Author Archive for Steve Kolowich

Five Things I Learned About Colin Meloy at Last Night’s Decemberists Show

The Decemberists played what may be their last show in the area for a while last night. Here's what I learned about frontman and songwriter Colin Meloy.
Colin Meloy will not be pigeonholed on the matter of beverages: There were some pretty banal observations made, on the Merriweather Post’s Twitter vanity board and by some [...]

Tonight: Todd Snider at the Birchmere

Modern folk rarely includes storytelling. Todd Snider is, therefore, an anachronism: a true bard who spends at least as much time contextualizing songs as he does playing them.
Originally from Oregon, Snider has accumulated barrels of yarns over 15-plus years on the road — such as becoming the unlikely frontman of a Memphis country band after [...]

Dept. of Flannel and Sneakers: Middle Brother at 9:30 Club Tonight

Middle Brother, a supergroup of rising Gen-Y roots rockers, may just deserve the attention that so often eludes the mid-sequence siblings for whom the band is named.
Jon McCauley, of Deer Tick; Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes; and Matthew Vasquez, of Delta Spirit might not yet wield the indie capital of another recent (and aesthetically similar) supergroup, [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘The Oscars Were All Right’ Edition

Morning, folks!
I think we can all agree that the best part of the Oscars was Luke Matheny winning Best Short Film (Live Action) for his grad-school thesis, “God of Love.” For all of James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s self-aware demographic-baiting, it was Matheny’s acceptance speech when youth had its moment [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Celebrity Mash-up’ Edition

The sooner we’re done here, the sooner we get to focus on the excruciating countdown to the weekend. Let's sprint!
-So a Foxx, a Seal, and a Crowe walk into the White House... Chris Richards and WaPo have the 1,148-word punchline. (Sub-question: Will Obama pardon Jamie Foxx for futzing with Motown lyrics for a [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Grammy Afterthoughts’ Edition

Morning, folks! And happy V-Day.
Alas, 'twas a heartbreaking Grammy night for most D.C. nominees. Local legend Chuck Brown couldn’t beat Sade for best non-solo R&B performance; Raheem Devaughn failed to upset John Legend and the Roots for best R&B album; and Cee-Lo, dressed as some sort of Dr. Suess-jacking peafowl, proved too formidable for upwardly [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Capture Me If You Can!’ Edition

Morning, folks!
How will the outcome of last night’s Super Bowl affect the continuing viability of “Black and Yellow” as a club anthem? Guess it depends on how the Pirates do this year.
But enough of sport! There are important Art Things afoot!
To wit: In The Future, will art students take field trips to Google? The Google [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘It’s a Protest!’ Edition

Morning, folks!
Today, D.C. anti-censorship picketers seek Wayne Clough’s head. Clough, the Smithsonian secretary, is on the hot seat after ceding the National Gallery’s standards of artistic decency to the Catholic League. The advocacy group ART+ is organizing protest today at 1 p.m. at the Smithsonian aimed specifically at convincing the museum’s board of regents to fire [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Best Laid Plans of D.C. Indie Rockers and NYT Columnists’ Edition

Morning, folks!

Some beloved erstwhile indie rock band or another played a bunch of gigs in town this weekend. If you are like my housemate J.L. Fischer and went to all three shows, including the rubber game last night at the 9:30 Club, then consider this item the denouement of a well-earned weekend of Dismemberment Plan [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘In Defense of Ricky Gervais’ Edition

Morning, folks! And happy MLK Day!
The Golden Globes were last night, and hoo boy were they chippy! Much to the chagrin of WaPo TV critic Hank Steuver, who apparently would have preferred that host Ricky Gervais act the ass-kissing buffoon, Gervais ventured to roast such sacred cows as The Tourist, Tim Allen, and the Hollywood [...]