October 2013 Archives

REVIEW: Disclosure Proves Revealing at 9:30 Club

Doug Rule
October 31, 2013 3:16 PM |
This past Monday night’s show at the 9:30 Club sold out well in advance, and the crowd was far more responsive and enthusiastic than usual, even in a venue where employees and patrons are known for giving bands an unusually warm welcome. The recipient of this warmest of warm welcomes? The British dance duo Disclosure. In less than a year, ... [Read]

Lou Reed, one of the most important and influential songwriters and artists in rock and roll history, died yesterday at age 71 following a long illness related to a liver transplant. He will be remembered as a songwriter of profound daring, depth and wit. Starting with the Velvet Underground and continuing as a solo artist up through 2011’s undeniably dreadful ... [Read]

1982 was a transition year for pop music. '70s style soft-rock artists were still hanging around on the charts, but MTV was already starting to change the face of pop music forever. That transition is reflected in the Top 10 from the Billboard Hot 100 published on October 30, 1982 -- 31 years ago this week. By the time 1983 ... [Read]

Simple Minds rock the 9:30 Club

Posted by Chris Gerard
October 23, 2013 8:28 PM |
This past Friday night the legendary Scottish band Simple Minds took a sold-out 9:30 Club crowd through a rousing tour of 30+ years of great music. It was their first show in D.C. in a decade. The alternative rock pioneers, who released their debut album "Life in a Day" in 1979, sound as good as they ever have. Original members ... [Read]

Singer-songwriter Elliott Smith died on this date 10 years ago, 10/21/2003, at the age of 34. He was an acclaimed songwriter who had released a string of critically-praised albums such as "Either/Or," "XO," and "Figure 8." "From a Basement on a Hill," the album on which he had been working when he died, was released posthusmously in 2004 and became ... [Read]

REVIEW: Janelle Monae's Truly 'Electric' Show

By Doug Rule
October 17, 2013 2:03 PM |
“Tonight you will dance or die,” an announcer said at the top of Janelle Monae’s truly electric show this past Monday night, Oct. 14, giving subtle reference to a fun track from Monae’s 2010 set The ArchAndroid. The stop at the Lincoln Theatre was only the second on Monae’s current tour in support of her superior, stunning new album The ... [Read]

The Cure's "Wild Mood Swings" revisited

Posted by Chris Gerard
October 16, 2013 2:42 PM |
By the mid-90s, The Cure had become an arena-rock supergroup. Their ascent to mega-success was a long and slow journey. Their 1979 debut album “Three Imaginary Boys” was an odd but potent collection of compact power-pop that would bear little resemblance to their later work, apart from the keen sense of melody.  Then of course they went much darker, ... [Read]

Paul McCartney returns with latest album "New," out today. It’s his 24th post-Beatles studio album overall, and first studio album of all original material since “Memory Almost Full” in 2007. McCartney’s solo work has been notoriously hit-and-miss over the years, but fortunately “New” is a strong return for the musical legend. It’s his best offering since "Flaming Pie" in 1997, ... [Read]

Forty years ago this week, Cher -- who has just released a new album and is about to launch a major tour -- was at #1 for the 2nd time as a solo artist with the iconic "Half-Breed." An impressive feat, given the stature of the classic songs in this list. Six of these ten would ultimately ascend to #1. ... [Read]

Boy George's latest album, "This is What I Do", hits stores later this month, and the pop icon has just released a dramatic video for the first single, "King of Everything."  It finds George in fine voice and appearance, and is a promising glimpse at the upcoming album.   Check it out here:   ... [Read]

Not many 80-year-old women are releasing experimental rock albums while simultaneously hitting the top of the dance charts these days. But then, Yoko Ono has never been what one might describe as ordinary. She currently resides at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Charts with a new set of remixes for her iconic single “Walking on Thin Ice” -- ... [Read]

Pet Shop Boys are back with a new video for the song "Thursday" from their latest album "Electric." Filmed in Shanghai, it features some of the costumes and looks featured in their current live show. The track is the 4th single to be taken from "Electric," and features British rapper Example.  Check it out here: ... [Read]