Archive for May, 2014

Photo: Ziad Nagy at Softer, Softest

Delicious Spectacle, 1300 Block Quincy St., NW, May 30th.  © 2014 Matt Dunn

The Breaks: DMV Hip-Hop Happenings From the Short Week

It’s been a short week—thanks, Memorial Day! May’s final installment of the Breaks features a laid-back groove from yU, a new video from Black Zheep DZ, and a weekend appearance by the legendary producer, rapper, and DJ Large Professor. These are the breaks.
Dreaming with yU
Over the holiday weekend, Mello Music Group shared "Dreams," a summery, Sunday-appropriate [...]

What Priests Thinks About Screaming, Politics, and Smartphones at Punk Shows

For my cover story this week on Priests, I spent a lot of time observing and talking with the members of the D.C. punk band and people in the world—but I couldn’t touch on every topic I wanted to include, like vocalist Katie Alice Greer's insightful interview style for online fanzine The Media or Black [...]

D.C.’s Small but Mighty Stronghold Gets the Spotlight in a New Audio Documentary

In this city, people get picky about their neighborhoods. At the Red Derby a few weeks ago, I overheard someone telling a new acquaintance about her group house in Columbia Heights . "You don't live in Columbia Heights!" her other friend scolded. "You're in Pleasant Plains."
Neighborhood lines might be blurry, especially to recent arrivals, but each area of the city has [...]

ToDo ToDay: Oliver Laric, Outputmessage, and Richard Pinhas

In his Versions video series, Austrian video artist Oliver Laric seeks the origins of the remix. He interrogates everything from Disney animation stills to comic book iconography, placing corresponding images side by side while a narrator, speaking in a tone inspired by text-to-voice software, speaks lines mined from Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Jorge Luis [...]

Judy Rushin’s Great Idea Falls Flat at Flashpoint Gallery

Even the most compelling conceptual art can be difficult to display in a traditional gallery setting. “Between Us: Variance Invariance Project by Judy Rushin &” suffers that fate.
The idea is promising. Rushin created a series of abstract paintings, designed to attach or detach in modular form. She then shipped them around to a variety of [...]

Arts Roundup: Anti-Flag Edition

New hip-hop artists, desperate for listeners, are paying bloggers to write about them. [Bandwidth]
The Howard Theatre: punk protest, or just careless?  [PoPville]
D.C.'s House of Cards shoot caused more drama than Frank Underwood would. [Loose Lips]
Filmmaker Jeff Krulik (of Led Zeppelin Played Here) shares his documentary origins. [D.C. Music Download]
Local rapper and producer yU's humility might be keeping [...]

Vinyl Trap: A D.C. Record Fair Survival Guide

Record fans nationwide nerd out over rare releases twice a year on Record Store Day. But local vinyl collectors get an additional opportunity to swap sleeves when the D.C. Record Fair rolls around. This Sunday, the shopping celebration moves south to Arlington’s Artisphere in conjunction with the venue’s “Fermata” sound art exhibition. Local musician and [...]

Alt-Country Chanteuse Lydia Loveless Has No Guilty Pleasures

Alt-country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless grew up on a farm in rural Cushocton, Ohio, playing in bands with her two older sisters and her dad. Though her voice has the ageless authority of Neko Case or Patsy Cline, and her songs suggest a lifetime of romantic disappointment, sexual frustration, and poor choices, she's only 23 years [...]

ToDo ToDay: Capleton, Wine Showcases, and Private Lives

Jamaican dancehall artist Capleton has become tied to controversy. Though he’s been criticized for his homophobic lyrics (he claims they’re not meant to be taken literally), the raw energy of anthems like “Who Dem” or the swanky groove of “Jah Jah City,” two classics from his More Fire album, continues to draw in fans. The incredibly expressive [...]