Is there anything harder to define—but as easy to spot—as cool? The National Portrait Gallery gamely takes a crack at this ephemeral notion in a new show, “American Cool,” that opens today. The exhibit includes portraits of everyone from Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Elvis Presley to Joan Didion and Jay Z, captured at their most [...]
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Standout Track: Side A, “Solipsist,” a new Office of Future Plans song from a forthcoming split 7-inch on Lovitt Records with French band Daria. The chipper midtempo number builds in tension but cleverly refuses to explode. Driven by Brooks Harlan’s throbbing bass and J. Robbins’ angular guitar riffs, “Solipsist” is pretty perky for a song [...]
Jason Noble, formerly of the Louisville, Ky., bands Rodan, Shipping News, and Rachel's, died Saturday morning in Bethesda, Md. Struggling with a rare form of cancer for three years, Noble succumbed to cardiac arrest at the National Institutes of Health. He was 40 years old.
To help with Noble's family's medical expenses, local musician Gordon Withers [...]
Seattle punk fan Carrie Whitney was one of the countless diehards that decided to launch a zine back in the '90s. She called hers Point Furthest From The Middle. Then in 1997 she released a compilation of hardcore bands—many of them friends—in conjunction with the zine. She called it All About Friends, and it included [...]
HO-HO-WHO: A sparkly holiday assortment of post-punk/rock lifers. On assignment from The Onion's A.V. Club, Office of Future Plans wisely drafted Damon Locks (Trenchmouth, The Eternals) to front a, uh, Christmasy cover of Dead Kennedys' "Holiday in Cambodia." The performance is part of the site's Holiday Undercover series, which tapes indie-rock bands playing Christmas covers at A.V. [...]
While fact-checking some things for my upcoming review of the new Office Of Future Plans disc, I asked frontman J. Robbins if he could clarify the status of his other band, Channels, which includes bassist Janet Morgan (Robbins' wife, who does not play in Office Of Future Plans) and drummer Darren Zentek (who also drums [...]
Via Stereogum, the J. Robbins-led post-hardcore quartet Office of Future Plans has released the first song from its upcoming self-titled debut on Dischord. "Salamander" is less of a head-banger than the band's 7-inch single from earlier this year, "Harden Your Heart," but it's equally, I think, as bleak yet determined. But I'm not sure the [...]
There's no shortage of news from the land of Ian MacKaye today. As if to remind us all that the band members indirectly responsible for Wugazi's recent success still in fact make original music, The Evens were just officially added to the Fort Reno schedule. The acoustic art punks haven't brought their musical partnership into [...]
In case you were wondering, Far Out vs. Hot Dang is eternal, and therefore it cannot retire. So in 2021, when you're reflecting on the excellently formative things of your mental youth, Far Out vs. Hot Dang will not be among them, because it will not have gone away. We'll be there in the Thunderdome, [...]
Brian Schanck was 15 years old when a friend played him Emergency & I, the third album by The Dismemberment Plan. “The music was euphonious and the lyrics hit home,” he says, recalling the D.C. indie rock band’s oddball pairing of funk rhythms and emo narrative. He dug it.
When Schanck turned 18, he tattooed the [...]