'80s alt music gets new life from Merchandise, and local electro-folk act Pree plays the Kennedy Center.
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Last month, a writer for Consequence of Sound argued that House of Spirits, the latest album from San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys, was “the band’s descent into turmoil, its hero’s journey,” but one that “no one asked them to embark on”—a tortured, dulled betrayal of the band’s earlier verve. That inspired Fresh & Onlys leader Tim [...]
Is there anything harder to define—but as easy to spot—as cool? The National Portrait Gallery gamely takes a crack at this ephemeral notion in a new show, “American Cool,” that opens today. The exhibit includes portraits of everyone from Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Elvis Presley to Joan Didion and Jay Z, captured at their most [...]
When Charles Bradley sings “Victim of Love,” the title track on his latest album, he makes the emotional point—about his affection for a woman who may never return to him—very clear, stretching out the word “victim” to multiple syllables. Singing first with a broom as a mic, Bradley later graduated to clubs, and did a [...]
There are many questions about who created ska music, the high-energy precursor to reggae. But there’s no question that The Skatalites are the Jamaican genre’s greatest band. A collection of the island’s best jazz musicians, led by saxophonist Tommy McCook, The Skatalites formed in 1964 and recorded prolifically. When trombonist and composer Don Drummond was [...]
Frank Van Riper is known in the D.C. area for his writings on photography. Now, the photography teacher has curated his own exhibition, “Mirror to the World: Documentary Photography 2013.” Of the artists on view, the most winningly enigmatic is Fred Zafran (shown), who photographs “unplanned encounters” on the streets of an unknown town, which [...]