Posts Tagged ‘Q and not u’

Arts Roundup: Q and Not U, Metaphorically Speaking Edition

Shutdown forces Freer and Sackler galleries to shuffle around its planned yoga exhibit. [Express]
Montgomery County asks the U.S. Department of the Interior to reopen Glen Echo Park, which houses numerous nonprofit and arts groups. [Post]
Republic, the restaurant taking the place of Takoma Park's Video Americain, will host live music. [Post]
D.C. actor Erik Todd Dellums (The [...]

ToDo ToDay: M.A.K.U. Sound System! Fourth of July Festivities!

There are a lot of people who would cringe at the thought of seeing an "Afro-Colombian punk and folkloric funk band," as the M.A.K.U. Sound System refers to itself. Not because any of those things individually is a turnoff, but because collectively the words could imply a high-concept world-beat overreach. There’s really only one thing [...]

Paint Branch Releases Video for “Brighton Beach”

Ex-Q and Not U duo Paint Branch has released a new video for "Brighton Beach," the first single from its debut album, I Wanna Live. (We gave the album a careful listen earlier this year; read Joe Warminsky's review here.)
Don't expect any cameos from members John Davis or Chris Richards; the video is a moody [...]

Paint Branch, I Wanna Live, Reviewed

Small stakes and musical amity can be a recipe for mush, and that's why a lot of bands are over before they begin. But adding a calm "why not" to a mature "what if" can work, especially if everybody is relatively free of hangups. So it goes for John Davis and Chris Richards, two former [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Flamenco Dance and Fishbowl Platforms

As far as folk dance forms go, flamenco enjoys a wide following in Washington. Several studios offer classes, a handful of semipro companies perform around town, and every winter, the Flamenco Festival brings the warmth of the Iberian Peninsula to the Lisner Auditorium. This year, the Spanish embassy and cultural ministry have put some extra [...]

John Davis and Chris Richards Collaboration Not Just a One-Off

Earlier today, Erica Bruce posted about yesterday's acoustic John Davis show, where Q and Not U alum and current WaPo pop critic Chris Richards joined his former bandmate for a couple of tunes. Davis mentioned at the show that they had written a slew of songs together, and today he confirms via email that the two [...]

The Long, Winding Road to the “Lost” Elliott Smith WMUC Session

The indie corner of the Internet went nuts Monday after WaPo's David Malitz published a piece about the recent rediscovery of a rare Elliott Smith recording. The story went that a former WMUC DJ Ben Weisholtz found a copy of a 1996 live radio session—"Misery Let Me Down"—in an old MiniDisc player he sold on [...]

Tonight: Title Tracks Record Release at Black Cat

When you think of John Davis' post-Q and Not U aesthetic, you think sweet and sunshiny. The newest Title Tracks album, In Blank, still draws on Davis' love of power-pop, but it colors it in a darker shade. For the most part, songs are quick, downcast, and grimy (thanks to a lovely mono mix)—and, finally, [...]

Darwin Deez Responds!

It's like sports radio up in here, kids! I called Darwin Deez's debut a "happy little turd" and said it was the worst album that I downloaded this year. He responded with the following comment:
sometimes you disregard an artist at first, but then you come around to really love them. it happened to [...]

Catching Up With No Kill No Beep Beep, Day 10: Behind The Lens

On Oct. 24, 2000, Dischord Records released No Kill No Beep Beep, the classic debut by Q and Not U. The cover is an arresting, whimsical snapshot of the punk-rock community that spawned the record—the band asked its friends and peers, most of them under 25 at the time, to pose for a portrait that [...]