Titus Andronicus has the reputation of being William Shakespeare’s bloodiest work, so it should surprise no one familiar with the play or the Commedia del’Arte troupe Faction of Fools that the latter’s version of the former comes with a splash zone. When entering the theater, audience members are warned that sitting in the first three [...]
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If William Shakespeare had been a 1970s filmmaker, Titus Andronicus would have been quite the hit on the grindhouse circuit: Its lurid blend of vengeance, sex, violence, gore, and racial provocation surely would have played well to exploitation audiences hungry for the basest stomach-churning spectacle. With its multiple behandings, stabbings, and even cannibalism, all stemming [...]
Brandon Hill and Peter Chang didn’t start their buzzed-about art and lifestyle company No Kings Collective at the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC), but they did get their start there. To help celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of DCAC, No Kings Collective has organized The 25 Project. The two-day exhibition features 25 D.C. artists, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Okkervil River’s densely lyrical, humanist brand of saloon rock attacks with a punk backbone and crescendos into high voltage, often thanks to baroque arrangements. Slowly perfected over seven albums, the stuff is instantly recognizable today as indie rock thanks to big-picture turning points in pop (Win Butler on the Grammys, Justin Vernon backing Kanye West, [...]
Jersey rockers Titus Andronicus are on fire right now. Last year's The Monitor was one of my favorite 2010 releases, and the band has been touring non-stop since the record's release. Considering I've interviewed both Titus Andronicus and current tourmates Dinowalrus in the past, I figured ought to make it to their show together with [...]
Lists are inexplicably difficult yet undeniably crucial for music nerds. We have to sum up the events of the year with numbers and bullet points or our brains melt and our hearts explode. Sad but true. It's been in fashion of late to be more eclectic with lists, including everything from drone-core to bubblegum pop [...]
10. Yelawolf—Trunk Muzik
Alabama's Yelawolf emerged as the most interesting rookie of the year in hip-hop. A learned guy with guarded and meticulously crafted raps, Yela would be familiar if he didn't also come with the melodic sensibilities of great southerners. He'll spit double-timed Scribble Jam verses, then sing a crispy hook about Cadillacs [...]
Good morning! Today is Emancipation Day, which commemorates Abraham Lincoln's 1862 proclamation freeing the more than 3,000 slaves in the District. There is a lot of related stuff to do!
Also on a Civil War tip: Titus Andronicus is headlining what I'm pretty sure is the highest-profile Positive Force benefit show in a while, tonight at 7:30 [...]