This Week in WCP Arts: Boxing on D.C. Stages, The Bang Bang Club, The Sweater Set
Chris Klimek—boxing instructor and theater critic—opens this week's arts section with an essay exploring the recent surfeit of pugilism on D.C. stages. My colleagues and I ponder which D.C. chains will get into the concert business now that Sweetgreen's annual festival has gone big-time. Tricia Olszewski has a triply bad time at the movies; check out her reviews of The Princess of Montpensier, The Bang Bang Club, and Le Quattro Volte. Christina Lee finds that Thao and Mirah—two lo-fi West Coast songwriters of very different stripes—square quite nicely on their new collaborative album. Mike Riggs detects very little bullshit in local folkie Vandaveer's third album. Trey Graham critiques a play about second-rate critics. And Steve Kolowich chats with The Sweater Set about their new album.
In City Lights: Tyler Jon Tyler's jangle-pop revival, the Wilson Center's 30th anniversary, Spingsteen runs deep, Amon Amarth's Thor metal, a tribute to Manning Marable, big empty spaces at Civilian Art Projects, and Bomba Estereo's (ahem) explosive electro-cumbia.