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This week, I examine the new 9:30 Records, its unusual business model, and what that says about the recording industry. Amrita Khalid talks to Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth about the company’s replacement for the canceled Imagining Madoff—-it’s another controversial play that happens to involve real-life analogues. For One Track Mind, Ryan Little chats with Foul Swoops about the band’s scuzzy, Puff Daddy-baiting “Colossal Sized Picassos.” Tricia Olszewski prepares George Clooney fans to be disappointed in her review of The American. And  theater critic Trey Graham reviews Woolly Mammoth’s In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play and Signature’s Chess.

In City Lights, John Anderson reviews the “East of the River” show at Honfleur Gallery. Plus! D.C. Blues Festival, “Design for the Other 90%,” Little Margie Clark and Jacques “Saxman” Johnson, Dirty Projectors, Akron/Family, and Fucked Up.