Entries by Courtney Sexton

The Decemberists Experiment Sonically on I’ll Be Your Girl

The Decemberists are often both revered and pigeonholed as the founders of the modern folk movement – they’ve been playing accordions and wearing suspenders onstage since before it was cool (and commonplace to see) – and plenty a remark has been made about frontman Colin Meloy’s propensity to weave actual folklore into his narrative songwriting. […]

A Day in the Life: Miss Pixie’s Owner Pixie Windsor

Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot is nestled in the middle of DC’s bustling 14th Street Corridor, and it’s one of the best places in the city for window shopping. But unlike many of the newer businesses in the neighborhood, the store’s windows – filled with swoon-worthy vintage furniture finds – have been beckoning customers in […]

Radio Game Shows Offer Escape from Reality, the Nerdy (Read: DC) Way

Information overload. Saturated media market. Stimulus fatigue. Call it what you will, but especially over the past year, many readers and media consumers have felt varying degrees of stress associated with choosing where, when and how often to engage with news and information sources, including which outlets they “trust,” which they prefer and which they […]

Miracle for Jammin Java Owners

Brothers Jonathan, Luke and Daniel Brindley know their way around the performance space side of the music industry. Since opening Jammin Java more than 16 years ago, they have hosted countless award-winning and almost famous music artists in their small, Vienna, Virginia-based venue – and, more importantly, managed to bring crowds in to see them. “[Jammin Java] shouldn’t […]

New Anthem for The Head and the Heart

The past few years have seen many local music spaces unplugging the amps and shutting their doors for the last time (RIP IOTA), but a deluge of shiny new venues opening this year within the District are set to fill the void. The Anthem, which switched sound on just two weeks ago, is drawing big […]

Musician On A Mission: Fantastic Negrito

When he won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest in 2015, Xavier Dphrepaulezz was no stranger to making music. In fact, the then 46-year-old had been doing it his whole life, and nearly given it up. As he croons in his winning entry “Lost in a Crowd,” filmed with one straight angle on him and his […]

Class Is In Session

Ah, September. Time for everyone who attempted to escape the humidity for the summer to return to the city. Time for football and crab cakes. Time for Oktoberfests and biergartens. And yes, time for school. The District has bid farewell to our summer interns and welcomed back the scores of students from all over the […]

Stevie Jackson Reaffirms My Lasting Love Affair with Belle and Sebastian

The perfect pop song. The languid lullaby. The cheeky ballad. Alone-in-your-bedroom disco spinner. From the “Blues are still Blue” to “Dear Catastrophe Waitress” and “Seymour Stein” to “Nobody’s Empire,” you’d be hard-pressed to find an occasion or an emotion that a Belle and Sebastian song doesn’t express. The first time I saw the Glaswegian natives […]