Posts Tagged ‘Insect Factory’

ToDo ToDay: Choir Boy, Doug Seegers, and a FoundTapes Showcase

Afropop from Côte d'Ivoire and a musical set at a black men's prep school

ToDo ToDay: “Hawaii by Air,” Hooray for Earth, and Good Willsmith

Though it’s been a U.S. territory for more than a century and a state since 1959, Hawaii remains an archipelago unto itself: 2,400 miles west of San Francisco, the small chain of volcanic islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a remote world of exquisite beauty unique from the rest of our country. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Hudson K, Black Masala, and Belgian Beer Tastings

On its 2013 release Ouroboros and the Black Dove, Knoxville, Tenn.–based Hudson K doesn’t stick to any one mode. From danceable pop jams to keyboard-heavy power ballads and almost prog-metal romps, the group moves beyond the synth-rock categorization it assigns itself on Facebook. Classically trained vocalist Christina Horn channels Annie Lennox with lingering, ominous vocals, particularly [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Wainwrights! Mardi Gras Block Party!

For Rufus Wainwright, music is almost entirely a family affair. The son of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus has been performing unofficially since birth and professionally since 1993. Most of his live shows feature a cover or two of songs and occasional appearances by his other musical relatives, including indie rocker sister [...]

The Sleigher: The Caribbean and Insect Factory, “Be Thou My Vision”

HO HO WHO: The off-kilter D.C. band The Caribbean (primarily drummer/bassist/vocalist Matthew Byars) and D.C. experimentalist Jeff Barsky, aka Insect Factory.
ALTERED BOYS: "Be Thou My Vision" is a sixth-century Irish text that was turned into an English-language hymn early in the 20th century. These thoughtful indie dudes set it within cathedral-sized sonics (the drones by [...]

Insect Factory’s Far-Flying Freebie

In an interview with City Paper last year, Silver Spring's Jeff Barsky described his composing technique this way: "I usually have a point A that I start from, and a point B where I’d like to end up. I know that somewhere in between, I’m going to stop for some coffee. And then [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Sculpture in Foggy Bottom, God of Carnage, Insect Factory

Kriston Capps leads the arts section with his review of the Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, which he argues nearly justifies the flagging genre of public sculpture in the District. Chris Klimek reviews God of Carnage at Signature Theatre, in which he'd like to see a slightly more violent denouement. Lindsay Zoladz checks out the [...]

Body Wishes’ Drone Jams Are Good for Brunch (and Other Meals, Too)

The next time local DIY venue The Cherch hosts a drone brunch—the inaugural one took place two weekends ago, and featured drone music from Insect Factory and Layne Garrett—they should book Body Wishes, a minimalist project from Hume guitarist Peter Tran. Body Wishes performs tonight at another D.C. DIY space, and you can get yourself primed with [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Russian Barons and Italian Punx

A Russian billionaire! Money laundering! Oil squandering! A nation hung up on Soviet-era political power games! Khodorkovsky is German director Cyril Tuschi’s largely flattering account of Mikhail Khodorkovsky—once the richest oligarch in Russia, but now just a guy who’s done time in Siberian and Finnish work camps. Khodorkovsky’s crimes? Fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, and oil [...]

Sonic Circuits Has a Posse, and They’re All on This Comp

With the hardcore kids all grown up and go-go frequently looking back, it might seem that nothing new is sounding in Washington. But right now, there seem to be more D.C. bands and artists playing challenging, thought-provoking music than ever before. And some of the best, most frequently rewarding ones are collected here [...]