After eight years and more than $20 million in cost overruns, the trouble-plagued upgrade of Loudoun County’s aging financial management systems encountered more problems in a critical test last week.
The Washington Post, August 6, 2017
“…chief songwriter Will Toledo has carved a reputation with something that really shouldn’t make him stand out from the crowd, but in today’s world, does: the ability to make genuinely exciting rock music.”
–Jochan Embley on Independent, Aug. 31, 2017
“Car Seat completely won this one and showed little intimidation from the size of the night. ”
–Tom Churchill on BrightonsFinest, Aug. 29, 2017
“Featuring plenty of Will Toledo lyrical prowess and a punctuated drum beat, War Is Coming (If You Want It) strays away from the witticisms of Teens Of Denial to deliver a straight up pop-rock tune with an unambiguous message.”
–Tom Geraghty on The 730 Review, August 19, 2017
“Daniel Craig took the whole ‘Logan Lucky’ cast to see Car seat Headrest”
–Chris DeVille in Billboard, Aug. 18, 2017
“Lots has already been said about how prolific of a songwriter Will Toledo is, and he’s on his way to becoming one of the most iconic American indie stars of the decade with elements of SParklehorse, Julian Casablancas and Weezer intertwining nicely.”
–Cai Trefor on Gigwise, Aug. 17, 2017
“It Turns Out James Bond Is A Huge Fan Of The Band Car Seat Headrest”
Corbin Reiff on Uproxx, Aug. 17, 2017
“While being a moody, yet inspiring tune with a brilliant performance by Andrew Katz on drums, it’s message speaks volumes. ”
–Ben Potts re: “War is Coming” on WFPK (Louisville), Aug. 16, 2017
“Accepted far and wide as one of the defining albums of last year, the artist lesser known as Will Toledo has headed back into the studio to deliver the stark and potentially prophetic ‘War Is Coming (If You Want It).'”
–Robert Blair on Tenement TV, Aug. 16, 2017
“At the moment America is going through a radical change. The country is continually overshadowed by efforts to whitewash their celebrated culture with a deeply unsettling mindset of ‘normalcy.’ Car Seat Headrest is doing all they can to help.”
–Jack Whatley in Far Out Magazine, Aug. 16, 2017
“According to Toledo, it is ‘a song about not murdering people.’ A tad more information can be gleaned from the title — an homage to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous anti-war campaign, which included the message ‘War Is Over (If You Want It).'”
–Gary on somethinggood music, Aug. 15, 2017
“This is a very earnest song about how much violence sucks, and Toledo, with a great balance between restraint and despair, pulls it off.”
–Kevin Lozano on Pitchfork, Aug. 15, 2017
“Today’s track has the radio-ready feel that wrapped ‘Teens of Denial’ without abandoning the messianic aspirations of Car Seat Headrest’s earlier work.”
–Aaron Vargas on Best Before, Aug. 15, 2017
“According to Will Toledo, ‘War is Coming (If You Want It)’ is about ‘not murdering people.'”
–Huw Baines on stereoboard, Aug. 15, 2017
“Car Seat Headrest Invoke The Spirit Of John Lennon On Their New Single ‘War Is Coming (If You Want It)’”
–Corbin Reiff on Uproxx, Aug. 14, 2017
“Now Matador has put out the glossier, significantly-altered version of the brittle and politically-tinged song as a single.”
–Winston Cook-Wilson on spin.com, Aug. 14, 2017
“In typically wry fashion, Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo described ‘War Is Coming’ as a song about not murdering people, which unfortunately feels all too necessary for the current state of our society.”
–Meredith Nardino on Baeble Music, Aug. 14, 2017
“Car Seat Headrest has released the official version of their new single ‘War Is Coming (If You Want It).'”
–Tyler Schmitt on Variance Magazine, Aug. 14, 2017
“Car Seat Headrest’s new song is here in earnest, and it’s a doozy.”
–Scott Russell on Paste, Aug. 14, 2017
“According to bandleader Will Toledo, the unabashedly political tune is ‘about not murdering people.'”
–Sarah Murphy on Exclaim!, Aug. 14, 2017
“On the next album, Car Seat Headrest could be playing much bigger rooms. Seeing them now only underlines the fact that we’re watching someone’s rapid ascension.”
–Ryan Leas on Stereogum, Aug. 7, 2017
“‘War Is Coming’ as a whole is a clarion call, an incendiary plea for us to ‘Reach out [our] hands and save someone’s life.'”
–Sean Hannah on blinkclyro, Aug. 6, 2017
“‘War is Coming (If You Want It),’ at least the version we get to hear today, harkens back to Will Toledo’s past as a one-man bedroom-indie factory on Bandcamp.”
–Tom Breihan on Stereogum, Aug. 4, 2017
“We haven’t heard much in the way of new tunes from Car Seat Headrest since last summer’s superlative Teens of Denial, making the acclaimed indie-rock outfit’s release of a brand new song today particularly thrilling.”
–Scott Russell on Paste Magazine, Aug. 4, 2017
“It’s hard to say how different this take will be from the final single, but it certainly seems a lot more spacious and outward-focused than much of CSH’s discography.”
–Ben Kaye on Consequence of Sound, Aug. 4, 2017
“Today, Bandcamp is donating all of its proceeds from music sales to the Transgender Law Center and Car Seat Headrest is one of the artists using that as an opportunity to share new music via the platform.”
–Jasmine Albertson on kexp.org, Aug. 4, 2017
“Participants include Car Seat Headrest, King Britt and Speedy Ortiz, as well as dozens of record labels including Sub Pop, Merge, ANTI-, Kill Rock Stars and Greenleaf.”
–Anastasia Tsioulcas on npr.org, Aug. 4, 2017
“Car Seat Headrest have announced a new song, to be released tomorrow in conjunction with Bandcamp’s sitewide fundraiser for the Transgender Law Center.”
–Noah Yoo on Pitchfork, Aug. 3, 2017
One year after the Loudoun Museum faced the possibility of having to close because of the potential loss of county funding, museum officials say they have taken the necessary first steps to straighten out the organization’s finances.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors directed the museum’s trustees to make fundraising a top priority, officials said. So in May, the trustees hired Leslie Mazeska, who has a professional background in fundraising and grant-writing for nonprofit organizations, as the museum’s executive director.
The Washington Post, July 30, 2017
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 4 Thursday to approve a salary increase of about 62 percent for its members, a raise that will take effect after the next election.
The Washington Post, July 23, 2017
A proposal to increase the salaries of members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors drew little opposition at a public hearing Wednesday evening.
The three members of the public who spoke at the hearing said they supported higher pay for the board. The only objections to the raises — which would take effect when a new board is seated in January 2020 — came from supervisors who expressed concerns about the amount of the increases and the timing of the proposal.
The Washington Post, July 16, 2017
When visitors enter the Children’s Science Center, they are greeted by two distinct sides of the small museum.
To the left is the Experiment Bar, where children conduct science experiments, assisted by family members, staff members and volunteers. To the right, mounted on the wall, is an enormous periodic table of elements showing the names of the museum’s major benefactors.
The Experiment Bar is one of the most popular features of the center, which offers interactive scientific activities for children and their families. The element wall honors the donors who helped open the center, marketing director Dorothy Ready said.
The Washington Post, July 9, 2017
“Over the course of the past year, the album’s steady success has turned Toledo into a rare rock-and-roll breakout star, turning him from just another anonymous kid uploading his songs online to frontman of a band drawing thousands of fans at massive festivals such as Coachella.”
–Briana Younger in The Washington Post, July 30, 2017
“I now understand that while Car Seat Headrest’s music may be rooted in sadness, the sadness is a journey to go on, not a place to dwell in.”
–Sophia Naide on Behind the Setlist, July 15, 2017
“Given the context, Car Seat Headrest were one of the stronger options for headliners on Sunday night, and they won over their crowd convincingly.”
–Allen Halas in Breaking & Entering (Milwaukee), July 3, 2017
“Toledo’s music remains as earnest and innocent as his earliest recordings, and his voice has a certain tenderness to it that reveals his enduring sensitivity.”
–Laueren Keene in Milwaukee Record, July 3, 2017
“Though his disinterested demeanor matched his lyrics, the audience was clearly made up of true fans; they were familiar with Toledo’s self-deprecating lyrics and sang along to every word.”
–Shaye Graves in Shepherd Express, July 2, 2017
About 100 people gathered in Leesburg on Monday evening at the first of three public input sessions to discuss potential solutions to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 15 north of town.
Loudoun County officials scheduled the meetings to gauge public reaction to a consultant’s recommendations for reducing traffic backups. Participants met in small groups to discuss possible solutions and to offer their priorities for the highway corridor between Leesburg and the Potomac River bridge at Point of Rocks.
The Washington Post, July 1, 2017
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved a two-year, $4.7 million contract with Correct Care Solutions to provide medical and psychiatric services to inmates at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
The Nashville-based company has been providing those services at the jail for more than a decade. However, several supervisors expressed frustration with the selection process, saying they had little choice but to stay with the current provider, even though two competing firms submitted proposals with lower price tags.
Supervisors also questioned whether the process of reviewing the proposals had been tainted because Correct Care Solutions has made campaign contributions to Sheriff Michael L. Chapman (R), who is responsible for overseeing the contract.
The Washington Post, June 25, 2017
Brightly colored paintings decorate the home of Harish and Sandhya Bikmal, an Ashburn couple with two teenage sons.
Their older son, Saket, 17, is a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria. Himal, 15, who will attend Briar Woods High School in the fall, was diagnosed with profound autism when he was 2.
As Himal’s parents came to terms with his diagnosis, they worried about his future.
The Washington Post, June 18, 2017