Author Archive for Don Carr

Q & A With Easy Star All Stars Mastermind

In advance of today's show at the 9:30 Club with Gregory Isaacs, I spoke with Easy Star All Stars co-founder Michael Goldwasser [pictured above, seated]. Goldwasser, as producer, musical director, arranger and guitarist, has been the driving force behind the Easy Star All Star tribute efforts. Those releases have included Radiohead and Pink Floyd tributes, [...]

It Ain’t Easy to Cover the Beatles, Even for an All Star

I struggled with my approach on reviewing the newest from the Easy Star All Stars—Lonely Hearts Dub Band. There are as many Beatles covers floating around as there are batshit crazy Heather Mills quotes. Most aren't worth the time, though this tribute to Rubber Soul had its moments and this compilation from the Atlantic and [...]

Q & A With Jon Rauhouse

Multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse is one of those musicians whose skill and easygoing manner keeps him in high demand. He started playing in bands in 1977 (on banjo), eventually landing with the Grievous Angles in the 90's. He's recorded and played live with Calexioco and the Waco Brothers and even dabbled live with the Boxmasters prior [...]

Tonight: Laura Burhenn @ Rock N Roll Hotel

Fresh off a West Coast tour with Orenda Fink (formerly of Azure Ray) Laura Burhenn (formerly of Georgie James) will be opening for the Whispertown 2000 and the other half of Azure Ray, Maria Taylor, tonight at the Rock N Roll Hotel.
Laura plans to roll out some new material with drummer Elmer Sharp.

Tickets are $12 [...]

Tonight: Gaza Benefit CD Release Party at the Black Cat

The inestimable Brian Duss has produced gaza:comp, a two-disc benefit CD to raise funds and awareness for the Rafah Rehabilitation Center, a deaf and handicapped kids school in the Gaza Strip.
gaza:comp features 31 songs including tracks from punk icon Mike Watt, Medications, Beauty Pill, Aquarium, French Toast Records’ Les Savy Fav, Palestinian musician Bashir [...]

Free MP3 Sampler Madness at Amazon

The Amazon MP3 store has a bunch of indie label samplers gratis—check 'em out below the jump:

Will Eastman Gets “So Damn High”

Will Eastman fired the opening salvo for his anticipated label release on Kindercore Records by sending out this special teaser track. A remix of Ruby Isle's "So Damn High" with fat laser beats? It's no wonder why Will is a dance floor favorite in the District.
Will Eastman's remix of Ruby Isle's "So Damn High"
Here's [...]

Photos: Tapes ‘n Tapes @ the Rock and Roll Hotel

From Friday's Tapes 'n Tapes show with opening acts Wild Light and The Subjects.

Tim Fite: To Be Seen to Be Believed

The Southern Gothic man-child from NYC, Tim Fite, fuses hip-hop, alternative rock and country as part of an often trippy multi-media show. He opens for Benjy Ferree's record release show Saturday night at the Black Cat.
I had Fair Aint Fair in my top ten from 08, but any attempt at describing his manic and downright [...]

Q & A with Tapes ‘n Tapes’ Erik Appelwick

In advance of their appearance on Friday at the Rock N Roll Hotel, I caught up with the bass player for Tapes 'n Tapes by phone. Erik [pictured, far left] was kind enough to field questions while on a much deserved break from touring.