Author Archive for Dan Singer

One Track Mind: Near Northeast’s “Impala”

A kinetic track from the group's recent album fuses Graceland grooves with ornate, chamber-pop flourishes.

In It Together Fest Returns Tomorrow

This year, organizers set up trainings for volunteers to combat sexual harassment.

In It Together Fest Announces Its Main Showcase Lineup

The DIY festival's St. Stephen's show will feature Cayetana, Makeshift Shelters, and Jail Solidarity.

One Track Mind: Dot Dash’s “Flowers”

A peppy adrenaline rush that channels late-’70s mod revival and jangly college rock in equal measure.

Comedy Bang Bang’s Scott Aukerman on Celebrities, Hugs, and Making It in the Seafood Industry

Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang is probably one of the funniest and most inventive shows on television right now. Featuring a plethora of guests ranging from cult comedians to A-list Hollywood actors, the show, based on Aukerman’s podcast of the same name, twists and turns its way through absurdist sketches, interviews, and pop culture send-ups.
This [...]

One Track Mind: The North Country, “Sharing Our Alone”

Standout Track: No. 1, “Sharing Our Alone,” a bouncy folk-pop song reminiscent of early Wilco. Backed by lush strings and cavernous harmonies, lead singer and guitarist Andrew Grossman channels some of Jeff Tweedy’s laid-back twang in his vocals. Grossman says expect more of that: “Sharing Our Alone” is a blueprint for the sound of The [...]

ToDo ToDay August 9-11: Stooges Brass Band, Hop Chef, and Ask Roulette

Eight years ago, New Orleans’ Stooges Brass Band lost all of its possessions—including its instruments—in Hurricane Katrina. Although the loss set the band back, it quickly returned to performing, playing concerts and joining in the Big Easy tradition of second-line parades. In the past few years, the group began reaping some rewards for its visceral [...]

ToDo ToDay: Paint Branch at Fort Reno, Alt-Comedy at Meeps

A perplexing “TBA” spot usually sits on the tail end of Fort Reno’s schedule each year, often for The Evens or another D.C. legacy group (long-awaited Fugazi reunion? We keep dreaming). But this year, The Evens opened the series, and instead of a “TBA” we got Paint Branch, the duo featuring former Q and Not [...]

Stop Googling! Save Your Creepy Questions for Ask Roulette.

As a producer for WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, Jody Avirgan played with the idea of pairing up on-air callers to ask each other questions. That concept became the foundation of Ask Roulette, a live show Avirgan created in 2011 and has been hosting every other month at New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. [...]

At Funkmnkyz Show, Fast Eddie’s Cracks Down on Rapping and Bandanas

D.C.-based hip-hop and rock fusion act Funkmnkyz was only a few songs into its gig at Centreville sports bar Fast Eddie’s last Friday night when something jarring happened: One of the restaurant's managers came onstage and told the band members they couldn't rap anymore. The instrumentalists could continue playing, but the vocalists had to stop.
"We’re [...]