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Listen to a New Chain and the Gang Song, Watch a New Chain and the Gang Video

When Ian Svenonius, per his anti-gentrification salvo "Devitalize," has turned back D.C.'s tide of cool bars, soaring property values, and, um, sanitary sewage infrastructure, will the rest of us also dress like we stepped out of a mid-'80s Kix concert? Spiv and his Chain and the Gang bandmates look appropriately trashy in the new, awesomely green-screened video for "Devitalize," [...]

Arts Roundup: 2 Chainz & the Gang Edition

Foster the People, Lana Del Rey, 2 Chainz among the performers at this year's Sweetlife festival. [Arts Desk]
Chain & the Gang to release a new album in April. [Arts Desk]
While staging Yellow Face, a play that addresses white people portraying Asian people onstage, an unfortunate accident forces Theater J to do the same. Oh, this is just excellent. [...]

Chain & the Gang to Release New Album in April

Ian Svenonius' conceptual vehicle Chain & the Gang plans to release its fourth album, Minimum Rock 'n' Roll, on April 15. The LP will be released on the frontman's new record label, Radical Elite, and it's apparently the debut of a new genre, too: what Svenonius calls "crime rock."
Here's how Svenonius describes the genre and [...]

ToDo ToDay: Julianna Barwick, Chain and the Gang, and the International Uranium Film Festival

Julianna Barwick’s songs often consist of vocals looped back on themselves, distorted with reverb, or simply repeated until they sound something like instruments. Her latest album, Nepenthe, takes the artistic argument of her 2011 breakout album The Magic Place to its logical extreme: The songs are a little less blissfully beautiful and more chillingly ethereal. Read more >>> Julianna [...]

Listen: Las Kellies and Ian Svenonius, “Two Types”

Is Ian Svenonius done with old people? These days, the D.C. frontman seems to prefer hangin' with the kids—like his young associates in Chain & the Gang, and now, Argentina's Las Kellies.
On the South American post-punk trio's brand-new album Total Exposure, Svenonius crops up on the minimal, Y Pants-like song "Two Types." The lyrics sound very Ian: "There's [...]

The Way We Spiv Now: Ian Svenonius Inaugurates Club Lip-Sync

Ian Svenonius has a new day job. "Impresario at the Club Lip-Sync," he says.
The new gig, which might last exactly one day, has the Chain & the Gang frontman emceeing a lip-sync dance party at Adams Morgan vintage shop Meeps tonight. Svenonius says he's long dreamed of a pantomime party in which bands mouth the words [...]

Arts Roundup: Certain Kinds of Trash Edition

It was a good day for interviews at BYT: Rob Pierangeli (Casper Bangs, Latristic) interviews Can! [Brightest Young Things] And Amanda Mackaye and KC talk hair metal, diversity, and dancing at Fort Reno! [Brightest Young Things]
Chain & The Gang has a new video for "Certain Kinds of Trash." [YouTube]
Fat Trel shows up—shirtless, naturally—in Sway's "Bet Dat" [...]

Sweating to the (Punk Rock) Oldies at Ian MacKaye’s 50th Birthday

So, what'd you miss at local punk godfather Ian MacKaye's super secret 50th birthday party at St. Stephen's? WTOP's Neal Augenstein has an anonymously sourced report (and some pictures to boot):
The party was thrown Saturday night by Amy Farina—MacKaye's wife and bandmate in The Evens, and Jeff Nelson—MacKaye's former bandmate in Minor Threat and co-owner of [...]

ToDo ToDay: Nationals’ Home Opener

At their worst, baseball games are like overpriced picnics. At their best, they’re sublime. The pricey concessions are mitigated by cheap seats, and relaxing in the stands with a cup of beer is the best way to enjoy sports. Last year, the Washington Nationals had their second-best season since returning to D.C. in 2005. Now, [...]

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