09 Jan 05 - Alice Lee, WMUC 88.1 FM, University of Md. (College Park)... She's quite impressive. The harmonies of her songs are quite sophisticated and broad-ranging. She only sang 5 songs, yet one sounded like it was written in the 40s and another had a Brazilian sound to it. Her voice has mostly a husky quality, except when she sings quite hi or low.
13 Jan - Ken Oak, Jammin' Java, Vienna, Va... This singer/songwriter is based in LA, but got his start several years ago at this very spot. He's got a smooth, strong voice, that only faltered when he tried to sing falsetto. (Probably due to the fact that he was recovering from a cold.)
12 Feb - Angie Pepa, Version 4, INU, Rubberband, Third Element, Bleud, Cutterpillows... Frazier's on the Ave., Baltimore... Sat through 5 hours of bands (and Angie's solo act), but I think I may have missed 2 other groups on the bill tonight...
18 Feb - Jeff Chang, book signing for Can't Stop, Won't Stop; Karibu bks., The (Prince Georges) Mall, Hyattsville, Md...
19 Feb - St. Petersburg Quartet + Bright Sheng, Meyer auditorium, Freer Gallery, Wash., D.C.
26 Feb - everything seems to have been sold out, this week. When I went to the Ottobar to see Guitar Wolf, it was sold out. The place looked pretty full, so I may not have been able to get a good spot to take pictures (if I'd been allowed to -- not sure about that).
8 March - Colorado Songwriters Circle, Jammin' Java, Vienna, Va... I headed down to this gig to especially see Wendy Woo. Usually, she spends most of her time performing in Colorado.
26 Mar - Bhangra Block Party, Smith gym, GWU, DC... a gathering usually held on the afternoon of the Bhangra Blowout competition... This year, it was Kidd Skilly on stage. He's a rapper from Detroit. Seems like the fickle crowd wasn't feelin' him that much. Probably, their thoughts were focused on bhangra, and not hip hop. Too bad, because there seemed to be some skills and musical prowess that deserved some respect...
6 Apr - DMBQ, Mojo Rm., Baltimore... DMBQ was preceded by 2 local acts, Human Host and WZT Hearts... The 2 earlier groups were loud, full of murky electronic noise (with acoustic drum set) and devoid of much stage presence. So it was a welcome contrast to see DMBQ strut their stuff. The easiest way to describe their act is butoh psychedelia that at times caricatures rock bands of yesteryear.
10 Apr - Mono, Talking Head club, Baltimore... trance rock with varied dynamics... what gave it a more contemporary twist was the beefy, tuned kick drum. It thudded like it was coming out of that SUV with the blacked-out windows that pulls up alongside you at the red light.
13 April - According to cellist and colleague Henna Chou, Annie Lin was in a car accident last night. Fortunately, she's only slightly injured, but her car was totaled. She won't be appearing at the Dallas/SMU gig.
20-24 April - Asian American Studies conference, L.A... 23 April - Nitasha Sharma of Amherst College gave a talk on "Hip Hop, Cross Racial Identifications, and the Racialization of Second Generation South Asians". She's been surveying about 24 hip hop artists. For this talk, she focused on the work of MC Chee Malabar of the Himalayan Project.
30 April - Cynthia Lin and Francis Kim band, Staccato, DC
1 May - Hiroshima, Hirshhorn Museum plaza, DC
4 May - Cynthia Lin and Kris Racer, Staccato, DC... Cynthia Lin is a seasoned performer and was unfazed by the boisterous hubbub of the patrons. Some of her songs, are more suited to a quieter environment, where one can follow her warblings that range between mezzo and soprano...
2 Jun - Corrinne May, Staccato, DC... Her songs sounded similar (musically), but in a place with lots of background noise, you couldn't always hear her well. Too bad, because it would be interesting to hear the essence that has kept her album at the top of the chart in Singapore for the past couple weeks. (By essence, I mean what she can convey through her words and music when she's performing solo.)