Archive for November, 2013

Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Reviewed

World music. Jazz fusion. Spoken word. If any of these phrases drive you to preemptively plug your ears, you'll likely go batty sitting through Enzo Avitabile Music Life, the latest music documentary from enthusiast Jonathan Demme.
Enzo Avitabile is a Neapolitan multi-instrumentalist who is little known in the U.S. Years ago, however, Demme caught some of [...]

Dirt Farm: Sugar

ToDo ToDay: Temples, The Walkmen, and Cheap Margaritas on Tap

 

Temples is a hard band to love. Not because its two singles aren't insanely catchy retro-psychedelia that sound like they could have come out in the late ’60s. It’s precisely because this English band is devoted to sounding so studiously vintage that love is pushed aside for admiration and raw emotion suppressed for clinical analysis. [...]

Jazz Setlist, Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Holiday Edition

Friday, Nov. 29
My God, Odean Pope is 75. It's no small thing to remind oneself of this, that tenor saxophonist Pope has been part of the jazz community since the mid '60s. He spent almost 25 years working in bands led by iconic drummer Max Roach, but left plenty of time and space for his own [...]

Reviewed: Eliot Elisofon at the National Museum of African Art

Not long before his death, Eliot Elisofon, a LIFE magazine staff photographer from 1942 to 1964, donated 80,000 of his African photographs, his papers, and 700 pieces of African art to the institution that would become the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Now, 40 years after his death, the museum is mounting a retrospective.
The [...]

“A New and Different Kind of Way”: A Conversation With Wayne Escoffery

Tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery is most visible as the second horn in the quintet led by Tom Harrell, an idiosyncratic but reliably straightahead postbopper. (On record, anyway.) But Escoffery follows his own muse when he's the one at the helm; in the last several years, that muse has led him in an increasingly dark, angular, [...]

The Apple Family Plays at Studio Theatre, Reviewed

The Apple Family Plays have nothing do with iPads or MacBooks or the indignities visited upon those who assemble them. Richard Nelson’s quartet of hypercontemporary dramas attempt merely to chart the national mood, to the extent that such a thing exists (possible) and that a gathering of six white New Yorkers, the youngest of whom [...]

Arts Roundup: RIP Polo Edition

TCB's Reggie "Polo" Burwell has died. [Arts Desk]
One Direction will play Nationals Park in August 2014. [Post]
The White House announces its first student film festival. [White House]
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company gets an $800,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation. [Post]
From Oman, the Smithsonian's African Art Museum gets its biggest donation ever: $1.8 million. [AP]
A close look [...]

Tonight at U Street Music Hall, Thundercat May Sacrifice a Six-Year-Old

Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner can tweet some wild things when he's under the influence. Like this tweet from two weeks ago—a vague transmission about throwing salt in his own eyes and drinking a Bullet energy drink. "Wait, what did I say?" Thundercat asks me. Then: "Yeah, that happened. I didn't even know I tweeted that."
There's also the new [...]

TCB’s Reggie “Polo” Burwell Has Died

Reggie "Polo" Burwell, frontman of the band that founded D.C.'s bounce beat sound, has died. TCB's lead talker passed away this morning at St. Thomas More nursing home in Hyattsville, Md., according to TCB's manager, Ben Adda.
During an April 2010 TCB show in Waldorf, Md., Burwell collapsed onstage, later complaining of headaches. His condition worsened as a [...]

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