You’ve probably heard of Carrie, Stephen King’s heroine immortalized on screen by Sissy Spacek. But have you heard her sing? Maybe not—the Broadway musical adaptation of the story famously flopped when it opened in 1988. Studio Theatre’s adaptation of Carrie: The Musical follows the narrative we’ve all come to know—bullied teen, zealous mother, psychic powers, worst prom [...]
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Tech N9ne’s career is proof that you can ride a niche talent to commercial success. The Missouri rapper has made his name simply: by eschewing trends, creating catchy music, and touring nonstop to support it. His rapid-fire flow and proclivity for the bizarre have drawn a legion of eager fans who routinely fill up venues, [...]
Last Friday night, a trio of folky D.C. bands played to a decently large and enthusiastic crowd at Rock & Roll Hotel, headlined by The North Country. Pree and Ballad've rounded out the bill with avant-folk and bluegrass sets, respectively. A pleasant surprise was the cameo by cellist Daniel Frankh, who guested with both [...]
Even by more old-fashioned standards, the debut album from Mount Pleasant avant-poppers Frau Eva had a prolonged gestation period. Three years have passed since the group released its Rip Out the Threads EP, and even than that since the group first tested out its deconstructed folk ditties on D.C. stages. In an age of practice-session demos [...]
In case you missed it, salon-style clusterfuck Artomatic is back from a three-year hiatus, and returning to Crystal City. It’s the show some love and others hate, likely for the same reason: Hundreds of artists are allowed to exhibit whatever they want, in equally sized spaces, on a first-come first-serve basis, for a fee. Talented [...]
Oddisee made the best DMV album of 2011. But I’m tired of reading about him in Arts Desk posts.
On the national side of sounds, the year was mostly about slowing down and turning up the bass (see: James Blake, Drizzy Drake, The Weeknd, Bon Iver, Girls, Frank Ocean). However, some Haterade for all the buzzy [...]
Once again, today is Local Music Day, which means more than a dozen D.C. establishments are playing nothing but D.C. music all day. Step into your favorite coffee shop, bar, or ramen joint, and you'll hear music from recent albums by sophistipop dude Black Hills, neo-soul/funk/dance hall mainstays Nappy Riddem, acoustic blues young gun Johnny [...]
Pree is a band that actually sounds better in the day. The D.C. group's psychedelic folk isn't too weird or too meandering for a sunny afternoon. So seeing Pree at 5 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon at the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City sounded like a sure bet. It wasn't exactly.
One of [...]
Unless you have been dancing deep in the pit, feeling every snare strike, conga syncopation, rototom fill, or cowbell blast, it’s hard to imagine the energy coursing through a go-go concert. But Thomas Sayers Ellis’ best photographs ensnare their radiating power. And more important, his images capture a scene that is D.C. to the core. [...]
Thanks in part to Don DeLillo's 1973 novel Great Jones Street, it didn't take long for the rock-star-toiling-away-in-seclusion narrative to go from the stuff of critical legend to obvious fodder for parody. Nevermind that two years later saw the release and instant canonization of Bob Dylan and the Band's long-buried The Basement Tapes—the inspiration, in fact, for [...]