Posts Tagged ‘Laughing Man’

The Gold Leaf Variations: A Longtime DIY Venue Nears Its Swan Song

On Labor Day weekend last September, if you stepped outside of the new Korean restaurant or the swank Japanese kitchen at 5th and K streets NW and gazed across the way, you might have caught a scene that felt slightly out of place in shiny, revitalized Mount Vernon Square. Lanterns emerged from inky, overgrown foliage. Guitar [...]

Arts Roundup: More Gold Leaf, Bluebrain, and Gentrification

Pitchfork Gets In On the Bluebrain Action: In advance of Bluebrain's newest "location-aware album"—which will be based on New York's Central Park—P4K chats to the brothers about video games, the "needless distinction" between "what exists in the virtual world and what’s existing in the physical world," and the future of location-based music. And yup, Ryan Holladay references [...]

Bluebrain’s “Living House,” Explored

I arrived at 1337 H St. NE a few minutes late on Friday, and I was pretty sure I wouldn't get in. Spots to see Bluebrain's latest conceptual project, "Living House," filled up pretty soon after it was first announced. I apologized to the clipboard-wielding guardian at the door, and I was lucky enough to nab an [...]

Bluebrain Hosts Benefit at 1337 H Street

Imaginative local duo Bluebrain is gearing up to host a benefit for the new artist space located at 1337 H Street NE.
The 7900 square-foot space, located between the H Street Country Club and Dangerously Delicious Pies, was formerly occupied by American West Indian Auto Body. The building is owned by none other than restaurant owner and [...]

WCP Does SXSW: Typewriter, But More Violent Edition

The South by Southwest music conference released the bees Wednesday with a wealth of strong performances, The MTVU Woodies, breezy and overcast weather, and a student-heavy army of cheerful volunteers and the pamphlets they love. But the spiraling lines for daytime events stole the show. South by 2011: The Year of the Free Swag Meltdown.
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Arts Roundup: Playwright Infantilization Edition

Good morning! Let's get to it:
WaPo's David Malitz reviews the new Laughing Man record; here's our take from a few weeks back.
TBD's Maura Judkis rounds up statements from the Hirshhorn, the Catholic League, and ART+ re: the "Hide/Seek" controversy.
DCist and WaPo on Joshua Bell's short, impromptu performance for a small group of fans Wednesday, after [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: We Are the World Edition

After spending a few weeks down south, I returned to D.C. reminded of how much this city constantly has to offer.  So after quite literally returning from the backwoods to write this weeks' roundup, I felt like I was setting up booths at some high school multi-culti "We Are the World-inspired festival. Granted, not my [...]

Follow WCP on Tumblr, Get Local MP3s

If you didn't see it, Washington City Paper is now a-tumblin'. Why should you care? Well, for starters, I'll be posting an mp3 by a local act on our Tumblr every weekday. Some you'll recognize from our site, like Hays Holladay's "It's a Boy" from yesterday, and a hot Munchi track from the day before. [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Dismemberment Plan, Laughing Man, Marcus, and Magic

Aaron Leitko leads off this week's arts section with his look back at the making of Emergency & I, The Dismemberment Plan's classic, recently reissued 1999 album. Ryan Little reviews the debut album of D.C.'s Laughing Man, while Steve Kolowich checks out the latest Decemberists full-length. In theater, Trey Graham reviews Studio Theatre's Marcus; or [...]

Sockets Records’ Fall Mix 2010: Collage Pop for All

Local label Sockets Records has been a D.C. fixture for more than half a decade now, but 2010 has been a banner year: A handful of strong releases, a live showcase last January, a pretty awesome zine. And yesterday, its latest seasonal mix.
It draws from the label's regular roster as well as other locals, from [...]