Entries by Michael Loria

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 […]

Mozart in the District

It’s not so much what Gianandrea Noseda says so much as how he says it. The Italian-born conductor speaks with a drawl that makes you want to listen closer and, even over the phone, you can tell which topics he finds blasé and which cause his eyes to light up. At the mention of Amazon’s […]

Inside the Smithsonian Latino Center

To prime myself for an afternoon at the Smithsonian Latino Center, I spent the morning on Independence Avenue between the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum enjoying the contrast between the chic couples that tended to favor the former and the ragtag herds of school kids that inundated the latter. I arrived at the SLC, […]

DMV Film Wins Big at Västerås Film Festival in Sweden

Chilean-born director Francisco Campos-Lopez moved to the DMV area to direct music videos in 2011. This September, Campos-Lopez debuted his first feature film, I Did Her Wrong, at the Västerås Film Festival in Sweden and won big. The film tells the story of an estranged father trying to reconnect with his daughter by casting her as […]

LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream Tour at The Anthem

It’s past 9 p.m. on October 17, and the lines into The Anthem still stretch from both sides of the marquee. It’s cold for the first time in what seems like forever in DC, and in line, people chat restlessly. Maybe because the band was supposed to go on at 8 p.m., and maybe because, for […]