Chris DeWitt



Wave breaks with mediocrity

Rogue Wave is a wildly mediocre band from Oakland, Calif. The band purveyed its wares to a large crowd Wednesday night at the 9:30 club, one show in a long list of many this summer, including stops at monster festivals like Bonnaroo. But the show prompted some in the audience (read: this writer) to question the need for such mediocre music makers.


Savvy rock band balances work, play

Les Savy Fav (pronounced LaySAH-veeFAHV), the Brooklyn-based rock four-piece, has never been known to settle. Since forming in 1995 at the Rhode Island School of Design, the band members have recorded four full-length albums, one killer EP, a collection of singles and never failed to do whatever the fuck they wanted.


Malkmus, Vanderslice underwhelm at 9:30

In the no-heroes world of indie rock, Stephen Malkmus is the closest thing there is to a legend. As frontman of '90s slacker rock band Pavement, collaborator on the Silver Jews' early albums or as a solo artist with his new band, the Jicks, Malkmus has proven again that he doesn't give a damn about anything.


Pants-less jokesters take passengers for ride

D.C. residents are generally not known for their willingness to let loose. Whether it's the politicians and lobbyists in suits downtown or the over-achieving, if transient, college set, our nation's capital is seldom known as place to let your hair down. But on Saturday afternoon, about 200 people gathered to prove the stereotype wrong.


December comes early to D.C.

Portland, Ore., band The Decemberists paid a visit to D.C.'s 9:30 club last Monday night, their second show in the District in less than a year. Frontman Colin Meloy led his sextet through a stunning set, drawing mostly from their latest full-length, "The Crane Wife," proving once and for all they're at the top of their game.


Free concerts heat up D.C. nights

Ah, D.C. - a capital in constant flux, an uncertain city in a questionably legal state of un-statehood. It's a city that many people are proud to call home, as well as a city many quickly claim to be just passing through. However, D.C. conjures up strong feelings for most folks who follow the music wrought out of the D.


Calypso cools summer heat

Looking for some sweet tunes to groove to while sipping tea and studying for exams? Why not take a trip down to the Caribbean... in sound! Calypso is a form of fun-loving yet political music bred from the Afro-Caribbean traditions of Trinidad and Tobago and other island nations as early as the 17th century.


CD compiles Appalachian a cappella masters

In 1963, musicologists John Cohen and Peter Gott went down to Sodom, a small, isolated mountain village in North Carolina. There they found and recorded examples of a form of unaccompanied singing specific to that region. Smithsonian Folkways has re-issued those recordings, capturing raw performances from master singers, together with "The End of An Old Song," a short documentary by Cohen and extensive liner notes.

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