ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 01-11-13



Weekend/Week-Ahead Planner


Planning Guides
• Washington CityPaper’s Jazz Setlist.
• ShowlistDC’s list of show additions and changes in the last 7 days.

Today – Friday 11 January
Yellowcard at the 9:30 Club: interview by Nancy Dunham [Washington Examiner].
JACK Quartet at the Barns of Wolf Trap: interview by Emily Cary [Washington Examiner].
Ricky Skaggs at the Birchmere: interview by Nancy Dunham [Washington Examiner].
Gerald Albright at Blues Alley: interview by Marie Gullard [Washington Examiner].

Saturday 12 January
the Highballers at IOTA: album Soft Music and Hard Liquor reviewed by Catherine P Lewis (that’s me!) [Washington Post].
Honor By August at the Howard Theatre: album Monuments to Progress reviewed by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post].
Ugly Purple Sweater at the Black Cat: Two interviews with Sam McCormally – by Caroline Jones [Washington CityPaper] and by Gregory Ayers [DCMusicDownload.com].
Ricky Skaggs at the Birchmere: interview by Nancy Dunham [Washington Examiner].
Gerald Albright at Blues Alley: interview by Marie Gullard [Washington Examiner].
BSO and Baltimore Choral Arts Society present “Alexander Nevsky” at Strathmore: interview by Marie Gullard [Washington Examiner].

Sunday 13 January
• DC Jazz Loft featuring Tedd Baker, J.S. Williams, and Joseph Howell: Preview [CapitalBop].
Hooray For Earth at the black Cat: interview by Stephen M Deusner [Washington Post Express].
Gerald Albright at Blues Alley: interview by Marie Gullard [Washington Examiner].

Monday 14 January
Emeli Sande at the Howard Theatre: interview by Jess Righthand [Washington Post].
Los Texmaniacs at the Hamilton: preview by Steve Kiviat [Washington CityPaper] and album Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds reviewed by Geoffrey Himes [Washington Post].
Purity Ring at the 9:30 Club: album Shrines reviewed by Dan Miller [Washington Post].

Tuesday 15 January
Emilie Autumn at the Rock & Roll Hotel: album Fight Like a Girl reviewed by Christopher Kompanek [Washington Post].

Wednesday 16 January
n/a

Thursday 17 January
Gringo Star at the Black Cat Backstage: preview by Matt Cohen [Washington CityPaper].



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

Solange Knowles, True: Reviewed by Alison Stewart [Washington Post].

Roy Montgomery, Music from the Film Hey Badfinger: Reviewed by Marc Masters [Pitchfork].

Oneohtrix Point Never, Rifts: Reviewed by Marc Masters [Pitchfork].

L. Pierre, The Island Come True: Reviewed by Zach Kelly [Pitchfork].

Tall Firs, Out of It and Into It: Reviewed by Aaron Leitko [Pitchfork].

Three Legged Race, Persuasive Barrier: Reviewed by Marc Masters [Pitchfork].

• Various Artists, Django Unchained OST: Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork].



Articles


• Several radio stations– including Frederick’s KEY103– have banned Foster the People‘s “Pumped Up Kicks” after the Newtown shooting [Washington Post].

• Profile of Afro Bop Alliance [CapitalBop].

• Patrick Jarenwattananon’s 15 jazz albums to look out for in 2013 [NPR].

• Chris Richards reviews new songs by Ashley Monroe, Wale, Burial, and Skrillex [Washington Post].



Listening

• Local video: Ugly Purple Sweater, “DC USA” [ChunkyGlasses.com].

Benoit & Sergio‘s “Bridge So Far” and “100 Dollar Bill” [Washington CityPaper].

Misun‘s “Harlot” [Washington CityPaper].

• Hometown Sounds DC’s local videos of the day are Tabi Bonney, “Terrorist Love Menace” and Bellflur, “Atoms” and Olivia Mancini, “Ricky” (live) and the Highballers, “I Didn’t Mean To Get Drunk”.

• DCist’s songs of the day are Hooray for Earth, “Never/Forget” and Parquet Courts, “Borrowed Time”.

• Check out HometownSounds’s podcast for 1/7/13.

• Heavy Uber Alles gives you six heavy tunes.



Live Reviews


Delta Rae at the 9:30 Club, 1/5/13: Photos by Brandon Wu [Washington CityPaper].

Janes Addiction at the 9:30 Club, 12/28/12: Reviewed by Joy Asico [ChunkyGlasses.com].

Jucifer and LTW at the Black Cat Backstage, 1/8/13: Photos by Brandon Wu [Washington CityPaper].

the North Country, Pree, and Ballad’ve at the Rock & Roll Hotel, 1/4/13: Photos by Brandon Wu [Washington CityPaper].

A Rocket to the Moon at Jammin’ Java, 10/28/12(?). Reviewed by Stephen Bradley [Washington Times].


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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
n/a

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].



Articles

• 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].



Listening


• 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 ChunkyGlasses.com.

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



Giveaways


• 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 08-07-12



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

Apache Dropout: Bubblegum Graveyard. Reviewed by Aaron Leitko [Pitchfork].

David Archuleta: Begin. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

Sir Richard Bishop: Intermezzo. Reviewed by Marc Masters [Pitchfork].

Colt Ford: Declaration of Independence. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

Niki and the Dove: Instinct. Reviewed by Bill Friskics-Warren [Washington Post].

Sixpence None the Richer: Lost in Translation. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

Elle Varner: Perfectly Imperfect. Reviewed by Sarah Godfrey [Washington Post].



Articles


Planning Guides: DC Music Download’s Weekday Hits and Free Things To Do in DC This Week.

• CapitalBop’s excellent DC Jazz Loft series will be at Hole in the Sky this Sunday and Montserrat House in the future, after a problem with Columbia Heights venue The Dunes [Washington CityPaper]. CapitalBop previews this Sunday’s show.

• Interview: Joe Warminsky talks to DMV hip-hop producer Timothy “Judah” Matthews about Wale, the decline of go-go, and working smarter [Washington CityPaper].

• Interview: David Hintz talks to Alexz Johnson [DC Rock Live].

• Interview: Mike Shomaker talks to Troy Harley [DC Music Live].

• Preview/Interview: Emily Cary on Il Divo [Washington Examiner]. Thursday at Wolf Trap.



Listening


• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is Kindness & Trouble Funk, “That’s Alright”.

• DCist’s music video of the day is Ava Luna, “Water Duct”.

• Sierra Leonean vocalist Janka Nabay wrote an Olympic anthem “Nar London” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen: Orchard Wall‘s new EP, Orchard Wall [DC Music Download].

Beth Orton stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• DC Music Live’s music mix of the week: Incwell.



Live Reviews


• Scott Galupo on Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys at Jammin’ Java, 8/5/12 [Washington Post].

• Mark Jenkins on Bollywood singer/composer Bappi Lahiri at the High Point High School auditorium in Beltsville [Washington Post].

• Stephanie Williams’ photos of Run for Cover at the Black Cat, 8/4/12 [DC Music Download].

• ChunkyGlasses.com on Jackson Browne and Sara Watkins at Wolf Trap, 7/23/12.



Giveaways


• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Big Tree, Augury on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends today ).
• ShowlistDC (that’s us!) is giving away a pair of tickets to see Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap on 8/14 (contest ends Thursday 8/9 at 5 PM).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Civil Twilight‘s Holy Weather on vinyl (contest ends Friday, 8/10).
• 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).


ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 07-31-12



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

Blur: Blur 21. Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork]. (Hint: it’s called “21″ because it’s been 21 years since the band’s first release, and there are 21 discs– 18 CDs, 3 DVDs– in this set.)

Gloriana: A Thousand Miles Left Behind. Reviewed by the Washington Times. (Typically the WashTimes’s CD reviews are written by Andrew Leahey, but these reviews are uncredited).

Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again. Reviewed by Elizabeth Nelson [Washington Post].

Joss Stone: the Soul Sessions Vol. 2. Reviewed by the Washington Times. (Typically the WashTimes’s CD reviews are written by Andrew Leahey, but these reviews are uncredited).

Various Artist / Whitney Houston: Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

Today’s Washington Post also has a review by David Malitz of Rick Ross‘s God Forgives, I Don’t, but that doesn’t appear to be online yet.



Articles


Planning Guides: DC Music Download’s Weekday Hits and roundup of free things to do in DC music this week. Washington Post Going Out Guide’s Nightlife Agenda.

• What to do when it’s too hot to play in your kickball league: competitive karaoke! [Washington Post].

• Interview: Brian Ossip talks to the Lostprophets about their experience on the Vans Warped Tour [DC Music Live]. The interview covers such topics as picking setlists and taking dumps. Slow news day, apparently.



Listening


• Hometown Sounds DC’s local music video of the day is Kokayi, “Know Us Mayne”.

• DCist’s song of the day is the Big Pink, “Hit the Ground (Superman)”.

• Listen: Baltimore indie-rock band Mr. Moccasin, “Black On Black” [Baltimore CityPaper].

• Listen: NPR’s feature on Wale, “Ambassador of Rap for the Capital”.



Live Reviews


• Dave McKenna on Jennifer Lopez at the Verizon Center [Washington Post].

• Patrick Rucker on the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7/29/12 [Washington Post].

• David Hintz on John Wesley Harding at Jammin’ Java, 7/29/12 [DC Rock Live].

• Stephen Bradley on Best Coast at the 9:30 Club [Washington Times].

• Stephen Bradley on Refused at the Fillmore Silver Spring [Washington Times].

• Alan J. Duckworth on the National Symphony Orchestra and the Emerald City Choir performing the music from Zelda at Wolf Trap, 7/26/12 [the Rogers Revue]. Full disclosure: I sang in this choir!



Giveaways


• DCHeavyMetal.com is giving away a pair of tickets to Static-X, Prong, Davey Suicide, and 9Electric at the Fillmore on 9/1 (contest ends today at 5 PM).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Ed Sheeran‘s + (Plus) on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Wednesday 8/1).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of the FeaturesStill Lost, Volume One on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Thursday 8/2).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Leland SundriesRoller Derby Queen 7″. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Thursday 8/2).
• WMAL is giving away tickets to Ted Nugent at the Fillmore on 8/3 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Linkin Park and Mutemath at Jiffy Lube Live on 8/11 (contest ends 8/5).
• 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).


ShowlistDC Music Notes: Tuesday 06-12-12



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

the dB’s: Falling Off the Sky. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: The Lion the Beast the Beat. Reviewed by Timothy Bracy [Washingtno Post].

Symphonic Refrain: Start EP. Reviewed by Brian Ossip [DC Music Live].

the Tallest Man on Earth: There’s No Leaving Now. Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork].

Josh Turner: Punching Bag. Reviewed by Allison Stewart [Washington Post].

Bobby Womack: the Bravest Man in the Universe plus the Congos, Sun Araw, and M. Geddes Gengras: Icon Give Thanks. Reviewed by Chris Richards [Washington Post].

Usher: Looking 4 Myself. Reviewed by Andrew Leahey [Washington Times].

Waka Flocka Flame: Triple F Life. Reviewed by Chris Richards [Washington Post].



Articles


• Planning guides: DCist’s Weekly Music Agenda. Washington Post Going Out Guide’s Nightlife Agenda.

• Interview: Aaron Leitko talks to music critic and WFMU host Jesse Jarnow, who wrote the Yo La Tengo biography Big Day Coming.

• Anne Midgette on changes for the Washington Choral Arts Society [Washington Post]. Norman Scribner, the Society’s founder (47 years ago!) and choral director, is retiring; his replacement is Scott Tucker of Cornell.

• Listen Local First interviews Matthew Nahmias about Eighteenth Street Lounge Radio.

• Michael J West on DC Jazz Festival [Washington CityPaper]: A report on CapitalBop‘s MegaFest and a postmortem on the festival.

• The show was last night, but here’s Philip Runco’s interview with Battles [Brightest Young Things].



Listening


• Rohan Mahadevan’s song of the day is Mogwai, “Rano Pano” [DCist].

• Hometown Sounds DC’s DC music video of the day is Wale, “The Break Up Song”.

Daniel Johnston stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• Gregory Ayers gives a review and audio of the Young Rapids, “Discuss” [DC Music Download].



Live Reviews

the Clean at the Rock & Roll Hotel: Reviewed by [DCist] and William Alberque [Brightest Young Things].

• Stephen Bradley on the Drowning Men at 6th & I [Washington Times].

• Jennifer Perry on Kristin Chenoweth at the Hippodrome Theatre [Maryland Theatre Guide].

• Stephen Brookes on the Vivaldi Project at St. George‚Äôs Episcopal Church in Arlington [Washington Post]. The concert was part of the Washington Early Music Festival.

• Farrah Skeiky on the Cribs with Devin at the Black Cat [Brightest Young Things].

• Kara Capelli on Oberhofer at the Black Cat [Brightest Young Things].

• Logan Donaldson on Danger at the Rock & Roll Hotel [Brightest Young Things].

• Blinkofanaye’s photos of Jimmy Cliff at the 9:30 Club [Brightest Young Things].



Giveaways


NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to tonight’s Grass Widow show at Comet Ping Pong (contest ends today at noon).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to Yeasayer at the 9:30 Club on 11/14 (contest ends Wednesday 6/13 at noon).
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of The Temper Trap‘s “Need Your Love” picture disc 7″. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Wednesday 6/13).
• Washingtonian is giving away a pair of tickets to see the Beach Boys at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 6/15 (contest ends Wednesday 6/13).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of the Sufis self-titled album on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Tuesday 6/19).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to The Great American Festival featuring Eve 6, Ozomatli, and more, at the National Harbor on 6/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• DC101 is giving away tickets to see Everclear, Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground at Wolf Trap on 7/25 (no indication of when this contest ends).
• 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 System of a Down with the Deftones at the Verizon Center on 8/7 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see OAR at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 8/10 (contest ends Sunday 7/29).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Linkin Park and Mutemath at Jiffy Lube Live on 8/11 (contest ends 8/5).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 04-11-12



Notes from Last Night


Yes, that was me at the Ozric Tentacles show last night at the State Theatre. They’re a psychedelic prog-rock band from England (who apparently live in California now….?) who are named after an imaginary breakfast cereal (other possibilities were Malcolm Segments, Desmond Whisps, and Gordon Lumps). I hadn’t seen them since 1995 when I reviewed their show for the Washington Post (you can read that review here). This time, they didn’t have anyone playing flute, and that was disappointing– the show was still good, but there’s only so much psychedelic keyboard/guitar noodling one can listen to before it all starts to sound like a stoner rave, and those flute melodies certainly used to add something. They played for about 2 1/2 hours, and there was a decent crowd– although not enough for them to open the balcony. I did take a photograph of the new balcony extension with my phone’s camera, and you can see that here.

On my way out, one of the State’s staff came up to me and said, “You have good taste in music!” I was a little confused by why he approached me specifically, but I guess most people don’t go to shows at the State Theatre in a full business suit.



Articles


• Planning guides: DCist’s This Week in Hip-Hop.

• Interviews: Steve Kiviat talked to Bombino and Vieux Farka Touré about the upheaval in Mali [Washington CityPaper]. Bombino performed last night, but you still have a chance to see Touré on Thursday at the Hamilton.

• Preview: Luke Stewart on saxophonist Steve Lehman [Capital Bop]. Lehman performs tonight at the Atlas.

• Announced: Lineup for the Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center [Washington Post].

• Listen: Mashup master Bad Domes is back at DC9 on Saturday, and MashupCiti has the bootleg from his last DC9 show.

• Listen: JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar cover Fugazi‘s “Waiting Room” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen: Caveman stopped by NPR’s DC office for a Tiny Desk Concert.

• CD Preview: Joe Warminsky on Lungfish‘s A.C.R. 1999, due out on May 19th [Washington CityPaper].

• Metallomusikum continues her countdown to Maryland DeathFest with a profile of grindcore band Napalm Death.



Live Reviews


• Another review of last weekend’s chickfactor anniversary shows: Valerie Paschall [DCist].

• Joel Church on the Magnetic Fields at the 9:30 Club [DC Style is Real].

• Jonathan L Fischer on Wale at the new Howard Theatre [Washington CityPaper].

• Michael J West on Afro-Blue and the Howard University Jazztet at Blues Alley [Washington Post].

• Stephen Bradley on Wild Flag at the 9:30 Club [Washington Times].



Contests


• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to Matthew Sweet at the 9:30 Club on 6/9 (contest ends today at noon).
• The Vinyl District is giving away three copies of Portugal the Man‘s In the Mountain In the Cloud on vinyl. Winners must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Thursday 4/12).
• ShowlistDC is giving away two pair of tickets to Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at the Hamilton on 4/19 (contest ends Friday 4/13 at midnight).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to Creed at the Warner Theatre on 4/24 (contest ends Sunday 4/15).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Neil Nathan‘s The Distance Calls on vinyl. Winner must have a North American mailing list (contest ends Tuesday 4/17).
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to Nickelback at the Verizon Center on 4/30 (contest ends Monday 4/23).
• 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).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Wednesday 02-15-12

Things to Read:
• When you think about musicians that embody black history, do you think about the Rolling Stones? We don’t either, but apparently Mick Jagger– along with BB King, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Gary Clarke Jr., Trombone Shorty, and the Yardbirds’ Jeff Beck (seriously, what is up with this lineup?!)– will be performing at the White House to celebrate Black History Month, according to the NY Times. “Directed by Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MGs, next week’s event will be taped and then broadcast by PBS on Feb. 27. The president will deliver remarks at the event. The ‘In Performance at the White House’ series goes back to 1978.”
Fort Reno is now accepting demos for local bands interested in playing the venue this summer.
• We Love DC offers this Q & A with Justin Trawick about his solo work and the 9 Songwriter Series that he curates. The 9 is at the Hamilton tonight (2/15), and Trawick is at the Black Cat on February 24.
• Capital Bop has an interview with saxophonist Tim Berne, who’s playing with his new ensemble Snakeoil at Bohemian Caverns on Sunday night as part of Transparent Productions’ winter/spring season.
• DCist’s this week in hip-hop.
• Heavy Uber Alles brings you six heavy tunes every week. This week’s installment comes courtesy of Scott O’Dowd, guitarist of Massachusetts stoner rock bands Black Thai and Cortez.
NPR’s Tom Moon on Dr. Dog. The band will be at the 9:30 Club on March 16.
• Photos: Erica Bruce captures Sharon van Etten at the Black Cat [Washington CityPaper]. Last Sunday’s DC Record Fair at the Riot Act Comedy Theater [the Vinyl District].
• Live Reviews: Allison Grossman on the Grey Area at Strathmore [the Vinyl District].

Things to listen to and/or watch:
Wale on Conan, earlier this week [DCist].
• Video of Foul Swoops live at CD Cellar last week [All Our Noise].

Free stuff:
• The Vinyl District has tickets to Zola Jesus at U Street Music Hall on 2/16 (contest ends today at noon)
• Tittsworth has tickets to Moombahton Massive XII at U-Hall on 2/15 (contest ends today)
• The Rogers Revue has tickets to Disney On Ice at the Verizon Center on 2/18 (contest ends 2/17).