Standout Track: Side A, “Ritmo Universal,” a nu-cumbia cut from NoMa resident Gustavo Naranjo, aka G-Flux. The reggae-leaning track from his new 7-inch—the first local release on Arlington-via-Brooklyn label Electric Cowbell—features vocals from cumbiatronica stars El Comanche and Larry Mon of Guadalajara’s Los Master Plus. (The song also appears on his album, G-Sound.) “I knew [...]
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Some origin stories seem too good to be true. Like this one: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ parents met at an auction of memorabilia from America’s racially segregated history.
“Cookie jars shaped like Hattie McDaniel,” the 28-year-old playwright says. “Jim Crow posters. Signs that said ‘Colored Only.’”
The house where he grew up in Takoma was full of artifacts like [...]
Standout Track: No. 7, "Freak Show," which, much like the carnival attraction, highlights both the fantastic and the grotesque in a personal reflection from the Grammy-nominated vocalist Wayna. Following the narrative of a little girl—or "little freak"—coming to terms with peer rejection, the lush, opulent song sounds occasionally unnatural in its layers.
Musical Motivation: "I wanted [...]
A series in which two local figures share their thoughts on developments in D.C.-area culture. For this edition, we talk to Washington Post Deputy Book World Editor Ron Charles and Peaceoholics founder and former Ward 7 D.C. Council candidate Ron Moten.
Washington City Paper: Would you wear this “Don’t Be a Bama” T-shirt?
Ron Charles: I would [...]
Standout Track: No. 4, “Resume Power,” from D.C.’s Jail Solidarity. The trio’s powerful debut recording, Any Space, Whatever, is a four-song cassette/digital EP that’s 25 minutes of sludgy doom. On “Resume Power,” about the Fukushima disaster in Japan, the guitars start clean before exploding in the chorus as drummer Kristin Eliason, 29, and guitarist and [...]
Standout Track: No. 7, "The One," a sultry-paced slow jam from Wes Felton's recent album, Imagine the Future. On this track, the Deanwood native, who also goes by W. Ellington Felton, channels Aaliyah in an ode to his soul mate ("Your love is a one in a million," Felton sings. "...it goes on and on [...]
In many respects, this summer has been a typical one for Philippa Hughes. But “typical” for Hughes means unreal in the best possible ways. The Pink Line Project founder spent two months eating and surfing in Los Angeles, Sicily, and Portland, Ore. She took a writing workshop in Maui conducted by author Rebecca Walker. At [...]
When Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong scored a surprise hit with their 1978 film Up in Smoke, marijuana legalization was unheard of and the horrors of Reefer Madness still lurked in people’s minds. The pair became a force in the normalization of pot, even after they broke up in the 1980s. Reunited for a comedy [...]
Standout Track: “Hot and Cold” is the debut track from Mary Timony’s new band, Ex Hex. With its power-pop melodies and crunchy Marquee Moon-like guitars, the song harkens back to “Electric Band,” a primo track from the debut album of Timony’s other group (now on hiatus), Wild Flag. “So hot, so cold/So young, so old,” [...]
Culture didn’t vanish in D.C. with the federal government closed, even if it was a bit harder for tourists to find. Private museums such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, and the Kreeger Museum opened their doors just as they always do, and probably earned some new visitors who were turned away [...]