At this year's SXSW, we kept our eyes trained on D.C. This year, the conference saw Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds before they left for Europe, the fresh power-pop sounds of America Hearts, and the straight-ahead punk intensity that is Clutch. Oh, and one of D.C.'s favorite natives, Dave Grohl, gave a great [...]
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Something intriguing happens on "Doing the Most," RDGLDGRN's high-wattage collaboration with producers Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams. At first, frontman Green sings longingly over a straightforward electronic pop track. Then, suddenly, the song breaks into a raucous go-go jam accentuated by Grohl's snare-heavy percussion and Red's well-timed guitar stabs. For the band, it's a perfect blend [...]
Two weeks ago, Reston, Va., band RDGLDGRN released "Million Fans," a hard-charging track with gritty drums and edgy guitar chords. It was the band's first single since 2011's "I Love Lamp," which blended pounding go-go percussion with lighthearted Caribbean notes.
The single was infectious enough, though it sounded a lot like the RDGLDGRN members' old band, [...]
The West Wing might be maligned for inspiring a generation of idealistic young wonks, but the stellar acting at least justified the piles of awards the show won. Tonight, one of those awarded actors returns to the District in a new production at Shakespeare Theatre: Richard Schiff, a.k.a. Communications Director Toby Ziegler, stars in Eugene [...]
Scream’s Franz Stahl on Being a Teamster, Reconciling With Dave Grohl, and Playing Hardcore Fests Again
D.C. hardcore legends Scream are not the first band to do the punk reunion thing, and won't be the last. But they're doing it in earnest—or at least, as earnestly as adult life permits. Longtime Scream guitarist (and former Foo Fighter) Franz Stahl spoke with Arts Desk by phone from L.A. before flying out for [...]
in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.
1. Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James.
This isn't a Jane Austen novel, or a Jane Austen-plus-zombies novel, but a murder-mystery sequel to a Jane Austen novel. In other words, it's fan fiction. When is "Stone Cold" Steve Austen gonna write a WWF-meets-Pride and [...]
The new Foo Fighters album is all right. There’s muscular, churning riffs; two-to-three pantheon jams destined to be nestled forever alongside “Monkey Wrench” and “All My Life” in setlists; a searing guitar solo on “Rope”; and anthems about nothing.
That part is intentional: “My songwriting is like extending a hand to the listener,” Dave Grohl told The [...]
Growing Up Foo: WaPo's Chris Richards profiles Dave Grohl on the occasion of a new Foo Fighters album and documentary. You'll have to see the doc to learn about the Foos' "falling-outs, betrayals, drug overdoses, quittings, firings — the works," but the WaPo piece has lots of goodies from Grohl's early years in Northern Virginia. [...]
I cheated on Washington City Paper this week. Last night Sir Paul McCartney performed in the East Room of the White House and collected the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and I filed this report for Rolling Stone.
Based on the lineup—McCartney performed, as did Stevie Wonder, the Jonas Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Jack [...]
Good morning, kids. It’s Wednesday, and the day looks kind of gorgeous on the other side of my curtains.
What a wonderful day to skip work, run to the nearest pool with headphones, a book you actually want to read, and live away. You never know. You might run into Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney or [...]