There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Sky Rockets in Flight: J. Freedom du Lac led yesterday’s WaPo arts section with this, his oral history (!) of the locally penned Starland Vocal Band classic “Afternoon Delight.” Money quote, from songwriter Bill Danoff: “When it came out, I was getting my car fixed, and the guy said: ‘I heard your record. It’s about a nooner!’ I didn’t know there was a term for that. I was just thinking the guy goes to see his girlfriend in the afternoon…”
The Weekend in Free: Virgin Mobile FreeFest announced its lineup (err, well, leaked it to several journalists) last night, and my thoughts are here. Excited for Patti Smith, TV on the Radio, and James Murphy; could live without Deadmau5 and The Black Keys. See you there!
Open Up Your Throat: WaPo‘s Chris Richards goes all Heavy Metal Parking Lotover Saturday’s Animal Collective show at Merriweather, chatting up hippies outside the venue. Look for my review later today on Spin, if you please.
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