Tonight, Comet Ping Pong hosts a benefit for the Travis Jackson Memorial Fund, honoring the late Points drummer and Windian Records founder and featuring local acts Title Tracks (pictured), Passing Phases, and Cane & the Sticks. While Title Tracks plays more power-pop and stands in contrast to the Points’ party punk sound, both groups found [...]
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Is there anything harder to define—but as easy to spot—as cool? The National Portrait Gallery gamely takes a crack at this ephemeral notion in a new show, “American Cool,” that opens today. The exhibit includes portraits of everyone from Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Elvis Presley to Joan Didion and Jay Z, captured at their most [...]
Paint Branch and The Walking Sticks are playing the Luce Foundation Center (inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum) tonight. Washington City Paper is co-presenting the concert with the museum. Here are 10 reasons you should come:
1. Both of those bands were among Washington City Paper's favorite music in 2013
2. The show is free
3. "American Cool" opens today [...]
Mutual Benefit's lush new record, Love's Crushing Diamond, is less an album of folk songs than a collage of sounds, some melodic, some extraneous, but all equally vital in telling a story of love, heartbreak, and emotional maturity. Opening track “Strong River” begins as a soft array of strings, guitars, bells, and drums before elevating into [...]
Back in December 2011, Title Tracks frontman John Davis played an intimate set in the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of its regular Luce Unplugged series. Toward the end of the set, Davis brought up his old bandmate from Q and Not U, Chris Richards—now the pop critic at the Washington Post—and the pair played some [...]
With Chuck Brown in his eternal resting place and Ian MacKaye settled down and playing only occasional dates with The Evens, how has D.C. music moved on?
In 2013, the answer was clearer: This is a hip-hop town, at least more than it was before. The area now has three significant hip-hop exports: trap-rap up-and-comer Fat Trel, [...]
By the seventh night of Hanukkah, you might tire of spinning dreidels and eating latkes and chocolate gelt. So put the carbo-loading and gambling on hold and embrace that other Hanukkah tradition: storytelling. SpeakeasyDC returns to Sixth & I Historic Synagogue for the fifth iteration of “My So-Called Jewish Life,” in which seven area residents, [...]
Guitars clang on in Washington, D.C. But they could soon be tied with synthesizers, computers, and weird sound effects.
The District has never lacked for synth-based music, but the last few years have felt like an especially fertile time for synthpop in particular; now we’ve reached the point where there seems to be one local synth- [...]
Standout Track: No. 1, "Send the Night," a mildly funky pop tune crafted by the Silver Spring twins Max and Spencer Ernst, 23, and McLean vocalist Chelsea Lee, 22. A synthesized flute opens the track like the credit music of a spaghetti western. Somewhere behind these moody synths, a villain lurks: “Left me standing bare [...]