MusicRoundup: Cat Po...

Cat Power releases a new single just in time for Christmas.  The  video for  ”Kings Ride By” features Manny Pacqaiao. Visit catpowermusic.com to help Chan Marshall and Manny Pacquiao give to those in need this holiday season and download the song. All proceeds benefit The...

My Ten (no, Eleven!)...

Last year, The Washington Post published my piece on my 10 Favorite Rock Christmas Songs. I still stand by this Top 10, but in retrospect, I must admit that I left one great one off the list: “Christmas Must Be Tonight” by The Band. This is Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and the...

Music Roundup: Tucke...

Bass player/songwriter Shonna Tucker has left the Drive-By Truckers. She’ll be replaced, temporarily at least, by longtime Truckers associate David Barbe. Courtney Love is asking a judge to overturn her eviction from her West Village apartment. Stereogum counts down the top 10 late night...

Raise a Toast to St....

We’re often asked, “why does Elvis Weep?” This is one of the big reasons: we lost Joe Strummer 9 years ago today. God bless you Joe–you are the North Star in our dark punk rock night. “Raise a toast to St. Joe Strummer/I think he might have been our only decent te

The Most Delicious S...

If The Black Keys….. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpaPBCBjSVc[/youtube] got together with The White Stripes….. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6LuwU3LPLE[/youtube] to make an album of Sam Cooke covers….. then that would make them The Black and White...

Music Roundup: Axl H...

Axl Rose hints to the L.A. Times he may be open to a GnR reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony–that is, if it doesn’t include Izzy and Steven Adler. No word on whether Slash and Duff would even have him and the rest of the band he now calls Guns and...

Beirut Doesn’t...

Beirut visited 9:30 Club last week for a set of shows that sold out with the speed of Usain Bolt.  (How’s THAT for accidental alliteration, 7th grade English teachers of the world???).  The crowd was a festive one, thanks to festive lighting, décor and what I assume was the pre-show...

Music Roundup: Bon J...

In response to Internet rumors of his death, Jon Bon Jovi poses for a new photo with a sign saying, “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.” Surprisingly, he doesn’t seem disappointed. Phantogram’s guitars were stolen on tour, but later returned. Must be karma for playing...

If It’s Christ...

Good people of Christendom: the season for rejoicing is upon us. The season when gritty, hard-rock singers who have rehab on speed dial transform themselves — even for two short weeks of touring — into Christmas crooners. The season when a few hundred (debatably) wise souls see a...

Is The Pogues’...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8&ob=av2e[/youtube] I’ve never been a fan of this one, but I know it’s beloved by many, so I’m asking: “Is The Pogues‘ ‘Fairytale of New York’ really the best Christmas song of all...

A Holiday Music Play...

‘Twas the week before Christmas…yes, I said Christmas because…well… it IS the week before Christmas. The fact that it is Chanukah as well is not lost on me and I am glad to use the term “holiday music.” But it is just a fact of the calendar that Christmas,...

The Year’s Bes...

Over at the indispensable Brightest Young Things blog out of D.C., graphic designer and album art guru John Foster unveils his best and worst album packaging of 2011. On the worst list: Kate Bush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Thurston Moore, Radiohead and...

Music Roundup: Bruce...

Bruce Springsteen has penned the foreword to Someplace Like America: Tales From the New Great Depression, a new book by Columbia journalism professor Dale Maharidge and Washington Post photographer Michael S. Williamson. An earlier work by the two men inspired The Boss’s...

BANNED…..in Qu...

Don Cherry may want to add another item to his list of things he doesn’t like about the Québécois….although given his views he just might be inclined to side with them on this issue.  According to his Facebook page, the (admittedly steamy and tattoo-rific) video for Toronto...

Authenticity and the...

“My boy, if you can touch ‘em….they’re real.” -  Washington, DC Wise-Man-About-Town Is it sad that I probably haven’t been this excited about a girl since high school?  Lana Del Rey, (née, Elizabeth Grant), hasn’t even released a proper album...

The Raveonettes / Th...

The Raveonettes have long been one of my favorite bands, a group for which I was sufficiently inspired to drive up to Philadelphia to see a show at a small venue a few years ago. This was in addition to their D.C. show, of course. Another road-trip worthy band is The Stone Roses, who recently...

Music Roundup: Adele...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awHWColYQ90[/youtube] Arcade Fire has released its second video from The Suburbs, “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” Only this time they’ve done it in two versions–a standard version, and an interactive version, in which...

Top 10 American Rock...

If you were an 80s hair metal band on tour through the hinterlands, it was easy to pump your fist onstage and proclaim “of all the towns we’ve played, this is the rockin-est town of ‘em all!” It was a cheap, risk-free maneuver—this was before the Internet was available for...

Music Roundup: New A...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siJlPtWkmzw[/youtube] Air‘s new album is to be released on February 7, 2012 on Astralwerks. Courtney Love is being evicted for setting her NY townhouse on on fire, so says Gawker Trent Reznor gets a Golden Globe Nomination for his work on The...

Happy Birthday, Paul...

Paul Simonon, legendary bassist for (the only band that matters) The Clash, turned 29 again today. Perhaps the most famous tune he penned, “Guns of Brixton,” certainly stands up as one of my favorites of all time. You may also recall his smashed-up Fender Precision Bass from the...

New Sleigh Bells: Bo...

If one were to ask pretty much anyone who has seen Sleigh Bells for their opinion of the band’s live show, and then reduce that review to the most common response, it would be something like: “They melt your face.”  And, indeed they do. I feel fortunate to have seen them a...

Concert Review ̵...

It is human nature to take two separately awesome things and see what they’re like together. This way of thinking brought us the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, big-screen TVs in strip clubs, laser cats, that cartoon about Nintendo games, this Aerosmith video, TV crossover episodes,...

Music Roundup: Noel ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgum6OT_VH8&ob=av2n[/youtube]Muse‘s Chris Wolstenholme said in an interview with Kerrang: [The band] feel like we are drawing a line under a certain period of what we’ve done in our career. It feels like it’s time to move on and...

Is This the Worst He...

Guitar World seems to think so. It’s certainly got all the elements: leather-clad maidens that look like they were plucked from a Renaissance fair, low-quality videography, evil wizards holding plastic scepters and a story that seems lifted from Monty Python and the Holy...

Hall and Oates conce...

Most music acts don’t make it. Of the ones that do reach even a modicum of success, more often than not their blip on the cultural radar goes out faster than their screen time on Beverly Hills, 90210, and that’s not just talking about the one-hit wonders, who are always at a...