October 6, 2005

Volume 102, Issue 16

Stories from the October 6, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Blues Traveler’s new album and tour aim to please fans

Staying powerful is a tough thing to do in the music industry. One-hit wonders come and go, and most bands with pop hits in 1994 are not still touring sold-out venues and festivals today. Blues Traveler, however, is an exception. With eight albums on the market and a near non-stop touring effort for years, Blues […]

October concert preview

10/6 – The Cat Empire (9:30 Club) – $15 10/8 – Metric (9:30 Club) – $15, Sir Paul McCarthy (MCI Center) – $49.50-$253 10/9 – Nickel Creek (9:30 Club) – $25, Guru w/ Kool Keith (9:30 Club) – $20 10/10 – Foo Fighters + Weezer (Patriot Center) – $45 10/11 – Blues Traveler ( Club) […]

‘Shoes’ presents a sassy and sensible pair

A mixture of elderly humor and sugary chick-flick sappiness leaves audiences of “In Her Shoes” (Fox) entertained, but sobbing discreetly in the back row. Like a stiletto heel, the movie is cute and sassy, but precarious enough for the possibility of a stumble. Maggie Feller (Cameron Diaz) is a spacey, unemployed party girl who milks […]

The Bar Belle: Russia House

Russia House 1800 Connecticut Ave. N.W. You’ve passed by the building every time you walk around Dupont Circle. On the northeast corner of Florida and Connecticut there is a large white staircase, a Russian flag and a neon sign saying “Russia House.” Don’t let the flag or the name confuse you. It’s not an embassy, […]

Nickel Creek: a musical Frankenstein

Don’t call Nickel Creek a bluegrass band. They say their music should not be locked into that genre. Don’t call them a pop group either because they’ll be quick to shed that title as well. But in their third album, Why Should We Let the Fire Die? (Sugar Hill), Nickel Creek combines classic bluegrass techniques, […]

This month in music

October brings a plethora of live music to the greater D.C. area, with enough music to fulfill your concert yearning practically every night of the week. From alternative to hip-hop, bluegrass to funky brass, and rock to, well, Hanson, there’s a concert out there for every music lover this month. Thursday night at the 9:30 […]

Wallace and Gromit: Heroes who save the clay

Fans of Wallace and Gromit, clay companions created by Nick Park and Aardman Animations (“Chicken Run”), have waited 10 years to see the British duo again and for the most part, it’s worth the wait. The first three Wallace and Gromit movies were shorts; “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” is the first full-length. “I’m always […]

‘Waiting’ for a good movie

If “Waiting .” (Lion’s Gate) is any indication, the gross-out teen slacker comedy genre is on its last legs. It’s a sloppy mess of a comedy that’s a little too derivative of Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” and doesn’t attempt to do anything different from what we’ve seen in similar movies. The plot basically follows a day […]

After Natalee Holloway comes ‘After Ashley’

Bad things don’t always happen to good people, but stories about horrific crimes often paint victims with this picture. Woolly Mammoth Theatre exposes this charade in its scathing portrayal of American pop culture, “After Ashley.” In the hands of director Lee Mikeska Gardner, Gina Gionfriddo’s story comes to life, comically portraying the ridiculousness of making […]

‘The Squid and the Whale’ lives up to the hype

“I hate fathers, and I never wanted to be one.” -Steve Zissou, “The Life Aquatic” There is little doubt that Noah Baumbach, who co-wrote last winter’s “The Life Aquatic” with wunderkind Wes Anderson, is the author of that line. In his smart, resonant new film “The Squid and the Whale,” writer-director Baumbach depicts the autobiographical […]