2024-05-26 12:01 PM

Memorial Day 2024 Issue!

Press Pass: Toad The Wet Sprocket


Dean Dinning, the bassist for Toad The Wet Sprocket, gives the News-Press an exclusive look inside the band’s rumored reunion, the tolls of touring and everything in between.

Press Pass: Death By Sexy

Those interested in hearing the rekindled roar of early 90s rock and roll flavored with a touch of D.C.’s early punk roots ought to make their way to the Black Cat on March 27 to savor the release party of Falls Church-based Death By Sexy’s debut LP.

Press Pass: The Black Keys


In days when music is becoming increasingly effect-driven, over-produced and entire acts can be recreated by a complex series of synthesizers, it’s refreshing to hear Akron-based blues rock duo The Black Keys and be reminded that simplicity can still yield a superlative sound.

Press Pass with The Guggenheim Grotto


The Guggenheim Grotto has always been a little tricky to pin down. The band’s previous album, … Waltzing Alone, featured songs that fit into every genre imaginable.

Press Pass with Uncle Monk


There’s nothing altogether odd about a man named Tommy Erdelyi playing bluegrass music in duo Uncle Monk.

Press Pass with Year Long Disaster


Critical thought does not often enter into the creative process of L.A.-based band Year Long Disaster. Time and again when questioned about the band’s work on their eponymous debut album, guitarist and frontman Daniel Davies deferred to various forms of the answer “It just happened.”

Nicholas F. Benton: The Lynching of Jeremiah Wright

Tuesday was the saddest day in America in a very long time. The nation’s core values were not attacked by some foreign enemy, but from within. Virulent racism suddenly reared its ugly head, unbridled and unbound, roaring through the nation’s most powerful media institutions to rip the Rev. Jeremiah Wright asunder and to compel his […]

Rev. Wright Puts Sound Bites Into Theology Context

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor for 36 years of a Southside Chicago church that grew from 87 members in 1972 to 8,000 under his leadership, spoke to a sold-out audience at the National Press Club Monday morning, receiving three thundering standing ovations while seeking to establish a context for the series of […]

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Press Pass: Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne wants no part of comparisons regarding her new album, Just a Little Lovin', a collection of Dusty Springfield covers. In Lynne's mind, she bears no similarities to Springfield, the British soul singer who arguably enjoyed the most success of any female member of the British Invasion.