Music articles

Twin Brother, courtesy of the band.

Review: Twin Brother at D.C.’s Velvet Lounge

Review: Twin Brother at D.C.’s Velvet Lounge

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2014 – The Milwaukee trio band Twin Brother is in the early stages of their development. This isn’t generally noticeable in the way they play. But it’s a fact that becomes all too clear watching them play at venues like DC’s Velvet Lounge in front of a sparse crowd. The seedy glamour

Paradise Fears. (Credit: Paradise Fears)

Review: Paradise Fears at Vienna’s Jammin’ Java

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2014 – Paradise Fears, a band that performed recently at Vienna, Virginia’s Jammin’ Java, hails from the small town of Vermillion, South Dakota, which, according to the last census has slightly fewer than 11,000 people living in it. Bands have a tendency to associate themselves with larger entities when describing where they’re

Salud, "La vida breve."

‘La Vida Breve’: The In Series’ latest pocket opera success

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2014 — Back in the Jurassic Era when I had not yet reached my teens, I generally encountered the music of Manuel de Falla either on black and white TV as background to juggling acts, or at Cleveland Orchestra concerts where orchestral excerpts like the dances from “The Three-Cornered Hat” (“Le tricorne”)

Dana Janssen. )Credit: Dana Buoy)

Review: Dana Buoy performs at DC9

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2014 – Dana Buoy is the solo project alter ego of Akron/Family drummer-vocalist Dana Janssen. His stint as a solo act likely didn’t arise due to any distance from Akron/Family, except, perhaps, in a literal sense. His current project began because Janssen moved out to Portland, while other members of Akron/Family have

Susanna and the Count.

The Met in HD: An invigorating, updated ‘Marriage of Figaro’

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014 – Based on a then-controversial 18th century drama by French author, businessman and adventurer Pierre Beaumarchais, Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”) is an operatic comedy of errors, a story involving both real and imagined infidelity that ultimately leads to mutual forgiveness and a happy, if somewhat chastened ending.

Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett.

Virginia Opera’s gloomy, surprisingly moving ‘Sweeney Todd’

FAIRFAX, Va., October 15, 2014 – The Virginia Opera wrapped up its final two performances of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” this past weekend during its brief trip to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax City. Saturday’s performance, which we attended, was as crisp, precise, and haunting presentation of this work as you’re

Scene from Macbeth (Verdi)

Review: The Met’s memorable ‘Macbeth’ at the movies, live in HD

WASHINGTON, October 13, 2014 – The Metropolitan Opera opened its 2014-2015 live broadcast season with a memorable production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth.” Broadcast live to movie theaters across the country from the Lincoln Center this past Saturday, the performance was recorded and will be repeated at most of these same theaters on Wednesday evening, October