Posts Tagged ‘Imperial China’

Arts Roundup: Tommy’s Go-Go Vibe Edition

Tommy Wells' mayoral campaign now has a go-go soundtrack. [Loose Lips]
ICYMI: Twins Jazz will host a jazz series at the forthcoming Anacostia Arts Center. [Washingtonian]
Photos from Imperial China's last show [D.C. Music Download]
A Q-and-A with ex-Swiz band Red Hare [D.C. Music Download]

A Boozy Brunch With Imperial China

We’re halfway done with our meal when Imperial China frontman Brian Porter says to his bandmate Matthew Johnson, “Patrick is giving away his drum kit.” He delivers the news in a matter-of-fact way, as if it’s a foregone conclusion, and Johnson is not exactly surprised. (Update: Gough denies the allegations.) Instead, he’s a little sad and [...]

ToDo ToDay: Becky Shaw Opens! Imperial China Hangs It Up!

As terrible as they are, bad dates provide the best stories. That kind of sick glee shines through in Round House Theatre’s new production of Becky Shaw, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2008 play about one of those horrible encounters. When newlyweds Suzanna and Andrew arrange a date between their friends Max and Becky, it seems like nothing can [...]

Arts Roundup: Locked Up Edition

Former Levels nightclub owner Antoine Jones sentenced to 15 years in prison on a drug charge. [Post]
First Lady Michelle Obama comes to Politics & Prose May 7. [Post]
Imperial China announces its final show. [Arts Desk]
Yay, Gateway Arts District! [WJLA]
ICYMI: Sequestration means the Smithsonian won't use all of its available gallery space. [Arts Desk]

Imperial China Announces Its Final Show

Bummer: D.C. experimental punk band Imperial China has decided to break up. On its website, the band writes:
After three albums and 94 shows, Imperial China has decided to call it quits so we can focus on our jobs and new music projects. Our last show will be Wednesday, May 29, at the Black Cat with [...]

Label of the Reconstruction: Sockets Records Was There When D.C. DIY Got Weird

The “yoga room” on the second floor of Sean Peoples’ house hasn’t had space for sun salutations for a while now. “The last people who owned it had been burning incense and whatever else,” Peoples says as he leads me from his own quarters across the hall. These days, the extra room doesn’t scream tranquility: [...]

City Paper Critics’ Poll: The Best Music of 2012

"They say you got your whole life to make your first album," raps Oddisee at the top of "Ready to Rock," the triumphant, densely collaged opener of People Hear What They See, D.C. music critics' pick for the year's best local album. But for the Sudanese-American producer/MC, it didn't take a lifetime to finally pull [...]

Listen: Bluebrain’s Hays Holladay Records 14 D.C. Acts for Rainbow Arcade

Earlier this year, Bluebrain member Hays Holladay decided to shut down Iguazu Sound, the Arlington recording studio he'd operated since 2010. Before he locked up for the last time, Holladay put out a call to local bands interested in recording a single song in three hours. "The goal is to come up with unexpected results utilizing all [...]

Arts Roundup: Limbs Edition

Lindsay Zoladz gives local art-punkers Imperial China the Pitchfork stamp. [Pitchfork]
New Orleans remembers Chuck Brown [NOLA.com]
Radio CPR's Chuck Brown tribute [Dissonance]
The Kreeger Museum's program for arts lovers with Alzheimer's [NPR]
Tilda, Tilda, TILDA [Style Blog]

Watch: Sockets Records, the Documentary

High-school filmmaker Hannah Hoffman (!) made this very astute 30-minute documentary about Sockets Records, some of the groups on the label, and the state of underground rock music in D.C. Lots of footage comes from Sockets' January showcase at the Black Cat. Ian MacKaye, D.C.'s most prolific talking head, appears, as do bands like Deleted [...]

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