Category Archives: Music

First Aid Kit Come Fighting

The strongest anthem for the #MeToo movement was written and released by a couple of Swedish sisters in their mid-20s, months before Harvey Weinstein revelations in the New York Times last year. “I am so sick and tired of this world,” First Aid Kit sing, with a venom that is more spat than sung. “All [...]

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Two of The Posies at The Hamilton

For a band celebrating its 30th anniversary of making music, The Posies initial tour of 2018 is pretty austere, features only founding singer songwriters Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow on electric guitars. Later this year, three of their 90s albums, “Dear 23,” “Frosting on the Beater” and “Amazing Disgrace,” will each get reissued on vinyl [...]

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American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Whipped Cream’

It must be galling for many ballet companies that their very operation is dependent on extended holiday performances of “The Nutcracker” year after year. Why can’t there be some other pieces that could delight wide audiences in the same way the Sugarplum Fairies do, during other parts of the year? A strong candidate for that [...]

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Nas Takes ‘Illmatic’ to the Kennedy Center

Putting an orchestral score to hip hop tracks is the kind of gimmick you’d see as a one shot thing at the Grammys — staged more for the visual impact than how it all sounded. There was something very different about Nas taking the whole of his striking debut album “Illmatic” and having it scored [...]

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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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