Author Archive for Joel Mason-Gaines

Download: Garvey’s Wheel of Fortune Mixtape

Wale isn't the only D.C. rapper who released a mixtape last week. Garvey "The Chosen One" dropped his Wheel of Fortune—a game-show-inspired mix that starts off with a sample from the eponymous show's classic theme music. It's a mixtape full of firey verses like "I'm filling all you MCs with embalming fluid," over instrumental tracks [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Arcade Fire, Gucci Mane, Summer Spirit Festival


Arcade Fire w/ Spoon. Merriweather Post Pavilion. $32-$48.50
Gucci Mane w/ Backyard, TOB. DC Star. $40.
Budweiser Superfest: Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Jaheim, Raheem Devaughn. Jiffy Lube Live. $31.75-$89.75
Galactic w/ Lionize. 9:30 Club. $25. All ages
Billy Woodward & the Senders, the Blackberry Belles, the Bellevederes, the Motorettes. Rock and Roll Hotel. $10. All ages.
Evan Bliss and the Welchers, Mem. [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Buddy Guy, Diamond District, Blue Öyster Cult


Buddy Guy w/ Ann Rabson. The Birchmere. $69.50
The Shirks, the Ladies, Maybe Baby, Social Problems, Electrocutions, Young and High. The Velvet Lounge. $10. +21
Jason Aldean w/ David Nail. Merriweather Post Pavilion. $30-$45.
Altar of Plagues, Castevet, Velnias. Black Cat. $10. All ages.
Bomba Estereo w/ King Chango, Natalia Cavlier. Rock and Roll Hotel. $20. All ages.
Shankar Ehsaan [...]

Download: Cornel West Theory’s In Her Hands: Embryo Capital Vol. 1 Mixtape

D.C.-based politically and socially conscious hip-hop band The Cornel West Theory dropped its latest mixtape this morning. The group released its debut album, Second Rome, last year, and and its namesake, the public intellectual and Princeton African American Studies professor Cornel West, to appear on a few tracks.
In Her Hands: Embryo Capital Vol. 1 has a [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Yes Giantess, Budos Band, Santana


Dave Matthews Band. Nationals Park. $75
Firefall w/ the Steve Palmer Band. The Birchmere. $29.50.
Silk, SWV, Heads of State, Tape Deck Throwback. DAR Constitution Hall. $59.50-$89.50
American Idol Live! Jiffy Lube Live. $24.25-$76.50
The Greencards. Jammin Java. $18
Enemies of the National Zoo w/ Prezidino, Formula. The Red and The Black. $8. +21
Summer New Year's Eve Party. Yes Giantess w/ Audio [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Laurie Anderson, “Star Wars” in Concert, Mambo Sauce


We Are Scientists w/ Lightspeed Champion, Bad Girlfriend. Black Cat. $18. All ages.
The Very Big Fatback w/ Art of Junk, George Smallwood. 9:30 Club. $10. All ages.
311 and the Offspring. Jiffy Lube Live. $37-$52.
Junior League Band, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Hot Seats. Rock and Roll Hotel. $12. All ages.
Laurie Anderson. The Birchmere. $39.50
Bob Log [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Unrest, Sting


Lynyrd Skynyrd w/ Bret Michaels, 38 Special. Jiffy Lube Live. $31-$65.50
Joan Armatrading w/ Jamie McLean. The Birchmere. $55.
5th Annual J Dilla Benefit Concert. DC loves Dilla Crew, Talib Kweli w/ J Laine & the Players. Black Cat. $15. All ages.
XIB, ABM. Le Pearl Ballroom. All ages.
Rezin, ReVel, Weapons for Peace, Eat Your Neighbors. Rock and Roll [...]

DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival: Majora Carter and Hip-Hop Environmentalism

The ninth annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival begins tonight, although its aims aren't purely theatrical. It has music, dance, art, and spoken word, not to mention a host of panel discussion. Of particular interest: "Hip-Hop Humanities: A Day on Earth," which looks at combining green and hip-hop culture. According to the relevant literature, some topics [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Marah, The Shirks, A Capital Fourth, Rare Essence


Marah. IOTA Club & Cafe. $15. +21
Victor Wooten. 9:30 Club. $25. All ages.
Color School, the Walkaways, Round About. The Red and The Black. $5. +21
Eric Roberson w/ Jay Hayden. The Birchmere. $29.50
The Ash Lovelies and Friends. The Velvet Lounge. $8. +21
XIB, ABM. Le Pearl Ballroom. All ages.
Alpha Dog Blues Band, Mike Lapadula and the Lost [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: XIB, Phish, Title Tracks


The Hundred in the Hands. DC9. $8. +18
XIB, ABM w/ UEB, Main Attraction. Le Pearl Ballroom. All ages.
Tinariwen w/ Miles Seaton (Akron/Family), Geologist (Animal Collective)- DJ set. 9:30 Club. $30. All ages.
Billy Woodward and the Senders w/ Nunchucks, the Charlots. Black Cat. $10. All ages.
Wavves w/ Cloud Nothings, Farewell Republic. Rock and Roll Hotel. $12. All ages.
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