Stripmall Ballads at the Velvet Lounge Thursday, January 20

Here are a few things I know about Stripmall Ballads’ frontman, Phillips Saylor: that he invented an experimental guitar technique called orthopolytonal banjo singing. That one year, he tried to use an amplifier at a songwriters’ circle at the stuffy Washington Folk Festival but didn’t ask permission, and got himself banned from the annual gathering. That last fall he wrote, directed, and performed a folk opera called The Perfect Pipe Bomb, involving a full band, 10-foot-tall puppets, and a four-person chorus. And that his band’s song “Woman With a Black Eye”—recorded in and containing the street sounds of an unspecified neighborhood in Northeast D.C.—is the goddamn saddest thing I heard last year. I hope they play it tonight.

STRIPMALL BALLADS PERFORMS WITH DADDY LION AND PETTICOAT TEAROOM AT 9 P.M. AT THE VELVET LOUNGE, 915 U ST. NW. $8. (202) 462-3213.

Correction: Due to a reporting error, the article originally misidentified Stripmall Ballads' folk opera The Perfect Pipe Bomb as The Perfect Time Bomb.

Our Readers Say

Daddy Lion, playing a solo set, goes on 9pm sharp.

Be there or miss what critics are calling the closest thing to a true musical hybrid between an octopus and a duckbill platypus.
From the show's facebook page, it seems there's going to be some crazy cupcake fight at that show?
RSVP today for the Great Cupcake Massacre!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138488976208554
the cupcake anti-social
have the internet too, belveie it or not. Oh wait, and there are those cities of millions of people with skyscrapers and highways and multinational corporations.Mind you, the highways are for kangaroo travel only.

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