ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 08-24-12

Weekend/Week-Ahead Planner

Planning Guides
• Washingtonian’s Music Picks.
• DCist’s This Week in Jazz.
• DCist’s This Week in Hip-Hop.
• Washington CityPaper’s Jazz Setlist.
• DC Music Download’s Weekend Hits.
• ShowlistDC’s recently-added and -changed shows.

Today – Friday, 24 August
Elikeh at the Black Cat: Between 2 Worlds reviewed by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post].
Gerald Albright and Norman Brown at Rams Head Tavern: collaborative album 24/7 reviewed by Mike Joyce [Washington Post].
Al Green and Taj Majal at Wolf Trap: Interview with Taj Majal by Stephen M Deusner [Washington Post Express] and interview with Al Green by Rudi Greenberg [Washington Post Express].

Saturday, 25 August
Bobby Keys (of the Rolling Stones and more) at the Howard Theatre: article/interview by David Malitz [Washington Post].
E.D.Sedgwick and N’Digio Rose & the Nekkid UndastanN at Ras Hall on Georgia Ave: interview with JosaFeen Wells (who plays in both bands) [We Love DC].

Sunday, 26 August
D’Angelo at the Verizon Center: preview by Joe Warminsky [Washington CityPaper].

Monday, 27 August
Y La Bamba at the Hamilton: album Court the Storm reviewed by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post].

Tuesday, 28 August

Wednesday, 29 August
Soccer Team at the Black Cat Backstage: preview by Kriston Capps [Washington CityPaper].

Thursday, 30 August
Rodriguez at 6th & I: preview by Sarah A Ventre [Washington CityPaper].


• Stereogum ranks Fugazi albums from worst to best. introduction is here and the actual ranking is here.

• Local venue news for those of you into EDM: New club Echostage will open 9/22 in the DC Star space on Queens Chapel Road NE [Washington Post].

• Tips for how to score Virgin Mobile FreeFest tickets [Washington Post].

• Explanation of the beef triangle among Fat Trel, Shy Glizzy, and Wale [Washington CityPaper].

• Local band news: the Make-Up‘s “I Want Some” will be reissued as a double LP [Washington CityPaper].

• Lots of Chuck Brown news: images of the memorial planned for Langdon Park [Washington CityPaper] and “Wind Me Up, Chuck!” Mondays at the Howard Theatre [DCist] and reflections from Brown’s son and daughter [DC Music Live].

• Interview: Joe Warminsky talks to Lady Moet Beast and D.C. Ty the Monster [Washington CityPaper].

• Review: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, En Yay Sah [Washington CityPaper].

• College student? Comet Ping Pong is looking for interns [Facebook].


• Here’s a roundup of Hometown Sounds DC’s local music videos of the day:
      – Raheem DeVaughn, “I Don’t Care” (8/23)
      – Beautiful Swimmers, “Big Coast” (8/22)
      – Fat Trel, “Respect with the Teck” (8/21)

• Here’s a roundup of DCist’s music videos of the day:
      – Ms. Director, “So Long” (8/23)
      – Courtesans, “T.M. Punk” (8/22)
      – Lightning Bolt, “Assassins” (8/21)

Live Reviews

Ava Luna at DC9, 8/6/12: Review by All Our Noise.

the Courtesans and Skribe at the Black Cat, 8/22/12: Review by David Hintz [DC Rock Live].

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Loudon Wainwright III at Wolf Trap, 8/18/12: Review by Elliot Lanes [MD Theatre Guide].

Lightning Bolt, Hume, and Les Rhinoceros at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 8/21/12. Review by David Hintz [DC Rock Live].

Lorelei, Deathfix, and Sun Wolf: Live photographs by Shantel Mitchell [The Vinyl District] and review by

She Keeps Bees at the Paperhaus, 8/4/12: Review by Stephen Bradley [Washington Times].


• The Vinyl District is giving away two Slumberland LPs: Lorelei‘s Enterprising Sidewalks and Echo Lake‘s Wild Peace (contest ends today).
• 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 (contest ends 8/26).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to Ben Harper‘s acoustic show at Wolf Trap on 9/4 (contest ends 8/26).
• 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: Tuesday 05-22-12

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

Beach House: Bloom – Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times]. This album came out last week, and last week we linked you to reviews by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork] and Chris Richards [Washington Post].

Dope Body: Natural History – Reviewed by Aaron Leitko [Pitchfork].

Grass Widow: Internal Logic – Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork].

Kimbra: Vows – Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post] and by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

John Mayer: Born and Raised – Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

Joey Ramone: …Ya Know? – Reviewed by Timothy Bracy [Washington Post].


Planning Guides: Washington Post Going Out Guide’s best events this week and guide to free events this week and Memorial Day Nightlife Agenda. Brightest Young Things’ Shows to get pumped for this week.

• You missed it: David Malitz reports on the secret The Make-Up reunion show at Comet Ping Pong this weekend [Washington Post].

• Local band news: Magrudergrind was on Veep this weekend! Check out a clip of their performance [Metal Injection] (best description ever? they sound “like being operated on by a chimp with a hard-on and a hacksaw. radical stuff!”) and the Washington CityPaper’s review. And if you’ve forgotten how this all came about, here’s the Washington CityPaper’s interview with the band about how it all came about in the first place.

• Time Machine: Read this 1979 Geoffrey Himes article on disco [Washington Post]. [N]o music since the earliest rock ‘n’ roll has inspired the kind of backlash that disco has suffered. At rock concerts now, it seems every fourth person is wearing a t-shirt with an obscene, anti-disco slogan on it. Meanwhile, backstage the performers are dreaming up new put-downs of disco for interviewers. If one listens to the records, however, disco hardly seems worth all the fuss. It’s simple, harmless dance music that’s unlikely to either ruin or revolutionize popular music. Most of the music is mediocre; the best of it has the irresistible energy of any perfected pop form. The most important pop music of any era, however, is seldom the music that sells the most. Disco is not the music of this era that will last.

• Local girl dates Justin Bieber: OK, not exactly “dates”, but Justin Bieber invited Cady Elmer of Poquosan High School (Hampton Roads area of Virginia) to the Billboard Music Awards [Washington Post].

• Watch: High school filmmaker Hannah Hoffman made a 30-minute documentary on Sockets Records [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen/watch: Yann Tiersen stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• Local listening: Columbia Nights featuring Sarai Abdul-Malik, “In the Glow” [DC Music Live].

• Local listening (and preview): America Hearts‘ “A Whole Lotta Love” (not a Led Zeppelin cover) [DC Music Download]. At the Black Cat on Thursday.

• Local music video of the day: Tabi Bonney‘s “Castle on a Cloud” [Hometown Sounds DC].

• Local venue news: the discrimination lawsuit filed by Enterprise Jazz Club against its owner has been dropped [Washington CityPaper].

• Celebrate Chuck Brown: There’s an online petition seeking Chuck Brown Day and a Go-Go Museum [DCist].

• Anne Midgette on the deaths of Herbert Breslin (Pavarotti’s manager) and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (German singer) [Washington Post].

Live Reviews

• Erica Bruce’s photos of Fishbone at the State Theater [Washington CityPaper].

• Jonathan Fischer’s mini-review alongside Erica Bruce’s photos of The Make-Up at Comet Ping Pong [Washington CityPaper].

• Anne Midgette on Julian Wachner and the Washington Chorus present “The Essential Wagner” at the Kennedy Center [Washington Post].

• Bryan Patton on MeWithoutYou at the Black Cat [Brightest Young Things].

• Jeb Gavin on James Morrison at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things].

• Marie Formica on La Sera and Beach Week at the Red Palace [Brightest Young Things].

• Ross Bonaime on the Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys 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 Wednesday 5/23).
• 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: Monday 02-20-12

ShowlistDC Notes from Last Night:
I went to see Peter Frampton at the Warner Theatre last night– great show! Frampton played for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, showing off his recently-recovered Les Paul guitar for about a third of the night, including his iconic “Do You Feel Like We Do”. The show was a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive!, and Frampton and his four-piece band (which included original FCA! bass player Stanley Sheldon) played the album in its entirety. Then they played a bunch of other tunes, including a few from his Grammy-winning instrumental album Fingerprints (including an awesome cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”, which was mostly instrumental until a final chorus sung through Frampton’s signature talk box). Frampton and his Les Paul ended the night with a fitting cover: the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, which started as a lengthy guitar solo before Frampton was joined by the rest of the band.

Things to read:
Interview: David Malitz talks to Ian Svenonius about the Make-Up reunion show [Washington Post]. No, we still don’t get a clear answer about whether there will be more than just the London show:

So you guys are going to play a show — just one show? I think we’re just going to do one show. It’s one of those special events.
[F]or a lot of people in D.C. that’s a long trip [to London]. Well hopefully we can play a show in D.C. You know what I mean by hanging around. It’s uncharted territory but I’m pretty excited about it. It’s fun to play with these guys again and it’s really fun to play these songs. I always felt like this group had a very particular sound and I always really enjoyed playing the songs.
Clear as mud, right? Spiv also offers this little tidbit of what he’s been up to outside of making music:
I’m writing a book right now, it’s out this winter. It’s a manual, and it’s called “Supernatural Strategies For Starting a Rock ‘N’ Roll Group.”

Interview: Chris Richards chats with Nils Lofgren about writing the “Nobody Bothers Me” TV jingle [Washington Post].
Local guitarist Phil Mathieu has passed away, writes Steve Kiviat in the Washington CityPaper. Mathieu played with Charlie Byrd’s Washington Guitar Quintet, Ruthie and the Wranglers, and the Natty Beaux, among many others.
• Erin Williams gives a profile of Ebony Dumas aka DJ Natty Boom, co-founder of Girls Rock DC [Washington Post].
• We promised you that we’d keep our Grammy coverage to a minimum here, but since Dave Grohl grew up around here, this counts as local(ish) news. The Foo Fighters guitarist/singer has clarified his Grammy acceptance speech (you know, the one where he dissed computer-generated music and then went on to perform with Deadmau5 later in the broadcast). He issued a press release that stops just short of having us all hold hands and sing kumbayah. Check it: Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell…I’m not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really fucking hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.
• Roger Catlin on NSO Pops and Cirque de la Symphonie [Washington Post].
• Live Reviews: Aaron Leitko on Zola Jesus at U Street Music Hall [Washington Post]. Anne Midgette on Julia Fischer at 6th & I [Washington Post]. Samantha Buker on Kronos Quartet and Alim Qasimov at University of Maryland [Washington Post]. Francis Chung on Flock of Dimes at the Black Cat Backstage [DCist].

Free stuff:
• the Vinyl District has tickets to Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends today at noon).
• DC 50/WDCW has tickets to Jim Jones with Nyemiah Supreme at U Street Music Hall on 3/5 (contest ends 3/1 at noon).

ShowlistDC Music Notes: Thursday 02-16-12

Things to read:
• Ian Svenonius’s The Make-Up is reuniting to perform at the Mogwai-curated All Tomorrows Parties festival in London in May [Washington CityPaper]. No local tour dates have been announced at this time.
Interview: Zola Jesus [DCist], who is performing at U Street Music Hall tonight.
Interview: Grimes [Washington Post], whose new album Visions drops next Tuesday.
• Capital Bop on this weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.
• DCist shares the Moombah Chronicles: the Beginning.
• DCist’s this week in jazz.
• Live Reviews: Sarah Godfrey on Tank at Opera Ultra Lounge [Washington Post]. Cecilia Porter on Leipzig String Quartet at Washington’s United Church [Washington Post]. Stephen Brooks on Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater [Washington Post]. Jeffrey Lamoureux on Sharon van Etten at the Black Cat [We Love DC] (seriously, was this show just writers and their +1s?!).

Things to listen to and/or watch:
• Local metal group A Sound of Thunder is offering a free download of a song on their new album. The album, Out of the Darkness, comes out March 27, and the band has a CD release show at Empire (formerly Jaxx) on March 31.

Free stuff:
• The Rogers Revue has tickets to Disney On Ice at the Verizon Center on 2/18 (contest ends 2/17).
• DC 50/WDCW has tickets to Jim Jones with Nyemiah Supreme at U Street Music Hall on 3/5 (contest ends 3/1 at noon).