Entries by Michael Loria

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 […]

Even Openers Bump at 9:30 Club: Courtship and Nation of Language

The crowd was a mixed bag at 9:30 Club last night. But those who showed early were young, and there for either of the two openers: Courtship and Nation of Language. Each make synth-pop, though their takes on the sound diverge. Ultimately, this made little difference; both had the crowd moving and those who had only arrived early […]

Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton on The Anthem

Down to earth is the quality that comes to mind when speaking with Eric Hilton, who, along with Rob Garza, co-founded Thievery Corporation, the DC-based electronic music group known for their blend of dub, acid jazz, reggae and hip-hop. On Tap recently chatted with Hilton about the group’s upcoming New Year’s Eve show at The […]

Bethesda Fine Arts Celebrates The Washington Color School

The first Washington Color School painting I see at Bethesda Fine Art’s Washington Color School: Fifty Years Later exhibition is “Popsicle” by Gene Davis. Bethesda Fine Art Gallery Director Lori Rappaport tells me “Popsicle” is not so much one-of-a-kind as it is one of 50. The piece comes from the Gene Davis Giveaway, where Davis and a team of artists made 50 exact […]

PostClassical Ensemble Rescores the Symphony

PostClassical Ensemble (PCE), an experimental music laboratory led by conductor Angel Gil-Ordoñez, is partnering with Washington National Cathedral. And together, the two are reconceiving the classical experience. This Thursday, PCE will put on a Pearl Harbor Day performance in the main nave of the National Cathedral. It will be the ensemble’s first performance as artists-in-residence at the […]

Get In The Holiday Spirit With Tröegs

The first time I tried a Tröegenator, I immediately realized I’d been wasting my precious beer consumption on lesser ales. This holiday season, Tröegs Brewing Company is releasing even more high-caliber brews for beer lovers to savor at DMV locations, or straight from the brewery in downtown Hersey, Pennsylvania. Tröegs is well-known for its “winter […]

How Well Could You Conduct If You Were A Hufflepuff?

This week, I spoke with Steven Reineke, the principal conductor for the NSO Pops, about his upcoming live scoring of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on November 24-26. The NSO Pops consists of the same musicians you’d see in an NSO performance; the only difference is in repertoire. Reineke has conducted a range of shows for the […]