Niki Barr + Zella Mayzell at Jammin’ Java

Saturday November 26 $10 9:30PM rock

Consider this; there hasn’t been a truly talented, writes her own stuff, plays her own guitar, rock and roll front woman that has broken the surface since the late 90’s. Many have tried, but few have made an impact. Niki Barr is a name you can count on hearing with regularity now and in the future. With her magnetic stage presence, strong, memorable lyrics, and the superior musicianship of her band, Niki has quickly become a hot topic in the music industry.

Niki and her band play rock n roll, pure and simple. She is not part of any late developing trend and is certainly not the type to hop on any bandwagon. The only concern she has is writing good songs and knocking out audiences with stellar live performances.

Paul and Storm at Jammin’ Java

Saturday November 26 $10 7PM musical comedy

A Lennon/McCartney comedy songwriting team, Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo have been writing and performing original music together for more than a decade. Millions are familiar with Paul and Storm and their material from the years they spent as one-half of the widely acclaimed a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook.

Bravely picking up instruments in 2004, Paul and Storm continue to write the kind of material that helped make their former band a hit at clubs and major festivals across the country. No subject is sacred to this energetic pair as they keep audiences laughing with their humorous and satirical original songs. Be it Corporate America (“Rejected Commercial Jingles”), opening bands (“Opening Band”), or over-earnest folk singers (“The Ballad of Eddie Praeger”), Paul and Storm leave no cultural stone unturned.

Paul and StormÔø?s songs are as catchy and musically interesting as they are funny. On their latest CD, “Opening Band”, they move smoothly from one musical genre to another, generating laughs along the way. Be it Elvis Presley (“Shake Machine”), Jimmy Buffett (“Buffett Night”) or Schoolhouse Rock (“Epithets”), their original compositions sound as if the artists being parodied could have written them. In live performance, their harmonies draw comparisons to the Everly Brothers, and their stage presence evokes the Barenaked Ladies.

Paul and Storm’s music is frequently heard on the popular, nationally-syndicated “Bob and Tom” morning radio show, where they also make regular live appearances. They are also a fixture in the “Funny 5” of XM Satellite Radio’s “Dr. Demento” show, and their original songs have been featured on “The Drew Carey Show”, Comedy Central, and on the popular web cartoon site Homestarrunner.com.

Paul SabourinÔø?s keyboard sponsorship is open to the highest bidder.

Greg Ôø?StormÔø? DiCostanzo only uses guitar strings that are on sale.

This Week In Music…

Our Picks for the Week of Friday, November 18 – Thursday, November 24

**Please Note: due to Thanksgiving we will just be supplying you with our picks this week.

Iron & Wine photoPick of the Week: Iron & Wine (above), and Calexico at 9:30 Club.
photo by Dennis Kleiman

Saturday 11/26 >>

Gist CD Release Party with Sentai, and The Hint at Black Cat

Red Right Return and The Hard Tomorrows at Galaxy Hut

Niki Barr, and Zella Mayzell at Jammin’ Java

Sunday 11/27 >>

The Dandy Warhols with The Out Crowd at 9:30 Club

Wheatus with Midstates (Reicarnate Music) & Enemy of Three at DC 9

Monday 11/28 >>

Andrew Grimm and Matt Hopper at Galaxy Hut

Kiss Me Deadly (Montreal, Alien 8 Records) with The Spoils Of NW & Five Four at DC 9

Andy Zipf with JJ Appleton, and Lily Holbrook at IOTA Club & Cafe

Tuesday 11/29 >>

Bob Mould (Solo) with Kristin Hersh at the Birchmere

Wednesday 11/30 >>

Pick of the Week: Iron & Wine and Calexico at the 9:30 Club

Carol Bui with City-State, Darci Cash & Alina Simone at DC 9

Justin Jones, Chris Mills and The New Miserable Bastards at Black Cat

Thursday 12/1 >>

Emergenza Festival — Interogation, Rufus Buck, Arsenic, Feathered Pearl, Seven Love, Jack’s House, The Icemen, and The Second Sunrise at Velvet Lounge

This Week In Film…

Our Picks for the Week of Friday, November 25 — Thursday, December 1

The Ice Harvest posterThe Ice Harvest

It’s Christmas Eve in rainy, icebound Wichita, Kansas, and this year Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavenaugh (Billy Bob Thornton), have just successfully embezzled $2,147,000 from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard (Randy Quaid).

Even so, the real prize for Charlie would be the stunning Renata (Connie Nielsen), who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie’s fondest Christmas wish is to slip out of town with Renata. But, as daylight fades and a storm whirls, everyone from Charlie’s drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten (Oliver Platt) to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie’s Christmas stocking. For Charlie, the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with nonstop twists and turns, both on the ice and off.

Official Site | Metacritic Reviews | View the Trailer

Starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Randy Quaid, and Oliver Platt. Directed by Harold Ramis. Rated R. Synopsis provided by Focus Features.

Pulse posterPulse

Often referred to as one of the scariest films ever made, PULSE tells the story of a group of young friends rocked by the sudden suicide of one of their own, and his subsequent, ghostly reappearance in grainy computer and video images. Is their friend trying to contact them from beyond the grave, or is there something much more sinister afoot? The mysterious floppy disk they find in the dead man’s apartment may provide a clue, but instead launches a program that seems to present odd, ethereal transmissions of people engaged in solitary activities in their apartments. But there is something not quite right in the appearance and behavior of these lonely souls. Soon, there are more strange deaths and disappearances within the group, terrifying rooms sealed in red tape, and the appearance of more ghosts as the city of Tokyo‚Äîand the world‚Äîis slowly drained of life.

Predating many of the Japanese horror (J-horror) films that have been re-made for American audiences (including The Grudge, Dark Water), PULSE was originally purchased by Miramax in 2001 to make way for a re-make. Eschewing gore and easy shocks for a harrowing tone unique to his cinema, writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has made a dense and complex film whose metaphysical and psychological resonance will last long after the chills have subsided.

Official Site | Metacritic Reviews | View the Trailer

Now Playing at E Street Cinemas.

Starring Haruhiko Kato, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka, and Masatoshi Matsuo. Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Horror. Rated NR . Synopsis provided by Magnolia Pictures.

Also Opening this Week:

In the Mix, Just Friends, Rent, Yours Mine & Ours

Still Playing & Recommended:

Capote, Good Night & Good Luck, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Jesus is Magic, Machuca, Paradise Now, Pride & Prejudice, The Squid and the Whale, Walk the Line