Posts Tagged ‘sockets records’

A Boozy Brunch With Imperial China

We’re halfway done with our meal when Imperial China frontman Brian Porter says to his bandmate Matthew Johnson, “Patrick is giving away his drum kit.” He delivers the news in a matter-of-fact way, as if it’s a foregone conclusion, and Johnson is not exactly surprised. (Update: Gough denies the allegations.) Instead, he’s a little sad and [...]

Imperial China Announces Its Final Show

Bummer: D.C. experimental punk band Imperial China has decided to break up. On its website, the band writes:
After three albums and 94 shows, Imperial China has decided to call it quits so we can focus on our jobs and new music projects. Our last show will be Wednesday, May 29, at the Black Cat with [...]

Arts Roundup: Donald Byrd Edition

The nephew-in-law of Donald Byrd (founder of D.C. group The Blackbyrds) posted on Facebook that the jazz trumpeter died in Delaware on Monday, and blogs immediately began circulating his post as breaking news. But no media outlets have been able to confirm it with the musician's immediate family. Regardless, the Guardian ran an obit, acknowledging, basically, [...]

Arts Roundup: Scientologists Are Just Like Us! Edition

Washingtonian sees a play at the 16th Street Scientology Center, exposing the church's scheme to convert visitors by plying them with free sandwiches [Washingtonian]
Premiering next week: The Sherman House Webisodes, a documentary series about a bunch of roommates in a D.C. group house. Gabriel is the new Puck. [Pink Line Project]
An oral history of Sockets [...]

Label of the Reconstruction: Sockets Records Was There When D.C. DIY Got Weird

The “yoga room” on the second floor of Sean Peoples’ house hasn’t had space for sun salutations for a while now. “The last people who owned it had been burning incense and whatever else,” Peoples says as he leads me from his own quarters across the hall. These days, the extra room doesn’t scream tranquility: [...]

Along With Its Label Sockets, Hume Is Coming to an End

Black Cat patrons won't just have Sockets Records to mourn on Feb. 2, when the local label of indie rock and various other eccentric sounds celebrates its eight-year run and then calls it a day. The concert will also be the final performance of Hume, the spacey prog-pop band formed in D.C. by guitarist and [...]

Arts Roundup: Corcoran Won’t Move Edition

Corcoran Gallery of Art won't leave its historic building on 17th Street NW [City Paper]
Bohemian Caverns temporarily closed after alleged sexual assault [Post]
Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser: The arts is nearing its own fiscal cliff, and orchestras face the biggest risks [Huffington Post D.C.]
Sockets Records, which is shutting down, announces plans for its final showcase [...]

Sean Peoples Announces the End of Sockets, Plans Final Show in February

Sean Peoples, founder and owner of local imprint Sockets, has decided to pull the plug on his eight-year-old record label. He dropped the news on last night's episode of Dissonance, the biweekly Radio CPR program hosted by City Paper contributor Mike Paarlberg.
On the show, Peoples told Paarlberg, "It was actually a really tough decision, but [...]

Deleted Scenes Signs to Park the Van Records

Deleted Scenes seems to sing a lot about getting used to being uncomfortable, but it looks like circumstances have finally lined up to make life a little easier for one of the hardest working bands in D.C. indie rock. The group recently signed to mid-sized indie label Park the Van, a New Orleans-based company whose [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Praise the Cultural Edifice

Mark Morris Dance Group’s weekend run at the Kennedy Center offers both temporal bliss and a textbook study in American arts funding. Thanks to a generous investment by the Kennedy Center, the company will perform “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato,” a 1988 evening-length work set to an oratorio by Handel, with live accompaniment by [...]