Archive for February, 2013

One Track Mind: Office of Future Plans, “Solipsist”

Standout Track: Side A, “Solipsist,” a new Office of Future Plans song from a forthcoming split 7-inch on Lovitt Records with French band Daria. The chipper midtempo number builds in tension but cleverly refuses to explode. Driven by Brooks Harlan’s throbbing bass and J. Robbins’ angular guitar riffs, “Solipsist” is pretty perky for a song [...]

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 28-March 6: Kevin Cordt, Thiefs, Supernova, and Kush

Thursday, Feb. 28
The first jazz I saw when I moved to D.C. in the summer of 2001 may well have been Kevin Cordt. At the time, the trumpeter's quartet was holding down Friday nights at Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill, with flyers advertising that their sound evoked the Blue Note albums of the '60s. And [...]

ToDo ToDay: Bebel Gilberto! Journos Do Comedy!

From a musical family that included her bossa nova musician dad, Joao Gilberto, New York-born Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto breathily croons in Portuguese and English. She’s no purist, though she does warble over an acoustic guitar, too; the 46-year-old singer has recorded loungey tracks with the likes of Thievery Corporation, as well as albums of [...]

Photos: Eivør @ Millennium Stage

In front of a sizable audience at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage last night, Faroese folk musician Eivør showed off the full range of her utterly unique voice, darting from snarling ferocity to high, almost saccharine sweetness. Her set drew primarily from her 2012 album Room, with a smattering of earlier pieces sung in her [...]

Arts Roundup: More Arts for Anacostia Edition

A 10,000 square foot arts space, Anacostia Arts Center, is coming to Good Hope Road SE this spring. [East City Art]
Corcoran takes valuable rugs to auction. [Post]
Arena Stage and George Washington University team up for a multicity arts initiative spearheaded by Liz Lerman: the National Civil War Project. [Post]
To fund its new Laib Wax Room, [...]

Watch: Gems’ Music Video for “Pegasus”

Last week, D.C. dream-pop outfit Gems—formerly Birdlips—released one of its prettiest songs to date, the morose "Pegasus." Now we've got a visual to cry to, too: The duo released an official music video for the song today.
In it, members Lindsay Pitts and Cliff Usher lip sync under a fluttering curtain, gazing somberly off camera as [...]

Book of Mormon Ticket Demand Crashes Kennedy Center Website

If you've tried to access the Kennedy Center's website today, you probably got a notice saying the connection was interrupted. The reason? Mormons. Starting at 10 a.m., ticket sales for The Book of Mormon, the Tony-award winning juggernaut from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, opened for Kennedy Center members. So many patrons logged on to snatch [...]

Dirt Farm: Spectator

Reviewed: Howard Clark, Martin Evans, Stephen Hoff and Dave Montgomery at Gallery B

The Bethesda space formerly known as the Fraser Gallery hosted plenty of great photography exhibits, from Lida Moser to Maxwell MacKenzie, until its closure in 2011. The space’s current incarnation, Gallery B, doesn’t have the same pedigree, but it’s making an effort.
Its current exhibit includes the work of four photographers, three of whom are based [...]

ToDo ToDay: Hedda Gabler! Free Meals at Cava! The Skatalites!

A lot of the art coming out of frigid Scandinavia is new and hot. Yet the most recognizable name in the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool festival is probably that of Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, and the most recognizable work his play Hedda Gabler. In 1889, the tragedy about a female protagonist who becomes increasingly unsatisfied with [...]