Entries by Monica Alford

The Breeders’ Kim Deal Gets Technical at SXSW

The highlight for me on day two of our SXSW adventures was getting to sit in the same room as the iconic Kim Deal as she fielded questions from audio engineer and frequent collaborator Steve Albini. Deal, the former bassist for the Pixies (her backing vocals on “Where Is My Mind?” are among the most memorable in the […]

Queer Guitar Pros Partner Shred at SXSW

People say that I talk like Ellen Page // I guess that makes sense since we come from the same place // But it’s more than just a regional thing // Cause if it’s 50 percent maritime, it’s 50 percent lesbian The opening lyrics to Ontario-based Partner’s “The ‘Ellen’ Page” pretty much sum up this […]

Bad Moves, Good Vibes at SXSW

Bad Moves makes the 90s kid in me perk right up, transporting me back to the days of (early, and therefore good) blink-182 and other pop punk guilty pleasures. The DC-based foursome took the stage at Sidewinder on Tuesday night, kicking off the Don Giovanni Records showcase at SXSW. The first thing I noticed as we […]

Psych-Rock Legends The Zombies Headline Birchmere

What’s your name? Who’s your daddy? Sound familiar? The psychedelic rockers behind some of the most iconic lyrics of the 60s from hits like “Time of the Season,” “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No” are on a 23-stop tour, and headlining The Birchmere on March 13. The Zombies are fresh on the heels of a 2018 […]

Inside FYM Productions’ Cryfest

You don’t just stumble upon a Cure/Smiths dance party, Stephen Petix tells me on a call that I’ve been dying to have with him since high school. The crowds he draws for his longstanding Cryfest dance night at the Black Cat are already diehard fans of the music, and he basically gets to geek out […]

Women’s Voices Theater Festival Challenges Status Quo

A PTSD-ridden marine plans her wedding. A man is held without charge in Guantanamo for 12 years. A reimagined Shakespeare play gives minorities the chance to be heard. A series of one-act plays follow the hard-luck stories of everyday people struggling to find their place in the world. Though the plots and themes of these […]

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52’s Cindy Wilson

There are certain moments in life that you can always return to, palpable memories that never leave you. For me, one of those moments was standing in the front row at a sold-out B-52’s show with my dad at the brand new House of Blues in Boston the night of my college graduation. As I […]

King Of Kitsch: John Waters

John Waters hates fruit baskets. “I can afford a pear for Christ’s sake,” the Baltimore-based cult icon tells me on a recent call. “Why would anybody send a pear? Send me cigarettes or porn.” And don’t get him started on gift cards. “That just means you think the person is stupid. You don’t have any […]

Local Sounds: New Releases from DC Musicians

As our city’s music scene continues to grow, so do the number of releases from local musicians. From experimental indie rock to country/R&B fusion to straight up soul, DC area musicians are flourishing across genres and pushing locals to experience new sounds. We caught up with three local artists with new albums out to see […]

Tina Fey and Creative Team on Broadway-Bound Mean Girls

Mean Girls is one of those coming-of-age films that rides the fine line between cult classic and mainstream appeal, with countless diehard fans quoting the movie in regular conversation and turning their favorite lines into hashtags 13 years later. And for us theatre nerds on the cult classic side of the fence, it seems only […]