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Reaching Across the Concert Hall Aisle

Carolyn Wise | Posted 12.03.2013 | DC
Carolyn Wise

With this week's government shutdown dominating the news, it's no secret that the political environment in Washington is divided. While some groups work to forge common ground, opposing voices seem content to stay in their own camps rather than explore new perspectives. The same could be said of the city's music scene.

Finding a Voice: Singing in a Politics Town

Mike Rowan | Posted 08.28.2013 | DC
Mike Rowan

It surprises no one that D.C. is filled with Hill staffers and lawyers. But how many people realize that our nation's capital is overrun by choirs?

FINALLY: Fort Reno Schedule Announced

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.28.2013 | DC

After weeks of hand-wringing, the wait is over: Fort Reno has finally announced its Summer 2013 concert schedule. Via DCist: Monday, July 8: The...

Revisit D.C.'s Amazing Punk Scene

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.16.2013 | DC

What do punk rock, a Washington Post reporter and books have in common? For the most part, nothing -- except for books by Washington Post reporters...

Sweetlife Festival Is Saturday!

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.10.2013 | DC

Get ready to rock! And prepare to get wet. The fourth annual Sweetlife Music and Food Festival, one of the area's largest fests, is Saturday at Mer...

The Sweet End of the Lollipop

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.10.2013 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Whenever encountering a day's worth of music, some form of a plan must be at least put into place. Say what you want about that which is best laid, without set priorities you are doomed to fail. Or, in my case, you are destined for panic. So behold -- my plan for Sweetlife.

Concert Whereabouts (July 23 - July 29)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 09.22.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

It certainly would appear that under no circumstances does my week of concerts end the way it begins. Those in attendance on Monday and Sunday nights will likely have little in common by way of musical taste.

Concert Whereabouts (Jun. 25 - Jun. 29)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 08.25.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

As MMOTHS, Jack Colleran creates sonic dreamscapes so ominous and haunting that one could spend entire songs wondering if in fact it's a nightmare.

Concert Whereabouts (June 11 - June 17)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 08.11.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Since we don't get to bring people back from the dead, the Beach Boys' roster isn't perfect, but like with so many things, we take what we can get. And seeing the remaining members play together again is just about the best we can get.

Concert Whereabouts (June 4 - June 10)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 08.04.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

I end my week how it begins, with singers small in stature, but big in both range and personality.

Concert Whereabouts (May 28 - Jun. 3)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.29.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Overall, it's a generally light week for me, but between Miranda Lambert and Big Freedia, you'll at least see a nice cross section of what makes this country of ours so great.

Concert Whereabouts (May 14 - May 20)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.15.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Joshua Tillman takes everything he learned from being in Fleet Foxes and makes it a whole lot less boring. As Father John Misty, Tillman doesn't stray far from what made his band so popular, but picks up the pace just enough.

Concert Whereabouts (May 7 - May 13)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 07.07.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming may not be Anthony Gonzalez's strongest effort, but M83 is where they belong in D.C. -- at the 9:30 Club. There will be a guaranteed dance party on Saturday. In fact, there will be two of them.

Concert Whereabouts (Apr. 30 - May 6)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 06.30.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Marilyn Manson will likely not be the strangest show of the week. These acts run the gamut from the incredibly beautiful to the slightly bizarre. There will be voices and sounds on display that might even have a touch of both.

Concert Whereabouts (Apr. 23 - Apr 29)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 06.23.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

They come from all around the globe to play in D.C. this week. There are those who are returning to a place they once called home, newcomers selling out this city's best club, and smaller shows. If you have a ticket, you can hear it all.

Concert Whereabouts (Apr. 9 - Apr. 16)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 06.09.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

One more night with Bruce and a rare evening with Pulp keep me away from the District for a couple of nights this week. The Magnetic Fields will be at the 9:30 Club on Monday.

Concert Whereabouts (Mar. 26 - Apr. 1)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 05.26.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

When experiencing a concert conflict, do not give up all hope. If all the stars align, this city provides for multiple shows in one night.

Megan Arellano

Newly Funded Van Will Serve Up Local Music | Megan Arellano | Posted 03.06.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- This is a busy week for Christopher Naoum and René Moffatt. Along with their Local Music Day on Wednesday and an accompanying live pane...

Concert Whereabouts (Mar. 5 - Mar. 11)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 05.05.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

Oberhofer falls into the multitude of indie bands churning out lo-fi music. Thankfully for the listener, and the audience on Tuesday night, this group favors a rock and roll influence more than obtuse haze.

Concert Whereabouts (Feb. 27 - Mar. 4)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 04.28.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

There will be comfort to be had in the various music venues across D.C. Whether it's pop, hip-hop, rock, or rockabilly that makes you feel at home, there's somewhere for you to be this week.

(Un)Fair Pay for Local Musicians

Head-Roc | Posted 04.25.2012 | DC

Polling is a practice where venues itemize concert-goers according to who they came to see in order to determine how bands are paid. It has nothing to do with the actual job performance of show-rocking.

Concert Whereabouts (Feb. 20 - Feb. 26)

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 04.22.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

The most notable shows of the week may be the ones I am choosing not to attend. It's not that the concerts that I will attend are entirely unknown, but just that much more reliable than the big names.

See and Be Scene

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 01.03.2012 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

We're going to rely on you, the artists, to find other creative people and foster innovative sounds. I pledge that I'll buy your stuff. But don't expect preferential treatment because of where you're from. The scene is dead. Long live the scene.

Local Pro Sports Should Showcase Local Music

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 12.19.2011 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

If you've attended a D.C.-area sporting event with me in recent years, you've heard a familiar refrain a number of times. Our teams need to play more music born of our city: both past and present.

The David Wax Museum Fast Gaining Music Fans

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 11.23.2011 | DC
Josh Rosenblum

I am listening to the David Wax Museum about once or twice each afternoon right now and you might be too pretty soon. Don't leave this band behind in your listening, or you may regret it when your friends tell you about them later.