Author Archive for Mike Kuntz

Screen Vinyl Image’s New Video Will Destroy You

Local noisemakers Screen Vinyl Image are still at work completing the follow-up to their 2009 full-length Interceptors, but they have a new video "Stay Asleep," a track from the new album that plumbs the duo's dancier side.
The as-yet-untitled new record also features tracks like "New Visions" (Arts Desk-approved!) and "Tomorrow is Too Far" (which we [...]

Saturday: Dinosaur Jr. and Henry Rollins Dissect Bug at 9:30 Club

Bug is the last record you'd expect Dinosaur Jr. to dissect on stage. The seminal indie rock band's original lineup broke up during the 1988 album's supporting tour—a split that lasted until 2005 when the band reformed on good-enough terms. The resurrected partnership has toured and produced two strong albums, and now the group is exhuming Bug, [...]

A Critical Guide to the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Fest

When we last reported on the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Fest—a quickly launched DIY festival curated by Brooklyn-via-D.C.-via-Texas musician/writer Dave Mann—the lineup of 125-plus bands had been mostly finalized, featuring several local acts including Hiding Places and Last Tide. The (free!) festival finally happens this weekend, so check out our short, to-the-point guide to the [...]

Crooked Beat Records Is Done Selling CDs

Adams Morgan record shop Crooked Beat is just about done with compact discs. Last weekend, the store announced it will no longer sell CDs—except for local albums and low-price new releases—either online or in its 18th Street NW storefront.
"We only have about 300 CDs left, anyway," says Bill Daly, the store's owner. "We're trying to make [...]

Hill Country Barbecue Launches Twangy Concert Series

Given how hot as it's been here lately, mythic, sun-dried places like the Texas hill country don't seem quite so far away. It helps that there's a new venue in town churning out Texas barbecue and music for the District's honky-tonk lusters.
First opened in Manhattan's Flatiron district, the Hill Country Barbecue Market began as restauranteur [...]

Okkervil River’s I Am Very Far, Reviewed

Given all that Will Sheff has busied himself with in recent years—penning tracks for Norah Jones and The New Pornographers; co-writing an album with Roky Erickson—he could have easily taken an understated strategy for his next record with Okkervil River. But while Sheff has become a songwriter-for-hire, he's still capable of big, ambitious work. Okkervil River’s latest release, I Am [...]

Takin’ It Easy With Those Darlins

Nashville spitfires Those Darlins are what happens when you take Phil Spector's classic girl-group sound, throw in some '60s garage and CBGBs stank and wash it all down with a few shots of Tennessee's finest. It doesn't always sound pretty, but then again, it was never supposed to. With a show at the Black Cat tonight opening for big-band throwbacks Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and a new album about to hit the shelves, the Darlins are proof positive that it ain't all that bad when things turn South.

Free American Hardcore mp3s Include Rare D.C. Tracks

When American Hardcore: A Tribal History was first published in 2001, it was the definitive written statement of an era. Putting a focus on the guys that were there—shaved heads, rioting and all—Stephen Blush's book put the movement in the pioneering context it deserves, pouring all the attitude and sneer of Henry Rollins and Glenn [...]

Tonight at Story/Stereo: Devin Ocampo Sings Devin Ocampo

For the past year, The Writer's Center in Bethesda has been home to the free  series Story/Stereo, which pairs readings by local writers with performances by local musicians. This week the musician is Devin Ocampo, the D.C. music vet and post-punk force of nature known for his work with bands like Medications, Smart Went Crazy, Faraquet, [...]

Last-Minute Endorsement: Skeleton$, Buildings, and Mirror Gate at the Red Door

It may look like an ominous (or perfect for Halloween—you decide!) bill at first glance, but the three bands Sockets Records has lined up tonight at the Red Door are a sure-fire way to clear your head before this weekend's clusterfuck.
Skeleton$, whose Bus LP for Sockets is due early next year, blends woozy, deconstructed synth [...]