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Tiny Reviews: New Releases 3/23/18

Tiny Reviews: New Releases 3/23/18

First impressions are often the best, so each week we bring you a brief rundown of what is, and isn't, worth your precious damn time after spending oh-so-little time with the latest in music

Delivered with a heavy dose of snark, here come this week's picks.

Episode 113: Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp / Lower Dens - Escape From Evil

Episode 113: Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp / Lower Dens - Escape From Evil

In our latest podcast, the TIDAL wave of fail continues for Jay Z’s newborn streaming service. CEO firings and cold calls from Jack White? We dish the latest news on TIDAL, then dive into the messy realities of “poptimism” and what it means for you. PLUS!! The gang takes an Ivy Tripp with singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield aka Waxahatchee, and Escape From Evil with one of Baltimore’s best, Lower Dens. It’s a jam/schadenfreude packed hour of deep feelings, hard truths and a bit of outlaw country on Episode 113 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!

Episode 103: Björk - Vulnicura / Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

Episode 103: Björk - Vulnicura / Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

On this week’s podcast we’re doubling down on the album reviews to make sure no good record gets left behind in 2015. First up, Björk is back with what many are calling her best album in years, Vulnicura. An eccentric, esoteric journey through heartbreak and loss, is it everything a Björk fan could want, or something…else? Then we take a look at On Your Own Love Again, the sophomore release from acclaimed lo-fi folk artist Jessica Pratt.  PLUS!! Grammy talk, timeless musical mood-setting advice for your college experience,and the last word on a story that has gone too far: Jack White’s guacamole. Get ready to have your heart strings tugged and your romantical skills enhanced on Episode 103 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!

Episode 81: Tweedy - Sukierae

Episode 81: Tweedy - Sukierae

In our latest episode: We review the new album Sukierae from Tweedy. Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer may have the most appropriate band name ever, but does that familial familiarity translate to record? Is it nepotism, genius or somewhere in between?  PLUS! Rawk feuds, U2 proposes a new music format that will “save the industry” and snacks - oh so many snacks - on Episode 81 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!

WIN STUFF: Win 2 Tix to see Loretta Lynn BEFORE YOU CAN BUY THEM!!!

Loretta Lynn, the "First lady of country music" may have turned 82 this year, but as she proved on Van Lear Rose, her 2004 award winning collaboration with Jack White, this coal miner's daughter is nowhere near done with her remarkable career. And just in case that wasn't clear, Lynn is about to embark on a massive 34 date tour which will make a stop right here in Washington, DC on July 26th. 


For your chance to win tickets to see this living legend live BEFORE YOU CAN EVEN BUY THEM, please do one of the following:

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The winner will be chosen TONIGHT, so be sure to enter before then! GOOD LUCK!

TO DO LIST: Wanda Jackson TONIGHT @ The Hamilton LIve!!!

The Hamilton has excelled at finding living legends to grace its stage. Tonight is no different as the “first lady of rockabilly,” Wanda Jackson, takes the stage. The Oklahoma City native has been a relentless musical force throughout her career, which now spans nearly 57 years, including a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2009. There’s not much Jackson can’t do and she keeps on doing it well.

Her most recent album, Unfinished Business, produced by Justin Townes Earle, is a showcase of all her formidable skills in country, blues, and of course, rockabilly. The album kicks off with a fantastic version of Freddie King’s “Tore Down,” (a more famous version was done by Eric Clapton on his From the Cradle album), and the 73-year old Jackson rips it up. The album flows through nine more wonderful numbers, all featuring Jackson’s hard-edged but lovely voice, which has that “lived in” sound she’s enjoyed since her youth and which has been emulated by countless of her modern admirers. One of those admirers was the late Amy Winehouse, whom Jackson honored with a cover of “You Know I’m No Good” on the  Jack White-produced 2011 album The Party Ain’t Over. The album ends with a soft version of Woody Guthrie’s “California Stars” which, while clearly nodding towards the Billy Bragg/Wilco version, becomes all Jackson’s.

There aren’t many artists around who have worked with Jack White, Cyndi Lauper, The Cramps, Buck Owens, and both Elvises (Presley and Costello), not to mention be a part of a biopic about Johnny Cash. They don’t get more legendary than Wanda Jackson, and you can expect those years of experience to be on display tonight.

LIVE: 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - 10/6/12

All photos by Paul B Jones (paul@paulbjones.com / www.paulbjones.com / pjones@chunkyglasses.com)

It was a perfect October day for a near-perfect festival. And much as the sun shone brightly before storm clouds threatened (but in the end only brought relief and an autumn crisp), the difference between a good set and a great one was, more often than not, a mere matter of luck: getting a good spot, being at the right place at the right time, finding warmth amid the chill, knowing some limits, and holding onto the light, lest ALL be swallowed by darkness!

Pulling up to Columbia MD’s tailgate-friendly Merriweather Post Pavilion is generally fine times and smooth sailing, and on this beautiful day, parking was no exception. Despite tens of thousands of concertgoers filing in for Saturday’s all-day 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest -- over 30,000 officially reported, though some suspect well over last year’s 50,000 mark -- all went without hiccups. Overflow traffic was directed clearly from the main lot (South Entrance) to a free North Entrance garage, and wouldn’t you know, the detours and concrete enclosures didn’t appear to deter the tailgaters’ pregaming in the slightest?

Just beyond the North Entrance was the eternal boom of the Dance Forest. Lucky last-minute addition, D.C. hometown boys VOLTA BUREAU, were warming up the festival crowd with some serious dance tunes. U Street Music Hall co-founder and longtime pillar and champion of the District’s dance music community, Will Eastman, and his Volta Bureau bandmate, vocalist/DJ/producer Bernard Farley, a.k.a. Outputmessage, were both on the decks, spreading good vibes with great sound; crowds of gathering revelers shook it among the stately trees, and with plenty of space to spare. Between one another, Eastman and Farley toggled mixer channels; disco house, breakbeats and progressive; and DJing skills with a side of audience interaction -- most notably in the form of a smiling Eastman batting beach balls into the crowd, dousing dancers with water, sharing stickers, singing, clapping, and showing love for D.C. and FreeFest, all while Farley deftly manned the mix. In a day chock full of talent, such exchanges were the key to crafting a memorable performance; Volta Bureau closed their set with chart-topping 2011 favorite “Alley Cat” and should be credited for nothing short of saving the day after DAS RACIST’s strep-induced last-second cancellation.

THIS JUST IN: Virgin Fest Announces 2012 Lineup!!

The time for guessing is OVER. This morning via twitter, the good folks behind the Virgin Mobile Freefest released this years lineup into the world and there was much rejoicing. 

As usual/expected, there's a little bit for everyone to see here, and with acts like Jack White, The Dismemberment Plan, Alabama Shakes and more on the bill, it's sure to be a day that we'll be talking about for a long time to come.

You can see the entire lineup HERE, and check out the full press release below to see how to score tickets to this epic event. Before that though, here's one of our favorite memories from Freefests of days gone by. We miss you LCD. Sniff

2012 FIREFLY Music Festival Recap - Part 1

All photos by Joy Asico (joy@chunkyglasses.com / www.asicophoto.com)

Unless you were battling a sasquatch all weekend for the last strip of beef jerky in your backpack, you probably already know that a shiny new mega-festival was born on Friday in a clump of woods next to the Dover Downs racetrack.  Wait a minute - a rock festival in Delaware?  There's nothing sexy about Delaware.  But after the line-up for Firefly was posted this spring, we'd be fools to pass up an opportunity to see this much music, this close to DC.  So Friday morning, we loaded the Chunky Mystery Machine with PB&Js and a weekend’s worth of D.C. Brau, and made the trek to what was being billed as “The East Coast’s Premiere Musical Experience.”  And while Newport, R.I., may have something to say about that designation this weekend, we are absolutely sure of one thing: after three solid days of spectacular bands, delicious beer, and even a few fireworks, the First Annual Firefly Music Festival put all the other colonies on notice.  Delaware, you’ve officially earned your RAWK merit badge.

Any festival is a series of choices and chances for redemption.  Make a bad choice, you get the next time-slot to make up for it.  Firefly set up essentially four widely-spaced main stages instead of a bunch of small ones grouped around two mains, with no more than two bands playing at any one time; it was ideal for anyone who wanted to listen to one band at a time rather than a mash-up of a bunch of bands playing over the top of each other.  An amazing line up is always going to lead to conflicts, and the wide layout made you really think about what you are going to do, as it was difficult in the huge crowds to quickly drift from one stage to another.  The organizers picked sound quality over convenience, which as a listener and a writer, I truly truly appreciate.  It’s not for the commitment-phobic, and it did make for some conundrums, but here’s how it went down on Day One: