Posts Tagged ‘Ian Svenonius’

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 [...]

Listen: Las Kellies and Ian Svenonius, “Two Types”

Is Ian Svenonius done with old people? These days, the D.C. frontman seems to prefer hangin' with the kids—like his young associates in Chain & the Gang, and now, Argentina's Las Kellies.
On the South American post-punk trio's brand-new album Total Exposure, Svenonius crops up on the minimal, Y Pants-like song "Two Types." The lyrics sound very Ian: "There's [...]

Arts Roundup: Watergate Livin’ Edition

Ian Svenonius: Down with tipping! [Jacobin]
West End Library temporarily relocates to the Watergate. [WBJ]
D.C. Arts Commission seeks artists to design a sculpture or SOME kind of art for Chuck Brown Park. [DCist]
Hey, watch this cool retrospective video on this summer's D.C. Jazz Loft concerts. [CapitalBop]
Photos from the Heineken Mural Project [BYT]
Photos: Julie Ruin at Black [...]

Arts Roundup: A Substantial Failure Edition

More backstory on the green-paint vandal [AP via Huffington Post]
D.C. libraries will recommence Sunday hours starting in October. [DCist]
An update on the proposed Smithsonian Latino Museum [AP via WTOP]
Beyoncé's dancers teach YMCA summer campers some moves [Washingtonian]
Tyler Green on Hirshhorn's departing director: "... it’s hard to call the Koshalek years anything but a substantial failure." [Modern [...]

Arts Roundup: Channing Tatum Edition

Apparently, artists live here. [Post]
Channing Tatum—whom Arch Campbell oddly describes as a former "male dancer," though I think he means ex-stripper—comes to K Street with Jamie Foxx. [WJLA]
Ian Svenonius drops wisdom. [The Quietus]
DCist Exposed is now year-round. [Borderstan]
Chris Richards shows some love to D.C. punk band Priests. [Post]

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