Posts Tagged ‘The Evens’

How’d D.C. Do in the Village Voice’s Music Poll? Not So Hot.

The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop list of the year's best albums and songs isn't the only way to measure a given city's musical impact on the wider culture, and it's certainly not the best method. But this year's poll, which included ballots from hundreds of critics, certainly tells you something about how much (or [...]

City Paper Critics’ Poll: The Best Music of 2012

"They say you got your whole life to make your first album," raps Oddisee at the top of "Ready to Rock," the triumphant, densely collaged opener of People Hear What They See, D.C. music critics' pick for the year's best local album. But for the Sudanese-American producer/MC, it didn't take a lifetime to finally pull [...]

Listen to The Evens’ “King of Kings,” Marvel at the Folks Voting Ian MacKaye for President

The Evens are gearing up to release a new album, The Odds, later this month, but earlier today, singer and guitarist Ian MacKaye was doing what he presumably does every first Tuesday after the first Monday of November: voting. I spotted him in line at Bell Multicultural High School around 11:30 a.m. chatting with equally opinionated [...]

Arts Roundup: We’re Not Beliebers Edition

So, Justin Bieber kinda sucked at Verizon Center last night. [Post]
The State Department commemorates 50 years of the Arts in Embassies program with a few big-name events, including a Nov. 30 awards ceremony with Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Kiki Smith, and other influential artists; and a Nov. 28 happening at THEARC with performance artist (not Bad Seeds frontman) Nick [...]

Ian MacKaye Is 50

I don't think I'm going to top this zinger from @JADEDPUNKHULK: "NOW THAT IAN MACKAYE TURN 50, HE START GETTING AARP FANZINE."
Wait, wait, I got one: Now that Ian MacKaye is 50, maybe he'll get cranky?
Kidding! Somehow, I don't think MacKaye's friends are gathering tonight for an epic roast.
You can probably glean lots of aging-punk [...]

Pancake Mountain Is No More

Some news to make your afternoon feel like utter doo-doo: After 10 years, Pancake Mountain, the punkest kids television show in the history of the medium, is signing off. Last night, creator Scott Stuckey posted a sendoff video (it's been disabled on YouTube, but you can watch it here) starring Pancake Mountain's puppet host, Rufus R. [...]

The Evens’ “2 Songs,” Reviewed

The A-side, "Warble Factor," has one of those surging 4/4 rhythms (call it "the post-hardcore head-nod") and Ian MacKaye's quick-chop guitar playing is gratifyingly familiar. But Amy Farina's vocals are the show here: She's passionate and serious, befitting what seems to be a meditation on somebody's death. What's that line at the end? "Look at [...]

The Evens Are Back

It's been five years since the last record from Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina's low-key punk-folk duo The Evens, and they're back on Nov. 21 with a new 7-inch on Dischord. The A-side is called "Warble Factor" and the B-side is "Timothy Wright." (Could the latter be about the late gospel singer? Cool.) According to [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Fort Reno Fort Reno Fort Reno

Kassav’ is to zouk music what Louis Armstrong is to jazz, the Carter Family is to country, and Chuck Berry is to rock 'n' roll. Created in the late 1970s, zouk is a mash-up of carnival-borne rhythms, initially from Guadeloupe, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Now, it incorporates pan-Caribbean influences, from reggae to salsa, in [...]

The Evens to Play Fort Reno

There's no shortage of news from the land of Ian MacKaye today. As if to remind us all that the band members indirectly responsible for Wugazi's recent success still in fact make original music, The Evens were just officially added to the Fort Reno schedule. The acoustic art punks haven't brought their musical partnership into [...]