It's been ten mother-effing years!" said Jenn Wasner to the sold-out crowd at Rock & Roll Hotel. Formed in mid-2006 in Maryland and continuing to earn the praise of music critics everywhere, Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner’s two-piece indie rock band surprised fans on June 9th by releasing their new album, Tween, at the same moment it was announced.
The Cure were extremely prolific in the 80s, releasing seven albums during the decade, but in the years since their output has tapered off to the point where one might be forgiven for thinking that the band has gone into retirement. Every few years Robert Smith and company make a return, though, and it is perhaps the rarity of these appearances that make it seem like an event when they happen. When the band announced a show at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, it sold out quickly – quite a feat for a venue with a capacity of over 19,000 – and on the night of the show the excitement in the air was palpable before the band even took to the stage.
Kanye West. He can't, he won't and he don't stop...being an a-hole. (We) Discuss.
Caveman is a killer f@#@ing band who has made couple of killer f@#@ing albums. Their latest effort Otero War continues this trend with a little bit of sci-fi epic for good measure.
Do you love rock and roll? The Mystery Lights looooove rock and roll and they're here with a savage new track to testify for you. Dig it.
The Jayhawks released their first, self-titled album in 1986, and this year they celebrated the 30th anniversary of that release by putting out their ninth album, Paging Mr. Proust. The band, which to a large extent led the vanguard in the alt country movement of the early 90s with their classic albums Hollywood Town Hall (1992) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995), has seen some line-up changes over the years (in particular the exit, then return, then exit again of founding member Mark Olson), and they haven’t always been the most prolific (taking anywhere from three to five years between releases), but they have been consistent in quality led by singer and guitarist Gary Louris. Paging Mr. Proust takes some more experimental directions at times than the band’s past work, but it continues the strong musical legacy for which the band is known. The band began touring for the album soon after its release, and on Saturday they made a DC stop at the Lincoln Theatre.
Welcome to our new weekly column that is exactly what is says it is. A list. Specifically this week a Spotify playlist that might feature songs that have been rocking our earholes, oldies but goodies that needed a good revist, or, in the case of today's list, a theme.
THINGS TO PUT IN YOUR EARS
Last night we got word that one of bluegrass's greatest pioneers, Dr. Ralph Stanley, passed away at the tender age of 89. Stanley achieved noteriety playing with his brother throughout the Appalachians during the 50's and 60's, but it was the 2000 Cohen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou, featuring a solo rendition of "Oh Death" by Stanley that launched him, and bluegrass, back into the public eye where it remains to this day.
Captain Beefheart meets punk rock; that band that every punk/post-punk/post-rock/art-rock band you listen to lists as an influence
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"Street Waves" was Pere Ubu's third single, released in 1976, and it bridged the gap between the band's early single releases and their first album, The Modern Dance.
Spotify has been in the news A LOT lately guys. Then a couple weeks ago the internet got ahold of their financials and…well…we’re here to talk about what happened next.
Toronto indie-punks White Lung are back with a fierce new album that comes straight from the 90’s into Paul’s heart. Is it enough to convince Kevin though?
On Everything’s Beautiful, legendary jazz pianist Robert Glasper has assembled an army of modern talent and the ghost of Miles Davis to produce one of the best albums of their. We’ve got a taste for you to dig baby, dig it the most.
The first thing that you might notice about Ringo Starr when he comes on stage is his magnetic personality. Having been a Beatle certainly helps, but as he runs onto the stage waving peace signs and pointing, the audience is in his grip immediately in a way that few performers can accomplish. On Friday night at the Warner Theatre, as he broke into a rocking version of Carl Perkins’ “Matchbox” (which The Beatles recorded with Ringo on vocals on their 1964 Long Tall Sally EP), Starr had won over the audience before he’d barely begun.
Ben Watt released his first solo album, North Marine Drive, in 1983, and then didn’t make another until Hendra came out 31 years later in 2014. It’s not that he wasn’t busy for all of that time in between – he spent nearly 20 years as half of the indie pop duo Everything But the Girl with his wife, Tracey Thorn. When Everything But the Girl went on hiatus in 2000, Watt spent some time as an electronica DJ and a radio presenter before teaming up with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler to record Hendra, surprising everyone after such a long break from music with some of his strongest work to date.
Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala released their third album, Currents, nearly a year ago, and the album marked an evolution in their sound. Much more synth-based than its predecessors, the album met with critical acclaim and increased the band’s popularity. This could be seen in the DC area simply by the shift upward in venues – when the band last came to the city, a month before the album’s release, they headlined the Echostage. This time, on their return, they took over Merriweather Post Pavilion for a rainy Thursday evening show, their biggest headlining gig in the area so far. Even the threat of severe thunderstorms couldn’t dampen the spirit of the crowd.
With 2011's Photograph and 2014's The Lights From The Chemical Plant, Robert Ellis established himself as one best singer-songwriters working today.
Robert Ellis, his third major release (and one of the best albums of 2016) builds on that foundation, but refuses to be constrained to any genre, country or otherwise.
On a recent visit to Washington, DC, Robert stopped by the basement to talk about his new album, life on the road and how great songwriting beats all.
You deserve this podcast. You earned it.
Noah Berman (Louis Weeks) and Ian Taronji (The Lucky So & So's) are both formidable guitarists with connections to the DC scene. Kevin is also a guitarist, minus the formidable. Together the three are going full wonk on the instrument that has, in no small part, shaped their lives.
William Tyler is a guitarist. He is not connected to the DC scene. He also is not a hack. His new album Modern Country aims to prove that and then some.
Remember that time the band Avers rocked the f@#@ out of 2014 with their album Empty Light? Well, they're back, and we've got the first single off of their upcoming sophomore LP, Omega/Whatever, for you to shove in yer earholes and enjoy.
Wanted Man is a righteous rock and roll band from Washington, DC.
Kenny Pirog is a righteous dude who fronts said righteous rock and roll band from Washington, DC.
This is a righteous conversation with a righteous dude who fronts a righteous band.
It’s sad and shameful that in 2016 that bands like Screaming Females, Modern Baseball, and Speedy Ortiz have to set up a hotline for fans to call if they’re at a show and find themselves being touched or treated inappropriately, and yet here we are talking about our collective inability to not be f@#-ups... again. Dammit.
And speaking of Modern Baseball…
The Philadelphia emo-punks have spent the past few years building a devoted (that’s putting it mildly) following and on their latest LP, Holy Ghost, they just may have hit the big time. Is the world ready for Category 5 feels-a-cane? We’re aiming to find out.
PLUS! Robert Ellis’ excellent self-titled LP is here and we’ve got one of its finest moments for you to put in your ear-holes…and your heart.
Trust us. We may actually know what we’re doing.
In March of this year, singer/songwriter Laura Gibson released Empire Builder. Not only was it her strongest record to date, but it is undeniably one of 2016's finest releases.
Around that time, we invited Laura (and her band) over the morning after an exhilarating performance at Iota Club and Café to talk about the new album, her transition to becoming a (mostly) full-time New Yorker, higher learning, and much much more.
PLUS: Our friend Jonny Grave drops by to talk about his new album and the release show on June 7th for said album where he aims to prove its mettle to ya.
This is podcasting at it's fullest potential.
The Grateful Dead are one of the pillars of the American musical canon.
With an influence that spans generations and all walks of life, it's no surprise that Bryce and Aaron Dessner, both members of indie-rock superstars The National, were huge “Deadheads.”
Now, with a little help from their friends, the brothers have put together a sprawling, 59 track celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music to benefit the amazing Red Hot Organization.
Will these indie rock A-listers redeem the Dead's legacy for a whole new generation? Or will the gang just end sitting around talking about their favorite tapes? Tune in as we’re joined by special guests Andres Restrepo and Ryan Little to find out.
And as always, please excuse the long tuning pauses.
A few years ago in the small town of Washington, DC, Maddy Wolpow-Gindi and Quinn Meyers (along with the steady hand of friend Jordan Grobe on sound) set out to host a few rock shows at their shared space above a Cajun restaurant known as The Bayou.
Over the course of two years that space which started out just hoping to turn out "a few rock shows" turned into one of the most vibrant and vital music venues the nation's capital has ever seen.
But all good (great) things come to an end, and so it was that the last bittersweet notes rang loud from Above the Bayou's withered bay windows out into the streets of DC in May of this year.
Dead is dead, and the past is the past, but there are always stories to be received from those who were there.
This is theirs.
Chance The Rapper, one of the most exciting hip-hop artists of the 21st century, recently dropped his long awaited third mixtape, Coloring Book.
With that much firepower in the room we should probably talk about something right?
OK. Let's talk about Chance.
Copyright law is a fickle beast. Will Toledo and Matador Records found out just how fickle when they found out despite their good faith efforts, a (killer) track off of Teens Of Denial that quoted a classic The Cars song wouldn't pass the copyright muster, resulting in the physical release of the album being pushed back to June and all copies being destroyed.
This kinda thing could be catastrophic to an artist's career, but given the circumstances, who really gives a f$%$?*
That's our podcast. Plus a little Promised Land Sound for good measure. Dig it.
*Circumstances = Teens Of Denial is one of the best rock records of 2016, maybe of all time
Is Apple aiming to kill music downloads in the near future? Are we ready to go "full digital" or is this just an idea that's not ready for prime time?
You might have heard that Radiohead is back. Their new album is called A Moon Shaped Pool. We're talking about it.
Go-go, the soul of Washington, DC, may be out of the spotlight in 2016, but it will never die thanks to Rare Essence keeping on keeping on and their new album Turn It Up.