Posts Tagged ‘The Max Levine Ensemble’

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 [...]

Holy Gender Politics, Batman! How a D.C. Punk’s Music Video Sparked an Identity Controversy

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It was the shot Tumbld ’round the world.
A scene in a music video, “Sexy Dreams,” showed a young man in a wig wrapping his [...]

ToDo ToDay: Priests! Free Admission at Corcoran! D.C. Reggae Splashdown!

What one music geek hears as a cathartic, passionate roar can be another’s off-key temper tantrum. Take local punk band Priests. The D.C. combo’s noisy sound is anchored by singer Katie Greer’s sociopolitical rants and sing-song wailing. Greer, also a member of Ian Svenonius’ Chain & the Gang, yells about consumerism in “Radiation” and Air [...]

ToDo ToDay: Phil Donahue in the House!

On a trip to Walter Reed Medical Center in 2004, iconic talk show host Phil Donahue met Tomas Young (shown), a soldier from Kansas City who’d been shot in the chest after only four days’ service in Iraq. Moved by Young’s story, Donahue and filmmaker Ellen Spiro embarked on documenting the veteran’s transition to a [...]

Don’t Be Bored: The War on Drugs

Slave Ambient, the latest from The War on Drugs, is adorned with hazy blue-and-red artwork that suits the album’s warm, swirling sound. The Philadelphia band places a premium on production: Soupy, Spiritualized-esque atmospherics surround Adam Granduciel’s Tom Petty sneer, and even the tunes themselves meld together at times, softened by Eno-like sonic washes. Yet Slave Ambient [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Choreographers’ Video Addiction, Blue Valentine, Trumpet Grrrl

Amanda Abrams leads off this week's arts section with her pronouncement that D.C. choreographers are overusing—and often misusing—video in their productions. Still, some have succeeded, and she shares some of their advice for successfully marrying dance and video.
Film critic Tricia Olszewski reviews the Michelle Williams/Ryan Gosling drama Blue Valentine and the ponderous, seascape-heavy Alamar—two films involving [...]

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