Pop music critic at The Washington Post. Big on dark social. Email me at chris dot richards at washpost dot com.

The month’s best music: Royal Headache, Destroyer, James Brandon Lewis and more

washingtonpost.com — 1. Royal Headache, "High" Here's an Australian rock-and-roll group - a punk-and-soul group singing about love-and-hate in the mode of the Jam, really - that isn't reinventing any wheels, but clearly has a gas tank full of rock's most scarce 21st century resource: personality. 2.
Aug 31, 2015

I usually tweet a countdown of THE MONTH'S BEST MUSIC, but today let's just cut to the chase: I love Royal Headache wapo.st/1NSAZAu

How long can go-go keep going?

washingtonpost.com — When Chuck Brown gifted Washington with a style of dance music that didn't allow his band to break for interruptions, applause or air, he named it go-go because the beat just "goes and goes." Nearly four decades later, the music comes and goes.
Aug 28, 2015

How long can go-go keep going? I interviewed more than 100 members of D.C.'s proudest musical community to find out. wapo.st/1ViayX1

Aug 28, 2015

RT @Chris__Richards: How long can go-go keep going? I interviewed more than 100 members of D.C.'s proudest musical community to find out. wapo.st/1ViayX1

Aug 28, 2015

RT @Chris__Richards: How long can go-go keep going? I interviewed more than 100 members of D.C.'s proudest musical community to find out. wapo.st/1ViayX1

Aug 28, 2015

! MT @Chris__Richards How long can go-go keep going? I interviewed 100+ members of DC's musical community to find out wapo.st/1ViayX1

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How to make friends (with Drake) and influence people - Meet Babeo Baggins of Barf Troop

washingtonpost.com — As day jobs go, working retail at Urban Outfitters in Chinatown was pretty okay, but Aspen knew it was probably time to quit after five consecutive shifts of hearing the same refrain from random teenage customers: "Oh my God, you're Babeo Baggins! Can I get a picture?"
Aug 28, 2015

Trying to decide if Barf Troop supplants Diarrhea Planet as the greatest band name. wapo.st/1fJ3rqu pic.twitter.com/JgYlshRB5G

Aug 28, 2015

Not to be all "your-identity-is-my-neato-writing-exercise," but writing without using gendered pronouns can be fun wpo.st/ooOX0

Aug 28, 2015

RT @Chris__Richards: Not to be all "your-identity-is-my-neato-writing-exercise," but writing without using gendered pronouns can be fun wpo.st/ooOX0

Mr. Scarface goes to Washington

washingtonpost.com — Before the District had a rap scene, it had Scarface. The leader of the pioneering Houston rap group Geto Boys has always been savvy enough to perform alongside local go-go bands whenever he tours through Washington, and his coarse lyricism has had an incalculable influence on area rappers who have risen in go-go's wake.
Aug 27, 2015

Wouldn't it be great if this book written by Scarface was more influential than that movie made about N.W.A.? wapo.st/1NJBQTK

Aug 27, 2015

RT @NotoriousBMI: great plug for @BrotherMob's memoir by Washington Post today --> washingtonpost.com/news/going-out… don't sleep + tell a friend! http…

Aug 28, 2015

D.C., go see Scarface and @BackyardBand tonight. Everyone else, read Scarface's autobiography. wpo.st/5l7X0

Aug 28, 2015

RT @Chris__Richards: D.C., go see Scarface and @BackyardBand tonight. Everyone else, read Scarface's autobiography. wpo.st/5l7X0

British house producer Leon Vynehall got it all on tape

washingtonpost.com — It has been about five years since the lowly cassette tape made its unexpected rebound from near extinction. What have we learned since then? First, cassettes are dirt cheap to make, so underground musicians are making them like crazy. They're also highly portable, slippable into back pockets and easy to peddle at gigs.
Aug 20, 2015

Cassettes don't sound any "worse" than vinyl/CDs/MP3s/whatever Pono sounds like b/w A preview of a Leon Vynehall gig: wapo.st/1EFwuSg

Who does T-Pain think he is?

washingtonpost.com — Every July, there's at least one bratty little song that waits for everybody else to slip into the pool, then cannonballs into the deep end. This year, it's " Classic Man " by T-Pain, a tune that made its glorious brat-splash last Friday afternoon and climbed out dripping like the song of the summer.

Here’s why Luke Bryan can’t top Sam Hunt’s party next door

washingtonpost.com — If you want to feel popular, twist your radio dial to the local country station where a queue of exceedingly handsome gentlemen await, eager to invite you to their parties. Parties on farm tracts. Parties on river banks. Parties on boats. Parties on subdivision living room floors. Parties that sound like fun.

Beef jerky: Listening to Drake and Meek Mill after the smoke clears

washingtonpost.com — It was a summer of rap beef with no protein. A scold and a superstar lobbed a few water-balloons at each other. You were invited to pick a side and gawk. As a digital blabfest, it was all-consuming. As actual music, quarts of milk have lasted longer.
Aug 15, 2015

Doing recon in the rubble of yesterday's conversation, listening for songs, looking for scraps wapo.st/1IOM3sD pic.twitter.com/Y3SWZRsPRW

Aug 13, 2015

If the Drake/Meek beef left you feeling malnourished: wapo.st/1Ne7kRS

Aug 14, 2015

RT @washingtonpost: Beef jerky: Listening to Drake and Meek Mill after the smoke clears wapo.st/1IOM3sD

For jazz bassist Michael Bowie and Sine Qua Non, space is the place

washingtonpost.com — When he first assembled Sine Qua Non a few years back, District jazz bassist Michael Bowie was hoping to forge "a group without boundaries." So far, so good. Over the past three years, the band has adjusted and expanded its sound by adjusting and expanding its membership.
Aug 13, 2015

RT @goingoutguide: For jazz bassist Michael Bowie and Sine Qua Non, space is the place wapo.st/1J6hVfS

Banditos embraces the look and owns the sound

washingtonpost.com — Banditos are a no-nonsense Southern rock band originally from Alabama, and when the six members step onto a stage, they look the part.
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Aug 31, 2015

I usually tweet a countdown of THE MONTH'S BEST MUSIC, but today let's just cut to the chase: I love Royal Headache wapo.st/1NSAZAu

Aug 30, 2015

Reading this Chain & the Gang blurb in a Kennedy Center program makes me love D.C. #crimerock pic.twitter.com/jpBht7t07F

Aug 30, 2015

Again, big thanks to the go-go community for speaking so openly with me.

Aug 30, 2015

And one last thing I'd like to put on the record: Weensey and Sugar Bear each have the most incredible outgoing voicemail messages.

Aug 30, 2015

... and lastly, I wanted to share this important, print-only sidebar. Go witness this music, D.C. pic.twitter.com/ITYz06vHBY

Aug 30, 2015

... Of those 122 conversations, only 11 were quoted directly. But what I heard from everyone is in there...

Aug 30, 2015

I interviewed 122 sources for today's big Washington Post story about the state of go-go: wapo.st/1Epi6mm pic.twitter.com/ZAk2tx7wS5

Aug 29, 2015

Don't want this summer to end, but I'm ready to make peace with the idea after seeing D.R.A.M. do "Cha Cha" at @trillectro.


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