Posts Tagged ‘Bad Brains’

This Week in WCP Arts: Bad Brains, The Normal Heart, Superman

On the cover of this week's Washington City Paper is Mark Andersen's very personal look into the fraught inner politics—and at the troubled, mercurial frontman—of D.C. hardcore pioneers Bad Brains as they attempt to remain a living, breathing musical force. Chris Klimek dissents on the widely praised The Normal Heart at Arena Stage—arguing that this [...]

A Close Viewing of Bad Brains: A Band in DC

In this week's Washington City Paper, Mark Andersen explores the history and current state of the influential hardcore band Bad Brains, the subject of a film showing at Silverdocs this week. Here, he takes a closer look at the documentary.

More than almost any other unit to rise out of the American hardcore-punk underground of the [...]

Arts Roundup: Ringmaster Edition

A former president of the Corcoran defends the museum's possible move. [Post]
Bad Brains at Bonnaroo: "What the hell happened to H.R.?" [Nashville Scene]
Bootsy Collins on Chuck Brown: "Chuck was the ringmaster." [TMOTTGoGo]
Jokes about Luke Russert and Merlot at a celebrity-free Radio and Television Congressional Correspondents' Dinner [Reliable Source]

Silverdocs Slate Includes Films About Bad Brains, Ai Weiwei

This June marks the 10th iteration of Silverdocs, and for the second year in a row, the film festival seems to have placed a special emphasis on music: The annual celebration of documentary film opens on June 18 with Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey's, Ramona Diaz's film about Arnel Pineda, a formerly homeless Filipino singer [...]

Photos: Bad Brains, GZA @ Howard Theatre

Hometown punk legends Bad Brains played Friday and Saturday at the newly opened Howard Theatre. If the pairing felt out of place—hardcore legends don't usually play in venues with polished mahogany walls, sparkling clean bathrooms, and ads for upcoming Michael Bolton shows—well,  Bad Brains have never been typical. Frontman H.R.'s voice hypnotized during reggae-flavored songs like [...]

Scream’s Franz Stahl on Being a Teamster, Reconciling With Dave Grohl, and Playing Hardcore Fests Again

D.C. hardcore legends Scream are not the first band to do the punk reunion thing, and won't be the last. But they're doing it in earnest—or at least, as earnestly as adult life permits. Longtime Scream guitarist (and former Foo Fighter) Franz Stahl spoke with Arts Desk by phone from L.A. before flying out for [...]

Arts Roundup: Chain Gang Edition

Local author Sarah Pekkanen goes big-time. [Style Blog]
Quick words of sage advice from Ian Svenonius [Express]
Gray Matter's Geoff Turner guest-DJs on Radio CPR [Dissonance]
Capital Hemp invokes Bad Brains. [DCist]
The Wizard of Oz's ruby slippers are back on display at the Museum of American History. [Style Blog]

Howard Theatre’s Lineup Looks Kinda Familiar

This morning, the Going Out Gurus gave us a glimpse of the Howard Theatre's entertainment schedule thus far. The lineup is star-studded—almost guaranteed to pack the house every night. My only quibble? Most of these performers have played the D.C. area in the last six months.
Wanda Sykes will play three nights at the venue, April [...]

Don’t Be Bored: The War on Drugs

Slave Ambient, the latest from The War on Drugs, is adorned with hazy blue-and-red artwork that suits the album’s warm, swirling sound. The Philadelphia band places a premium on production: Soupy, Spiritualized-esque atmospherics surround Adam Granduciel’s Tom Petty sneer, and even the tunes themselves meld together at times, softened by Eno-like sonic washes. Yet Slave Ambient [...]

Patriarch Games: The Cornel West Theory’s High-Stakes New Album

It’s Monday night at the Kennedy Center, and the cocktail crowd is confused. On many evenings, programming on the arts center’s free Millennium Stage skews toward background music for patrons killing time before Wicked. But at this particular moment, there’s no exchanging of pleasantries.
A front line of poets performs sharp-elbowed verse while prickly guitars, percussion, [...]