Posts Tagged ‘Black Cat’

Photos: Margot MacDonald @ Black Cat

Virginia-based vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Margot MacDonald has toiled away in the D.C. music scene for over a decade. The fruits of that labor were evident at last night's impressively attended release party for first record since 2009, Canvas.
Performing with a full band (including guests Wytold, Derek Evry, and The Sweater Set), MacDonald's best moments were [...]

With New Partnership, Howard Theatre Aims to Book More and “Younger” Shows

Today, the Howard Theatre announced a new partnership that could ramp up concert-booking competition in the already entertainment-saturated U Street NW corridor. Howard Theatre operator Blue Note Entertainment Group plans to team up with Philadelphia venue Electric Factory and "boutique" concert promotion group Bonfire—which books Electric Factory, among other Philly venues—in a move that positions [...]

Photos: Minor Alps @ Black Cat Backstage

"If you can play a song on acoustic, and it sounds good, then you know it's solid," Juliana Hatfield said last night after her performance with Minor Alps at Black Cat Backstage. It doesn't hurt to have a copilot as talented as Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, too. Hatfield and Caws, already friends for years, decided to embark [...]

Photos: Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds @ Black Cat Backstage

Not everyone gets turned on by lyrics about haunted heads and Phyllis Diller being a killer, but maybe more would if they heard them performed by the great Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds. Touring in support of its latest release, Haunted Head, the band nested at the Black Cat Backstage on Saturday, attired in [...]

Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan on D.C.’s Old Days, Yo La Tengo, and Aging Out of Sisters of Mercy

After a nine-year hiatus, indie-rock ensemble Superchunk jolted back to life in 2010 with what might have been its strongest album yet, Majesty Shredding. On that punchy, tightly wound record, Superchunk taught a younger generation of listeners what the olds already knew: It's hard not to pogo madly to this stuff. (At the band's September 2010 gig at [...]

Photos: Austra @ Black Cat

The genre labels that have been applied to Austra's two studio recordings (electronic, synthpop, dream pop) don't seem to adequately describe the band's music, and this seems doubly true in concert. Using both catchy dance beats and near-ambient drones as backdrops to invariably earwormy melodies, Austra—with Katie Stelmanis' unique and powerful vocals as the ever-present [...]

Arts Roundup: Crank & Groove Edition

New contemporary art gallery, Catalyst Projects, coming to Brookland's Monroe Street Market. [Post]
Thursday evening, a Falls Church auction house will auction off a rare batch of archival D.C. photos taken by Theodor Horydczak, whose images of 1920s-1950s D.C. are also housed at the Library of Congress. [Post]
National Symphony Orchestra extends the contract of NSO Pops Conductor [...]

Arts Roundup: Politics & Prose Edition

Politics & Prose may open a second location in Georgetown. [Washingtonian]
After Navy Yard massacre, White House cancels yesterday's Musica Latina concert. [Post]
WPFW General Manager John Hughes placed on paid administrative leave. [City Desk]
D.C. native Braxton Cook didn't make it as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, but congrats to last night's winner, Melissa Aldana. [New York Times]
Memorable [...]

Arts Roundup: Butch Warren Edition

Shakespeare Theatre's conflict with its landlord remains unresolved, and raises questions about decades-old developer/nonprofit agreements that may not survive D.C.'s boom times. [Post]
Life stories from jazz bassist Butch Warren, recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer [Post]
Dutch artist Erik Van Loon wants 25o volunteers to help him with his elaborate tribute to D.C. [Post]
A movie theater near Nationals [...]

Arts Roundup: Watergate Livin’ Edition

Ian Svenonius: Down with tipping! [Jacobin]
West End Library temporarily relocates to the Watergate. [WBJ]
D.C. Arts Commission seeks artists to design a sculpture or SOME kind of art for Chuck Brown Park. [DCist]
Hey, watch this cool retrospective video on this summer's D.C. Jazz Loft concerts. [CapitalBop]
Photos from the Heineken Mural Project [BYT]
Photos: Julie Ruin at Black [...]

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