Author Archive for Cole Goins

Interview: Max Ochs

Tomorrow night the Velvet Lounge offers a very special treat: Outsider folk hero Max Ochs will celebrate the release of his new album, Hooray for Another Day, which features all-new instrumental recordings and poetry from the 67-year-old Annapolis native.
Along with John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Ochs was among the East Coast Blues Mafia that [...]

Sonic Circuits: Ongoing Events @ Pyramid Atlantic

The Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music may have officially closed the curtain in October, but the noise is far from over. On Nov. 23, the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Silver Spring played host to another event curated by the Sonic Circuits team with a CD/CD-R/DVD/cassette release party for local label zeromoon, featuring live [...]

Paul Metzger and Tim Kaiser @ The Lighthouse TONIGHT!

Sorry this post comes about as last minute as it gets (some notice is better than no notice though, right?), but fellow Minnesotans Paul Metzger and Tim Kaiser will be performing tonight in the living room or basement of local row house-turned-venue, the Lighthouse. Metzger rocks a self-modified, 21-string banjo, and Kaiser exhibits an exhilarating [...]

Wintry Mix: Thor’s Rubber Hammer Plans New Compilation

Locally run out-sounds label Thor's Rubber Hammer has divulged the details for an upcoming compilation of tracks inspired by the winter holidays—just in time for the winter holidays. Last Winter We Didn't Sing will feature pieces by Scott Tuma, The Instruments, Susan Alcorn, Greg Davis, Beggin' Your Pardon Miss Joan, Fabio Orsi, Chartreuse, and [...]

Imaginational Anthem @ Velvet Lounge Tonight

In support of the third volume of Tompkins Square's fantastic Imaginational Anthem series devoted to compelling interpretations of the acoustic guitar, three performers from the latest compilation will make a stop at the Velvet Lounge tonight: Ben Reynolds, Cian Nugent and George Stavis. Released in April, Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 3 highlights a stellar cast of [...]

Kool Keith in Stores and on Tour

Before Lil Wayne decided he was a martian (which, according to XXL, was a gimmick inspired by Cee-Lo), emcee Kool Keith was already preaching his extraterrestrial status to Earthlings. His claim as Dr. Octagon in the seminal 1995 single "Earth People" ("Earth People, New York and California. Earth people, I was born on Jupiter") seems [...]

A District of Noise

If there was ever any doubt that D.C.'s experimental underground was alive and kicking, it's been erased this week. Not only are we in the middle of the eighth annual Sonic Circuits Festival (ongoing through Sunday at the Velvet Lounge and the National Museum of Women in the Arts), but area artists also just unveiled [...]

Robert Pollard, the High Strung, and … Laundry Room Squelchers?

Is this a typo on the Black Cat site, or are they being serious? I just did a triple-take, clicked on the links from the schedule a few times to make sure, and apparently it's legit: Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceship will be playing the mainstage on Saturday evening, supported by Detroit popsters The High Strung, [...]

Tonight: Sonic Circuits Benefit IV

Jackie's Restaurant in Silver Spring will play host to the fourth and final benefit for the rapidly-approaching Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music tonight, which officially kicks off on Sunday, September 28th at the Velvet Lounge. Visit the Festival's Web site to peruse the event's eclectic schedule, which includes everything from the twisted glitch of [...]

New Thievery Corporation to Stream Via iLike Sept. 19th

D.C. production duo Thievery Corporation will become the latest high-profile independent act to experiment with online album distribution/promotion, as their latest full-length, Radio Retaliation, will be available to stream in its entirety via iLike and Facebook on Friday, Sept. 19th — four days before the official September 23rd release date. No stranger to political statements, [...]