January 11, 2010
The gang performs a musical number (while wearing suits) on the 100th episode of "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS at 8), as Barney considers whether looking snazzy is more important than landing a hot bartender. Meanwhile, Ted meets a new lady friend (guest star Rachel Bilson) who is rumored to be a serious step toward finally revealing the mother of his kids. Thanks to the many blogs and fan sites covering "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love" (ABC at 8), we already know there's a scandal brewing, as one of the contestants allegedly hooked up with a producer...
September 4, 2009
MARILYN ASHFORD-BROWN "Just Doing Me!" Kindred spirits: Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige, Marvin Gaye Show: Wednesday at Blues Alley. Shows start at 8 and 10 p.m. 202-337-4141. http://www.bluesalley.com . Marilyn Ashford-Brown isn't the sort of R&B vocalist who needs to rely on songwriters for inspiration, and her output almost always seems tailor-made to suit her talents and capitalize on her influences. The veteran vocalist insists that she's "old-school" on her latest release,...
May 30, 2011 |
On first blush, the profuse references to vintage soul singers on the Black Swans' new album — shout-outs go to everyone from Percy Mayfield and Sam Cooke to Arthur Alexander and Aretha Franklin — might seem excessive. It's almost as if, by mere dint of association, frontman Jerry DeCicca is claiming kinship with performers whose music his band's shambling indie-rock scarcely resembles. Even the eponymous tribute "Joe Tex" smacks less of the taut funk of the late singer's 1972 smash "I Gotcha" than of the loping...
April 10, 2009
THE POPULAR standards album is a hoary tradition that is the surest sign that an artist has reached middle age. Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart and Queen Latifah took career detours with cover albums, and now Seal has done the same, 15 years after "Kiss From a Rose" made him famous. At first glance, his sound isn't that different: the same warm, breathy voice backed by tasteful orchestral instrumentation, leading to an inevitable crescendo. And he has chosen to cover a number of songs at least as famous as "Kiss.
November 8, 2011 |
There's nothing wrong with the fitted suits and linen pants sets that have long been standard dress for male soul singers, but there's nothing wrong with refusing to adopt that uniform, either. Allen Stone, a 23-year-old artist from Washington state, sounds like an old-school soul singer but dresses like . . . a 23-year-old from Washington state. Stone played a sold-out show at the Red Palace on Monday night — his first performance in the District — wearing his trademark Coke-bottle nerd glasses, a grandpa...
May 25, 2008
The Rev. Al Green, celebrated purveyor of 1970s soul, is proffering the old-style stuff again. The Arkansas-born singer with the otherworldly falsetto revisits his signature sound on a new album, "Lay It Down," which harks back to Green's heyday before he quit secular music in 1979 to concentrate on gospel. "The album has the same type of feel," he says. "It's a real album. It says: 'I love you.' " -- J. Freedom du Lac Think you'll ever run out of things to say about love? No, no. I wrote 18 songs for this...