Posts Tagged ‘Des Ark’

ToDo ToDay: “American Cool,” Jacolby Satterwhite, and a Free Show at American Art

Is there anything harder to define—but as easy to spot—as cool? The National Portrait Gallery gamely takes a crack at this ephemeral notion in a new show, “American Cool,” that opens today. The exhibit includes portraits of everyone from Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Elvis Presley to Joan Didion and Jay Z, captured at their most [...]

ToDo ToDay: AKA Doc Pomus, If/Then, and Gungor

In 1940, a polio-afflicted Jewish kid from Brooklyn named Jerome Felder heard blues shouter Joe Turner on the radio and the bittersweet music spoke to him. Two years later, a 17-year-old Felder, using the alias Doc Pomus so his parents wouldn’t know, began singing the blues in a Manhattan bar. The documentary AKA Doc Pomus, tells [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: WMUC, Joe Lally, Cyrano

Alex Baca leads off this week's arts section with her reflection on the state of University of Maryland student-run station WMUC—which she says ought to declare independence. Joe Warminsky reviews three strong albums from local labels: New Des Ark and Pygmy Lush LPs from Lovitt, and the latest Joe Lally record from Dischord. Chris Klimek [...]

Tonight: A De Facto Lovitt Records Showcase at the Black Cat

It's about to be showcase season—only 1,500 miles away, at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. We're not totally out of luck here, though. Windian Records has an all-day showcase at U Street Music Hall Saturday (more on that later this week) titled "Fuck SXSW." Like the Windian kids, Arlington's Lovitt Records seems [...]

The Sleigher: Des Ark’s “Which One Of You Assholes Ate Christmas!!!”

HO HO WHO: Des Ark has been plugging away at rock songs and folk songs for years, once via Richmond and now via Philadelphia. The band has been a trio, a duo, and–as in this case–a solo affair. Though it's had relatively few official releases, Des Ark has been involved with local labels from Exotic [...]

Des Ark @ Big Bear Cafe Tonight

People spend a lot of time and money trying to get happy, but Des Ark's Aimee Argote is not among them. A year's worth of feeling good has, apparently, really messed with her creative mojo. On her blog she writes:
for a while there i fell into an uncomfortable downward spiral of writing well-adjusted easy going [...]

SXSW Recap: Saturday

Lovitt Records Showcase: I had been looking forward to this showcase all week, since it was a chance to visit with some D.C. folks and familiars—Lovitt being a local record label, and all—in a city with better than average Mexican food. Also, I heard there was going to be free Vitamin Water, but it was [...]