The mostly local trio prog-pop/post-punk trio More Humans, whose Chad Clark-produced Demon Station EP has won over plenty of local critics, dropped a new video on us this week. The track, "Mason-Dixon," with it's tight harmonies and quick rhythmic change-ups, gets treated to a cross-country road trip alongside a mischievous ghost clad in a Halloween-appropriate sheet. See [...]
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Earlier today, Erica Bruce posted about yesterday's acoustic John Davis show, where Q and Not U alum and current WaPo pop critic Chris Richards joined his former bandmate for a couple of tunes. Davis mentioned at the show that they had written a slew of songs together, and today he confirms via email that the two [...]
As DCist previously reported, Paul Vodra, or DJ P.Vo, recently launched a new internet radio station, Hometown Sounds, featuring music exclusively from the D.C. area. The tunes stream 24/7 and run the gamut from Chuck Brown to Minor Threat, organized by genre blocks. I tuned in to the rock block today and caught a great [...]
"Where the hell can I find that Vanilla Fudge rarity in this podunk town?" Surely, we've all had that thought before, especially when visiting loved ones in other cities. Lord knows when you need a Pavement 7-inch and you're miles from your usual record shop, it can get ugly. Well, no need to panic this [...]
As reported by The Huffington Post and other outlets last week, DJ Jonathan Toubin—the New York-based, soul-centric DJ whom City Paper readers will remember from his appearance on the Bruise Cruise (not to mention a recent performance at Comet Ping Pong)—was severely injured in a bizarre accident last Thursday. Apparently, a taxi cab crashed through The Jupiter Hotel [...]
Willy Turner, everyone was relieved to learn last week, is still alive. After the news spread, some folks even started gathering music and boomboxes to give to the man known around 14th Street NW as Black Cat Bill.
Amid all the excitement, however, comes some bad news. Last Friday, Turner was moved from Deanwood Rehabilitation and Wellness [...]
"Playing music is like handwriting," says Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye. "If you play a song over and over, it starts to evolve."
For my feature this week on Fugazi's new online archive of live shows, I discussed some of the subtle changes you can hear in live version of the song "Repeater." Since then, I spoke to [...]
Woozy keyboards and spacey guitars dominate The War On Drugs latest effort, Slave Ambient. It’s an engaging, fluid listen that effortlessly melds Bruce Springsteen’s earthy songcraft with Spiritualized’s intricate atmospherics. Songwriter Adam Granduciel, 32, has been making records for years, but this much-lauded LP is a real breakthrough, garnering both greater critical acclaim and larger [...]
Since posting an item yesterday on the very-much-still-alive Willy Turner—aka Black Cat Bill—I've received a lot of questions about what to do with tapes and boomboxes. (Turner, who's living in a nursing home in Deanwood, told me he'd be grateful for a boombox and some tunes.) Local writer and activist Andy Bowen says he's organizing [...]
In 2009, a 45-minute MP3 of audio from Fugazi concerts cropped up on punk and indie-rock blogs. But it wasn’t a musical recording: Instead, James Burns, the fan behind the file, had cobbled together choice clips of outrageous stage banter. The collage not only affirmed the band’s reputation for hardline punk diatribes (“Would the gentleman in [...]