Posts Tagged ‘Mittenfields’

Mittenfields’ Optimists, Reviewed

The local indie-rock quintet fills lighthearted noise-pop with solid hooks.

ToDo ToDay: Lord Dying, Fried Chicken, and Janet Mock

Musicians and bands can sometimes be best described with clothing, food, and intoxicants. Lord Dying is torn, beer-soaked jeans with a dirty denim jacket dusted with Cheetos powder and stained by Monster Energy Drink. There is nothing frilly or clean or healthy about this Portland, Ore., metal quartet: It's pure functional brutality, capable of cutting [...]

ToDo ToDay: Adam Lister! Mittenfields!

Adam Lister, a painter, sculptor, installation artist and gallerist from Fairfax, has produced some inspired work, particularly a series in which he riffs on immediately recognizable paintings by Da Vinci, Vermeer, and other giants by painting them as if they had been sucked into a Wreck-It Ralph pixelated vortex. Lister is technically accomplished; the borders of [...]

ToDo ToDay: Four More Beers! Taffety Punk!

Based on title alone, Shakespeare’s epic poem The Rape of Lucrece sounds pretty bleak. It’s the story of Lucretia, the fifth-century BCE Roman woman whose rape by the son of the king supposedly launched the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and established the Roman Republic. Taffety Punk Theatre Company has molded Lucretia’s story into what it’s [...]

Don’t Be Bored: High ABV

If you ask a beer historian about barleywine, they may quarrel with the broad classification, perhaps preferring something more suited to the quaff’s complexities. Fortunately, not everyone who savors well-crafted beer is hung up on the semantics of suds; they merely want a well-sourced beverage that demands another go. To this end, there is Pizzeria [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Old Is New

Not everyone gets to play with their heroes. The guitarist Glenn Jones fulfilled that dream back in 1997, when his post-rock band Cul de Sac made a collaborative record with the father of American Primitive music, John Fahey. The D.C.-born Fahey died in 2001, and 10 years later Jones is paying him back for inventing [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Critical Tics

Like any critic, longtime Washington Post book reviewer Jonathan Yardley has his tics: He’s impatient with anything that smacks of postmodern frippery, and he’ll rarely pass on an opportunity to ding feminist academics. But unlike many critics, he’s willing to reconsider past judgments, something he did in his Second Reading column from 2003 to 2010. [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Fort Reno, Clybourne Revisited, Miranda July

Ryan Little has this week's cover story—a fantastic oral history of the annual summer concert series at Fort Reno, which has evolved from hippie hangout to punk-rock institution. Abdul Ali leads the arts section with his dissenting opinion on the critically lauded play Clybourne Park, which he says doesn't do right by its inspiration, A [...]

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie’s Festival Gets Bigger and Gets Free

One of the more intriguing events on offer this summer is a two-day music festival set in restaurants along the U Street NW corridor and put on by Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie, a new D.C. music blog. When we reported on the festival last month, organizer Dave Mann (who used to have a band called [...]

Clip Job: Five Bands with at Least as Many Members as Songs

Spelling for Bees refers to itself as both a collective—in that it's an umbrella for music by its 40 members—and a supergroup, meaning that its participants, drawn from indie-rock bands the District over, occasionally create songs together. The two cuts on the project's MySpace page, "Love at First Sight" and "Giboullee (Bella)," are delicate and [...]