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Stage Review: When Rock Clubs Age Out

The kind of well-worn rock club set designer Matthew J. Keenan creates for the production of Laura  Easton’s “The Undeniable Sound of Right Now” at the Keegan Theatre is so authentic, with its decades of rock posters, stickers and graffiti, you can almost smell the stale beer in the floorboards. The instincts not to visit [...]

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Druid Revives Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’

It seemed like a clever in-joke when the first lobby announcement at the Shakespeare Theatre Company began, “We appreciate your patience…” It was opening night for Druid’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” so of course the whole evening was about patience. The announcement was about the delay in opening doors to the house, [...]

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Reviving Two Bergman Works on Stage

For being the centennial of Ingmar Bergman’s birth, there seems to be very little evidence of the Swedish director’s work around. It’s hard to find even his best known films; his name is known to some generations only as a reference in the work of Woody Allen. And the average age of the opening night [...]

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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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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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I’m With Her at the 9:30 Club

They blushed and smiled as if they couldn’t believe it. Their debut had come out less than a month before, yet here they were playing all these new songs before a sold out crowd that was as loud in their cheers as the group had been hushed in their fine harmonies. “Who are you people?” [...]

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Survey of American Music in Drag

The Kennedy Center kicked off its multidisciplinary contemporary cultural assault with something thought to embody the approach, Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (1776-2016).” Had the cabaret history in drag been presented in its original form — a single, 24-hour concert with 246 songs — it certainly would have been the kind of [...]

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