Posts Tagged ‘Bad Brains’

Arts Roundup: Disparaging Remarks Edition

Bad Brains' Into the Future is out today. Stream the whole thing at Spinner. [Spinner]
In a ceremony at the White House, Gala Hispanic Theatre's after-school program, Paso Nuevo, took home the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. [PDF via Gala]
Maxmillion Dunbar's new track, "Woo," gets Pitchforked. [Pitchfork]
This Mother Jones blogger thinks Joe Warminsky's positive review [...]

Positively Punk Street: A Walking Tour of Ward 1’s Punk-Rock Past

Beyond its dive bars, renovated rowhouses, and liquor stores, Ward 1 has long occupied a distinguished place in D.C.’s punk-rock history. Few people know more about that history than Mark Andersen, who with Mark Jenkins wrote the book about it: Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital. Andersen, also the co-founder [...]

Photo: Brooke Shields (Allegedly) Smoking Weed With Bad Brains’ H.R.

According to a maaaybe reliable source and Grantland writer David Hill, this is an authentic 1983 photo of model Brooke Shields smoking weed next to Bad Brains frontman H.R.
Shields would have been 18 at the time, depending on the month. H.R., according to his manager, had just lost a tooth after "hitting a huge stage divider [...]

Tonight at Silverdocs: Not Banned in D.C.

Some of the best films at this year's Silverdocs center on the fraught, fascinating lives on people involved in the business of creativity—including three of tonight's offerings, Plimpton!, Joe Papp in Five Acts, and A Band in DC. The latter, which follows the seminal D.C. punk band Bad Brains and its deeply troubled frontman, H.R., [...]

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 [...]