Entries by Michael Loria

U.S. Girls Smash Patriarchy

Meg Remy’s deliberate silence early in the U.S. Girls set at Union Stage Sunday night let you know that though she was having fun; she wasn’t fucking around. Remy is U.S. Girls, who are currently touring their sixth record, In a Poem Unlimited. Center stage, silent and dressed in all black, Remy stared back at […]

That Magic from Son Little at Union Stage

I didn’t care to bring this up over the phone, but the last thing I did before calling Aaron Earl Livingston, aka Son Little, was sing the chorus of his gospel-infused single “Lay Down.” It was also the first thing I did after hanging up the phone too. Over the weekend, I got to speak […]

U.S. Girls at Union Stage Sunday

Meg Remy has been a number of things, “Mad as Hell,” a Gouldian finch and, of course, U.S. Girls. The prolific, multi-disciplinary artist released her seventh record, In a Poem Unlimited, mid-February. The work is a definite standout and possibly the best U.S. Girls record yet. The danceable album pulls from any number of influences, […]

No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man at the Renwick

There’s a temple at Renwick today, but unlike the National Shrine or the National Cathedral, it sneaks up on you. You won’t see David Best’s monumental architecture coming until you’ve walked into it. Best, an American sculptor, has been making temples for Burning Man on and off since 2000, and his latest work is an […]

Brand New at the Hirshhorn

“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy,” reads “Prop,” a small bronze plaque by David Robbins that replicates the language at the entrance to Disneyland, and is nearly indistinguishable from the original. The piece now sits at the entrance to the newest exhibition at the Hirshhorn, Brand New: Art and Commodity […]

A Breezy Summer Home at SAAM: Do Ho Suh

At the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) on F Street, you can now walk down a corridor that leads you through a New York apartment (in pink), a Berlin foyer (in green) and a hallway in Seoul (in cerulean blue). These are the former homes of artist Do Ho Suh, and set against the granite columns inside […]

Roman Rabinovich Returns to the Kennedy Center

“Musicians are like gypsies, always on the road,” concert pianist Roman Rabinovich writes me. As we chat, he’s on his way to Germany to play a recital of composer Joseph Haydn‘s music. This Saturday, he’s going to play at the Kennedy Center. His upcoming program will also include Haydn, as well as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frédéric Chopin and […]

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Union Stage

“Well, I would hope so,” Alaska B deadpans when I ask her whether she and the rest of Yamantaka//Sonic Titan will be playing any of the music off their upcoming record, DIRT, at their Union Stage show. Alaska has a way of speaking that reminds you convention is only that, convention. She drums, writes and produces […]

Rare Birds at Rock & Roll Hotel: Jonathan Wilson

The lights are lowered and the projection behind the band becomes visible. A digitally animated throne room is now visible. Mannequin-like avatars dance in slow motion, a swan sits atop a watermelon and at the far end of the room, Jonathan Wilson sits in a peacock wicker chair, barefoot and decked out in white. “I want […]

In Derby We Trust

I was on time, but found no one else there. Waze led me to a row of desolate warehouses, and I had no idea behind which dark door I might find my point of contact, Slam Grier. “I didn’t know I was this intense of a reporter,” I thought. I was in an industrial park, […]