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Richard Lloyd at the Black Cat

When Tom Verlaine brought his latest version of Television on tour last year, fans savored hearing so much of “Marquee Moon,” their 1977 debut that has only grown in guitar stature over the years. Good as it was, there clearly was a missing link – the guitarist Richard Lloyd, whose intricate guitar interplay (and co-writing [...]

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Is That Jack Bauer on Guitar?

Among the perks of being a successful actor is the ability, at the drop of a hat, to fulfill every vague rock star notion you ever had. Unlike most struggling artists, there is no barrier to hiring a decent band, recording an album, or booking a tour that sells out based simply on your celebrity, [...]

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The Pixies Pummel On at Lincoln Theatre

Conventional wisdom says the road from the Stooges to Nirvana went through the Pixies. And though they never broke through to the degree of some of their emulators, the driving Massachusetts band returned from a long hiatus this century to see just how engrained their songs had become. In ads alone, their anthems got much [...]

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Stage Review: A Rare ‘Timon of Athens’

Ian Merrill Peakes begins and ends his role as “Timon of Athens” standing in the center of Folger Shakespeare Theatre’s stage. At the start, he’s basking in his glory as a prosperous master of the universe, happily dispersing his gold; in the end he’s alone, torn down, penniless emotionally, at the mercy of gods, or [...]

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On Stage: ‘Laura Bush Killed a Guy’

Lisa Hodsoll emerges as fully First Lady in The Klunch world premiere “Laura Bush Killed a Guy.” She’s got that soft West Texas accent, the omnipresent smile as shiny as her pearls, a cream colored ensemble, and poise to burn. How much poise? Well, during a matinee press performance Sunday at the aptly named Caos on F, [...]

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Tommy Keene, Ivan Julian at Black Cat

A couple of D.C.-bred rockers returned to town Thursday for a show at the Black Cat’s  backstage, the culmination of a short duo tour in which they both traveled light — with only their own guitars. It helped that they brought with them careers’ worth of pedigree and songs that still worked quite well. Headliner [...]

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Brian Wilson Keeps ‘Pet Sounds’ Going

What began last year as the 50th Anniversary World Tour of a masterpiece that never had a tour in its time is still on the road, out so long it’s now called “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances.” It circled back to the D.C. area Wednesday for the first of two nights at the Lincoln Theatre [...]

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‘Macbeth’ With Machine Guns

As investigations into Russian influence on U.S. elections continue, here’s a development that has so far eluded Rachel Maddow: They may have also been behind the witches in “Macbeth.” So says a modern day version of Bard’s classic at the Shakespeare Theatre Company from inventive director Liesl Tommy. Tommy was the first woman of color [...]

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Arto Lindsay at the Black Cat Saturday

One of the pillars of the New York’s no wave era, Arto Lindsay’s frantic guitar playing straddled punk, art rock and free jazz. He’s also been part of the Lounge Lizards and the Golden Palominos in his time. But for more than 20 years, he’s been recording on his own, inspired by the music of [...]

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Review: Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones

The guitarist and songwriter Dave Alvin morphed in his time from out-of-time rockabilly revivalist amid the L.A. punk heyday, to cowboy California troubadour. After reuniting on a couple of albums and tours with his brother Phil, with whom he created The Blasters, he’s back solo with his band The Guilty Ones (before the brother act [...]

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