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The Jayhawks at the Birchmere

The latest recordings from The Jayhawks come as backing band on the new Ray Davies album “Americana,” which came out the same weekend the venerable Twin Cities band played the Birchmere. The band hasn’t exactly become the Kinks in the meantime; the Jayhawks’ latest release, “Paging Mr. Proust” has many of the same tuneful, expressive [...]

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Drive-By Truckers Split It Up at 9:30

The Drive-By Truckers tried something bold with their 10th studio album last fall, “American Band.” Though the title makes it sound like a reprise of the Grand Funk hit, it was actually a collection of its most pointed political commentaries to date, challenging its Southern rock fans with issues of prevalent gun violence, racial injustice [...]

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Aimee Mann: Sad Songs in Hot Pants

Aimee Mann thinks her songs are sadder than they really are; that there’s so much psychosis on her latest album that she had to called it “Mental Illness.” It was as if a night of her music might result in a jump off a bridge. “Settle in,” she warned, on the first night of her ”Mental Illness” tour [...]

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Stage Review: ‘Fun Home’ National Tour

Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” first arose 15 years ago as one of those rare graphic novels that rose above all others, as Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” or Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis” did before it, to further the form and broaden its acceptance beyond bound comics to something approaching literary and artistic pinnacles. Intensely personal, occasionally dark and [...]

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Review: ‘Or,’ at Round House Theatre

Holly Twyford has a wonderfully blank expression she uses when taking in the madness all around her. She’s also very expressive when setting quill to paper in the rare wordless scene of “Or,” at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda. While busy with her pen, she chuckles at a witticism, begins to weep at a [...]

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Season Three of ‘Fargo’ Finally Here

It may have seemed an impossible task to get the feel of the singular Cohen Brothers classic after which it is named, but Noah Hawley not only achieved that with “Fargo” (FX, 10 p.m.) in its first season, he has been able to replicate it ever since. The third season that starts tonight may have [...]

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Kennedy Center’s Tribute to Pete Seeger

There are so many rich stories to tell about Pete Seeger, the folk music standard bearer who died three years ago at 94, that a Kennedy Center tribute concert to him Saturday could barely fit them — and all the artists slated to play. As it was, “Pete Seeger and the Power of Song: Tribute [...]

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The Many Sides of John Mayer

John Mayer is so talented, it’s almost stunted his career. He has such appeal to young women with his sticky love songs, he won’t ever be in danger of losing them; at the same time, he’s such an accomplished guitar hero, he gains another group of fans who care little about his love ditties. His [...]

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Lambchop’s Slow Boil at U Street

Over its career, Lambchop has been known to travel with as many as 20 members performing its hushed, quirky and often contemplative alt-country. At the U Street Music Hall Saturday night, there were just four. Which was good, since the small stage couldn’t fit many more in the first place. And it suited the surprising [...]

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Theatre Review: One-Woman ‘Pike St.’

Nilaja Sun sits in the chair, absorbed in herself as the audience at Woolly Mammoth takes its seats for her electrifying one-woman “Pike St.” Sun may be familiar from her many roles on TV from Juliet on “Madam Secretary” to Irene on “30 Rock” and roles in shows from “Nurse Jackie” to “Louie.” Or from [...]

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