Posts Tagged ‘Ted Leo’

Black Cat Celebrates Its 20th Birthday With a Bunch of Bands You Know

Pull out your party hats: The Black Cat turns 20 this year.
In September 1993, the Black Cat opened on a different part of a very different 14th Street NW. Over the years, it's weathered hurdle after hurdle: urban blight, an influx of competing venues, false rumors of Black Cat Bill's death, rampant condofication, small plates—and has [...]

Photos: Ted Leo @ St. Stephen Church

Saturday night, Ted Leo played his indie-rock hymns at Mt. Pleasant's St. Stephen Church for a benefit for Bradley Manning, the 24-year old U.S. Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

ToDo ToDay: Aimee Mann! Dancing Dracula!

In the 27 years since she emancipated herself from her controlling yuppie boyfriend in ’Til Tuesday’s iconic “Voices Carry” video, Aimee Mann has become something of a comedian, appearing as Carrie Browstein’s housekeeper on the first season of Portlandia and turning the video for her latest single, “Labrador,” into a shot-for-shot remake of the one [...]

Arts Roundup: Our Favorite D.C. Musicians Edition

City Paper-approved MC Kokayi goes head to head with his kid son in a freestyle battle. Watch! [Potholes In My Blog]
City Paper-approved guitarist Alex Minoff releases his album. Listen! [Bandcamp]
Bruce Springsteen throws his weight behind President Barack Obama in Virginia, and Rep. Eric Cantor's Democratic opponent in Virginia's 7th Congressional District has an advocate in bluegrass [...]

Photos: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Play The Tyranny of Distance @ Black Cat

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists played the second of two sold-out shows on Sunday to commemorate the 10th—well, 11th—anniversary 2001's  The Tyranny of Distance. The concerts were recorded by a who's-who of the D.C. music videography, with Jim Saah and Brendan Canty's TrixieFilm recording the show. After breaking a string on his guitar—and declaring he'd rather not waste [...]

Sweating to the (Punk Rock) Oldies at Ian MacKaye’s 50th Birthday

So, what'd you miss at local punk godfather Ian MacKaye's super secret 50th birthday party at St. Stephen's? WTOP's Neal Augenstein has an anonymously sourced report (and some pictures to boot):
The party was thrown Saturday night by Amy Farina—MacKaye's wife and bandmate in The Evens, and Jeff Nelson—MacKaye's former bandmate in Minor Threat and co-owner of [...]

Ted Leo on The Tyranny of Distance, Ten(ish) Years Later

In May 2001, Lookout! Records released The Tyranny of Distance, the sophomore album by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. Until then, the project had been a solo project by Leo, a D.C. scene veteran and former frontman of mod-punk act Chisel. Leo had just entered his 30s when he began making Tyranny at National Recording Studio [...]

Why Slate Is Wrong About D.C.

On Wednesday, Slate published a piece by Matthew Yglesias about why D.C. is, essentially, a terrible place for young, creative people to live.
The article has since flown about social media, causing many a sad emoticon and, apparently, excessive vomiting. The jab is all the more painful because there is some truth to it–D.C. is [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Choked to Death on Someone Else’s Vomit

Fans of This Is Spinal Tap will understand why today is Nigel Tufnel Day: 11/11/11 honors the lame-brained rocker who had his amp’s knobs specially made to go to 11, ostensibly giving him more sonic power than the ordinary scrubs whose volume maxed out at 10. The joke still works, even if today’s music fans don’t [...]

At Austin Festival, Wugazi Gets Higher Billing Than Actual Fugazi Member

Austin's renowned Fun Fun Fun Fest announced its killer line-up today. The festival looks to be one of the year's best, replete with  throwbacks like Public Enemy and Hum alongside newcomers Girls and Major Lazer. There's no shortage of quasi-D.C. punks like Henry Rollins and Ted Leo either. The biggest surprise, of course, is Wugazi. [...]

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