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

Rare Essence wants you to ‘Turn It Up’

washingtonpost.com — Rare Essence has a new album out. When was the last time you checked the insurance policy on your roof? After nearly four decades together, this percussive powerhouse has cemented its reputation as the most consistent entity in go-go, Washington's indissoluble dialect of party music.

Does anyone resent Justin Bieber’s fame more than Justin Bieber?

Does anyone resent Justin Bieber’s fame more than Justin Bieber?
washingtonpost.com — At this late hour, is it possible to add even a fleck of psychic nutrition to the universe by parsing Justin Bieber's pissant vibes? We can - and should - always aspire to be sophisticated in our scorn, but this kid makes it so hard.

Celebrating five years of Maracuyeah, D.C.’s best pan-Latin dance party

Celebrating five years of Maracuyeah, D.C.’s best pan-Latin dance party
washingtonpost.com — If you're searching for the most life-affirming dance floor in the District, look for Kristy La Rat. For five years, she has organized Maracuyeah, a no-borders dance party set to a pan-Latin mix of cumbia, salsa, reggaeton and more. And on Friday, she'll be throwing a party for the party.

Broccoli City Festival’s bright future involves a set from Future

Broccoli City Festival’s bright future involves a set from Future
washingtonpost.com — There's something delightfully perverse about Future playing a concert dedicated to personal nutrition and eco-responsibility - which is exactly what's slated to go down on Saturday at the Broccoli City Festival in Anacostia. Now in its fourth year, the annual do-gooder gathering has landed a headliner whose darkest rhymes about pharmacological despair seem to describe the opposite of whatever healthy living is supposed to be.

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' turns life's lemons into furious pop

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' turns life's lemons into furious pop
chillicothenews.com — However many senses you have, Beyoncé wanted all of them working overtime on Saturday night with the presto-release of her sixth album, "Lemonade."

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ turns life’s lemons into furious pop

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ turns life’s lemons into furious pop
washingtonpost.com — However many senses you have, Beyoncé wanted all of them working overtime on Saturday night with the presto-release of her sixth album, "Lemonade." You could stream it as a dozen songs on Tidal, or you could watch it as an elongated music video on HBO.

Prince, a great pop star is lost

Prince, a great pop star is lost
classic.iol.co.za — The Washing Post - The most significant scene in "Purple Rain" - the 1984 blockbuster that introduced Prince to the entirety of America - comes deep in the action when the young maestro finally strolls onstage to unleash the film's transcendent title track.

Is Prince the best person who has ever done this whole music thing?

Is Prince the best person who has ever done this whole music thing?
medium.com — June 15, 2015 With the digital universe continuously crying out for our exponentially divided attention, we are living in hyperbolic times. So it's good to be reminded what The Best Thing Ever truly looks, sounds, shimmies, shakes and shrieks like. That would be Prince.

We’ve lost Prince, our single greatest pop star

We’ve lost Prince, our single greatest pop star
washingtonpost.com — The most significant scene in " Purple Rain " - the 1984 blockbuster that introduced Prince to the entirety of America - comes deep in the action when the young maestro finally strolls onstage to unleash the film's transcendent title track.

Stuck Pigs are blasting ahead at the speed of hardcore

Stuck Pigs are blasting ahead at the speed of hardcore
washingtonpost.com — Everything happens fast in Washington's hardcore punk scene - especially the music. Over the past year, new bands have been multiplying speedier than soap bubbles, but few can keep up with Stuck Pigs, a young foursome whose ferocious debut cassette barrels through six songs in less than six minutes.
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May 05, 2016

Saw "The Vanishing" for the first time and am now afraid of goatees, rest stops, chemistry teachers, coffee machines, the French countryside

May 05, 2016

My neighbors know what this new RARE ESSENCE album sounds like and yours should, too wapo.st/1YbclxN

May 04, 2016

> @Kr@Krissah30ks Larry Wilmore, "Did you keep it 100?" Wilmore says, "I kept it 1,000." Great interview httwapo.st/24yh40o

May 03, 2016

Lots of leading D.C. muso-minds at the Young Thug show at 9:30 tonight maybe someday there will be an oral history about it

May 03, 2016

I'm at a Young Thug show and he's rocking lace gloves, frilly collar, sequined microphone, crowd going nutsoid, all is well in the universe

May 03, 2016

Love seeing DS2 still wheat-pasted up at Sherman + Florida like it's summer of 2015 forever pic.twitter.com/unHZCkJCng

May 03, 2016

I'm anti-congrats-journo, but I'm extremely pro-Congrats-My-Wife-@CaitJGibson who is a Livingston finalist BLAM bit.ly/21uifMx


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