Click Track: Local news


Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Wammie nominations announced, getting better

Nominations for D.C. local music awards headed in right direction

By David Malitz  |  04:14 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Fat Trel, Bluebrain, Tittsworth, Oddisee

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Bruce Springsteen announces U.S. tour, plays D.C.’s Verizon Center on April 1

The Boss and E Street Band will tour in support of new album “Wrecking Ball.”

By David Malitz  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bruce Springsteen

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Bluebrain’s last boombox walk is Saturday at Botanic Garden

Experimental local duo leads an interactive musical march.

By David Malitz  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bluebrain

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Local venue news: Some thriving, others closing, others still making great seitan sandwiches

An update on Washington’s music venues.

By Chris Richards  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  9:30 Club, Rams Head Live, Rams Head On Stage, Birchmere, Jammin' Java, Black Cat

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Beauty Pill gives studio art new meaning

The local band’s Immersive Ideal project continues this weekend at Artisphere.

By David Malitz  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  In today's Post, Local news | Tags:  Beauty Pill

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Best D.C. music of 2011

By David Malitz  |  03:49 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/01/2011

And the nominees are... Acts with local ties nominated for Grammys

OK Go, Eric Brace and Carpark Records grab Grammy nominations.

By Chris Richards  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  OK Go, Memory Tapes, Eric Brace

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/12/2011

“Listen to the Light” with Bluebrain in Central Park this weekend

The local experimental duo leads a bus trip to the Big Apple to experience its second location-aware album of 2011.

By David Malitz  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bluebrain

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Local concert news: Mary Chapin Carpenter plays Irene make-up shows; Peter Bjorn and John cancel at 9:30 Club

Some good news and some bad news for local concertgoers.

By Chris Richards  |  03:03 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Peter Bjorn and John

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Local news: Wale releases new mixtape, Chuck Brown to perform with NSO

By Click Track  |  11:31 AM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wale, Chuck Brown

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Foo Fighters to headline Verizon Center on Nov. 11

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

By Chris Richards  |  02:27 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Fillmore Silver Spring set to open Sept. 15 with Mary J. Blige

The new 2,000-seat venue will welcome the queen of hip-hop soul for its inaugural concert.

By Chris Richards  |  12:01 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, In today's Post | Tags:  Mary J. Blige

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 07/11/2011

Black Keys, Cee Lo Green, TV on the Radio to perform at Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sept. 10

Tickets are, once again, totally free and will be given away on Friday July, 15 at 10 a.m.

By Chris Richards  |  12:01 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Updated: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011 NOT confirmed for Sept. 10

Texas band Okkervil River announced that they’re playing this year’s festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion.

By Chris Richards  |  05:51 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Okkervil River

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/23/2011

Local news: Beauty Pill to record new album at Artisphere

The local rock band will be recording its new album at the cultural center in Arlington — and fans can watch.

By Chris Richards  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chad Clark, Beauty Pill

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Local news: It’s Raheem DeVaughn day

The hometown R&B hero is being honored by mayor Vincent Gray.

By Chris Richards  |  01:31 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Local news | Tags:  Raheem DeVaughn

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/18/2011

It’s finally happening: Animal Collective to play at Merriweather Post Pavilion

The indie rock favorites will perform on July 9 at the venue that provided the title for the band’s 2009 breakthrough album.

By David Malitz  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Animal Collective

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Record Store Day is on Saturday — and here’s a map!

A local graphic designer has created a map of Washington record stores.

By Chris Richards  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Local news

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/18/2011

A year of U Street Music Hall

A look back at some highlights from the first year of D.C.’s best new nightclub.

By David Malitz  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Crystal Castles and more join headliners the Strokes on Sweetlife Festival lineup

The May 1 concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion features the Strokes, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Crystal Castles, Ra Ra Riot, U.S. Royalty, Walk the Moon and Modern Man.

By David Malitz  |  10:40 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Morning click | Tags:  Girl Talk, The Strokes, Crystal Castles, U.S. Royalty, Lupe Fiasco

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Taking sides: Picking winners at the DMV Awards

Fat Trel's "No Secrets" is a deserving winner for Mixtape of the Year. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) The annual DMV Awards take place on Saturday night at the Crystal City Hyatt, honoring the best in local hip-hop, go-go and more. We looked...

By Click Track  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Taking sides | Tags:  Carolyn Malachi, Fat Trel, Raheem DeVaughn

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Local news: The Strokes to headline second annual Sweetlife Festival

The Strokes are coming to Merriweather on April 30 for the second annual Sweetlife Festival. (Photo courtesy the artist.) Last year, it was held in a Dupont Circle parking lot. This year it'll take place at Merriweather Post Pavillion. The...

By Chris Richards  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Sweetflife Festival, The Strokes

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Local news: Sockets Records showcase at Black Cat on Saturday

Hume is one of bands that has helped Sockets become a top label. (Wilson Kemp) Sockets Records has successfully made the transition from "excellent local record label" to simply "excellent record label." The qualifier isn't necessary - and, honestly, it...

By David Malitz  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Buildings, Hume, Laughing Man, Skeletons, Sockets Records

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Eleven minutes at the Red Door Loft -- and other off-the-beaten-path spaces to see shows in 2011

(Correction: An earlier version of this blog post referred to the venue as the D.C. Jazz Loft. The venue's correct name is the Red Door Loft.) Last night, I tromped out into the January chill to see keyboardist David Ornette...

By Chris Richards  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Local news

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/02/2010

Local news: Chuck Brown up for his first Grammy; other area artists also nominated

The godfather is up for his first Grammy. (John Shore) Raheem DeVaughn isn't the only hometowner up for a Grammy on Feb. 13. A handful of other area artists are hoping to win trophies, too. MoCo native BT was nominated...

By Chris Richards  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  BT, Chuck Brown, Raheem DeVaughn

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Local news: Little Big Town to visit Library of Congress for CMA Songwriters Series

Little Big Town will perform at the next installment of the CMA Songwriters Series. (Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Chris Richards The Library of Congress and the Country Music Association are getting pretty chummy. On Dec. 4, the two organizations will bring...

By Chris Richards  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Little Big Town

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Update: Death outside DC9; club will close temporarily

DC9 will be shuttered, at least temporarily. (Nick Kirkpatrick/FTWP) A man was beaten to death outside of DC9 nightclub in the early hours of Friday morning. A man died outside of DC9 nightclub in the early hours of Friday...

By Click Track  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  DC9

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 09/29/2010

Chuck Brown performs at NPR, on "Late Night"

By David Malitz Chuck Brown sure has been keeping busy lately. The Godfather of Go-Go has played countless venues over his storied career but as he promotes his new three-disc set, "We Got This," he is adding a few...

By David Malitz  |  10:22 AM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chuck Brown

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 09/20/2010

The Dismemberment Plan to add second 9:30 Club show

It takes two to make a thing go right. (Photo by Dave Holloway) By Chris Richards Last week, Click Track was pleased to announce that D.C. post-punk heroes the Dismemberment Plan were planning a short reunion tour. Tickets to the...

By Chris Richards  |  10:20 AM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  The Dismemberment Plan

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/13/2010

The Dismemberment Plan to embark on reunion tour

The Dismemberment Plan Is Reunited. (Dave Holloway) By Chris Richards Breaking news from the greater Washington indie-rockosphere! Local post-punk heroes the Dismemberment Plan will reunite in January to support the vinyl reissue of its beloved 1999 album "Emergency & I."...

By Chris Richards  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Dismemberment Plan

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 09/07/2010

Lady Gaga and all of her awesome outfits come to Verizon Center tonight

Will Lady Gaga's fashion choices or songs be more memorable Tuesday at Verizon Center? Hours before Lady Gaga descends upon Washington for her concert at Verizon Center, we find ourselves wondering what her gaggle of Little Monsters will be wearing...

By Click Track  |  12:25 PM ET, 09/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Lady Gaga

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 09/02/2010

FreeFest updates: No Die Antwoord, no word on T.I.

No South African hip-hop at this year's FreeFest -- Die Antwoord has bailed (Photo courtesy of the artist.) By Chris Richards We're fixated on Virgin Mobile FreeFest today and have two new updates about the line-up for the Sept. 25...

By Chris Richards  |  02:15 PM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Die Antwoord, T.I.

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 08/31/2010

Local news: New mixtapes from RAtheMC, Kingpen Slim, Black Cobain and Fat Trel

RAtheMC and Fat Trel were two of four local rappers to release new mixtapes today. By David Malitz Clear out some room on your iPod because local rappers have decided that Aug. 31 is the day to inundate you with...

By David Malitz  |  04:00 PM ET, 08/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Black Cobain, Fat Trel, Kingpen Slim, RAtheMC

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/27/2010

Underwater Peoples showcase hits Baltimore; Tennis, Andrew Cedermark and more to perform

Tennis is the latest breakout band from the Underwater Peoples stable. By David Malitz One of our favorite labels to emerge in the last year is Underwater Peoples, which has quickly grown from its humble beginnings in a D.C. living...

By David Malitz  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Air Waves, Andrew Cedermark, Family Portrait, Tennis, Underwater Peoples

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 08/26/2010

GW Lisner Auditorium reveals 2010-11 concert schedule

Mavis Staples is one of the early highlights of the upcoming Lisner schedule. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko And what a lineup it is. This October D.C. will get R&B singer Mavis Staples, who will be touring "You Are Not...

By Aaron Leitko  |  10:13 AM ET, 08/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Angèle Dubeau, Bettye LaVette, Cinematic Titanic, David Sedaris, La Pietà, Mavis Staples, Omara Portuondo, Post-Classical Ensemble, Sarah Vowell

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 08/23/2010

Local news: Library of Congress announces 2010-2011 concert season

By David Malitz The Library of Congress today announced details for its 85th anniversary concert season, which is the usual diverse collection of free shows ranging from classical to jazz to folk with some welcome nods to experimental music thrown...

By David Malitz  |  01:28 PM ET, 08/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Greil Marcus, Library of Congress, Tyondai Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Local news: Cloud Nothings sign to Carpark Records

By David Malitz Here’s a pairing that we can easily get behind. Rambunctious indie upstars Cloud Nothings have signed with local label Carpark Records. The D.C.-based label that serves as home to acts such as Dan Deacon and Toro...

By David Malitz  |  01:30 PM ET, 08/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Cloud Nothings

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 08/04/2010

Why is Wale mad at the Washington Post?

Wale won't read this photo caption. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.) By Chris Richards No surprise that Wale's new mixtape "More About Nothing" is full of clever couplets and punchy punchlines. But here at Click Track, a rhyme from a...

By Chris Richards  |  01:15 PM ET, 08/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wale

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/03/2010

Local news: Wale releases new mixtape, "More About Nothing"

Kramer, George, Elaine, Jerry and, uh, that's not Newman, is it? By David Malitz “Attention: Deficit” wasn’t the gigantic hit that DMV rapper Wale hoped it would be and on the first song of his new mixtape he offers multiple...

By David Malitz  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wale

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/24/2010

Ticketfail: Did you get shut out of FreeFest this morning?

Fans are hating on Ticketfly.com with the same ire that M.I.A. hates on truffle fries. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) By Chris Richards We've been pumping up Virgin Mobile FreeFest all week on Click Track -- to peruse our giddy keystrokes, just...

By Chris Richards  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  FreeFest

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 07/21/2010

Godfather of go-go Chuck Brown busts loose with Chips Ahoy! commercial

By Chris Richards Finally! Two things we've always loved in one place: cookies and go-go. If you've seen the new television ad for Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies (linked above), your ears are not deceiving you. The ad features...

By Chris Richards  |  01:50 PM ET, 07/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chuck Brown, cookies

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/20/2010

M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, T.I., Pavement to perform Virgin Mobile FreeFest

M.I.A. will perform the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sept. 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (By Jaime Martinez) By Chris Richards Virgin Mobile FreeFest has announced a line-up that’s sure to delight both pop-omnivores and text message enthusiasts. M.I.A.! LCD! T.I.!...

By Chris Richards  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chromeo, Die Antwoord, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jimmy Eat World, Joan Jett, LCD Soundsystem, Ludacris, M.I.A., Matt & Kim, Pavement, Sleigh Bells, T.I., The Temper Trap, Thievery Corporation, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Yeasayer

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/25/2010

Prepare to hear Michael Jackson songs like you've never heard them before

The King of Pop will rule the dancefloor at U Street Music Hall tonight. You know the songs but you can't imagine the bass. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy) By Chris Richards If you follow Click Track's David Malitz and I on...

By Chris Richards  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Michael Jackson

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/24/2010

The Roots, Branford Marsalis, John Mayer, Smokey Robinson and Mambo Sauce to perform "An American Playlist" at Kennedy Center

?uestlove will perform alongside D.C. go-go troupe Mambo Sauce at the Kennedy Center. (Jennifer S. Altman/TWP) By Chris Richards Free performances are a daily affair at the Kennedy Center, but rarely come this star-studded. Today, the K.C. announced "An American...

By Chris Richards  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Branford Marsalis, John Mayer, Smokey Robinson, The Roots

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/22/2010

Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Gladys Knight and David Archuleta to perform on National Mall for July 4th

By Chris Richards Never mind that popstars Drake and Kelis both have fab new tunes about fireworks ("Fireworks," and "4th of July (Fireworks)," respectively). Instead, Washingtonians will be serenaded under the stars on July 4 by the likes of Reba...

By Chris Richards  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Darius Rucker, David Archulta, Gladys Knight, Reba McEntire

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 06/21/2010

Do you think concert tickets cost too much? Has your favorite artist recently bailed on you? Need to talk about it?

Did you cry a fistful of tears when you learned Maxwell's June 17 gig was postponed -- and then moved to Baltimore? (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) By Chris Richards I've been itching to try this crazy new "crowdsourcing" thing and the wacky...

By Chris Richards  |  03:38 PM ET, 06/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/18/2010

Brooks & Dunn postpone Saturday concert Jiffy Lube Live

Brooks & Dunn aren't feeling so good and will see you in August. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images) By Chris Richards Country duo Brooks & Dunn have nixed their Saturday concert with Gary Allan at Jiffy Lube Live due to an illness....

By Chris Richards  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 06/18/2010

9:30 club owner sues over Maryland subsidies for Fillmore Silver Spring

By Chris Richards And in rock-n-roll litigation news... 9:30 club owner Seth Hurwitz is suing the state of Maryland in an effort to block promoter Live Nation from receiving state subsidies to open its long-planned Fillmore Silver Spring nightclub on...

By Chris Richards  |  10:11 AM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  9:30 club, Live Nation

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 06/17/2010

Goodbyes: We blog to keep from crying

Sad, sad news from the land of Click Track: Our beloved contributors Ally Schweitzer and Sarah Godfrey will be leaving us to join the new gang assembling across the Potomac at TBD.com. Sarah Godfrey has been writing for the...

By Chris Richards  |  04:05 PM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Major bummer

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/16/2010

Jay-Z cites Gilbert Arenas on new Dr. Dre track

Don't expect to hear this Dre-Jay collaboration at the Verizon Center next season. (Getty Images) By Chris Richards A new song from Dr. Dre's looooong awaited "Detox" album has leaked and it features a Jay-Z couplet about Washington's most troubled...

By Chris Richards  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Dr. Dre, Jay-Z

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/09/2010

Local news: Little Benny funeral on Friday

The funeral for local go-go great Little Benny will be on Friday. (Thomas Sayers Ellis) By Sarah Godfrey Funeral services for Anthony "Little Benny" Harley will take place this Friday, June 11, at the Washington Convention Center. Harley, a...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  02:15 PM ET, 06/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Anthony Harley, Chuck Brown, Dj Gemini, Little Benny, Sugar Bear

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/02/2010

Local news: Little Benny vigil tonight

There will be a tribute to go-go pioneer Little Benny tonight at Ballou High School. (Thomas Sayers Ellis) By Sarah Godfrey Family members, friends and fans of Anthony "Little Benny" Harley, who passed away Sunday, will gather at Ballou Senior...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Kato Hammond, Little Benny

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 06/01/2010

Jonas Brothers to perform Warner Theatre really, really early Wednesday morning

Rise and shine and scream real loud: the JoBros are playing bright and early on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Temchine/FWTP) By Chris Richards Are the folks at the Warner Theater building the world's loudest alarm clock? It's going to be...

By Chris Richards  |  02:55 PM ET, 06/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jonas Brothers

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 05/28/2010

Wale to play D.C. Black Pride event after all

Wale has announced plans to perform at D.C. Black Pride this weekend. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) By Chris Richards Local rap hero Wale came under fire last week for bagging an appearance at D.C. Black Pride's 20th Anniversary event at...

By Chris Richards  |  10:50 AM ET, 05/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wale

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Local news: Marshall Keys, W. Ellington Felton in "Swingtime"

By Sarah Godfrey Two well-known D.C. musicans will appear in the new In Series production, “Swingtime: The Fabulous Forties,” which premieres at H Street’s Atlas Theater this weekend: Famed saxophonist Marshall Keys and MC/singer/poet/actor W. Ellington Felton. The musical,...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Burnett Thompson, Marshall Keys, Tom Mallon, W. Ellington Felton

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Local news: Wale and Mya cancel performances at local LGBT festivals

Wale will not perform at D.C. Black Pride this weekend. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) By Chris Richards Two hometown pop-heroes have canceled upcoming gigs at festivals celebrating Washington's LGBT community. Yesterday, Metro Weekly reported that local rap star Wale has...

By Chris Richards  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  J. Holiday, Mya, Wale

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/20/2010

P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider fighting cancer

Gary Shider has been performing with P-Funk even as he battles cancer. (Courtesy of the artist) By Chris Richards While reporting a recent story about Parliament-Funkadelic's legendary Mothership, I learned that the band's longtime guitarist (and Upper Marlboro resident),...

By Chris Richards  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Garry Shider, Parliament-Funkadelic

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/20/2010

Lady Gaga announces second Washington Monster Ball show... in 2011

Gaga will return to D.C. in 2011 -- and she already has her outfit picked out. (Photo: Reuters/Interscope Records) By Chris Richards Here's a great pick-up line if you find yourself dancing to "Bad Romance" at a local nightclub this...

By Chris Richards  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Lady Gaga

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/07/2010

Local news: Second Maxwell show at Verizon "rescheduled"

Washington fans will have to trek to Baltimore for a second night with Maxwell. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) By Chris Richards Promoters at Live Nation announced this morning that Maxwell's Verizon Center concert on Thursday, June 17 has been "rescheduled" for Baltimore's...

By Chris Richards  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jill Scott, Maxwell

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 04/23/2010

Local news: "The Hip-Hop Project" screening

"The Hip-Hop Project" screens in D.C. on Saturday. (Courtesy of Pressure Point Films) By Sarah Godfrey “The Hip-Hop Project,” a film from executive producers Bruce Willis(Huh?) and Queen Latifah (OK, that makes sense) follows a group of New York City...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  03:10 PM ET, 04/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chris "Kazi" Rolle, Hip-Hop Cinema Cafe, Historical Society of D.C., The Hip-Hop Project

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/14/2010

Local News: Prayer vigil for TCB talker Polo

By Sarah Godfrey Go-go band TCB announced this morning, via its blog, that a prayer vigil for the group's lead talker, Reggie "Polo" Burwell will take place this evening at Northeast Washington's Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church. Burwell has...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Polo, TCB

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2010

Local news: Producer Judah on "Bridging the Gap"

Local producer Judah documents the history of DMV hip-hop in his new documentary. (Photo courtesy of the artist) Back in November, in-demand D.C. beatmaker Judah organized a “DMV Day” photo shoot, a huge group portrait of DMV rappers inspired by...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bridging the Gap, DMV, Judah

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/05/2010

Local news: Sting, John Legend, Roots to play Earth Day concert on National Mall

Questlove and the Roots will be performing on the National Mall. By Chris Richards Got green? Organizers have announced the line-up for this year's annual Earth Day Climate Rally on the National Mall. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April...

By Chris Richards  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Earth Day, John Legend, Sting, The Roots

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/02/2010

DNA Test Fest: A starting lineup of noise-rock and baseball

[Expletive] Jeans = Ryan Howard? Read on - it will make sense. If you're familiar with Fan Death Records it's probably for one of two reasons: 1) you are a connoisseur of the finest in aggressive, demented noise-rock, or 2)...

By David Malitz  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  DNA Test Fest, Fan Death Records, Home Blitz, Neon Blud, Psychedelic Horse[expletive], Sightings, [Expletive] Jeans

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/26/2010

Beach House vs. Wye Oak: Baltimore duo battle

Beach House plays a sold-out show at Black Cat tonight. (Benjamin C. Tankersley For The Washington Post) Tonight D.C. is a battle ground for Baltimore bands. OK, we doubt there's any ill will between fellow dreamy Charm City duos Beach...

By David Malitz  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Beach House, Wye Oak

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/16/2010

Local news: Eagles headline mega-country tour; Two nights of Phish; Virgin Mobile FreeFest returns

Don Henley and Glen Frey will bring their laidback country-rock to Nationals Park on July 15. (Tracy A. Woodward/TWP) - First, in sure-to-be expensive concert news: A country super-triple-bill checks into Nationals Park on Tuesday, June 15 as the The...

By David Malitz  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Phish, The Eagles, Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 03/03/2010

Local news: D.C. rappers drop new singles

Lola Monroe, always trending. (Photo courtesy the artist.) By Chris Richards The internet flared up this week with a few new tracks from some of Washington's most exciting rappers. Here's a quick round-up: Tabi Bonney, "Get Me" Bonney might...

By Chris Richards  |  02:44 PM ET, 03/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Gordo Brega, Lola Monroe, Tabi Bonney

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/01/2010

Local news: Results from the 24th Annual Wammies

The Washington Area Music Association doled out a spate of awards at the 24th Annual Wammies, Sunday night. The ceremony was held at the State Theater in Falls Church and blueswoman Patty Reese was the evenings big winner, nabbing...

By Chris Richards  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wammies

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/26/2010

Local news: Local go-go troupe Mambo Sauce hits the road

Mambo Sauce are hitting the road. (Photo by Rox Cox) It's not all that often that go-go bands take to America's highways and byways, but local hitmakers Mambo Sauce are hitting the road this spring. The band announced a...

By Chris Richards  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Mambo Sauce

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/26/2010

Local news: Chuck D speaks at Duke Ellington School; Stevie Wonder performs benefit concert

Fighting the Power 101: Public Enemy's Chuck D spoke at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Thursday. (Nick Kirkpatrick/FTWP) Ever notice that Stevie Wonder prefers la-la-la-ing to ooh-ooh-ooh-ing? Here's a theory: As one of the most joy-inducing musicians on...

By Chris Richards  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chrisette Michele, Chuck D, Stevie Wonder

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 02/22/2010

In concert: Miguel Zenon

Miguel Zenon combined modern jazz and native Puerto Rican music Saturday at Sixth and I Synagogue. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Sarah Godfrey Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has a resume that is beyond impressive: He was one of the...

By David Malitz  |  08:10 AM ET, 02/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Miguel Zenón

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/18/2010

Local news: Merriweather partners with Ticketfly

Jim James and My Morning Jacket play at Merriweather on May 16. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) Merriweather Post Pavilion will kick off its 2010 season with a new partnership that promises save local concert-goers some cash. The venue has teamed up...

By Chris Richards  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 02/12/2010

Local news: Bluegrass and jazz festivals come to Washington

Festival season is almost upon us. With Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Coachella, and SXSW all right around the corner, two upstart festivals are launching in the Washington area that should help you save money on airfare...

By Chris Richards  |  01:45 PM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/12/2010

Local news: Record Fair DJs share their dream finds

The winter edition of the semi-annual D.C. Record Fair is this Sunday, giving vinyl obsessives - and non-obsessives as well - a chance to dig through the crates of 30 East Coast dealers in an effort to find rarities, new...

By David Malitz  |  11:52 AM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Animal Collective, Bluebrain, Casper Bangs, Fugazi, Kid Congo Powers, Thievery Corporation

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/28/2010

Local news: HR documentary preview at DC9

Even a few minutes of HR footage should be plenty compelling. A preview of "HR: The Documentary,” an upcoming portrait of the legendary Bad Brains singer, screens at DC9 tonight. And by "preview," we mean short trailer. Still, those...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bad Brains, DJ Eurok, DJ Neville C, HR, McRad

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Local news: Haitian stars Tabou Combo to perform benefit concert at Kennedy Center

Haitian group Tabou Combo is coming Washington. (Photo courtesy the Kennedy Center). Haitian stars Tabou Combo and Tatiana Pierre & John Pierremont will join members of the NSO and Georgetown’s Let Freedom Ring Choir for a free benefit concert on...

By Chris Richards  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Tabou Combo

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 01/19/2010

Local news: Winners of the 2010 DMV Music Awards

Baltimore upstart Rye Rye won Best Club/Dance Artist at Sunday's DMV Music Awards. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) R&B's A-list congregated in Washington on Saturday night for the annual BET Honors, but on Sunday, local musicians were staging an...

By Chris Richards  |  02:43 PM ET, 01/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  DJ Class, Rye Rye

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 01/15/2010

Wale to Headline Haiti Benefit Show

Wale to play benefit show on Monday (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) IMP has announced that Wale will headline a benefit show at the 9:30 club on Monday, January 18th, with all proceeds going toward organizations conducting disaster relief in Haiti....

By Ally Schweitzer  |  11:54 AM ET, 01/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Kingpen Slim, Phil Ade, Tabi Bonney, Wale, X.O.

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/11/2010

Local News: It's official! Nissan Pavilion is now Jiffy Lube Live

The venue formerly known as Nissan Pavilion: Jiffy Lube Live. Over the weekend, we had a little fun with the advance buzz that Nissan Pavilion in Bristow would be changing its name to Jiffy Lube Live. We hope you...

By Chris Richards  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jiffy Lube Live, Nissan Pavilion

Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 01/09/2010

Naming rights and wrongs: Nissan Pavilion becomes Jiffy Lube Live

Can you imagine Radiohead playing at Jiffy Lube Live? Concert promoter Live Nation has apparently re-branded Nissan Pavilion, its 25,000 seat mega-venue in Bristow with a new name: Jiffy Lube Live. Yes, really. A spokesperson for Live Nation would...

By Chris Richards  |  06:45 AM ET, 01/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jiffy Lube Live

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/08/2010

Local News: Nissan Pavilion changes its name to Jiffy Lube Live

So long, Nissan Pavilion. Hello Jiffy Lube Live! DCist is reporting that the Live Nation-operated mega-venue in Bristow, Virginia has changed its name. A representative at Live Nation tells Click Track that a formal announcement is forthcoming. Check back later...

By Chris Richards  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jiffy Lube Live

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Local news: Julian Koster's Christmas carol tour comes to town

Julian Koster puts a new spin on Christmas caroling. (Courtesy of Merge Records) Christmas caroling seems like a relic from a bygone era, something you only see in old movies or TV shows. So leave it to an indie rock...

By David Malitz  |  12:18 PM ET, 12/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Christmas, Julian Koster, The Music Tapes

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 12/17/2009

Local news: 9:30 club and D.C. Central Kitchen team up to kick hunger in the, um...

This holiday season, the 9:30 club has partnered up with D.C. Central Kitchen to battle hunger in Washington. The kitchen provides meals to those in need and 9:30 club patrons can help support that goal by purchasing a t-shirt emblazoned...

By Chris Richards  |  03:51 PM ET, 12/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  9:30 club