Archive for June, 2012

Listen: Bluebrain’s Hays Holladay Records 14 D.C. Acts for Rainbow Arcade

Earlier this year, Bluebrain member Hays Holladay decided to shut down Iguazu Sound, the Arlington recording studio he'd operated since 2010. Before he locked up for the last time, Holladay put out a call to local bands interested in recording a single song in three hours. "The goal is to come up with unexpected results utilizing all [...]

ToDo ToDay: Lou Donaldson, Basquiat

When he started out 60 years ago, nobody sounded like Lou Donaldson. Before long, everyone wanted to. The alto saxophonist has a distinctive, salt-and-vinegar sound and unshakeable dedication to the blues. It naturally builds into a gritty, earthy approach to jazz that was already the new direction for the music in the 1950s, and Donaldson [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Subterranean A, Barnett Newman, Maybach Music Group

Ally Schweitzer leads this week's arts section with the unlikely story of Subterranean A, a DIY venue in a mixed-income housing development that in the two-plus years it operated became an essential spot for weird, forward-thinking sounds. Jandos Rothstein plots out a tour of retina-searing Arlington public art. Kriston Capps reviews "In the Tower: Barnett [...]

Code Orange: The Avant-Garde Installations of Arlington

Governments and corporations undertake public art projects to demonstrate an interest in their communities, but they do so carefully: Work that offends even a few could become an expensive embarrassment. It’s remarkable, then, how much truly subversive public art has made it onto the Clarendon corridor between Rosslyn and Ballston. For your summer-strolling enjoyment, we [...]

Arts Roundup: Lavender and Cats! Edition

Even better than the line about bidets in Sally Quinn's remembrance of her friend Nora Ephron is this: "Lavender and cats! I had never liked either one — who knew they were going to be the next hot things?" [Post]
The only thing worse is Air Sex. [Brightest Young Things]
Chompie is back! [DCist]
Reviews of the National [...]

Subterranean Punk-House Blues

Photo Slideshow: Subterranean A's Final Show

D.C. punk houses haven’t changed much. They’re still filthy. They’re still rife with well-intentioned but unrealized projects, like unturned compost piles and half-finished rain barrels. They still have damp sofas encircled by splintered drumsticks, Xeroxed show flyers, and earthenware mugs ringed with green-tea residue. Often, a hapless chore wheel clings to [...]

Inkwell Debuts Excerpts of Three New Works This Weekend

Inviting an audience to give feedback on a work-in-progress is already a little tough for writers. Letting them hear only 20 minutes of an unfinished work can be especially daunting. But Saturday, playwrights Basil Kreimendahl, Mariana Carreño King, and John Greiner-Ferris (shown), will do just that at The Inkwell's First Contact showcase "Heart's Desire."

Inkwell is devoted to the [...]

Watch: America Hearts’ “Heart”

Local indie-pop outfit America Hearts launched a monthly digital singles series earlier this year and an accompanying residency at the Black Cat. The final EP is now out, and tonight is the final showcase. You can stream the melancholy joints on Soundcloud.
America Hearts will spend July driving from Portland to Los Angeles on its "Manifest Destiny" tour, [...]

Dirt Farm: What to Write

Photos: Fiona Apple @ Warner Theatre

I've always thought of Fiona Apple as the anti-Tori Amos, at least in terms of her voice—both deliver a torch song with ease, but Apple's delivery has always been less affected, more real. Last night at a sold-out Warner Theatre, Apple showed that her voice is as powerful as it was in 1996, the year of her [...]