Entries by Michael Loria

múm on a Sunday Night

The shot that captured the night was the slow but persistently waving Icelandic flag. Some lone fan leaned against the stage, and waved the flag like the turtle from Robin Hood – that is, gently and unfaltering. múm played for a sparse but appreciative crowd Sunday night at 9:30 Club. The Icelandic collective, best known for tracks […]

John Maus Rocks Out to John Maus at Rock & Roll Hotel

John Maus alternatively headbanged and screamed “All your pets are gonna die” onstage at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Saturday night. Maus brought his experimental and medieval-inflected synth pop to the H Street venue, and though he sings only 70 percent of his own lyrics, Maus rocked out and had the sold-out crowd losing their voices with […]

Carla Bruni Brings French Touch to Birchmere

Even over the phone, Carla Bruni is wonderful. She says she’s doing well, though it’s a very rainy day in London. She speaks in a way that puts you at ease, like a lazy morning. There might be some cloud cover, but you feel a good walk in you yet. For now, you’re still taking […]

Dick Cavett Takes the Cake at The Watergate

Slow Burn begins with a story that you’ve likely never heard, according to show host Leon Neyfakh. A few days after the Watergate break-in in 1972, Martha Mitchell was held as a prisoner for several days by Nixon acolytes for knowing too much. When she did share her story, she was dismissed as deranged, and it […]

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Give Depth to STC’s Hamlet

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern may have famously failed to play upon Hamlet as a pipe, but at Shakespeare Theatre Company, they firmly fingered all my stops. The production is STC’s latest take on Hamlet, at Sidney Harman Hall through March 4, and it is one which I cannot recommend enough. At the theater, I speak with Ryan Spahn and […]

Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian

The main gallery space of “Americans,” a new long-term exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian, has the immersive feel of Nam June Paik’s “Megatron/Matrix” at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art on F Street. Though it isn’t frenetic like Paik’s field of TVs, “Americans” is still mesmerizing, and has the same quality of making […]

What’s On Tap: Winter 2018

Greetings, beer nerds! As you likely know, there are a number of fantastic spots in the DMV where you can grab a pint, and their menus are always evolving and adapting to your tastes. If you’d rather avoid the guessing game, check out what’s coming up at a few of these fine establishments. TUESDAY, JANUARY […]

Mega Bog Speaks Sci-Fi and Destroyer

Not long after I hang up the phone with Mega Bog’s songwriter Erin Birgy, I look up a video she mentioned called Bridges-Go-Round by Shirley Clark. Bridges is first on the list of films that inspired her own music videos, like the one she made for “London.” But in Bridges, I see her music as much as I […]

JD Deardourff, the Artist Behind Uncanny Fantastic

SPACE4, a shipping container converted into an art gallery, is now home to artist JD Deardourff‘s body of work. His exhibit, “Uncanny Fantastic,” is a collection of abstract collages inspired by comic book imagery. Deardourff’s comic-style pieces are now firmly supplanted in Union Market, as the mobile art space continues its mission to relocate to unconventional venues across […]