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Founded in 1877, The Washington Post is an influential American daily newspaper, published in Washington, D.C.

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Mick Ronson: Play Don’t Worry

Review by Charles Bermant, The Washington Post, 9 March 1975

WHEN DAVID BOWIE and the Spiders from Mars barnstormed America almost two years ago they managed to astound anyone who saw them perform. The Spiders ...

Jean Carne: Jean Carn: Cellar Door, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 26 August 1977

Carn's Stunning Vocals ...

The Ramones: The Bayou, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 12 October 1977

Ramones: Empty Punk ...

Nils Lofgren: A Study in Patience and Power

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 22 October 1977

NILS LOFGREN, the diminutive Washington-bred rock figure, is intrigued by the idea of success by elimination. "It's encouraging that a rock 'n' roll artist with ...

Donny Hathaway: The Last Hurrah, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 24 November 1977

Pop-Soul Vocalist Donny Hathaway At The Last Hurrah ...

Billy Paul, the Philadelphia Story: Cellar Door, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 27 December 1977

Better Never Than Late ...

Professor Longhair: Childe Harold, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 25 February 1978

LISTENING TO Roy Byrd, also known as Professor Longhair and playing at the Childe Harold through Sunday, it is almost necessary to hear between the ...

Norman Connors, Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle: Patti Labelle, Norman Connors' Starship Orchestra: Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 17 June 1978

Superb Ballads Of Patti Labelle ...

Lowell George: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 29 June 1979

FOR THE last night's standing-room-only concert at Lisner Auditorium, Lowell George chose an antithetical way of celebrating his divorce from Little Feat, a rock band ...

The Clash, Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Ritchie Coliseum, College Park MD

Live Review by Joe Sasfy, The Washington Post, 1 October 1979

ENGLAND'S CLASH brought their version of rock's civil war to Ritchie Coliseum Saturday night. By the time they ended their second encore, a hypersonic invitation ...

The Fabulous Thunderbirds: The Bayou, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 1 October 1979

THE FABULOUS Thunderbirds, who appeared at the Bayou last night, recall an era when the emphasis of rhythm and blues was definitely on the blues, ...

James Chance & the Contortions, Chumps (Washington DC): James Chance & the Contortions, Chumps: d.c. space, Washington DC

Live Review by Joe Sasfy, The Washington Post, 6 November 1979

D.C.'s METROPOLITAN Arts and Music Association has begun to fill an important void in the local music scene by bringing some of the more artistically ...

The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac's Tusk and The Eagles' The Long Run

Review by Al Aronowitz, The Washington Post, 14 November 1979

LONG AND EAGERLY AWAITED, Fleetwood Mac's Tusk comes as the most spectacular event in records since Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. Less ...

Fleetwood Mac: Capital Centre, Landover MD

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 26 November 1979

Fleetwood Mac's Primal Rock Energy ...

Jessi Colter, The Crickets, Waylon Jennings: Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, The Crickets: Constitution Hall, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 24 April 1980

IN THE world of Waylon Jennings, the law is something to be outside of, barrooms are smoky, bottles empty; women are difficult, or at least ...

Grace Jones: Starplex Armory, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 26 May 1980

HOW GRACE Jones spent Saturday night at the Starplex Armory building: one entrance, many exits for costume changes and not much show in between. ...

Club 9:30 — A New Wave of Night Life

Report by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 1 June 1980

FIRST CAME the artists, then the galleries. Now the rejuvenated area around the 900 block of F Street NW is about to welcome its first ...

Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons: Emmylou Harris: Return of the Electric Cowgirl

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 6 July 1980

SEVEN YEARS ago, the threads in Emmylou Harris' cowgirl suit were beginning to fray around the edges. ...

James "Blood" Ulmer: James Blood Ulmer: 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 28 July 1980

WHEN JAMES "Blood" Ulmer and his three fellow musicians climbed onto the 9:30 club's stage Saturday night, the electricity plugged itself into the musicians. Guitarist ...

Charlie Daniels: Fiddlin' Dixie

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, August 1980

Charlie Daniels, Up From Tobacco Road ...

The Commodores: Six Part Harmony: The Commodores' Sweet Sound of Success

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 1 August 1980

AT 10 A.M. IN Clyde's Omelette Room, William King, Thomas McClary and Milan Williams — half of the Commodores — were splitting their attention between ...

AC/DC, Humble Pie: Capital Centre, Landover MD

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 4 August 1980

AC/DC, WHO played to 16,000 at the Capital Centre last night, are rock's current shock troops. One doesn't enjoy an AC/DC performance as much as ...

Black Rose: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 16 August 1980

LAST NIGHT at the Merriweather Post Pavilion all eyes — and, for once, all ears — were on Cher. That is, Black Rose, Cher's brave ...

Randy VanWarmer, Dave Allen: Cellar Door, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 25 August 1980

RANDY VANWARMER, who performed at the Cellar Door Saturday night, has an image problem. He is best known for last year's terminally mellow hit ballad ...

Chet Atkins: Custom Of the Country

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 20 September 1980

Chet Atkins' Guitar Enters the Smithsonian ...

The Beat, The Pretenders: The Pretenders, the English Beat: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 20 September 1980

IF THE Pretenders proved nothing else at their sold-out concert at Lisner Auditorium last night, they did establish that vocalist/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Chrissie Hynde deserves her ...

Pat Benatar: A Piece Of the Rock: The Pat Benatar Band Has Finally Got It

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 8 October 1980

"FOR THE past five days I can't go to a restaurant without somebody coming up to me and saying 'Aren't you Pat Benatar?' That's the ...

Jeff Beck: Constitution Hall, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 15 October 1980

LIKE A BULL in the arena, the critic occasionally surrenders his ears to a higher cause. At Constitution Hall last night, guitar legend Jeff Beck ...

Johnny Cash, George Jones: George Jones: I Am What I Am (Epic JE 36586); Johnny Cash: Rockabilly Blues (Columbia JC 36779)

Review by Joe Sasfy, The Washington Post, 22 October 1980

Country to Count On ...

The Roches: Revenge Of the Roches

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 11 November 1980

Lacerating Lyrics of The New Wave Heroines ...

The Plasmatics: Rock's Smashing Success: The Plasmatics & Their New Wave of Destruction

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 22 November 1980

WHEN THE Plasmatics say "Dynamite," they're not talking about their music. ...

The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac: The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac: Live

Review by Robot A. Hull, The Washington Post, 28 December 1980

LIVE ROCK ALBUMS, especially the pompous two-record variety, generally are an excuse for extended guitar work and prolonged drum solos. A marketing strategy and a ...

Defunkt, James "Blood" Ulmer: Defunkt: Defunkt (Hannibal HNL 1301); James "Blood" Ulmer: Are You Glad to Be in America? (Rough Trade 16, import)

Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 21 January 1981

Funk/Punk Times Two ...

REO Speedwagon: On Top at Last and Rolling in the Fast Lane

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 22 March 1981

REO Speedwagon's Powerful Drive... ...

Gang of Four, Public Image Ltd: Public Image Ltd.: Flowers of Romance (Warner Bros. BSK3536); The Gang of Four: Solid Gold (Warner Bros. BSK3656)

Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 20 May 1981

Rock-Bottom Rock ...

George Jones: Back From the Road to Ruin

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 25 May 1981

George Jones' Singing Rebound From Lost Love and Liquor ...

George Jones, Johnny Paycheck: George Jones: Fairfax High School, Fairfax VA

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 25 May 1981

WHEN GEORGE Jones stepped out on the makeshift stage of Fairfax High School's gym Saturday night, he defined not only his performance, but his career: ...

Bill Monroe, The Original Bluegrass Boy: "I Keep The Music Going Near Right as I Can..."

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 7 June 1981

BILL MONROE is the champagne of the bluegrass world — opening a club or kicking off a new festival without him would almost be unthinkable. ...

Government Issue, Minor Threat, Youth Brigade: Minor Threat, Youth Brigade, G.I.: 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 17 July 1981

The Sounds and the Slamdance ...

Black Flag, Minor Threat, Henry Rollins, State of Alert: Slamdancing in the Big City

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 19 July 1981

THE PIT is ferocious and frightening: Young men's bodies slam into each other, arms and elbows out, fist flailing, like razor-edged Mexican jumping beans popping ...

Kraftwerk: Rock's Mad Scientists

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 2 August 1981

Kraftwerk Moves Electronic Music Out of the Lab and Onto the Dance Floor ...

Slim Whitman: Whitman's Sampler Of Country Classics

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 15 August 1981

The Forgotten Master of Tenor Comes Home ...

X: 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 7 September 1981

X-Humed ...

Rev. James Cleveland: James Cleveland: The Preacher Teacher of Gospel

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 24 September 1981

James Cleveland: Bridging the Gap Between the Sacred And the Secular ...

Don Cherry: Jazz's Exotic Strains

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 3 October 1981

Don Cherry and His Magic Musical Memory ...

Rick James: Punk's Flashy Funkster

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 5 October 1981

Rick James: Braided and Brassy Superstar Finds All That Glitters Turns to Platinum ...

Gladys Knight and the Pips: Gladys Knight, Gladly

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 19 October 1981

After 30 Years, Things Are Still Pip ...

Laurie Anderson: Dizzying, Dazzling Action

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 7 November 1981

Laurie Anderson: All This and Humor, Too ...

In the Punk of the Night: Penelope Spheeris and the Underground of Shock

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 10 November 1981

  WALKING ALONG Hollywood Boulevard one night in 1979, Los Angeles filmmaker Penelope Spheeris was drawn underground into a tawdry punk club called the Masque. What ...

Prince: Warner Theater, Washington DC

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 21 November 1981

PRINCE PUT on a dazzling show of screaming guitar solos, irresistible dance rhythms and charismatic showmanship at the Warner Theater Saturday night. Leading a powerful ...

Joan Jett, the Runaway Success

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 9 January 1982

Rockville's Blackheart Comes Home to the Bayou ...

James "Blood" Ulmer: Blood Sounds

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 10 January 1982

Funk Guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer: Harmolodic Karma ...

Carly Simon, James Taylor: James Taylor: Trial by Fire & Rain

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 15 July 1982

34, Divorced & Growing Up: James Taylor Loves His Work ...

Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride: Ronnie Milsap: Inside Ronnie Milsap (RCA AHL1-4311); Charley Pride: Charley Sings Everybody's Choice (RCA AHL1- 4287)

Review by Joe Sasfy, The Washington Post, 16 July 1982

Milsap Loses Soul; Pride's in a Rut ...

David Bowie, Change, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick: Luther Vandross, Into the Limelight

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 21 November 1982

  LUTHER VANDROSS is singin' on top of the world nowadays, master of a string of professions: singer, songwriter, arranger, producer. ...

The Big Boys, Minor Threat, Trouble Funk: Trouble Funk, Minor Threat, the Big Boys: Lansburgh Cultural Center, Washington DC

Live Review by Howard Wuelfing, The Washington Post, 26 September 1983

Punk & Funk ...

Irene Cara: What a Feeling! Irene Cara as Her Famous Self

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 12 January 1984

FOR IRENE Cara, the price of Fame is to play… in film and on television… Irene Cara! ...

Michael Jackson: The Big Thrill

Report by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 15 May 1984

"WELL, ISN'T this a thriller," said President Reagan. "We haven't seen this many people since we left China." ...

Charley Pride: Pride In His Country

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 6 July 1984

The Black Singer Who Crossed Over ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited (EU), Go-Go Allstarz, The Junkyard Band, Little Benny & The Masters, Mass Extension, Rare Essence, Redds And The Boys, Trouble Funk: Go-Go: A Musical Phenomenon Bonding a Community

Special Feature by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 19 May 1985

GO-GO MUSIC, the hard-hitting street funk born and bred in Washington's inner city 15 years ago and the heart of a vibrant black subculture for ...

Bob Dylan, Peter Case: Bob Dylan’s Knocked Out Loaded, the Band of the Hand soundtrack, and Peter Case’s debut album

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 24 July 1986

THE POOR SOUND wasn’t the only problem with Bob Dylan’s recent concert in Washington. A far more fundamental problem was the overbearing preachiness and unrelenting ...

Fela Kuti & the Chords of Africa

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 7 November 1986

TWO YEARS ago, as Fela Anikulapo Kuti headed for America for what would have been his first tour here in 15 years, Nigerian authorities arrested ...

The Fat Boys: Getting just desserts

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 15 August 1987

THE MAITRE D' at Samplings on M Street hovers over a table that looks like it's just had a serious accident. ...

U2's Journey Through The Past: Rattle and Hum

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 12 October 1988

BY THEIR OWN admission, the members of U2 had little sense of history when they started making music. Like so many of their generation, the ...

Los Lobos: La Pistola y El Corazon

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 14 October 1988

THE DIFFERENCE between Linda Ronstadt's recent album of Mexican folk standards and Los Lobos' new album of Mexican folk standards, La Pistola y El Corazon, ...

De La Soul's Mind-Bending Rap

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 18 May 1989

DE LA SOUL'S 3 Feet High and Rising is art-rap, a wild and woolly concept album that takes its title from a Johnny Cash song, ...

Jimmy Buffett: Oh, The Stories He Can Tell

Profile and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 17 December 1989

"IF THE NUNS at school saw me signing like this, they'd hit me on the knuckles with a ruler," says Jimmy Buffett, scribbling his name ...

The Beach Boys: The Endless Echo of Pet Sounds

Essay by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 19 June 1990

COMIC STRIP characters rarely die, but Andy, the wisecracking AIDS patient in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury strip, endured a long death watch this spring. When he ...

Jon Lucien, Luther Vandross, Keith Washington: Luther Vandross: Power of Love (Epic); Keith Washington: Make Time for Love (Qwest); Jon Lucien: Listen Love (Mercury)

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 28 April 1991

YOU HEAR Luther Vandross's voice everywhere these days — and not merely on his own recordings. Listen to the recent albums by Freddie Jackson, Will ...

Danny Gatton: The Fastest Guitar in the East

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 11 August 1991

The fastest guitar in the East. Or the West, or the South — or anywhere on the planet, really. A lot of people think Danny ...

Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out By Bill Graham and Robert Greenfield

Book Review by Tom Graves, The Washington Post, 18 October 1992

THE LATE Bill Graham is remembered by most as the prickly, hyperactive browbeater who opened not one, but two Fillmore concert halls during the height ...

Madonna: The Madonna Pornucopia

Preview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 21 October 1992

PSSSST! WANNA see some new Madonna product? ...

Donald Fagen: Kamakiriad

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, March 1993

DONALD FAGEN'S first album in 11 years, Kamakiriad, can be judged from two different perspectives. On the one hand, it marries tartly ironic lyrics with ...

Elvis Presley: From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters 1

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 1 October 1993

IT'S EASY TO DISMISS ELVIS PRESLEY'S post-army career – easy, that is, until one is forced to sit down and listen to a song like ...

Bob Dylan: Warner Theatre, Washington D.C.

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 31 October 1994

BOB DYLAN'S show at the Warner Theatre last night was rapidly going down the tubes when the singer suddenly focused himself and turned the second ...

Walter Becker: 11 Tracks Of Whack

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, December 1994

AS THE TEAM called Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker wrote, produced and performed some of the smartest, most seductive rock-and-roll of the '70s. ...

Bob Dylan: MTV Unplugged (Columbia)

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 24 May 1995

BOB DYLAN has released 52 songs on five different albums since 1992 but has not included one song of his own written after 1990. This ...

David Torn, James Blood Ulmer, Thurston Moore: When Guitars Speak: Innovations From Ulmer, Torn and Moore

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 25 June 1995

IT'S EASY to understand why so many jazz and pop musicians have gravitated toward the buzzing, grinding and squealing of guitar distortion, even if those ...

Bad Brains: Lame Brains

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 30 July 1995

IN THE LATE '70s, Washington's Bad Brains pioneered a style of speedy hard-core punk that is now a commercial juggernaut for young bands such as ...

Elvis Presley: Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential ‘70s Masters

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 13 December 1995

ELVIS PRESLEY'S music in the 1970s is often dismissed as the bombastic, half-hearted hack work of an overweight, pill-addicted, badly dressed has-been. In the liner ...

Carl Perkins with David McGee: Go, Cat, Go! – The Life and Times of Carl Perkins, The King of Rockabilly

Book Review by Tom Graves, The Washington Post, 23 June 1996

RECORD PRODUCER Sam Phillips, who owned the tiny Sun record label in Memphis, has been hounded for years by journalists and biographers about his decision ...

George Jones with Tom Carter: I Lived To Tell It All

Book Review by Tom Graves, The Washington Post, 23 June 1996

I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL, the long-awaited autobiography of country music legend George Jones, has to be one of the bleakest, most disconsolate music ...

James Sallis: The Guitar In Jazz – An Anthology

Book Review by Tom Graves, The Washington Post, 23 June 1996

WHY IS IT that jazz, one of the most exciting and explosive forms of music, has been the subject of some of the lamest, most ...

Stephen Bishop: Songs In the Rough – From 'Heartbreak Hotel' to 'Higher Love': Rock's Greatest Songs in First-Draft Form

Book Review by Tom Graves, The Washington Post, 23 June 1996

ESSENTIALLY A NOVELTY book for novice songwriters, Songs In the Rough is both shy on substance and skimpy on songs. The idea behind the book ...

Eva Cassidy: Echoes of a Voice Stilled Too Early

Comment by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 17 November 1996

BRUCE LUNDVALL still shakes his head over Eva Cassidy. Lundvall heads Blue Note Records, a label with a string of distinctive jazz singers. None made ...

Danny Thompson, Richard Thompson: Industry: A Tale of Two Thompsons

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 4 July 1997

DANNY THOMPSON grew up in the world described in the movie Brassed Off--the northern British villages where men scrub off the soot of the ...

Steve Earle's Politics and Prose

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 6 February 1998

IT WAS the kind of night that could only take place in Nashville, a town with as many songwriters as Washington has bureaucrats. ...

Frank Sinatra: Sinatra Crooned, World Swooned

Obituary by Tim Page, The Washington Post, 16 May 1998

HE CALLED himself a mere "saloon singer" from Hoboken, New Jersey. But Frank Sinatra, who died late Thursday at the age of 82, was much ...

The High Llamas: A Different Breed

Overview by Tim Page, The Washington Post, 10 January 1999

'Crossover' British Rockers Deftly Blend Old and New. The Result Is A Horse of Another Color. ...

Captain Beefheart: Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart)

Essay by Tim Page, The Washington Post, 12 December 1999

BACK IN THE early 1970s, when Captain Beefheart was at the decidedly sub-stratospheric pinnacle of his fame, there was no faster way to clear out ...

Femi Kuti, Fela Kuti: Femi Kuti's Family Tradition

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 17 March 2000

A FEW YEARS ago, Femi Kuti's 'Beng Beng Beng' was banned from Nigeria's airwaves by that nation's military regime. When a civilian government took over ...

The Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Interview by Tim Page, The Washington Post, 7 May 2000

NEW YORK — There is a distinct whiff of Disney to the Lower East Side these days. Tidied and fattened by the Manhattan real estate ...

De La Soul: Spotlight: De La Soul

Report and Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 21 July 2000

"WE REALLY don't have a fear of that 'out of sight, out of mind' thing," insists De La Soul's Dave (David Joliceur). ...

Roni Stoneman: One Plucky Lady

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 13 September 2001

SO, HOW LONG has it been since Roni Stoneman, the First Lady of Banjo, played in the Washington area? ...

Lisa Marie Presley: To Whom It May Concern (Capitol)

Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 9 April 2003

SUSPICIOUS MINDS want to know: How much Presley is there in Lisa Marie? ...

Lisa Marie Presley: The Princess of Rock Makes a Name for Herself

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 6 May 2005

LET'S FORGET last names for just a moment. ...

Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell: Begonias

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 24 June 2005

Traditional country music is marriage music, and there's no better way to dissect a troubled marriage than to have a female country singer and a ...

Donald Fagen: Morph the Cat

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 3 March 2006

HOW DO YOU write a song about homeland security without sounding preachy or trite? On the other hand, how do you make honest music in ...

Arthur Lee, Love: The Everlasting Forever Of Arthur Lee

Retrospective by Tim Page, The Washington Post, 5 August 2006

ARTHUR LEE and his off-again-on-again rock group Love made only one great album – a brooding, opulent and improbable dream called Forever Changes, released in ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Christopher John Farley: Before The Legend – The Rise of Bob Marley (Amistad)

Book Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, The Washington Post, 20 August 2006

The early years of a reggae superstar who gained worldwide renown. ...

Judee Sill: A Brief Life, an Enduring Musical Impression

Retrospective by Tim Page, The Washington Post, 30 December 2006

ON THE DAY after Thanksgiving 1979, Judee Sill, a 35-year-old, deeply depressed and physically broken singer-songwriter, took an overdose of opiates and cocaine in her ...

Ruthie Foster: The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 30 March 2007

WHEN RUTHIE FOSTER performed at the South by Southwest Music Conference two weeks ago, the short, dreadlocked singer demanded attention with the sheer power of ...

Paul Simon: The Sound Of America

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 18 May 2007

PAUL SIMON'S first encounter with the Library of Congress came in 1956, when, as a 14-year-old, he sent his first song to the Library's Copyright ...

Janet Jackson: True You: A Journey To Finding And Loving Yourself

Book Review by Michael Gross, The Washington Post, 25 March 2011

JANET JACKSON'S True You boasts alluring packaging: It's printed on the kind of ultra-white paper you rarely see in books anymore, chock-full of photos and ...

Graham Parker repeats the Rumour

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 23 November 2012

IN THE NEW Judd Apatow movie, This Is 40, Paul Rudd's character runs an indie record label that reunites Graham Parker and the Rumour, the ...

Bad Religion: No Assumption Safe with Punk Vets

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 22 March 2013

THE TITLE OF the first single from Bad Religion's new album, True North, is unprintable in this newspaper, but the two-word expletive advises one to ...

Elbow: With Maturity, U.K. art-rockers Elbow finally stick the Landing

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 8 May 2014

BIG HANDS, a pub in Manchester, England, that takes its name from a Violent Femmes song, has long been a watering hole for local bands. ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: Chuck Brown Band, still crankin'

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 26 December 2014

CHUCKY THOMPSON had to lie about his age to play with Chuck Brown. It was 1984, and Thompson, 16 years old and already one of the ...

Emmylou Harris, back where it all started

Profile by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 8 January 2015

THERE'S A REASON so many artists have signed on to take part in The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration on ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty: John Fogerty is celebrating a spectacular run by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Report by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 28 June 2015

FEW POP MUSIC acts have enjoyed a year like Creedence Clearwater Revival had in 1969. That year, the John Fogerty-led quartet released three top-10 albums: ...

James Brown, William DeVaughn, Skip Mahoney & the Casuals: Celebrating the "Godfather of Soul" the best way they know how

Report and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 16 July 2015

LAST SUMMER, when the James Brown biopic Get on Up opened on movie screens, jazz bassist Christian McBride organized an all-star concert at the Hollywood ...

The National's Bryce Dessner: A man of many talents

Report by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 18 November 2016

Show: With the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jacomo Bairos on Friday at the Kennedy Center. ...

Harry Styles: Harry Styles

Review by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 29 September 2017

HARRY STYLES has gone back to the future. Sooner or later, this short, wiry singer with the tousled hair and giddy tenor had to leave ...

St. Vincent: Catching St. Vincent at the Anthem? Expect to see two acts, like a play.

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, The Washington Post, 24 November 2017

THE LAST SONG that Annie Clark wrote for Masseduction, the new St. Vincent album, was the title tune. The track begins with a stuttering percussion ...

Kendrick Lamar: Sorry, rock fans. Hip hop is the only genre that matters right now.

Comment by Marc Weingarten, The Washington Post, 17 April 2018

NO ONE WHO has heard Kendrick Lamar's stunning album Damn could be at all surprised that it is the first nonclassical or jazz recording to ...

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