Concert Preview: The Districts, August 18, 9:30 Club

Fresh off the release of their third studio album, Popular Manipulations, the Districts are headed to the 9:30 club for a show on Friday, August 18. The Philadelphia-based rock band’s current lineup consists of guitarist and vocalist Rob Grote, bassist Connor Jacobus, drummer Braden Lawrence, and guitarist Pat Cassidy. The band’s sound blends a touch...

Critical Voices: Arcade Fire, Everything Now

During the past few months, there were indications that Arcade Fire was nearing the brink of a 2007-Britney-Spears style meltdown. In addition to developing a tendency to refer to their band in the third person on Twitter, Arcade Fire pulled a series of bizarre promotional stunts, like emailing concertgoers about show dress codes and advertising...

Despite Big Names, The Dark Tower Lacks Development and Excitement

Films with child leads don’t always do well at gaining adult audiences. Director Nikolaj Arcel’s The Dark Tower hit theaters on August 4 and has already attracted large audiences, likely with the help of promotional materials featuring Matthew McConaughey (the Man in Black) and Idris Elba (Roland). However, these posters lack the face of the...

Concert Review: Tank and The Bangas, July 21, Songbyrd Music House

The must-watch video that won Tank and The Bangas NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest offers just a fraction of the contagious energy they brought to their concert at Adams Morgan’s Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House on July 21. And considering how irresistibly joyful the video is, that’s saying something. With front woman Tarriona “Tank”...

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Concert Preview: The Districts, August 18, 9:30 Club

Concert Preview: The Districts, August 18, 9:30 Club

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08/16/2017

Fresh off the release of their third studio album, Popular Manipulations, the Districts are headed to the 9:30 club for a show on Friday, August 18. The Philadelphia-based rock band’s current lineup consists of guitarist and vocalist Rob Grote, bassist Connor Jacobus, drummer Braden Lawrence, and guitarist Pat Cassidy. The band’s sound blends a touch…

Critical Voices: Arcade Fire, <i>Everything Now</i>

Critical Voices: Arcade Fire, Everything Now

By:
08/14/2017

During the past few months, there were indications that Arcade Fire was nearing the brink of a 2007-Britney-Spears style meltdown. In addition to developing a tendency to refer to their band in the third person on Twitter, Arcade Fire pulled a series of bizarre promotional stunts, like emailing concertgoers about show dress codes and advertising…

Concert Review: Tank and The Bangas, July 21, Songbyrd Music House

Concert Review: Tank and The Bangas, July 21, Songbyrd Music House

By:
08/05/2017

The must-watch video that won Tank and The Bangas NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest offers just a fraction of the contagious energy they brought to their concert at Adams Morgan’s Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House on July 21. And considering how irresistibly joyful the video is, that’s saying something. With front woman Tarriona “Tank”…

Concert Preview: Petit Biscuit, August 2, 9:30 Club

Concert Preview: Petit Biscuit, August 2, 9:30 Club

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07/31/2017

With his first EP out last year, 17-year old French Moroccan DJ Petit Biscuit continues his international tour at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on August 2. Petit Biscuit’s songs consist of smooth tropical house, for an immersive and active listener experience. He has garnered critical acclaim for his song “Sunset Lover,” which can…

Concert Preview: John Legend, July 25, Merriweather Post Pavilion

Concert Preview: John Legend, July 25, Merriweather Post Pavilion

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07/25/2017

In celebration of his latest album, Darkness and Light, John Legend continues his international tour at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Camden, MD on July 25. The album, released in December of last year, is an ambitious advancement for legend, described by Pitchfork as, “a love record about navigating the bleak world and finding happiness in dark times.” Legend…

Born from Quirky Comedy, <i>Brigsby Bear</i> is Warm and Fuzzy

Born from Quirky Comedy, Brigsby Bear is Warm and Fuzzy

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07/24/2017

Brigsby Bear Adventures — an off-kilter mishmash of Teletubbies and Barney — is such a constant in the life of 25-year-old James (Kyle Mooney) it borders on a religion. Day after day, James plops down in front of his old fashioned TV and absorbs the show’s peculiar aphorisms as the titular animatronic bear solves math…

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