Posts Tagged ‘Buildings’

ToDo ToDay: Alsarah and the Nubatones, “The Krazyhouse,” and The Jet Age

Alsarah and the Nubatones’ new album, Silt, starts off with a catchy call-and-response pop number, but you won’t hear “Habibi Taal” on Hot 99.5. It’s sung in Arabic and includes accompaniment on the stringed, pear-shaped oud and a hand-held wide-frame drum. Languid, traditional numbers like “Bilad Aldahb” and “Rennat” spotlight Alsarah’s melancholy as she longs to [...]

ToDo ToDay: Becky Shaw Opens! Imperial China Hangs It Up!

As terrible as they are, bad dates provide the best stories. That kind of sick glee shines through in Round House Theatre’s new production of Becky Shaw, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2008 play about one of those horrible encounters. When newlyweds Suzanna and Andrew arrange a date between their friends Max and Becky, it seems like nothing can [...]

Label of the Reconstruction: Sockets Records Was There When D.C. DIY Got Weird

The “yoga room” on the second floor of Sean Peoples’ house hasn’t had space for sun salutations for a while now. “The last people who owned it had been burning incense and whatever else,” Peoples says as he leads me from his own quarters across the hall. These days, the extra room doesn’t scream tranquility: [...]

City Paper Critics’ Poll: The Best Music of 2012

"They say you got your whole life to make your first album," raps Oddisee at the top of "Ready to Rock," the triumphant, densely collaged opener of People Hear What They See, D.C. music critics' pick for the year's best local album. But for the Sudanese-American producer/MC, it didn't take a lifetime to finally pull [...]

Watch: Sockets Records, the Documentary

High-school filmmaker Hannah Hoffman (!) made this very astute 30-minute documentary about Sockets Records, some of the groups on the label, and the state of underground rock music in D.C. Lots of footage comes from Sockets' January showcase at the Black Cat. Ian MacKaye, D.C.'s most prolific talking head, appears, as do bands like Deleted [...]

Download a New Buildings Song (and Hear Some Other Sockets Goodies)

Next week is big for Sockets Records, a label Arts Desk has praised before: The label is dropping two new LPs, from local groups Imperial China and Buildings, and hosting a showcase on Jan. 28 at the Black Cat. Last week, the label previewed the new records at a listening party at Montserrat House, and now [...]

Arts Roundup: The TV Is Angry Edition

Dept. of Future Releases: Sockets Records tweeted at the world yesterday that two of its bands—noisemakers Imperial China and space-punks Buildings—turned in their albums this week. Both, Imperial China's third album, How We Connect, and Buildings' first LP, should be out next Jan. 28.
Cluster-Eastwood-fuck: TBD's Jenny Rogers landed on the red carpet for last night's Newseum premiere [...]

So Tonight’s Hume Show Should Be Interesting

Hume's summer was probably more blissful than yours. The D.C. band left town at the end of May for a country house on a 100-acre property in the village of Argyle, in Upstate New York. They found it on Craiglist. Apparently the price was reasonable; they quit their day jobs.
"We made great creative strides in a [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: We Are the World Edition

After spending a few weeks down south, I returned to D.C. reminded of how much this city constantly has to offer.  So after quite literally returning from the backwoods to write this weeks' roundup, I felt like I was setting up booths at some high school multi-culti "We Are the World-inspired festival. Granted, not my [...]

Last-Minute Endorsement: Skeleton$, Buildings, and Mirror Gate at the Red Door

It may look like an ominous (or perfect for Halloween—you decide!) bill at first glance, but the three bands Sockets Records has lined up tonight at the Red Door are a sure-fire way to clear your head before this weekend's clusterfuck.
Skeleton$, whose Bus LP for Sockets is due early next year, blends woozy, deconstructed synth [...]

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