Category Archives: Music

Okkervil River Rolls Again

On the inaugural night of the new Okkervil River tour Sunday at D.C.’s Black Cat, frontman Will Sheff kept saying what a joy it was there to be there and perform. He brought up that word joy more than once, possibly because he has been accused of being a Gloomy Gus in recent years, sending [...]

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Review: Liam Gallagher in One Hour Flat

Seems like all of England was at the Royal Wedding Saturday, but rocking native son Liam Gallagher, so highly esteemed in his home country, was in Washington, D.C., to make up a show he canceled last year. And looking as if he wanted to leave as soon as possible. Other than fulfilling an implied contract [...]

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David Byrne Innovates at The Anthem

David Byrne has always been as interested in visual art as in music. So his tours with the Taking Heads became increasingly more creative performance pieces with the herky, jerky music, big suits and band movements to accompany his spiky, polyrthmic sounds. His solo tours were often just as arresting, and for the current “American [...]

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They Give Rock a Bad Name

Though the first induction ceremonies of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than 30 years ago boasted the biggest guns and most wide ranging jam sessions, they were private affairs only filmed for posterity and never aired in full. By the time the Hall got an idea to televise the event after the [...]

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They Might Be Giants at the 930 Club

High school pals John Linnell and John Flansburgh have pretty much stayed true to their eccentric approach to pop music, as a guitar and accordion duo singing about science, history and weird things  might. Despite a successful foray into children’s music, where they’ve recorded a handful of albums, earned Grammys, and scored music for Mickey [...]

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Turning ‘Tommy’ Into a ‘Bluegrass Opry’

Recording bluegrass versions of pop or rock songs goes back nearly half a century, to the days when the Country Gentlemen made Manfred Mann’s “Fox on the Run” their own and adapted Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans.” Both of those came out about the time The Who issued their rock opera “Tommy,” which has [...]

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Long, Laudatory Look at The King

As if to save him from the knick-knack shelf of American kitsch, the lengthy “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” (HBO, 8 p.m.) spends three and a half hours celebrating the musical achievements of the King, while scraping up some rare audio. Some are Elvis interviews – he talks haunting of his first car, which burnt up [...]

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Jim White, Sylvie Simmons at Hill Country

It was no wonder David Byrne signed Jim White to his Luaka Bop label nearly 20 years ago. The two kind of look alike, have the same set of social hesitancy, and a penchant for original, unexpected and often delightful songwriting. But White, who played a solo show at Hill Country BBQ this week, reunited [...]

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A Chat With Reality Star Eddie Money

Add Eddie Money to the long list of rockers, from Ozzy Osbourne to Bret Michaels and Joe Jonas, to open their homes to reality TV crews. His new series “Real Money” (AXS TV, 9;30 p.m.)  chronicles life with his grown kids, who are also members of his backing band when he tours. Money, at 68, is [...]

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Jason Isbell Headlines Folk Benefit

As the prevailing king and queen of Americana, it’s more likely you’ll see Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires amphitheaters or headlining big summer festivals. It’s rare to see them together in clubs these days, especially one as intimate as the Hamilton in D.C. But there they were Wednesday night, special guests on a night of [...]

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