The Lotsa Pop Losers festival was held in Bethesda, Md., and Washington, D.C. on October 26 and 27, 1991. Jointly sponsored by local labels Simple Machines, Teen-Beat, and Slumberland, the event served as a showcase for some of the more pop-oriented indie-rock bands active on the East Coast, pulling together bands from New York, Boston, [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Unrest’
You're home, you're wearing sweatpants, and you need some rainy-day tunes. Well, here you go.
Hopefully, it covers all your hurricane bases: Some levity, some pathos, a hefty supply of local. And, in the case of that Bryan Ferry song, some sexy. Did I miss anything essential? Let me know in the comments. Thanks to the [...]
D.C. indie-poppers Unrest, as far as I'm concerned, made two unimpeachable classics in the early 1990s. The first, 1992's Imperial f.f.r.r., got a lush reissue in 2009 via the band's label, Teenbeat. Doing justice to the other one, 1993's Perfect Teeth, is a bit more complicated: The original Teenbeat release was an awesomely over-the-top collection of six 7-inches.
TeenBeat Records had its big reunion do at the Black Cat on Saturday. (Before the show, BYT interviewed the label’s founder, Mark Robinson, Deborah Solomon-style.) Aaron Leitko was at the gig, as was J.L. Fischer, and pretty much every other D.C. music geek. The verdict? Leitko’s review for WaPo was tepid. Fischer said it [...]
Teenbeat Records has been based in Cambridge, Mass., for some time, but the Arlington-formed label is essential to D.C. musical DNA. Over the past 26 years, the label has documented a rich supply of scrappy, lo-fi pop. It's a large body of work, but like any good label, Teenbeat numbers its releases obsessively—it also also [...]
Lynyrd Skynyrd w/ Bret Michaels, 38 Special. Jiffy Lube Live. $31-$65.50
Joan Armatrading w/ Jamie McLean. The Birchmere. $55.
5th Annual J Dilla Benefit Concert. DC loves Dilla Crew, Talib Kweli w/ J Laine & the Players. Black Cat. $15. All ages.
XIB, ABM. Le Pearl Ballroom. All ages.
Rezin, ReVel, Weapons for Peace, Eat Your Neighbors. Rock and Roll [...]
Good morning! Seems like it's de rigueur these days to begin a roundup with some musing on the weather, but I'm an indoor kid.
David Quammen's patrons aren't, though, and that's the problem: The subject of my colleague Amanda Hess' column this week runs the MOCA DC gallery in Georgetown and is facing eviction—partially because a performer, [...]
There need not be any foppish scuffles between Unrest purists this summer—three eras of the influential D.C. pop-underground band will perform in East Coast cities as part of Teenbeat Records' 26th anniversary shows this summer. There'll be the latter-day trio of label head Mark Robinson, Phil Krauth, and Bridget Cross, which in the early and [...]
Teenbeat has announced that, for the first time since ’92, the label has re-pressed Unrest's Imperial f.f.r.r. as a vinyl LP. It's a nice gesture for those of us who missed it the first time (myself included). There are a few critics out there who imply that Imperial f.f.r.r. was the band's breakthrough—the moment when [...]
In late February, Chunklet revisted D.C. indie pop's best band Unrest. It had been a while since I had spun Imperial ffrr or its underrated Perfect Teeth. I saw the Arlington band as often as I could, played the hell out of Imperial and wore out my copy of the band's cover of the Marine [...]