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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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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Begins Marvelously

The pilot episode for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon, streaming) is so fresh and entertaining, I almost started tearing up my (premature, yet due tomorrow) Year End Top 10 list. It stars Rachel Brosnahan, who was such a standout in “House of Cards,” now doing something completely different – a wisecracking, well-appointed Upper West Side [...]

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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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Daniel Kitson’s D.C. World Premiere

There was sufficient buzz about the booking of a new Daniel Kitson show at Studio Theatre this season that they would apparently take anything. The British storyteller, the darling of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has already whipped up his own fervent fan base in New York to the degree that he doesn’t have to do interviews [...]

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Lucinda Williams’ New ‘Sweet Old World’

The increasingly popular ploy of celebrating a classic album on its anniversary came a little differently to Lucinda Williams. Instead of performing the original work top to bottom in front of a backdrop of the cover, her show at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington Monday was preceded by a completely re-recorded version of the sublime, [...]

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