Posts Tagged ‘john legend’

ToDo ToDay: Gold-Bears, DC Donut Crawl, and Pride

Not many bands push your pleasure and pain buttons with the careful fury of Atlanta’s Gold-Bears. Their new album, Dalliance, is a bloodied-heart-on-its-T breakup record, but it has the Anglophiliac grace notes and acid-textured skronk of a release by Black Tambourine or Rocketship. Though Gold-Bears will get plenty of mileage from their pedigree—they’re signed to [...]

ToDo ToDay: Cymbeline, John Legend, and Raw Oyster Cult

Cymbeline is to Shakespeare’s canon what the Dangerous album is to Michael Jackson’s—underrated, eclipsed by bigger hits, but well worth revisiting. The play, one of the Bard’s earliest, follows a convoluted series of events that span a royal kidnapping, a cruel stepmother, and the Roman invasion of Britain. All 14 characters in Fiasco Theater's production at the Folger [...]

Listen: Dunson, “Cross Town Lovers”

Maryland financial advisor-turned-rapper Dunson returns with the remix to "Cross Town Lovers," scoring a huge assist from John Legend. If you’re curious about how the rapper landed a feature from the Grammy winner, there’s a story:
This record was inspired by a hook that John had done a couple years ago but didn't use. He was generous [...]

Arts Roundup: Obama Jam Edition

D.C. street vendor Royal Height crafts an awesomely retro brainsticker of an Obama anthem, but worries it's losing relevance. [Post]
Phil Kennicott: High culture in America hasn't always been restricted to balls, high-society functions, and presidential inaugurations. [Post]
Kennedy Center makes accommodations to kids with autism. [Post]
Saturday night on U Street: largely apolitical, says Fritz Hahn. [Post]
Constellation [...]

Arts Roundup: John Legend Edition

The Worst Kind of Surprise: Oh, just kidding. It sounds like John Legend made some students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts very happy yesterday, unexpectedly popping by their rehearsal at the Kennedy Center. The singer was in the house to help kick off the Ken Cen's "What's Going On...Now" project.
Truth Hurts: Did the [...]

Arts Roundup: See You in Three Months, Spidey Edition

After $65 million and countless injuries to cast and crew, it looks like we're going to keep waiting. If you hadn't bought that pair of $300 tickets, you could have bought yourself an iPad.
WaPo Style leads off with a preview of tonight's Birchmere show by Joe Boyd and Robyn Hitchcock. Boyd, the New Jersey-born English [...]

Why Double Dagger’s Corporate Design Commissions Are Still Pretty Punk

Nolen Strals, the singer of the abrasive Baltimore art-punk trio Double Dagger, has what he calls “a weird sort of internal conversation” whenever he's commissioned to do graphic design work for a large media outlet or corporation.
"Doing work for these major labels and these big corporate entities, there's part of me that's like, ‘Hell yes! [...]

Far Out Vs. Hot Dang, Vol. 8

As the seasons change, there is NO change in the mighty Far Out vs. Hot Dang. We still hear everything that is rattling around in D.C.'s cultural chasm. And, well, we choose to ignore a lot of it. The rest? It ends up here, assembled for your pleasure. Aw yeah.

Pierce Brosnan apparently is "beefcake"
Still bitchy [...]

Songs for “Superman”: A Playlist for Our Troubled Schools

In the press kit for the education documentary Waiting for "Superman" director Davis Guggenheim recalls his misty reaction to "Shine," a John Legend song written for the film's end credits: "The first time I heard it, I cried."
He wasn't the only one.
I made no secret of my disgust for the saccharine, manipulative ballad in my review [...]

The Pragmatist: Three Songs for Breaking Hearts

You can't help it, you're a rambler. You don't have time to get bogged down in long-term relationships when the road is calling. Effortless swagger and endless charm come so naturally that you hardly notice when you've won yet another admirer destined to get hurt along the way. Whether you're a modern-day cowboy or just [...]