Judging by the size of the crowd at Black Cat last night, it would seem that Chelsea Light Moving doesn't yet boast the name recognition of Thurston Moore's other band, Sonic Youth. But having captured the band's awesome show at SXSW a few weeks ago, I—and the others inside the half-full venue—suspected we were in for [...]
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Friday night at the 9:30 Club, Bad Religion commanded the stage much like it does its songs: with guns blazing. But the mood onstage was light. "How many of you are in town for the Cherry Blossom Festival?" said lead singer Greg Graffin. Motioning to lead guitarist Brian Baker, Graffin said, "Let's ask the native." Baker [...]
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 [...]
Nick Cave may not like to get too cozy with journalists or photographers, but his fans are another matter. In front of a capacity crowd at Strathmore Music Center last night, Cave directed audience members to move as close as possible to the stage. He let one lucky person feel his heart beat. He also [...]
Sunday night's "D.C Funk-Punk Throwback Jam," one of the nostalgic events tied to the opening of the new Corcoran exhibit "Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s," drew a crowd as diverse as the lineup. Young and old fans of local go-go and punk from D.C.'s '80s packed the 9:30 Club for more than [...]
At the 9:30 Club on Friday, the ex-Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman started a little late, but the moment he kicked into the stunning "Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild," probably no one held it against him.
Backed by longtime drummer Tommy Larkins, Richman plucked some choice tunes from his lengthy discography, danced about the [...]
The Moz. The Godfather of Brit-Pop. The Pope of Mope. Morrissey's the kind of guy who inspires some pretty strong feelings—and they're not always positive. But to many in the capacity crowd at Strathmore Music Center last night, it was like they were standing at some sacred altar.
Fans handed him gifts. Hands reached out to touch him [...]
Scott Crawford is no stranger to the D.C. punk scene. Thanks to a friend's sister, Crawford discovered the D.C. punk bands Scream and Government Issue when he was 12. "The first show I ever went to left me wanting more," he says. "I knew even then that I'd found my tribe."
Nearly 30 years later, Crawford is [...]
Nada Surf seemed ready to throw down last night at the 9:30 Club. "It's going to be a long night," said lead singer/guitarist Matthew Caws. The main show ran a little longer than two hours, and included 24 songs, most of them from the band's latest release, The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy. But the group's [...]
Unless you are a student of indie music, chances are you don't know the name Mark Eitzel, or the band he led, American Music Club. But there's a good chance that those who do call themselves fans. Eitzel, who played at the Black Cat Backstage Monday night, has long been known for his smooth tenor [...]