Posts Tagged ‘Prince’

Listen to Incwell’s Eclectic New Project, Mahjong Rockstars

A narrative that feels deeper than today's "turn up" rap, inspired by musicians whose faces were probably on your college dorm room's walls

Listen to AB’s New EP, 45 Series Vol. III, About Last Summer…

Last month, singer Aaron "AB" Abernathy released "A Quarter After Morning," a hypnotically seductive track that evoked 1980s electro-soul with contemporary flair. Over its four-plus minutes, the Deanwood musician recalls Prince's straight-ahead raunchiness atop Black Milk's customary drum knock.
Now, we get the entire EP. Out today, 45 Series Vol. III, About Last Summer... follows April's 45 Series Vol. II, In Love/Near, [...]

Remembering Chuck Brown, One Year After His Death

Chuck Brown died one year ago today, on May 16, 2012.
We have no way of knowing how many block parties, go-gos, and barbecues have been held in Brown’s honor since then. But at least a few major tributes to Brown have emerged in the last year, some of them with more staying power than others.
Among [...]

This Ain’t Our First Rodeo: Arts Desk Touches Down at SXSW

Arts Desk's Texas correspondent covers D.C. music (and funny shit) at South by Southwest.
I randomly ran into Matt Pinfield around 2:40 a.m. in a Whataburger men’s room on Wednesday. I wanted to tell the former MTV VJ how much I enjoyed the liner notes he wrote for the Queen box set that I acquired secondhand, [...]

City Paper Critics’ Poll: Favorite Moments In Local Music

For the 2012 City Paper Critics' Poll, we asked local critics, bloggers, and fans to tell us about their favorite moments in local music this year. This post has been updated to include input from Reese Higgins and's Metal Chris.
Packed into the Ethiopian joint Asefu’s in July and riled up by an all-too-brief set [...]

A Quick Note About This New Wes Anderson Trailer

Y'know how Prince occasionally veers toward self-parody, and nobody is sure if it's intentional, so the default response is, "It's still motherfucking Prince, so shut up," and then everybody goes back to enjoying Prince? That's kind of what this is like, except Wes Anderson is not Prince.

Purple Rain, Purple Rain: Meshell Ndegeocello on Her Prince Covers Show

Singer/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello hasn't had a hit since her 1994 cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night," a duet with John Mellencamp, but she's kept busy and maintained a devoted fanbase with various challenging, genre-spanning projects. With her “Gett Off: Meshell Ndegeocello covers Prince” tour, which arrives at the State Theatre in Falls Church tonight, she gets to be [...]

Download: Raheem DeVaughn Jackin for Beats Vol. 2

Fresh off a birthday celebration that included a key to D.C. and a holiday in his honor, DMV crooner Raheem DeVaughn has returned with the second installment of his Jackin for Beats mixtape series, in which the singer lays vocals atop Lil' Wayne's popular "6 Foot 7 Foot" single and reinvents Guy's notable '80s slow jam, [...]

Outtakes: Maimouna Youssef Discusses “Black Magic,” Recording With The Roots

Maimouna Youssef has an artistic vision seasoned well beyond her 26 years—due mainly to her upbringing in a musical household and the time she's spent collaborating with artists like The Roots and Dead Prez.
I interviewed Youssef for last week's One Track Mind column, but I couldn't fit nearly everything in. Here's the rest of our interview—in [...]

The Pragmatist: Three Songs for Making Moves

Maybe you've been seeing this guy for a while now, and you're ready to go to the next level. Perhaps your beautiful, young wife has been away for work, and upon her return, it's time for an altogether different business. Hell, maybe it's your 60th anniversary and you're ready to get seriously freaky. Whatever the [...]