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Folk-punker Bragg promotes peace

(03/30/06 5:00am)

There was a moment during British folk-punk troubadour Billy Bragg's Monday night encore at the Birchmere when all his previous informed political statements and insights into love culminated with belting "Hey! Hey! Hey!" from "Richard," track three on his 1984 debut album "Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy." It was a "take notice" appeal; a rousing yelp all the Bono pleas in the world couldn't match.

Iron & Wine team with Calexico, sell out 9:30 Club

(12/05/05 5:00am)

When we last left Iron & Wine, it had just finished a sparse acoustic set in Dublin, Ireland ("Iron & Wine subdue Dublin," Nov. 8, 2004). In the year since then, Iron & Wine - brainchild of native Floridian Sam Beam - covered that ubiquitous Postal Service song "Such Great Heights," which was subsequently used in the "Garden State" soundtrack and an M&Ms commercial, and teamed up with eclectic Arizona collective Calexico - say that 10 times fast - for "In the Reigns," a five-song EP.

SIS students dance the night away at black-tie event

(02/28/05 5:00am)

Graduate student Will Owens, 25, and his girlfriend, Am? Brewster, 25, revel at the Graduate Council's Masquerade Ball Friday night at the National Press Club. More than 200 students enjoyed an hors d'oeuvres buffet, including dim sun, quesadillas and phyllo dough with goat's cheese. Organizer Nicole Byrd said attendees had a good time.