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Chris Klimek—-boxing instructor and theater critic—-opens this week’s arts section with an essay exploring the recent surfeit of pugilism on D.C. stages. My colleagues and I ponder which D.C. chains will get into the concert business now that Sweetgreen’s annual festival has gone big-time. Tricia Olszewski has a triply bad time at the movies; check out her reviews of The Princess of Montpensier, The Bang Bang Club, and Le Quattro Volte. Christina Lee finds that Thao and Mirah—-two lo-fi West Coast songwriters of very different stripes—-square quite nicely on their new collaborative album. Mike Riggs detects very little bullshit in local folkie Vandaveer‘s third album. Trey Graham critiques a play about second-rate critics. And Steve Kolowich chats with The Sweater Set about their new album.
In City Lights: Tyler Jon Tyler‘s jangle-pop revival, the Wilson Center’s 30th anniversary, Spingsteen runs deep, Amon Amarth‘s Thor metal, a tribute to Manning Marable, big empty spaces at Civilian Art Projects, and Bomba Estereo‘s (ahem) explosive electro-cumbia.