Archive for April, 2014

One Track Mind: M.O.T.M., “Aracari”

Standout Track: No. 1, “Aracari,” whose tropical dance groove evokes exotic beaches and rushing waves. Scant drums and bird sounds give way to a rising kalimba and pneumatic vocals—both sail gently throughout—providing an aerial take on sunshine and warm breezes. It’s the A-side of a new EP from M.O.T.M., the Columbia Heights production duo of Gavin [...]

White Ford Bronco: D.C.’s Best-Known Music Act Might Be a Cover Band

White Ford Bronco was finally playing Britney Spears’ “Oops!...I Did it Again.” And Peter Mills, 32, was right in front of the stage, mouthing the lyrics and spinning like a helicopter, alone. The D.C.-based ’90s cover band was performing at an open mic night at Tortoise & Hare Bar & Grille in Crystal City, but [...]

Casa Fiesta Hosts Its Last Show Tonight

After tonight, Tenleytown will be short one music venue and whole lot of street cred. Casa Fiesta, a Mexican restaurant that's hosted regular punk, metal, and hardcore shows for the past two years, is closing its doors to future concerts, according to a Facebook post from promoter Robin Zeijlon:
New management are going to take over the restaurant [...]

Listen: Beyond Modern, “Top of the World”

Give Beyond Modern credit for being aware. The group knows that its collision of hip-hop and EDM is best suited for the warmer months, so they dropped "Top of the World" just as it's finally started to feel like spring. On their latest track, the energetic duo aim to do what they genuinely love: make [...]

ToDo ToDay: Jessica Lea Mayfield and a New Lobster Shack

When her first album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, debuted in 2008, Jessica Lea Mayfield seemed destined for a career of singing rootsy folk-rock songs. On her latest release, Make My Head Sing…, she’s shaken the acoustic ethos of her past in favor of grinding guitars and pounding drums. What remains from Mayfield’s bluegrass roots is a slight vocal [...]

Strathmore to Open Amp, a New Music Venue in North Bethesda

This fall, Strathmore will open a new performance space at Pike & Rose, a just-built mixed-use development in North Bethesda. The venue, AMP, will center around a music hall with cabaret-style seating for 250 people. Neighborhood Restaurant Group will serve up food for concertgoers and catering services for those renting the space for special events.
According to a press release, [...]

Try Something Small-Press on Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day has been luring new readers into comic stores for more than a decade. Usually scheduled to coincide with a superhero movie launch, this year's FCBD, pegged to Amazing Spider-Man 2, is this Saturday, May 3.
Store owners have a choice of ordering 57 different comics from publishers to give away for free. Since they're [...]

Arts Roundup: Linkin Park Edition

"Sadness Town," a new live podcast recorded at Bier Baron Tavern, juxtaposes embarrassing stories from our teenage years with covers of Linkin Park and Nickelback. [Arts Desk]
Contrary to other reports, Potomac Video was not D.C.'s last video rental store. That'd be Woodner Video in Mount Pleasant. [City Desk]
A catch-up interview with the Fordists [D.C. Music Download]
Al Roker will [...]

Live Podcast “Sadness Town” Revives Teen Angst (and Linkin Park)

David Tveite is a sad clown. Starting with his debut show last week, the D.C. comedian will take the stage at Bier Baron Tavern in Dupont on the fourth Wednesday of every month and spin his most depressing teenage tunes during a live podcast, “Sadness Town.” Songs range from Linkin Park’s “Crawling in My Skin” to [...]

ToDo ToDay: Poetry Out Loud, Jack Beats, and an Al Crostino Pop Up

Most of the time, I look at poetry on the page and get distracted by each word instead of focusing on the poem’s general meaning. It’s good, then, that the semifinals and finals of the national “Poetry Out Loud” competition take place at the Lisner Auditorium today, because there’s nothing like hearing a poem read [...]