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Remembering Dolores O’Riordan

It was shocking to hear today of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, the memorable vocalist for the Irish band The Cranberries. She was only 46. The last time I had spoken to her, in a 1999 interview amid a summer Cranberries tour, she had talked about how difficult it was in the band — at [...]

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David Rawlings Machine at Lincoln Theatre

David Rawlings Machine takes to the empty stage as they would if they were around during the end of the Industrial Revolution 150 years ago or more. At the Lincoln Theatre in Washington Wednesday, with two guys in big hats and two women in long cotton dresses, they rather resembled a rural string band that [...]

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Joe Henry Addresses a Tearful Nation

A saving grace of not exactly being a household name is the ability of fans to hear the music of someone like Joe Henry in such an intimate setting as Jammin’ Java, a stripmall oasis in a Virginia suburb outside of D.C. A hushed crowd of 100 or so is perfectly suited to the nuanced [...]

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Rock Review: Morrissey at The Anthem

It wasn’t until the encore that fans finally tried to get on stage and embrace their hero Morrissey at the Anthem in D.C.. There was no way they were going to threaten missing the rest of the show by trying it earlier. One accomplished a full hug; another was stopped before approaching. The star didn’t [...]

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When David Cassidy Met Donald Trump

The last time I talked to David Cassidy, the forever young teen idol who died this week at 67, we chatted a bit about the unlikely guy who would become President. At the time, Donald Trump was the Republican frontrunner in the primaries and known mostly to Cassidy as the guy who fired him on [...]

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Death of a Terrible Rocker

The death of Charlie Manson this week reminds me of the thwarted artist theory that may have triggered his mania in the first place. Just as Hitler may have been a failed painter who got his revenge on Vienna, Manson may have had his murderous minors storm the mansion where Sharon Tate lived because he [...]

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Tony Bennett Gets the Gershwin Prize

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song usually goes to songwriters. An exception came this year with the award to Tony Bennett, who as a singer over a seven decade career, has been a leading purveyor of the American Songbook in general and the music of George and Ira Gershwin in particular. So [...]

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Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples at the Anthem

“Forever Young” is not a song Bob Dylan played in his first show at the big new rock club The Anthem in D.C. Tuesday, but it is something he embodied. Who else has so dominated American music for half a century, requiring one to venture out to see his shows with his band year after [...]

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Rock Review: Pere Ubu, Johnny Dowd

Pere Ubu as a band predated the American punk explosion, which nonetheless gave context to its fierce, bare-boned recordings. And though it remained associated with the proliferation of bands at that time, Pere Ubu the band always seemed more an extension of the kind of outsider, rough-edged cadre of blues shouters, poets and hipsters that [...]

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Dhani Harrison, Summer Moon at U Street

There were more grey-haired types than usual at the Dhani Harrison show Tuesday at the U Street Music Hall. Were they suddenly interested in dense, synth-heavy 21st Century anthems from a guy becoming known for his sprawling soundtrack work? Excited about his solo album “In///Parallel”? More likely they were taking a night off the Fab Faux [...]

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