Posts Tagged ‘Olivia Mancini’

ToDo ToDay: Olivia Mancini! Pleasure Curses! Luray!

I’m not saying that it’s not an honor to open for Matthew Sweet. “Girlfriend,” the title track and breakout hit from his 1991 album, delighted a generation of pop fans with its singalong chorus and promise of accessibility—a chocolate-coating over the nougat of alternative rock. But when it’s Olivia Mancini opening for Sweet—and at the [...]

ToDo ToDay: 4,000 Miles! Cherry Blossoms!

An elderly grandmother and slacker grandson who suddenly move in together sounds like the plot of a terrible sitcom. But cross-generational relationships, when told with the right balance of humor and emotion, have a way of resonating with audiences. Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles, now playing at Studio Theatre, examines this connection between family members and brings [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Latke Advice

Having one successful band just isn’t enough these days. If an enigmatic songwriter is to stand out in this music climate, he or she must inundate the public with material to stay relevant. So it goes for Bradford Cox, whose work with indie-rock band Deerhunter splintered off into Atlas Sound, the moniker for his solo [...]

Today Is Local Music Day

Just a reminder: Step into your local coffee shop/pub/diner/yogurt shop/furniture store/cupcake joint/ramen shack today, and you just might hear some local tunes. It's Local Music Day, which means a bunch of businesses are playing whole albums by eight D.C. acts. Those would be: singer/songwriter René Moffatt, reggae duo See-I (reviewed in WCP!), rockers Modern Man, U.S. Royalty (reviewed in WCP!), and Deleted [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Raw Power

It’s unbelievable that an MP3 file or a slab of wax could contain the fury of Dope Body’s latest album, Nupping. The band mixes boisterous alt-funk, damaged noise rock, and aggressive post-punk, spikes the result with a bit of soul and hip-hop, and plays with enough intensity to make the album seem like a plausible [...]

Olivia Mancini’s Future: Part-Time Social Worker, Full-Time Musician

When local indie-pop singer Olivia Mancini decamped to New York last fall, it seemed as if D.C. had lost yet another artist to that giant creativity magnet to the north. Not so, says Mancini, who is playing at the Black Cat on Friday with her band, The Mates. She swears she is just there to [...]

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 [...]

Endorsed: America Hearts’ Fond Regards EP

I really love the Aislers Set. For whatever reason (but not because I'm buying into any twee-pop clichés or anything), I strongly associate that band with knitting.
D.C.'s Jess Matthews also loves the Aislers Set, a fact she noted in an e-mail several months ago, and one that's also evident in the music she makes as [...]

Clip Job: Five Songs About Books

To judge by their tightly wound, country-tinged pop songs, Olivia Mancini and the Mates aren't shorting their craft. But even the most polished band needs its R&R, and this local act—featuring two former members of Washington Social Club—loves to curl up with a good book. That's the impression, at least, left by "Graphology," a rollicking gem [...]

Olivia Mancini & The Mates @ Black Cat Tonight

It's not exactly a secret that Olivia Mancini & the Mates are performing at Black Cat tonight. That information is publicly available. What you may not know, however, is that this will be the unofficial/on the down-low release party for the band's new CD, You Can See the Mountains From Here. It's a sweet, tightly [...]

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