: this is not at all music-related, but we love a good vegan bakery, and Express has a nice interview with Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers, in advance of her new cookbook Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes, which comes out later this month. Petersan is doing a reading/Q&A at 6th & I on March 1st.

Things to listen to and/or watch:
• No tickets to tomorrow’s sold-out Sharon Van Etten show at the Black Cat? NPR brings you her World Cafe performance.
• Local rap duo DTMD released a video for “Raw” [Washington CityPaper]
Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn did a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

Free stuff:
• has tickets to Opeth/Mastodon/Ghost (5/9) and Meshuggah/Baroness/Decapitated (5/22), both at the Fillmore in Silver Spring (contest ends today at 4 PM).
• ShowlistDC has tickets to Mos Def at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends today 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)
• 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 Tuesday 2/14)