Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

Photos of Echosmith at 9:30 Club

As far as family bands go, this one has some unusual potential.

Photos: Ellie Goulding at Echostage

"I'm a little shy," Ellie Goulding said somewhere in the middle of her performance last night at Echostage, but the audience could be pardoned for not believing her. Backed by a large ensemble of instrumentalists and backup singers, Goulding seemed fluent in everything she did—singing, playing guitar and electronics, pounding on floor toms, and working [...]

The Maracuyeah DJs Talk Touring Mexico and Their Last Party of 2013

Local DJ duo the Maracuyeah Collective recently returned home from a brief tour in Mexico, and tonight, members DJ Mafe and DJ Rat throw themselves a homecoming party at U Street club Tropicalia. They'll be joined by DJ Marcelo C., a New York City Latin disco and pop DJ who mans the Rico Suave party at Fontana's. This will be Maracuyeah's [...]

Singer Susana Baca Talks About Her Musical Style

In 1995, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label released Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru, a compilation that begins with a song by then-lesser-known vocalist Susana Baca. Since gaining global attention, the singer has won two Latin Grammys, served as Peru’s Minister of Culture, and from 2011 to 2013 was the chair of the Inter-American Committee on [...]

Photos: Paramore @ Fillmore Silver Spring

"We've been kind of a soap opera for the last couple years," admitted Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams about halfway through her headlining set on Saturday night at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. But the band seemed to have emerged from their tabloidy interlude not too much worse for the wear either musically or commercially. They [...]

Photos: Delta Rae @ 9:30 Club

North Carolina's up-and-coming Delta Rae played to a capacity crowd at the 9:30 Club on Saturday night. The ensemble's 2012 record, Carry the Fire, is competent if fairly straightforward pop-rock featuring four vocalists, but its live show is a different beast entirely. The six-piece band blew through its set, including a couple of [...]

Banned In Iran: Where to Hear Persian Music In D.C. This Week

Iranian women singers are barred from performing in public in Iran. But this week in D.C., there are a few unique opportunities to hear Iranian women singers perform songs that straddle traditional Persian music and contemporary pop, among other far-flung influences.
First there's Mahsa Vahdat, who duets with American soul singer Mighty Sam McClain at the Atlas Performing Arts [...]

Tom Guernsey, Hangmen Guitarist Who Had a No. 1 D.C. Hit in 1966, Has Died

In 1966, Maryland rock band The Hangmen’s catchy tune “What a Girl Can’t Do” pushed the Beatles' “We Can Work it Out” out of the No. 1 slot on D.C.-area top-hits station WEAM.  The song was penned by then Montgomery College student and guitarist Tom Guernsey—at first for his prior band, The Reekers, before it was released [...]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: We’re Covering It

The Virgin Mobile FreeFest is like that time you bought a Groupon for Virginia wine-country tasting. Your clique lacks cohesion because it consists of people that back-doored into the deal or have a tenuous connection to the driver. There's goat cheese, wine slushies, and Ben Folds Five.
When you finally get there, you might find that [...]

Why Zydeco Player Curley Taylor Likes R. Kelly

Louisiana’s Curley Taylor will play accordion tonight with his band Zydeco Trouble at Jessup, Md., beer hall Blob’s Park, but that doesn't mean he’s just another traditional roots musician. He's a fan of '60s soul and contemporary R&B, he told me in a recent email, and his favorite singer is R. Kelly. He even plans [...]