Editors' pick

Thievery Corporation DJ Set


Editorial Review

So we've read some places that tickets for the Thievery Corporation DJ set at U Street Music Hall are sold out. That's literally half true. About half the $10 tickets for the 300-capacity space were snapped up in an online sale. The rest will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 9 p.m. Expect lines, so arrive early if you really want to get in to see D.C.'s reggae/electronic/dub legends in a far more intimate room than usual.

Fritz Hahn wrote about Thievery Corporation in Sept. 2008:
What haven't we said about Thievery Corporation over the years? Washington's groundbreaking electronic duo defined the "outernational" lounge music craze in the '90s, adding world-music flourishes to laidback dub beats and creating the perfect vibe for late-night lounging -- especially at the ever-popular Eighteenth Street Lounge, which is owned in part by Thievery's Eric Hilton. And while its competition has dropped away, Thievery is only getting stronger, as evidenced on the strident "Radio Retaliation" album. Featuring guests like Femi Kuti, Seu Jorge and Chuck Brown, the songs have multilingual messages against war, the loss of civil liberties and the lack of independent media voices, especially where the radio is concerned, while the usual deep reggae vibes are infused with rich basslines, funky guitars, shimmering keyboards, even some sparkling sitar from Anushka Shankar, the daughter of Ravi.