June 29, 2011
By Managing Editor Michael Nakan
| June 10, 2011
Though the crowd for Tuesday’s show at the 9:30 club in D.C. may have been for headliner Sondre Lerche, those who arrived early were quickly won over by openers Kishi Bashi and Nightlands.
| June 3, 2011
I’ve long believed that true rock and roll was almost certainly dead, since the rock shows I attend these days consist of kids mildly bobbing their heads in fear of other people watching them dance and the random drunk person flailing his or her arms around. Where were the musicians that were so explosive on stage that the audience is shaken up, woken up and left wanting more? Well, after speaking with J. Roddy Walston and the Business and watching their live show at the Ottobar, I can unequivocally say that rock and roll is not dead - it’s living on in this group. Whether it’s when front man J. Roddy is bashing on the piano while he whips his hair back and forth or guitarist Billy Gordan is giving his ear-splitting solos, I could feel the electricity from the stage and smell and taste the rock and roll around me.
| August 2, 2010
Nonetheless, if given the chance, hearing the songs with the full band proves infinitely more rewarding. The acoustic version, while charming in its own way, often pitted guitar against keyboard; in terms of sheer volume, the guitar often won. Additionally, the loss of bass and drums resulted in an unexpected lack of musical complexity as well – it often seemed that the acoustic guitar and keyboard merely echoed each other, repeating the same refrains with little variation.
| July 19, 2010
Last Wednesday, upon arriving to the Ottobar and expecting music, one was greeted with a few out of the ordinary performances. The first was that of sword swallower Dai Andrew. When we walked into the intimate performance space of the club, Andrew was bent sideways as he swallowed a curved sword. It was hard to watch, but even harder to look away.
| July 15, 2010
On July 16, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) filled Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with the sounds of George Fenton’s Planet Earth. In 2006, BBC premiered the television show Planet Earth to very positive critical reception. Each episode features footage of different places on earth. While some focus on the flora and fauna and some on the animals of the location, each episode consistently provides a close look at the beauties of the natural world.
| June 15, 2010
On the heels of 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall comes the spin-off Get Him to the Greek, which features the same rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) and his one foot on the wagon, and one foot way, way off the wagon antics.
| June 10, 2010
“Not Myself Tonight,” Christina Aguilera’s first single from Bionic, indicates exactly what to expect from the pop singer’s newest album. “If you really knew me/ You’d know it’s not the norm,” Aguilera declares. In the music video, Aguilera puts forth a Lady GaGa-esque performance, and as we learned with Miley Cyrus’s attempt (“Can’t Be Tamed”), no one should expect to imitate the Haus of GaGa with outstanding results.
| June 7, 2010
Rams Head Live! was packed with a young crowd on the first Wednesday in June, attendees eager for the electronic sounds of Passion Pit. Opener Tokyo Police Club took the stage a little after eight, and was received with screams of approval. Fans screamed along to the Canadian band’s lyrics, and when the band left the stage, the crowd was even more pumped up than before.
| June 2, 2010
What began as a groundbreaking HBO series that featured hot women talking unabashedly about sex has now become a franchise. The latest installment, Sex and the City 2, follows a film released in 2008 and a seven-season television series.