Not many musicians can lay claim to starting a whole new genre of music, but as the frontman of influential post-punk band Bauhaus, Peter Murphy became known as one of the founders of gothic rock. The band released their debut “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” nearly four decades ago, a single which has been widely recognized as the first goth record, and with it began a movement that, despite ups and downs, has lasted through to this day. After Bauhaus split in 1983, Murphy went solo while the other band members went on to form Love and Rockets (Bauhaus had a brief reunion in the middle of the last decade that resulted in a single album, Go Away White, before the band split in acrimony). Murphy has released ten solo albums in the intervening years, including his most recent, Lion, which came out in 2014.
Bloomington, Indiana’s Murder By Death may be from the Midwest, but their musical sensibilities are steeped in the Southern Gothic tradition, and they are one of the primary bands that have come to epitomize the genre over the decade and a half of their existence. The band released their seventh album Big Dark Love on Bloodshot Records early last year, and since that time they have been touring relentlessly for it. The band made their second DC stop for the album (following a previous date last March at the Black Cat) at the 9:30 Club on Friday night, marking their biggest headlining show in the District so far.
Saturday night, Beyoncé premiered the short film “Lemonade” on HBO. It was powerful, aggressive, political, and vital. Minds were blown.
Then she dropped the album.
Oh yea...we’ve got a new track from J-Zone’s killer new album Fish-n-Grits too.
Pretty cool, eh?
The third time’s a charm for Operators. The first time that the band attempted to play DC last year, they arrived at the venue only to discover that a water main break had forced the city to shut down businesses on the entire block. The second time they were scheduled to play here, the entire tour had to be cancelled due to visa issues. Finally on Tuesday evening, the band made it to play before a sold out crowd at DC9, but it wasn’t without the risks.
Celtic rock band Tempest has been delivering their brand of high-energy electrified folk music for nearly three decades now. The band released their first album in five years, The Tracks We Leave, last year. The core of the band remains two founding members who it might be a surprise to find playing Celtic music – imposingly tall (yet exceedingly good-natured) Norwegian-born frontman Lief Sorbye, and Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo.
Is the "white male voice" dead in indie rock? David Turner at MTV certainly thinks so.
Parquet Courts are back with another durable set of slow-burn rockers. Is Human Performance the sound of a band hitting its stride, or are they just delivering more of the same?
DC's Brushes has emerged from the shadow of proto-rockers Baby Bry Bry. We've got a taste of the what's good off of their debut EP, whatever, again.
In a time when we seem to be losing musical legends left and right – David Bowie, Lemmy, Merle Haggard, Paul Kantner, and Glenn Frey, just to list some of the biggest names we’ve said goodbye to in 2016 – it’s refreshing to know that some of our true rock stars are still going strong. After over a decade made up mostly of oddball projects – a jazz album, an album of French covers, an EP setting spoken Walt Whitman poems to music – and a two-album Stooges reunion, Iggy Pop surprised nearly everyone by returning this year with what turned out to be one of the strongest solo albums of his career, Post Pop Depression.
Collaborating with Queens of the Stoneage members Josh Homme and Dean Fertita, as well as Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, Iggy recorded a nine-song tour de force that harkens back most closely to his late 70s collaborations with Bowie. He has said that this may well be his last album – if that does turn out to be the case, he’s going out the way he’s always lived: raging.
Way back in February, Richmond, VA's Lucy Dacus released her debut album, No Burden.
No Burden happens to be one of the best albums of 2016 to date.
This is what happened when we talked to Lucy and her band the day after her album came out.*
*we included a sweet track from one of Lucy's fellow Richmonders Clair Morgan too because AWESOME, that's why.
The historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC is in trouble. Again. How did we get here and what the hell can anyone do about it?
Sturgill Simpson has followed up his breakout album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, with the ambitious, genre hopping, expectation defying love letter to his son, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. Is it another masterpiece or has the country “outlaw” bit off more than he can chew this time out? We aim to find out.
Merle Haggard is gone and that that f%&ing sucks. We listen to some country and shed a tear of the loss of this legendary songwriter.
Nearly four decades into their career, Duran Duran shows no sign of slowing down. The band released their fourteenth studio album, Paper Gods, last fall, and this year have embarked on an extensive world-touring schedule. The band was last in DC back in 2011, when they played DAR Constitution Hall. On Friday, they returned to the city to play a much, much larger venue, the Verizon Center. While the venue wasn’t sold out, the fact that it felt quite packed was a tribute to the band’s staying power.
Music has always been the lifeblood running through multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook's veins for as long as he can remember. In 2015 he fully dialed in to that guiding presence for the first time in his life, and the result was the magnificent Southland Mission. Mission mined a deep history of American gospel and blues to deliver songs of beauty, hope and rejuvenation, that didn't just honor what came before them, but weaved themselves into the very fabric of the rich tapestry of the culture that's at the root of our modern experience.
We (finally) caught up with Phil before his recent show here in Washington, DC to talk about his past, the music he loves, and how a goofy kid from Wisconsin found enlightenment at at an early age in the most unlikely of places.
This podcast can be the instrument to mend a broken heart or to straighten out your life through the sincere testimony of one righteous dude. A must!
ChunkyGlasses readers might be most familiar with Iain Matthews for his part in the Beach House-organized Gene Clark No Other Band that made a stop at the 9:30 Club a few years ago, where he sang lead on the songs “Silver Raven” and “The True One.” But while faces like Daniel Rossen and Robin Pecknold might have been more familiar to the indie rock audience, Matthews’ nearly five-decades long career has cemented his place as a music legend. Matthews began his career as a founding member of seminal British folk-rock band Fairport Convention (performing on the band’s first two albums) before striking out on his own both as a solo artist and as the leader of several other bands including Matthews Southern Comfort (who had a hit in 1971 with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”) and Plainsong.
Independently, Sam McCormally and William McKindley-Ward are longtime staples of the DC music scene. Together they are FELLOW CREATURES!
Following the demise of their previous band - the beloved Ugly Purple Sweater - both were looking for a different direction for their music. They found it in electronic experimentation coupled with masterful songwriting and the result is a mind-blowing, self-titled LP that defies categorization.
In advance of the release, Sam and Will stopped by the basement to chat with Kevin and special guest Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds) about the making of Fellow Creatures, life in the DC music scene, and much, much more.
Savages released the follow-up to their 2013 debut Silence Yourself recently in the form of Adore Life, a ten-song epic that refines and focuses their post-punk sound. The album has met with nearly universal acclaim, avoiding the sophomore slump that many bands that meet the kind of early success that Savages had often go through. On Easter Sunday, the band brought the new album to the 9:30 Club to a crowd of dedicated fans.
An issue often faced by bands in their early years is a lack of material to sustain a show. The last time that Savages were in town, they faced this; having only one fairly short album and a couple of EPs to draw from led to a quick, abbreviated performance. Even with two albums under their belt, the options are somewhat limited. The band’s solution? Play the new album in its entirety...
The roller coaster that is TIDAL keeps on keeping on as new reports claim that the troubled, Jay Z owned streaming service is making plans to sue original owners Aspiro for misreporting their subscriber numbers.
On his latest, self titled album, indie rock legend Eric Bachmann (Archers Of Loaf, Crooked Fingers) is shedding his past and delivering his most personal collection of songs to date.
Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are lifelong friends and legends of Brazilian music. We’ve got a taste of their recently released live set, the joyous Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música.
For 30 years now, SXSW has brought the best and the brightest of the music industry to the music capital of the world for for a week of controlled chaos and musical overload. Music journalist Marcus J. Moore attended this summer camp for music nerds for the first time this year, and he’s hanging out with us to report back on what went down.
Laura Gibson has made a career of making sublimely beautiful folk music, but on Empire Builder she beat back adversity and ended up with her best album to date.
Oddisee is back with a free album Alwasta, and we’ve got a politically charged track off of it to rock your freaking dome.
Field Music released their fifth proper album, Commontime, in February, and on Thursday evening played their first show in the US in five years at DC9. They may have been away for a while, but it’s not because they haven’t been busy. The band, made up of brothers David and Peter Brewis, has had a long history of taking breaks for side projects, and since their last album in 2012 David had released his second solo album Old Fears under the name School of Language, and Peter had released Frozen By Sight, a collaboration with Paul Smith from Maximo Park. The two also reconvened last year for an instrumental soundtrack album, Music for Drifters.
When Supergrass announced their split in 2010, fans of the band were devastated. The band had been working for months on what was supposed to be their seventh album, which had even had the announced title of Release the Drones, so it came as quite a shock when the band announced they were finished due to the age-old issue of musical differences. That album never saw the light of day, but in 2012, frontman Gaz Coombes returned to the spotlight with his first solo album, Here Come the Bombs, on which he played all of the instruments himself. More electronic, the album was a bit of a departure from the Supergrass sound (though not so far off, given the band’s tendency to reinvent themselves from one record to the next), but Coombes’ voice and lyrical style remain instantly recognizable.
Vinyl sales are UP over streaming revenue, but does it really matter?
Iggy Pop returns with the help of a few friends for one last hurrah. We dig into Post Pop Depression, his legacy and more.
You don't know country. Royal Forest know s country though so it's cool. they've got you covered with their totally free album Rural Forest.