- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Though the band hasn’t put out an album since 2000 and its members are involved in new projects, the Richmond-based Agents of Good Roots are still on the scene — and the four are heading north tonight with their laid-back, sax-infused jazz rock. Like fellow Virginian roots-rockers in the Dave Matthews Band, the Agents rose to fame in the late ‘90s through club dates and independently released records. They later put out two records on RCA, although their major-label debut, “One by One,” remains their most successful disc to date. Its single, “Smiling Up the Frown,” peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart. The group plays Iota Club and Cafe tonight at 9, and maybe, if we’re lucky, smoky-voiced Andrew Winn will reprise his groovy cover of Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing.” Tickets, $15, are first-come, first-served at the door. Iota is at 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703/522-8340, www.iotaclubandcafe.com.

Jenny Mayo

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