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Listen to a New Chain and the Gang Song, Watch a New Chain and the Gang Video

When Ian Svenonius, per his anti-gentrification salvo "Devitalize," has turned back D.C.'s tide of cool bars, soaring property values, and, um, sanitary sewage infrastructure, will the rest of us also dress like we stepped out of a mid-'80s Kix concert? Spiv and his Chain and the Gang bandmates look appropriately trashy in the new, awesomely green-screened video for "Devitalize," [...]

An Appetizer-Sized Rumination Upon the New Ex Hex Video

Above is the new food-oriented video for "Hot And Cold," a nifty power-pop tune by the D.C. band Ex Hex, featuring a cameo by Ian Svenonius. Below is the food-oriented video for "The One Thing" by INXS, an Australian band led by Michael Hutchence. The question must be asked: Is Svenonius sexier than Hutchence?

Ian Svenonius Wants to Devitalize Your Neighborhood

This new Chain & the Gang song is an anti-gentrification anthem, right? "I wanna devitalize the city/I wanna devitalize the air/I wanna devitalize just about everywhere," chants songwriter/vocalist Ian Svenonius on "Devitalize," a track that premiered today on Vice's Noisey outlet.
The song is from the band's forthcoming album, Minimum Rock 'n' Roll, out on Svenonius' Radical [...]

Chain & the Gang to Release New Album in April

Ian Svenonius' conceptual vehicle Chain & the Gang plans to release its fourth album, Minimum Rock 'n' Roll, on April 15. The LP will be released on the frontman's new record label, Radical Elite, and it's apparently the debut of a new genre, too: what Svenonius calls "crime rock."
Here's how Svenonius describes the genre and [...]

When D.C. Punks Were Prizefighters

In an exhibit two summers ago at Georgetown's Addison/Ripley Fine Art, a little slice of D.C. music history might have gone over the heads of some gallery-goers.
The history could be found in a series of images by local painter and photographer Dan Treado. His photos, part of a 1987-1988 project called "All My Friends Are [...]

Ian Svenonius Is a Movie Director Now

D.C.'s resident renaissance man of punk Ian Svenonius is wrapping up a busy year with an even busier weekend ahead: His band Chain & the Gang plans to play some songs from its upcoming album at Comet Ping Pong Friday, and his new film What Is a Group? premieres Saturday night at Meeps in Adams [...]

Memories of the Old 9:30 Club, Lost to Time? Maybe Not.

For those that called the original 9:30 Club a home away from home in the '80s and early '90s, the sight of a cameraman perched in a crow's nest on a pillar shooting the stage was a familiar one. Between and before bands, the club played raw music videos (quite a novelty in that day) [...]

ToDo ToDay: Of Montreal, Father John Misty, and Foul Swoops

It’s easy to forget that Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal’s enigmatic leader, was once a twee-pop maestro. The group’s new album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, harkens sweetly back to the days of Cherry Peel and The Gay Parade, reemphasizing, for the first time in at least 10 years, simple guitars over glittery synths. It’ll be interesting to see how the change [...]

ToDo ToDay: Marisha Pessl, 1,000 Andys, Dan Savage, and Ira Glass

Marisha Pessl wasn’t meant to be an office worker. In fact, while working at PricewaterhouseCoopers after college, she started drafting her debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which earned popular and critical acclaim when it was released in 2006. Seven years later, she’s returned with an even darker pulp mystery, Night Film. Read more >>> Marisha Pessl reads [...]