Posts Tagged ‘Christylez Bacon’

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 [...]

One Track Mind: Nistha Raj’s Exit 1

Standout Track: No. 1, “Shivranjani,” from Exit 1, the debut album from Alexandria violinist Nistha Raj. The tune fuses a lulling classical North Indian melody with Wytold’s electric cello and the racing beatboxing and spoons of hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, who fills the tabla role. “Christylez is very quick at picking up rhythms,” Raj writes [...]

Listen: Christylez Bacon, Hip-Hop UnPlugged

You've probably seen Christylez Bacon even if you didn't know it was him. His picture was emblazoned on the Convention Center for a while. Or maybe you've seen Bacon peddle his bike through the city en route to a gig.
Then there's the ensemble: He looks like a member of the Jackson 5 and dresses like Andre 3000. He's a [...]

Arts Roundup: Jane Chu Edition

After a far too long delay, President Obama has nominated somebody for the National Endowment for the Arts' top post. His pick: Kansas City's Jane Chu. [Post]
Not every congressman is glued to House of Cards. [Post]
Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden, best pals. [Huffington Post]
Ever heard of The Playgirls? [Post]
The post reviews Hailu Mergia's Millennium [...]

ToDo ToDay: HR! The Mantles! Videodrome!

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. At the National Portrait Gallery, the museum is recognizing the event with a new exhibit that honors the man and the work he did. There’s enough in the exhibit to keep casual history fans engaged, but [...]

2012 Wammies Winners: Slightly Less Snoozy!

The winners of the 26th annual Wammies have been announced. And with that, I return to my nap.
But wait! Maybe not just yet. It looks like a couple of categories in the typically snoozy Washington Area Music Awards have undergone much-needed shock therapy. For one, arts-establishment darling Yoko K. (pictured) has stolen "Electronica Artist" from the cashmere-gloved [...]

Don’t Be Bored: All-Local Music Edition

In a city that often looks backward musically (we get it, everybody loves Fugazi and The Dismemberment Plan), the Future Times crew is all about pushing things forward. Overseen by Mike Petillo and Andrew Field-Pickering (of the duos Protect-U and Beautiful Swimmers, shown above), the local imprint brings together global psychedelia with warm, throbbing beats [...]

This TEDx Thing Is Getting Out of Control

Attention, idea-starved masses! There are, like, so many ideas coming to town this month.
Since the founding of the TED conference (slogan: "Ideas worth spreading") in the 1980s, the event has hosted speeches by dozens of intellectual luminaries from across the globe. But TED is also a franchise, and this month, there are three distinct "TEDx" conferences taking place [...]

Prize Fight: Want a Grammy? Join the Club. Literally.

As of press time, Carolyn Malachi had 1,365 followers on Twitter. Two hundred and six people had liked her artist page on Facebook. When she put out her Lions, Fires & Squares EP in August, the most notable piece of American press was a One Track Mind column in Washington City Paper. That release’s best song, [...]

Snow Day Sessions: Kokayi and Christylez Bacon

Well, it snowed yesterday, so today we had some music on our parking deck. Them's the rules. Over coffee, rapper Kokayi performed a few of his hits—"RoxTar," "Knowus Mayne," and "Hiphop"—with accompaniment from Christylez Bacon, who beat-boxed and played the spoons. We reviewed Kokayi's album Robots & Dinosaurs when it came out in the fall, [...]

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