(11-20) Thomas Kozumplik / Siamese Floater / Lycanthrope @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

November 20th, 2015 · No Comments · By

Charlottesville is on a streak recently with having some really tight electronic shows and tonight a sick looking one is going on over at the Tea Bazaar that is defiantly worth checking out. Headlining the bill for this is Thomas Kozumplik of Loop 2.4.3. who played the Tea Bazaar early this year which from what I hear was a real excellent show and his solo material continues on the similar path as Loop 2.4.3. by producing laid back yet explorative percussion music that is quite meditative and transcendent. Opening this show we have both local talent Siamese Floater that does electronic music that is a mix of Boards Of Canada like smoothness with new age electronic house vibes as well as Richmonds Lycanthrope who does excellent mad harsh ambient music that just abousltly slays. This show is 7 bucks starts at 9PM and is what you should be doing with your evening for sure.

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(11-15) New Boss / K N D R G R D N / The Trust Circle @ Henley’s Auction House

November 15th, 2015 · No Comments · By

Going on tonight we have a Charlottesville throw down of sorts with 3 local acts coming together for fun evening of music at Henley’s Auction House (which is in the IX Art Park). Headlining this evening is one of Charlottesville’s finest Rock act New Boss who more than likely you have already seen play around town before but if not they do tight popped out Alt Rock that is both real catchy and hard hitting. Also on board this evening is K N D R G R D N (EX Kindergarden) who continue the theme of the evening of popped out Rock N’ Roll but with a little bit of a more Punky delivery and a splash of New Wavy undertones. Finishing up the bill is The Trust Circle who I’ve never seen before but from internet listening seems to be a mixed bag of Hard Rocked Pop Punked Emo esc music. So yeah if you want some Rock N’ Roll in your Sunday night then really there is no better show or any other show going on for it so yeah this is where you should go. Doors are at 8pm show is at 9pm and this thing is like $$5$$

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(11-11) Frequencies IV: Wume / Kino Fists / This Hollow Machine @ The Ante Room

November 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment · By

The mostly monthly electronic series Frequencies is back tonight at The Ante Room and this show is looking to be as usual with this series to be a really incredible and fun evening. Heading this show is Wume from Baltimore who do some sick modern like Krautrock vibe electronic music that is very spaced out and hypnotizing. Also playing on this show is local based Kino Fists who does nice popped out electronic dance jams as well as This Hollow Machine who is also from this Charlottesville town and makes some mad rad sonically explosive noisy jams that sound super tight and frizzed out. Show stats at 8PM and this thing is $$5$$

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(11-09) Meth Dad // SHMU // Wild of Night // Nu Depth //Pamela and Her Sons // GiNKO // Ming Ming @ Magnolia

November 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

It’s been a while since Charlottesville has had a good old fashion Weirdo USA type of a night and luckily over at that trash dump Magnolia a mega billed type of show is going down. Headlining this is Nashville’s Meth Dad who does new age high energy spiced dance that is super catchy and full of lots of hype and pop. Touring with them is the the really impressive Shmu from Austin, Texas that deliver some shoe gazed psyched out body rocking thing that has a nice pop tint to it that creates something that is both verbally loud and mentally illuminated. Also on board for this night is the return of ex Charlottesville wonderkin Dylan Mulshine who is playing in not just one but two sets. These mentionted sets are both his usually solo swagger Nu Depth as well as an act with fellow Geoergian Elysia Empereo who perform under the name Wild Of Night which is an awesome pop outfit that feels like qusi The Space Lady like electro jams but you know with a much more full sound.

And if that wasn’t enough on tour with these guys is Palmela And Her Sons from Atlanta who do really hypnotic 80s dreaming electronica thats fits quite perfectly with what this show has in store as well as Ginko which is more shit from Georgia that sounds like fucking death in the best way possible. Oh and lets not forgot John Mingsley is gonna do his Ming Ming thing. This show starts at 9PM and since there are a lot of bands playing maybe it will actually start on time. Oh and yeah this show is a donation based thing but you should really bring some money for all these touring acts.

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Virginia Film Festival

November 5th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

When I saw the initial schedule for the Film Festival this year, I was profoundly underwhelmed. But it turns out they added some good movies later, and maybe I missed some already there in my first glance. Take a good look at the final schedule and you should be able to put together a fine four days of movie watching. I took a casual look while waiting in my car the other day and these caught my attention:

The Forbidden Room Sunday, 9:15 PM, Newcomb Hall   The one I most excited about. Guy Maddin gets even Guy Maddiner than Guy Maddin has got before, at length. By all accounts, insane. Just Google this and watch the explosions of vocabulary, as critics gesticulate wildly with words, desperately trying to convey the energy, surprise, and strangeness of the moving pictures. Or don’t, and walk in from the dark into the dream. Featuring pancake-eating submariners and Charlotte Rampling, among many others.

Taxi Thursday, 7:30, Vinegar Hill  An Iranian movie at Vinegar Hill… this might not have the resonance for you that does for me, but in any case Jafar Panahi’s latest is a sure thing. It is said that Iranians actually do make some bad movies, but that the authorities strictly forbid them from leaving the country. Humanity has no better or more honest or more clever defenders than the great filmmakers of Iran, Panahi among them.

The Maltese Falcon Saturday, 3:30, Culbreth  In sweet 35mm! See also: Employee’s Entrance and… Songcatcher? Thanks, Leonard Maltin! I don’t know if any other films will be on film, because the VFF doesn’t bother to advertise format. If you’re lucky, the projectionist might give a glimpse of a little head, or some tail, for old time’s sake. (That’s projectionist talk there. My favorite lingo is the dread brain wrap, but you won’t have to worry about that, because they will be using changeover.)

Entertainment Saturday, 3:45, Violet Crown  Neil Hamburger! Or at least Gregg Turkington, who plays a comedian who might be something like his character Neil Hamburger. Directed by Richmonder Rick Alverson (The Comedy). In bleakness too there is entertainment.

The Wave Friday, 10PM, Paramount  Norwegian disaster movie. Enough said.

Heart of a Dog Friday, 4:30, Paramount  Laurie Anderson’s essay film about love, death, and her dog Lolabelle.

Faust Saturday, 8:00, Old Cabell  The silent film with live accompaniment is a film festival staple, this time with a Murnau classic.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato Friday, 9:15, Violet Crown  Sometimes you just got to to watch a Peter Greenaway movie, like a necessary irritant or an unnecessary extravagance. I don’t know what it is about the guy, but he is so Peter Greenaway.

Embrace of the Serpent Thursday, 8:45, Violet Crown  Shamanism in black and white. Why not?

How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy Sunday 11:45 Violet Crown  The last movie Les Blank worked on, a documentary about a documentarian, loose-limbed and hang-out, just people making movies of people, talking about making movies of people.

Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents Saturday, 3:45, The Southern  If you ever wanted to know what the deal was with The Residents. Hopefully not too much of the deal.

Youth Sunday, 4:45, Violet Crown  One of those Michael Caine/Harvey Keitel buddy movies, directed by the worldly and Italian Paolo Sorrentino.

Lucifer Saturday, 4:00, Violet Crown  Projected in a circular format, which sounds annoying but also completely necessary to see. Can Gust Van den Berghe pull it off?


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a southern party

October 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

Over at The Southern tonight something bizarre for that joint is happening. Going on tonight they are having not 1 but 2 pretty solid shows happening (crazy right). Starting the night off with the early show of the evening is the yearly visit one of Virginia’s finest Daniel Bachman who does amazing folk music that while grounded in folk tradition also has an expansive explorative sound very similar to many in the Amiercan Primitive Guitar genre. Tonight is a great chance to see one of the best guitar players around whose live shows always are most impressive and moving. Opening the show are two real talented local openers. We have both Ned Oldham doing what I assume is his usual thing of being one of the towns best folk artists as well as Jordan Perry who does really good mellow solo guitar work. Doors for this are at 6PM and it costs $$TEN$$.

Now after what is already looking to a great show we got another enjoyable looking one that will be a more rockish affair. Headlining this is Philly based Beach Slang who do solid popped out garage rock that melds both indie fuzzed out rock with confessional lyrical prowess to create some catchy and fun tunes. Opening this show is Richmond scene staple Positive No that always delievers the goods of poppy 90s throw back rock n roll with a new age noisyish twist. Doors for this are at 9:45PM and this costs $$TEN$$

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that waxahatchee thing

October 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

With that champ of champs called Fall coming about what better way to spend it then chilling at The Southern tonight and enjoying one of the best looking shows that joint has had in quite a way. Headling the show is the ever buzzed about and fairly talented Waxahatchee who does quite a great job at combining popped out rock with lots of 20 something angst and lonesomeness that makes for fairly compeling bangers. While she is enough to warrant you coming out tonight what I am personally quite excited about is opening act Weyes Blood coming back to town to play. Her album The Innocents from last year was on the best of the 2014 and her new EP Cardamom Times continues on her trajecotry of killing it. Real beatiful psyched out exploration is the name of the game here (she is EX Jackie O Motherfucker / Nautical Almanac after all). But she also blends that far out sound with lots of folk tradition to make very powerful and moving music. So yeah definitely show up early for this one cause you will be kicking yourself if you miss this boss open. Also opening is Try The Pie who continue on the theme of female fronted angtsy jams.

Doors for this are at 6PM and the music starts at 8PM. And hey guess what this event costs money and will come to a total of $$$14$$$

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Aida Victoria, Shana Falana, Sarah White Tonight At Tea

September 26th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

SATURDAY SEPT. 26: @Tea Bazaar:   Aida VictoriaShana FalanaSarah White  9:00, $8

A very strong line-up tonight at the Teahouse. Sarah White you know, or are in need of knowing: one of Charlottesville’s premier singer-songwriters. Shana Falana is both a person and her band, which shoe-gazes, dream-pops, and reverbs itself to sweet sky-streaked pop perfection. We might be catching Aida Victoria at the beginning of a great career, and never have the chance to see her in such an intimate, tea-soaked space again. That’s what a lot of people are expecting, anyway. Her music’s got a swampy bluesy southern thing going on within a clean-lined modish indie package, an effective bullet for all kinds of campaigns and instigations. She can probably aim a whole lot of feeling at a very precise target. Come see her now, at the Twisted Branch, before your stuck having to see her at The Southern, The Jefferson, or on the television.




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Listening To Thursday

September 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

Thursday September 24th:

@Tea Bazaar: Jacob Wick/Blood Moon/Peter Bussigel & Travis Thatcher/Golden Glasses 9:00, $7

@The Southern: Post Sixty Five/Devon Sproule and Friends 8:30, $10

@The Garage: Luray  8:00, $donation

Sadly, I am too pressed for time to give this night of music its due, and will have to block quote, not even taking the time to come up with a good Althusser joke or a discussion of the sounds of the space of the teahouse. Devon didn’t have a write-up at the Southern site, but it does appear that this time we are not lying when we say she will be playing. It’s a good night of music, I hope you make it out.


Jacob Wick

The rain in its avoided effects is a solo trumpet performance and listening exercise loosely based on a late essay by French philosopher Louis Althusser. In the essay, Althusser writes of subjects, objects, and events – you, that tree, a strike – passing through time as rain passes through the sky: forever in parallel, only meeting by a chance wind. In the performance, I will sit with the audience, in a circle, square, or other closed shape. We will listen to the space around us and place the sounds of the space along a horizontal plane, privileging none of them, allowing those that intersect to intersect, those that do not intersect to pass forever in parallel. The trumpet performance will become one of those sounds.

This night will be part of a midwest and eastern tour celebrating the release of the rain in its avoided effects (relay new composers 007) on Relay Records.


Blood Moon

Blood Moon is an improvised music ensemble consisting of Matthew Burtner on soprano saxophone, Rachel Devorah Trapp on French Horn, Ryan Maguire on pedal steel guitar, and Kevin Davis on cello. 

As colleagues in the UVa music department, the group formed in 2014 due a shared interest in the possibilities of free improvisation. The project has since come to serve as a forum for research into the possibilities for real-time composition and experimentation with the outer limits of instrumental technique. 

Due to the unusual instrumentation and their varied backgrounds as performers and composers, the group is able to draw on a number of diverse stylistic and instrumental traditions, allowing for the spontaneous creation of a kaleidoscopic array of musical textures during performance. 


Peter Bussigel and Travis Thatcher
Description: Peter and Travis will create an
electro-acoustic-magnetic-ambient-meditative-noisy-sound collage.

Golden Glasses – The bestestestestest drummer in town yo.


Born from the mind of songwriter and frontman Hicham Benhallam, the Charlottesville-based band Post Sixty Five has been described as both moody and romantic, feverishly tugging at the heartstrings of its listeners with fragile guitar lines driven by a thunderous rhythm section. Formed in October of 2013, Post Sixty Five brings Benhallam’s devastating images to life with dizzy, delicate melodies and disarmingly earnest performances that weigh heavy on the heart.

Their debut EP, “I Think We’ll Be Okay,” explores spectrums of longing and desire in the style of indie darlings Death Cab for Cutie and The National. Recorded and produced by Blue Sprocket Sound owner Chris Jackson, “I Think We’ll Be Okay” wrestles with the troublesome, childlike sadness that threatens to tear us down as we grow up.

“Banjo-toting District songstress Shannon Carey might have named her band, Luray, after the tiny Shenandoah Valley town, but she reaches beyond the simplistic nature of old-time mountain songs, mixing them with undertones of indie rock experimentation. On Luray’s debut album, “The Wilder,” the standouts are Carey’s radiant voice, which fluctuates between soothing and soaring, and her melodic banjo strumming. Beneath the surface, though, keyboard layers, subtle electric riffs and well-placed echoes set the mood.” – Washington Post

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September 16th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

All right folks so I’m back from a self imposed relaxation exile to continue being the most illiterate Nailgun writer there ever was as well as bring you as always a good old round up of what you should do with your night of nights in this beautiful pre fall utopia we call mid September

Over at the IX Art Park at Henley’s Auction House is the real amazing Kevin Greenspon from Los Angels who does a real tight noisy drone ambient type of thing. Caught him in Richmond years ago and he killed it with some real spaced out jams that made me feel quite sleepy as well as just totally fulfilled. Also opening this show is the locally legendary and always amazing Grand Banks who sets every time are always quite different but usually just like Kevin Greenspon are quite noisy & droned out & are usually quite inthralling and even a little mind blowing. Definitely make sure to get their early to catch these guys play cause they don’t do play as many shows as they used to and you’d be a fool to miss them (for real). Anyway this bad boy starts at 9PM and will be 5 dollars.

Now happening over at The Southern we have The Good Old War coming through town bringing that indie folk WRNR type sound that seems to be blowing up The Southern these days. Should be a good enough show if you want to chill with your fellow Charlottesvillian and keep on living in some sort of new-age folk based Virginia tradition. Also opening for this is Pete Hill who from quick youtube glancing seems to be doing a solid 60s throw back pop solo endeavor which is almost always a solid affair. Doors for this show are at 6PM and the show is 15 dollars.

Also the quite impressive Strugill Simpson is playing The Jefferson tonight but that show is SOLD OUT. So yeah maybe you might get lucky and can scalp a ticket if you don’t have one but more than likely you aint going to this one.

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