Posts Tagged ‘Alma Tropicalia’

ToDo ToDay: The Antlers, River Whyless, and Hamlet

In the years since their 2009 album, Hospice, the Antlers have moved away from static, heavy sounds and stories of bone cancer and begun creating modern soul music inspired by Alice Coltrane and Miles Davis. But don’t confuse this sonic change for a thematic turnabout: Their brand of soul sounds almost as depressing as the cancer [...]

DJ Poirier and Boogat’s Tropical Boom

America is a melting pot and tonight’s pre-July 4 “Tropical Boom” event at U Street Music Hall is a celebration of musical culture  from the Caribbean, the Americas, and Africa. Arts Desk spoke with headliner DJ Poirier and his colleague, rapper Boogat, both of whom are based in Montreal. They will be joined by a number of [...]

Fort Reno Schedule Finally Announced

This summer's Fort Reno concert series kicked off this past Monday night, and the second installment—with BRENDA, Art Sorority for Girls, and Edie Sedgwick—will start this evening at 7 p.m.
But the full schedule wasn't announced until, well, now. It's up. Hallelujah. It's the requisite mix of relative unknowns (Cigarbox Planetarium, East Paw) and local heavy-hitters [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Panis et Circenses

Since releasing a debut cassette last winter, Phonic Riot has expanded from two members to an ever-changing lineup of four. But the D.C. band isn’t exactly going for more intricacy. The bass adds thrust; a second guitar offers sheet-metal histrionics and little else. And that’s OK: Noisy, shriek-filled, and art-abused, the band seems to inhabit [...]

The Pragmatist: Three Songs For Your Academic Dinner Party

Tenure must be great–like a sweet oasis in a desert of university politics. Someday you'll get there, and you'll be able to let all your anti-social eccentricities hang out on full display. Until then, you've got to impress. Consider throwing a dinner party for some of the faculty. Food is a solid way to get [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Peekaso, Candide, Daft Punk

Marcus J. Moore leads this week's arts section with his profile of Demont "Peekaso" Pinter, a visual artist who's Raheem DeVaughn's art director and an on-stage fixture on the city's hip-hop and R&B circuits. Trey Graham raves about the production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide currently on stage at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Film critic Tricia Olszewski has [...]

Arts Roundup: City Lights Drama! Edition

Hey all, here's a peak at the goings on at the Washington City Paper headquarters around 5 p.m. last night:
So, it was announced yesterday that Gil Scott-Heron canceled his scheduled appearances at Blues Alley, set to take place tonight through Sunday. "Health problems," the performer claimed. It put us in a real bind, because he [...]

Plan Your Trippy Saturday: D.C. Musicians Channel Tropicalia

When Arts Desk spoke with keyboardist Bill Dempsey earlier today, his voice sounded like it was trapped in an echo chamber—either a solid clue that you're talking to a James Bond villain, or a trippy omen of good psychedelia. In this case there's no ambiguity: Bill Dempsey and a cadre of local musicians recently formed [...]