Posts Tagged ‘De La Soul’

De La Soul Heckled Me From the Stage for Taking Photos

De La Soul has always been on my top 10 favorite groups, ever since my freshman year of college, when my friend Gloria from the South Bronx played 3 Feet High and Rising for me. I was instantly won over by the group's wit, intensity, clever wordplay, and creativity. Chuck D and Public Enemy taught me about life, Grandmaster Flash taught me [...]

ToDo ToDay: Camera Obscura, Olivia Neutron-John, and De La Soul

Camera Obscura is content with its melancholy; in fact, that’s kind of the band’s thing. After a four-year break, the band returned in late 2013 with Desire Lines, a critically acclaimed album full of arresting pop laments, this time recorded in Portland, Ore. If you’re a fan of the old stuff, you’ll be happy to know [...]

Kev Brown Faces Heartbreak on His Melancholy New Project

Halfway through Kev Brown's new EP, we hear Stevie Wonder's unmistakable tenor, belting out a sentimental live version of his 1969 song, "Give Your Love." Moments later, we hear Stevie again, except Brown has altered the singer's voice to sound like someone completely different.
It's the most familiar aspect of Brown's Untitled Heartbreak Project, a 13-minute [...]

Watch: Videos from 2013 DC Loves Dilla

For eight years, the annual DC Loves Dilla concert has paid homage to revered hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, who died in 2006 of a rare blood disease. The concert usually ropes in locals and former Dilla collaborators alike: For last year's edition at Fillmore Silver Spring, alt-jazz pianist Robert Glasper improvised an impressive [...]

ToDo ToDay: Spin at Signature! DC Loves Dilla!

Once. Ghost. Kinky Boots.Adapting movies into musicals is pretty much a meme on Broadway these days. Tonight, Arlington’s Signature Theatre continues the trend, but instead of hopping on the bandwagon, the creative team is jumping on a plane to Seoul. The new musical Spin is based on the hit Korean film Speedy Scandal and produced in collaboration [...]

Byrdland: Why Donald Byrd Mattered to Jazz, Its Legitimacy, and D.C.

When news of Donald Byrd’s death was finally confirmed by major news outlets on Monday, it had been four days since his nephew by marriage, the jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, had announced his passing on Facebook. Byrd—a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was the founding director of Howard [...]

The Pragmatist: Three Songs to Celebrate the Work Week

Weekends are exhausting and overrated. There are lawns to mow and parties to throw—you'll probably get dragged to some concert. Maybe you just wanted to curl up with a good book on a Saturday night, but you just couldn't endure the judgment you would inevitably face. Well, listen, it's Monday. You may have to work [...]

Arts Roundup: Three Days of Government-Funded Museums Left Edition

Dept. of "Water-Cooler Tomfoolery": City Paper art critics Kriston Capps, Jeffry Cudlin, and John Anderson are the greatest threats to fine art out there! At least that was the reaction of Los Angeles Times crank Christopher Knight to their satirical—satirical, Mr. Knight—post in response to the assault last week on Paul Gauguin's "Two Tahitian Women" [...]