In the musical West Side Story, as tensions and temperatures rise, Riff advises the Jets to be "cool" in a jazz fugue for the ages. Nothing cools like jazz. As political tensions and summer temperatures rise all around the country, we all need some jazz to cool our own jets. As you begin your sweat-soaked commute or a sweltering evening at home, here are 15 hand-picked tracks to air condition your soul. So smear the condensation from your drink on your brow, light the mosquito-repellent candles, and be cool. - Patrick
Things to put in your ears
Many people know John Carpenter as the director of such classic films as Halloween,The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. However, currently Carpenter is touring the country (he makes a stop at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC on 7/12), to showcase his equally influential musical work. Today's list includes some of Carpenter's best compositions for film, selections from his recent Lost Themes albums, and compositions inspired by, or in conversation with, Carpenter's work. So, enjoy The List for now and go see the master himself if he's coming to your town.
Things to do with yourself/others
It's a holiday weekend here in DC and outside of watching things go BOOOOOOM there's some slim pickings, but here's our bets for the best way to spend your precious time.
- Flag at the Black Cat
DC is a town that loooves it's punk rock. These guys (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, Dez Cadena and Stephen Egerton) are some of the true originals. It doesn't get any louder than this
- The Sweater Set at Lubber Run Amphitheater [FREE]
Individually Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary make beautiful music. Together they make beautiful-er music. Any chance to see them perform is a chance you really have to take.
- Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples at Wolf Trap
We don't need to explain this to you, do we?
- Flasher, Post Pink and Puff Pieces at Comet Ping Pong
A band made of other DC bands, plus the amazing Puff Pieces in the back room of a pizza joint. We'll leave the sign up list on our desk.
- Inter Arma with Withered and Genocide Pact at DC9
Metal. From Richmond, VA. GET SOME.
Thursday July 7
- Humble Fire, DAIS, and Stranger in the Alps @ DC9
Homegrown DC rock at the best small room in the city.