Finally, an indie-folk band that is just accepting that half of their image comes from the beard and nothing else. Pearl and Beard, the Brooklyn based trio, aren’t quite as soft as their pidgeon-holed genre might suggest, though. Their sound is uncharacteristically soulful and powerful; they don’t shy away from a shout here and there (see: picture). Head down to H street Friday night and maybe he’ll let you rub his beard for good luck! Check them out in this subway!
Welcome to ‘The District Dialect,’ a column about the distinctive sounds of Washington, DC. Our writers are going out into the District and capturing the sounds that make our city unique, and showing us where music exists in ways subtler than we often notice. All audio pieces are recorded, edited, and produced by the authors’. This week Catherine Degennaro went to Ben’s Chili Bowl:
If you live in DC, you may know the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl as a great place to grab a late bite after a night out at the Black Cat or the 9:30 Club. If you don’t, you may know it as that place where Bill Cosby and the Obamas eat free. But beyond being a hotspot for hungry college students and DC royalty alike, the restaurant is steeped in U Street and Washington history. Catherine DeGennaro and Christina Crisostomo, resident connoisseur of all things chili, stopped by to explore Ben’s storied history, food and atmosphere over a blasting jukebox and the sound of halfsmokes sizzling on the grill.