Author Archive for Jonathan L. Fischer

Beauty Pill’s First LP in 11 Years: “The Album Is Saturated With Details, With Color”

"There’s a lot of information in the music, and I just felt we should lay it out.”

God Help the Girl, Reviewed

If it were a Belle and Sebastian album, it'd be "Tigermilk."

Even Ian Hilton Thinks This Brixton Diss Track Is Catchy

Indie rocker Jack on Fire wants to burn down the Brixton.

Arts Roundup: Wind Me Up Again, Chuck

Watch last week's dedication of Chuck Brown Park. [Washington Business Journal]
A koala streetlight sculpture in Capitol Hill has gone missing. [Express]
The theater world, D.C. included, is having a King Lear moment. [Post]
Jawbox/Office of Future Plans honcho J. Robbins, studio whiz [Bandwidth]
A very wet Trillectro, reviewed [Post]

The Corcoran Gallery Is Free Starting Friday

A court decision earlier this week cleared the way for the dissolution of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, with much of the art collection going to the National Gallery of Art and the building and college going to George Washington University. We'll see the first impact of the split [...]

Stop Covering “Waiting Room”

Last night, Arcade Fire played D.C. and straightforwardly covered "Waiting Room." Everyone knew Arcade Fire would cover "Waiting Room," because the band has been playing city-appropriate covers throughout its current arena tour, and obviously they were going to cover "Waiting Room." Because "Waiting Room."
Here is a list of 10 bands that have covered "Waiting Room." One of [...]

New Fugazi Music! (Well, Very Old Fugazi Music!)

Fugazi's technical hiatus seems pretty permanent these days, but between the nearly 900 recordings the group has released through its live archive and the various musical projects of its members, fans haven't exactly been hurting. They'll probably perk up at this, though: This winter, Dischord Records plans to release First Demo, an early recording that's never been [...]

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 [...]

Watch Benoit & Sergio’s Video for “Your Darkness”

The last time Benoit & Sergio released an EP, the deep house-rooted D.C./Berlin duo had pop on their minds. Their latest, the Your Darkness EP, brings them back to the club.
The title track—whose Japan-set video premiered today on Billboard—is moody, streamlined, and Moroder-esque, with a slinky synth hook and sampled vocals from the Italian artist Silvie Loto. Some of Benoit & Sergio's best songs have [...]

American Century Theater Is Financially Stable. Why Is It Folding?

About 10 years ago, Arlington's American Century Theater was facing a doomsday scenario. With a deficit of more than half of its operating budget, "we were technically bankrupt," says Artistic Director Jack Marshall, who had to resort to using contributions from the troupe's then-current season to pay the previous year's bills. But the company soldiered on, reorganized its board, [...]

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