Entries by Jon Kaplan

BØRNS Finds Magic on the Road

In October 2015, Garrett Borns, better known as the singular BØRNS, released his debut album Dopamine, and his career went into overdrive. The memorable start to that phase of his musical journey began in our fair city, where hours before the album came out, he found himself in DC, onstage at the Rock & Roll […]

Dengue Fever: A Little Bit Cambodian, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll

When you hear the words “dengue fever,” if you have any sense, you’ll run the other way. After all, it’s a nasty tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes. But there’s another Dengue Fever you should run toward, this one a band from L.A., that combines surf rock and psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop influences. Dengue Fever […]

Back on the Road: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

On a recent call with Joe Lewis, it was clear that he was enjoying the comforts of home, just as he was poised to give them up again – for a while at least. The heart, soul and frontman of the eponymously named Austin, Texas band Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears was having a […]

Alabama Shakes Brings Rock and Soul to Farm Aid

Farm Aid’s 31st concert will barnstorm into Bristow, Va. this month at Jiffy Lube Live, marking the third time the benefit will take place in our neck of the woods. Since 1985, the concerts, started by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young (all appearing this year), have raised more than $50 million to promote […]

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas Come to Verizon Center

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas probably couldn’t have imagined their new tour when they met at a Disney Channel screen test almost a decade ago. They were just kids then, and Lovato didn’t even get the part on the Jonas Brothers show that she was auditioning for. But in a recent phone interview, the two […]

Mayer Hawthorne Brings New Tunes to 9:30 Club

“Whatever it is, it gots to be funky.” That’s the credo of one Andrew Mayer Cohen, better known to music fans in the U.S. and around the world as soul singer Mayer Hawthorne. The Grammy-nominated performer told On Tap of his guiding principle in a recent interview, when asked what ties his various musical projects […]

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros burst onto the scene in a big way with their 2009 hit single “Home.” Most people figured that frontman Alex Ebert was actually Edward Sharpe, but lately he’s been trying to get away from that identity. In preparation for the band’s May 25 show at Wolf Trap, Ebert spoke […]