Posts Tagged ‘The Archives’

ToDo ToDay: Olivia Mancini! Pleasure Curses! Luray!

I’m not saying that it’s not an honor to open for Matthew Sweet. “Girlfriend,” the title track and breakout hit from his 1991 album, delighted a generation of pop fans with its singalong chorus and promise of accessibility—a chocolate-coating over the nougat of alternative rock. But when it’s Olivia Mancini opening for Sweet—and at the [...]

ToDo ToDay: Ben Lerner! Lost Rhino Beer Dinner! French Montana!

The setup for Ben Lerner’s debut novel, 2011’s Leaving the Atocha Station, and the acclaim that followed it might persuade you that the publishing industry remains stubbornly dysfunctional. Its hero, Adam, is a bright young poet from the Midwest on a fellowship in Madrid, and the plot focuses on little more than him pondering his lassitude. [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: D.C.-Set TV Shows, a Fringe Post-Mortem, Mission for Christ, and the Renwick

Will TV ever get D.C. right? Frankly, that was never the point, argues Tom Carson in his essay on Washington-set TV shows on the cover of this week's Washington City Paper. Leading the arts section is Chris Klimek's wrap-up on the seventh Capital Fringe Festival—which, he argues, finally feels professional. Derek Hills breaks down the [...]

One Track Mind: The Archives

The Archives
The Archives
Standout Track: No. 2, “Ghetto Gone Uptown,” the closest thing to a love ballad on The Archives’ self-titled debut—even if it’s about oppression and civil unrest. The Archives are a coalition of reggae veterans organized in part by Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton. On their new record (also produced by Hilton), they deliver a [...]

ToDo ToDay: Chromatics and Lots of Local Music!

Chromatics have come a long way since their first records, which typified the kind of post-punk racket that wouldn’t have felt out of place at a D.C. basement show in the early 2000s. Since the band’s major left turn toward sleek, hypnotic disco with 2007’s Night Drive LP, Chromatics have fit in nicely with the rest [...]