U.S. Royalty wins a crucial endorsement from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. [Post]

D.C. cellist Gordon Withers and his wife Cathy appear on the new album from Swervedriver‘s Adam Franklin. [Gordon Withers]

Forehead slap of the day: “I don’t know about how things work in Washington, but here in Baltimore … ‘indie’ means supporting and being supported by the community—-not insurance companies.” Oh, shaddup, dude. [Baltimore City Paper]

LivingSocial slashes money-losing events. [Washington Business Journal]

D.C. announces the 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. [Arts 202]