ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 03-14-12

Stuff to read:
• Talented teen? Check out Megan Buerger’s article on DC-CAPital Stars Talent Competition and former competitor Clifton Williams [Washington Post]. This year’s top 10 will compete on Monday night at the Kennedy Center, judged by choreographer/actress Debbie Allen, go-go music pioneer Chuck Brown, and Emmy-nominated music producer Rickey Minor.
• If you haven’t been to the Hamilton yet, you can at least get a sense of the venue in this profile on DC Style Is Real. We’ve got the Hamilton’s upcoming calendar.
• Local record label Windian Records is celebrating its 3rd birthday next month with a few shows at Montserrat House. Jonathan L Fischer wonders if the show poster is racist [Washington CityPaper].
• Interview: Alexia Kauffman talks to Hank3 [We Love DC]. We’ve read more engaging interviews in our time (that’s code for: we’re not sure how much the interviewer knew about Hank3 before she talked to him), but we do love the guy. Hank3 plays at the 9:30 Club on Thursday.
Day 5 of Justin Moyer‘s “Edie Sedgwick goes to SXSW” [Washington CityPaper].
• Profile: Check out the history of the MPD in rap videos [Washington CityPaper].
• EARWORMS: NPR has a feature on why that song gets stuck in your head.
• Live reviews: Stephen Bradley on Anti-Flag at the Rock & Roll Hotel [Washington Times] (DRINKING GAME: take a shot every time the writer starts a sentence or clause with “it’s”.) Robert Battey skewers Dan Zhu‘s performance of Mozart with Christoph Eschenbach [Washington Post]. (The review is almost more of a skewering of Eschenbach’s choice of Zhu than Zhu himself. To wit: Eschenbach has inexplicably allowed a middling violinist to hitch his wagon to Eschenbach’s considerable star. Ouch.) Jenn Bress on White Rabbits and Tennis at the Black Cat [the Vinyl District]. Kelly Kettering on the Black Keys at the Verizon Center [the Vinyl District].

Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of lawn tickets to Sarah McLachlan with the National Philharmonic at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 7/5. (contest ends today at noon).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m With You on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Thursday 3/15).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Die Antwoord‘s TEN$ION on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Monday 3/19).

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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).