Posts Tagged ‘Chain & The Gang’

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ToDo ToDay: The Antlers, River Whyless, and Hamlet

In the years since their 2009 album, Hospice, the Antlers have moved away from static, heavy sounds and stories of bone cancer and begun creating modern soul music inspired by Alice Coltrane and Miles Davis. But don’t confuse this sonic change for a thematic turnabout: Their brand of soul sounds almost as depressing as the cancer [...]

Ian Svenonius Wants to Devitalize Your Neighborhood

This new Chain & the Gang song is an anti-gentrification anthem, right? "I wanna devitalize the city/I wanna devitalize the air/I wanna devitalize just about everywhere," chants songwriter/vocalist Ian Svenonius on "Devitalize," a track that premiered today on Vice's Noisey outlet.
The song is from the band's forthcoming album, Minimum Rock 'n' Roll, out on Svenonius' Radical [...]

ToDo ToDay: Fête des Lumières and Cool “Disco” Dan

When the residents of Lyon, France, survived the plague in 1647, they celebrated by lighting candles and offering tributes to the Virgin Mary. More than three centuries later, the display has evolved into a sweeping lights party that draws millions of tourists to the town in early December. Now, with the help of Alliance Française [...]

Ian Svenonius Is a Movie Director Now

D.C.'s resident renaissance man of punk Ian Svenonius is wrapping up a busy year with an even busier weekend ahead: His band Chain & the Gang plans to play some songs from its upcoming album at Comet Ping Pong Friday, and his new film What Is a Group? premieres Saturday night at Meeps in Adams [...]

Meet D.C.’s Dudes, Who Do Not Give a Fuck

D.C.-area punk trio Dudes has been around for barely a month, with only two shows under its belt. But it's already got a debut album, and it decided on a title that takes a sardonic jab at its own youth: The full-length is called Greatest Hits, and it came out just last week on Bandcamp.
Guitarist and [...]

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Ike Hike Edition

Slow down the Eisenhower Memorial's approval process? That's what Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, wants. [Style Blog]
DCRA promises no enforcement while it re-examines its licensing of businesses selling used goods. [Jim Graham]
Politics & Prose's new owners, one year in. [American Booksellers Association]
Lenny Campello revisits Artomatic, encounters more theft. [Daily [...]

ToDo ToDay: Afrojack, Jazz Fest, and Sausage-Making

Those of us who turn an ear toward mainstream dance music only when we amble past the open doors of a Georgetown chain store might not grasp the extent to which a particular strain of Dutch house has permeated club music. Several years ago, the bleepy, hip-hop-flecked interpretation of house—commonly called “Dirty Dutch”—didn’t make a [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: The Music Man, Moonrise Kingdom, Leo Villareal

Bob Mondello leads this week's arts section with a meditation on familiarity on D.C. stages: A pair of recognizable faces helps The Illusion at Forum Theatre work its spell, while Arena Stage's The Music Man manages to move but brings little that's interesting to this American mainstay. Chris Klimek riffs about the dystopian rock 'n' [...]

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