Archive for July, 2014

Photos: North Carolina’s Merge 25 Festival

Merge Records celebrated turning 25 last week, and it capped things off on Saturday with an outdoor festival at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. with some of the best bands on its roster. The members of D.C. favorite Ex Hex wowed the crowd with their tough-yet-cheeky attitudes. The trio's a powerhouse—it's hard to believe they haven't even [...]

On the Corcoran’s First Day in Court, Its COO Gets Grilled

Anyone who thought that the Corcoran’s dissolution was a foregone conclusion would think again after yesterday’s court proceedings. It was the first day of the D.C. Superior Court evidentiary hearing for the institution’s cy-près petition, which would allow trustees to amend the Corcoran's charter and toss the museum and the college to the National Gallery of Art and [...]

ToDo ToDay: Crisis, Hessismore, and ShowPony

More than half a century after it premiered on television, the National Archives invites contemporary audiences to view Robert Drew’s 1963 documentary, Crisis, in conjunction with the March on Washington Film Festival. The film chronicles President Kennedy’s battle with Alabama Gov. George Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama, and because equal access continues [...]

Arts Roundup: Silver Line Design Edition

EU's Sugarbear on anti-go-go ordinances and the genre's marketing pitfalls [The Arts Fuse]
Photos of Beck at Merriweather Post Pavilion [BYT]
The design of the Silver Line prioritizes function over form. [Post]
A playlist of music from the bands of this weekend's In It Together Fest [D.C. Music Download]
Photos of Chain and the Gang at the Black Cat [Bandwidth]
Nicholas [...]

ToDo ToDay: Mates of State, Black Sparks, and Stupid Fucking Bird

Though U Street Music Hall regularly plays host to buzzy DJs and local purveyors of electronic music, its bookers also make room for smaller indie-rock acts. Tonight, that act is Mates of State, the twee wife-and-husband duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hummel. Mates of State’s last album, Mountaintops, appeared in 2011, but I saw the [...]

Arts Roundup: Gas Station Gone Edition

Photos of GoldLink and Flume (and the latter's trippy lightshow) at the 9:30 Club [Bandwidth]
Mia Feuer's proposed gas station installation in the Anacostia River has been scrapped altogether. [Arts Desk]
Art lovers are flocking to the Corcoran to enjoy what may be its last days. [Post]
The DC Public Library is collecting donations for a local punk archive. [...]

Photo: Chain and the Gang

Fort Reno Wants Your Donations

In recent years, organizers of the Fort Reno summer concert series haven't exactly encouraged donations. "Where else can you go and receive things and not be shaken down for money?” lead organizer Amanda MacKaye told me earlier this month, for my cover story on the series' near-cancellation amid a dispute with the National Park Service. “If [...]

The Breaks: This Week in DMV Hip-Hop

In this installation of the Breaks, I offer my thoughts on a Curren$y show at the Howard Theatre, an anticipated Fat Trel remix, a minute of brilliance from Rahiem Supreme and a weekend event you should know about if you don't already. 
Curren$y Entertains His Cult Following
Curren$y’s success is the fruit of his diligence, a dedication [...]

Music Therapy Works for Alzheimer’s Patients in Alive Inside

We don’t die. That’s what we like to tell ourselves, anyway. We don’t get old, we don’t get sick, we don’t forget, and we certainly never die. In the mirror, on the scale, at the doctor’s office, standing half-naked and vulnerable in a bathing suit at the beach—we’re constantly confronted by entire industries dedicated to [...]