Tag: Music News

Broccoli City Festival unveils 2019 lineup with Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne

WASHINGTON — Broccoli City Festival revealed this year’s musical lineup Wednesday, featuring big names in hip-hop and R&B to play in the D.C. area. Multihyphenate Childish Gambino and rap trailblazer Lil Wayne take top billing, with R&B visionary Teyana Taylor, “Boo’d Up” singer Ella Mai and newcomers City Girls also set to take the stage. Also […]

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Music Capital: Can DC become America’s next big music town?

WASHINGTON — Who says the nation’s capital must only be known as a political town? It may be years before Washington, D.C., has the reputation of a music city like Austin, Texas, Chicago, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, New York or Los Angeles, but the foundation has already been laid. D.C. has its own rich history, […]

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30 years later, groundbreaking book ‘Banned in DC’ still reverberates

WASHINGTON — This week marks 30 years since the public got its first view of a photo-heavy book depicting the earliest days of D.C.’s hardcore punk scene — and its author says the anniversary is both rewarding and disappointing. Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague, and Sharon Cheslow got the first copies of their book, “Banned In […]

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DC punk legends Minor Threat reunite — for iconic photo only

WASHINGTON — ‘Baby has grown older,’ but still knows how to pose for a photo. In 1985, D.C. hardcore band Minor Threat released their final EP, entitled “Salad Days,” two years after the band had broken up. The cover photo, by Glen E. Friedman, of the band sitting on the front porch of Dischord House, […]

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Kim Kardashian Thinks Husband Kanye West Smells ‘Like a Rich Person’

When Kim Kardashian West is asked what husband Kanye West smells like, only one word comes to her mind: Rich. “I can’t explain it, but like a rich person. Like … money, I don’t know! He smells like what you think a really expensive, Saint Laurent fragrance campaign would be,” Kardashian West, […]

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Back to your heart: Backstreet Boys announce world tour, new album

WASHINGTON — Backstreet’s back, alright! Along with the release of a new single Friday, Backstreet Boys announced their upcoming tenth studio album “DNA” and a world tour set for 2019 that’s bound to be larger than life. The ’90s pop heartthrobs will be making their first North American stop in D.C.’s Capital One Arena on […]

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Bri Steves Works Hard And Plays Harder

After sharing a stage with Kendrick Lamar at the 2018 Made In America festival back on her Philadelphia stomping grounds, rising rap talent Bri Steves is now hitting the road for her first tour ever on Atlantic Records’ Access Granted: HBCU Tour. The 16-college campus excursion with her Atlantic Records label mates is familiar territory […]

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Next Town Down Announces “Bounce” As Debut Single Off New EP

Well, Townies, you picked it and they’ve crowned it! Next Town Down has announced “twerkin’” banger “Bounce” as the winner of their October drop. Produced by R&B heavyweight Cam Wallace, known for hits like Queen Bey’s “Upgrade U,” the fan-chosen victor is also the R&B quintet’s debut single off their forthcoming EP! Listen to “Bounce” above — it’s […]

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Celebrating Elton John as farewell tour hits Capital One Arena this weekend

WASHINGTON — Too often, pop culture celebrates our musicians in their prime, then takes them for granted until giant tributes upon their deaths: David Bowie to Tom Petty to Prince. But it’s equally important to cherish our living legends while they’re still rocking the house, which brings us to Sir Elton John’s farewell tour at […]

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Black Cat to close downstairs portion to make room for 14th St. retail space

WASHINGTON — The Black Cat celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend in D.C. But there is now more reason to attend the venue — its downstairs days are numbered. A spokesperson for the club told WTOP that the ground-floor Red Room bar and secondary performing space Backstage will close by the end of the year […]

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McCain, Franklin tributes show 2 Americas and cultures

Two farewells, both reflecting distinct but uniquely American cultures. In Detroit, celebrities sat alongside anonymous mourners Friday in joyous remembrance of Aretha Franklin, a funeral that brought together the black church, gospel music, civil rights activism and Detroit civic pride. Hundreds of miles away in Washington, D.C., honor guards stood ramrod straight through silent pomp […]

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September Entertainment Guide 2018

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews September entertainment Jason Fraley https://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/SEPT-ENT-GUIDE-2018-jfray.mp3 Download audio September Entertainment Guide Sept. 1: Ziggy Marley at Wolf Trap  Sept. 1-16: “Hamilton” at Kennedy Center Sept. 1-23: “Small Mouth Sounds” at Round House Theatre Sept. 1-23: “Passion” at Signature Theatre Sept. 1-Oct. 7: “South Pacific” at Olney Theatre Sept. 2: Labor Day Capitol […]

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Q&A: Johnny Mathis croons for a cause at Georgetown children’s charity event

WASHINGTON — A legendary musician is coming to Georgetown to croon for a cause. Johnny Mathis will headline the fourth annual “Heroes of Child Justice” charity event at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center on Reservoir Road on Sunday, Sept. 23. The event will raise money for Child Justice Inc., which protects abused or neglected […]

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