May 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · By

When it rains it pours folks and tonight is one of those nights where you have lots of things to choose from. Many different genres to choose from so definitely stop enjoying this nice weather and go spend your hard earned money on one of tonights events.

Happening over at the IX Art Park tonight we have a real big electronics show going on. Headling this one is Gobby from NYC who makes real killer harsh and chooped up dance jams that are mad sick. Another act on this that I’m real excited about on this bill is Doofgoblin who was definitely one of my favorite locals artists to watch back in my formable high school years is back in action (at least for this show). I’m honestly not sure if he really makes new music anymore but it should still be fun to see what this guy has been up to. Rounding up the bill we have lots of other usual locals that have been on these Mr. Cool Ice shows. Acts like Ming Ming, Nu Depth, Voice Of Saturn, etc. Doors for this are at 8PM and costs $$3$$

Now tonight the Tea Bazaar looks to be hosting something that is a rare sight to behold at that establishment, what I’m speaking of is that Hip-Hop is gracing tea house. Im quite unfimilar with Charlottesville’s Hip-Hop scene but tonight looks to be an interesting glance into what that world is. Headlining the bill are Cognitive Dissidents which is a local cville hip hop group that seems drenched in a 90′s throw back type of sound. Opening this show is Equally Opposite who have a more modern splash on Hip-Hop as well as St. The Dame who I don’t know nothing about cause his Soundcloud is full of just other peoples music and not his own. Doors for this are at 8:30PM and the show is $$7$$

If all this sounds like rubbish to you and your more into some something with a little more rock then guess what the Main Street Annex has got that for you guys. Always awesome metal act Valkyrie is back in Charlottesville throwing down lots of duel guitar solos and harmonized vocals that have a sort of Deep Purple type of feel to them. Opening for this show is Salvaticus who do a classic black as black Doom Metal thing as well as Charlottesville classic Horsefang who always put on a fun more melodic type of Metal set that also is wrapped in lots of bleakness and heavy procession. Doors for this is at 9PM and this show is $$10$$

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Wed. Night Metal: Antigama, Drugs of Faith, Earthless, Blooddrunk Trolls

May 20th, 2015 · No Comments · By

Wednesday 5/20 @Main St. Annex: Antigama/Drugs of Faith/Earthling/Blooddrunk Trolls  $7  doors at 8:00

This will be a very intense show. A lot of people may not feel they can handle such intensity on a Wednesday night. They might not think they need it — which could be a sign that they do. Because sometimes you need to clear out your system with powerful blasts of metal, to make the engine run better. The bands at the top of the bill, Poland’s Antigama and Richmond’s Drugs of Faith, fall towards the grindcore sector of the metallograph. Grindcore presumably gets its name from the way it grinds away at the inside of your skull. I tend to prefer music with some more umami, that rich meatiness of sound, but you have to respect the power of the stuff. And you will not want to miss the bands at the bottom, Charlottesville’s own Blooddrunk Trolls — who bring a wild energy that feels like the pure spirit of rock, metal varietal — and Harrisonburg’s Earthling. Somehow I have managed to miss Earthling when they have played here before, but I found a long quote about them from an interview three years ago with Peter Adams of Baroness and Valkyrie (who are playing the Annex on Saturday), and I like it so I am going to give it to you in full:

 this band called Earthling from Harrisonburg, Virginia, very young and new metal band, are delivering the goods right now. Nobody’s heard too much from these guys yet, especially from the west coast, but man. Keep your eyes peeled. I have a band called Valkyrie that’s a very classic metal type of band with my brother Jake, and we’re getting ready to do a split 7 inch with this band, and they’re finishing up the touches on their first full length record. So keep your eyes and ears open for them. Google them, get online, find them, they’re freaking amazing and talented and they bring it. All the energy is there. Just talking about it I can get excited cuz I can’t wait to hear their new record. I just heard about it yesterday. But yeah, that’s it right there. It takes something special, and those guys have something special. They’re got that special thing that’s perked my ears up. I first saw them in a basement in the dingiest darkest little dungeon you could possibly go to, and I said to myself, “Uh oh. Here we go.”, because I was waiting for something, That thing to that’s going to jump out. I’ll say one thing though, and I know you guys can relate, you know when you first started getting into heavy music or whatever and you first started going to shows and you get that energy and feeling and goosebumps and your heart rate picks up just standing in line for the show. Just that alone and getting inside and becoming floored like your life’s direction is changing by the day at that point. I’ve been to a million shows, and after a while you say to yourself, “I want that feeling back!” That first feeling that you got when you went to a show for the first time. That band did it for me. Watching that band Earthling play gave me goosebumps.

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are you ready for some baseball???

May 12th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

Gracing The Southern tonight to do their best at reliving 80′s Indie Garage Rock revival is The Baseball Project. Fronted by Peter Buck of R.E.M. as well Scott McCaughey of The Young Fresh Fellows and some other classic bros I don’t recognize by name. These cats do a real solid throwback kind of a thing and while their sound isn’t anything game changing it still looks to be a fun show if you wanna listen to some catchy and popped out rock sounds and see some legends play in a way intimate environment. Opening this show is Borrowed Beams Of Light who do a real solid Art Pop Rock type of thing. One of the better and more solid acts in town it would be silly of you to miss their set if you are already palling on going to this (So yeah get to the show on time people). Doors for this are at 8:30PM and this costs $$17$$

ALONZO ADDS: The other classic bro is Steve Wynn of the 80′s Paisley Underground band The Dream Syndicate, which in it’s earliest (and best?) incarnation included a very young Karl Precoda on guitar. Precoda eventually went on to become a grad student here in Charlottesville, where he started the band Last Days of May, which was great but nothing at all like The Baseball Project.

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Saturday: Groam & Joan Son of Groam/Errantry/Qlaud

May 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

SATURDAY MAY 9th @Twisted Branch Tea: Groam & Joan Son of Groam / Errantry / Qlaud   9:00  $7

What a gratifying surprise it is to see that Groam & Joan Son of Groam (it is probably okay to just call them Groam for short) got a write-up in The Daily Progress. It is a paper that I don’t read and have generally assumed would not have much to offer on the underground music scene, but it turns out that Dave Cantor has been doing a good job over there keeping Progress readers clued in to to the likes of Buck Gooter, Sir Richard Bishop, and Groam.  Read his piece to learn more about them, and listen to their Bandcamp page at the link above. They are an experimental-jazz-rock sax-bass-drums trio out of Richmond with a nice rich grooving sound. Should be well worth checking out.

If you have ever seen a Charlottesville band you have seen Scott Ritchie play, because he is in all of them, or so it sometimes seems. You can see this pillar of local music doing it solo tonight as Errantry, offering up some sweet electronic drones and bumps.

For Qlaud I will just quote:

Qlaud (pronounced ‘Cloud’) is a collaboration between composer/guitaristToby Summerfield (http://tobysummerfield.com) and composer/muliti-instrumentalist Kevin Davis (kevindavismusic.com). Begun back when both were in Chicago, this music explores connections between minimalism, psych-folk, and free improvisation. Altered guitar tunings and open forms create intricate sonic textures, slowly drifting from one to the next.

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sci fi italo invasion

May 4th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

Hey Charlottesville there is a very interesting looking show going on tonight at the venue on top of an ice rink (aka the Main Street Annex). Headling this one is Sensations Fix which is fronted by Franco Falsini who is the father of Main Street Annex booker Jeyon Falisini. He came through town last year and played a real incredible show with some awesome rock jams as well as playing some tranced out/spaced out tracks off the excellent album Cold Nose LP (circa 1973). His last second adding on to this bill gets my real excited about what already looked to be a real interesting show. If you missed him last time he came through town definitely try to head out to this one. Anyway here is what the folks of the Main Street Annex have gotta say about this evening cause I can’t at all find details to all of these bands on my own so i’ll let them do the dirty work.

Sensations Fix – Italian underground prog legend Franco Falsini joins the bill, playing a live electronic set with sequenced beats and FX. Embracing space-age synths, industrial beats, post-punk guitar lines, and a passion for musical freedom, as well as gaining recognition through tributes by both DJ Shadow and Sonic Youth, Sensations Fix has had an influence on the music world unable to be fully quantified or realized in scope.

Cloud City – A collaboration between Larissa Moore (of The Lusionistics) and Morgan Moran (of Phoenix Noir), this mighty two-piece will rock you until you can’t rock any more.

The Chuggernauts – Like a British version of US Biker Rock with some Zack Wylde-era Ozzy Osbourne thrown in for good measure. For fans of Alabama Thunderpussy, Black Label Society, and beer in general.

Breakers – Inspired by the past five decades of rock, with influences by the Beach Boys, the Strokes, QOTSA, Green Day & the Who, Breakers bring a complex compositional style spray painted with simple straight forward New York rock n’ roll.

Two Ton Trapezoid – Funky jams for massive quadrilaterals

BVSSLUV – Hard-hitting trap, dubstep, and EDM for the discerning basshead

Butterfly Vendetta (Duo) – High energy Cville Pop-Punk band strips down to an acoustic duo for more of a vindictive caterpillar sort of feel

Doors for this are at 7PM and this show is $$5$$ if your dressed in costume (sci-fi themed I would assume) $$8$$ if your not dressed to impress.


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Guten Walpurgisnacht, Charlottesville

April 30th, 2015 · 2 Comments · By

Thursday, April 30th — Walpurgisnacht
@Champion Brewery: The Garage Video Sessions Launch Party
featuring Devon Sproule, Gallatin Canyon, Klauss, & The Hill and Wood
6-10 PM

Walpurgisnacht, Hexennacht — the Night of the Witches, April 30th, May Day Eve, when the all witches gather for their forbidden carnival. The most unholy night of the year and the most feared. Not a night when you want to be stuck at home with nothing to do like some lame-o chump, but all too often that’s exactly what happens. Ideally you’d like to head out to a wild all-night bacchanal in the woods that you’ll stumble home from naked and bloody with no memory of what happened, but invitations to such affairs can be hard to come by. But at least this year you can head over to Champion for The Garage Video Sessions launch party. Here’s what they have to say:

The Garage Video Sessions is a collaborative project between Charlottesville music venue The Garage and husband/wife production team Pando Creative Co.. For the past year, we’ve been filming our favorite bands as they come through Charlottesville – on rivers and bell towers, in art parks and diners. We like experiencing music where you least expect it and we love our city.

We’re having a party to celebrate the launch of our stylish new website! Come mingle with local bands, check out some local food trucks, and drink some of the finest in Charlottesville beer with Champion Brewing Company.

This may not seem like all that demonic and/or pagan, but just take a look at that website. There is something weird and sinister and Virginia Wicker Man going on there, a genius for horror and the uncanny. The event itself may just be a pleasant good time, but who knows what kind of after-party might ensue…

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Friday // April // 24th // 2K15

April 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

So there are a couple of things going on tonight here in Charlottesville. Here is a list below in the order of possible importance.

Over on campus the students of that college here in this town are having their Springiest and this year they have gotten Best Coast to headline this show. If you like popped out Garage Rock N Roll that mixes retro daydreaming and California sunshine to create some breezy rock than this is the show for you. There also seems to be a lot of other events and bands playing during this show yet the the only one I recognize from the Facebook event is The Anatomy Of Frank how do a solid Post Pop Rock N Roll styled endeavor. Anyway I believe this show is Free but I didn’t attend college so maybe I’m wrong. Ill leave a link HERE for the Facebook event which will give you more information and keep you better informed on all the things going on today.

Also happening tonight is a metal show going on at the Main Street Annex. I will be the first to admit that I am no metal expert at all so I see very little reason to try to explain in detail about the differece between all these bands but it all sounds from internet sampling to have a diffent doom metal sound and will definitely quince your thirst if your thirst is for loud dark metal music. Anyway doors for this are at 9PM and this show is $$8$$


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Friday Night

April 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · By

@The Twisted Branch: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman/Nathan Bowles/Kevin Davis  9:00  $8

@The Southern: Futurebirds/Avers/Shagwüf  9:00  $15

@Magnolia: Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt/Ento/Nu Depth/Two Ton Trapezoid /TBA  7:00(!?)  $(requested)

@Fardowners (in Crozet): Borrowed Beams of Light/New Boss

“Contemporary folk music”  often just means “horrifying abomination.” But there are some sophisticated and thoughtful musicians out there who explore traditional folk styles in a truly modern way, leaving behind the corn-pone and leprechauns, breaking it down to some pure soul in the sound, letting new light shine through its architecture. Nathan Bowles is a frequent visitor to Charlottesville who never fails to mesmerize with his music. He brings experimental and minimalist elements to his banjo playing. As do Raghallaigh and Trueman to the art of Irish fiddling, reclaiming it from the unholy empire of Flatley kitsch. They seem pretty heavyweight, like they usually find themselves playing on grander stages than that of the Teahouse. Cellist Kevin Davis of UVA looks like more of a straight-up contemporary classical/experimental musician, but he has Appalachian roots and there is a video on his website titled “Hillbilly free jazz”, so maybe he can fit into this theme. Expect a night of superb musicianship and significant beauty.

If you go to The Southern to see Futurebirds and Avers, be sure to catch the third act on the bill as well. Shagwüf  is Central Virginia’s Greatest Band — or at least they have as good a claim to the title as any. Hard-rocking, deep-grooving, angular and agile yet low-down and swampy, they deliver a sound more varied and dense with pleasure than should be possible. Entirely worthy of the umlaut. Plus, Sweet Pete and Sally Rose are as charming a front team as you will ever see. (You should also hear them play in The Sally Rose Band on Saturday as part of the Tom Tom Festival  – Lee Park, 12:50 PM, free.)

And then there is the Magnolia show, alluringly enigmatic, presumably electro-poptonic, fraudulently Tom Tomic. It might offer the best time of all. Or not.

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(04-16) Ex Hex / Y’all @ The Southern

April 16th, 2015 · 2 Comments · By

So a Charlottesville reunion of sorts is going down tonight here at The Southern. Two killer Charlottesville related bands are back to rock your face off and slay it . So yeah if you aren’t already showed out this week definitely be at this one and catch the tunes mon.

Heading the show is Ex Hex who I honestly before doing this write up hadn’t listened to much at all but I remember hearing lots of great things about their set last year at The Southern. Also being ignorant like I am I didn’t know till a friend told me a couple days ago that Betsey Wright of The Fire Tapes is playing in the band. This totally explains why I didn’t see this band playing shows around town anymore (while I enjoyed seeing them open shows round town being signed the Merge is so damn sick). Anyway their music has that fun 60s garage rock throw back sound wrapped in a modern lets have a good time vibe to it. Its honestly perfect music to enjoy this beautiful season of ours and have some brew too.

Also playing this show is Y’all who used to be The Invisible Hand and before that Adam Smith & The Invisible Hand. It used to be that you could easily catch these guys once a month and they would always put on one of the best rock sets in town. Now however now that Adam Smith has left us for the Pacific North West the ability to see them and dwindled down quite a bit. So yeah if your planing on going to this show you’d be stupid to miss this opening set. Relieve your Charlottesville glory days folks.

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Monday: Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis, Blood Moon

April 13th, 2015 · 3 Comments · By

4/13 @ The Twisted Branch: Sir Richard Bishop/Robert Millis/Blood Moon  9:00n  $8

I am copying and pasting the write-up that the Teahouse put up, because it is very informative and there is no sense in paraphrasing from it. But first I will say why I think you should go to this show (though listening to the video above should be enough to convince you — goddamn!). Robert Millis and Blood Moon I am not familiar with but it seems like there is a good chance that they alone will make the evening worthwhile. But it is the headliner, Sir Richard Bishop, who makes this a must-see event. Because there are certain artists who must be recognized as masters. You approach them as something like a student, if the word student could cleansed of all the miserable associations that our experiences with formal education have put upon it and brought back to the realm of adventure and delight. Bishop is such a master. He has spent his whole life on a long and strange journey through the world of music, as a member of the legendary Sun City Girls and as a solo guitarist, as himself a student of music from around the globe. He’s been out there, year after year, exploring the universe through sound, plumbing its depths and finding its beauty, going beyond the horizon of the ordinary. And if you get the chance to sit before such a master, as he demonstrates what he has learned, as he explores that universe anew right in front of you, as only he can–  well, you’d be be a fool not to take it.

Plus, he goes by Sir Richard Bishop, which is pretty cool.



Here’s a story for you. Sir Richard Bishop, prolific, virtuosic guitarist and founding member of experimental Arizonan troupe Sun City Girls, was last year living in Geneva. He was after a new instrument, handy enough to carry around, and, just as he was about to leave a backstreet luthier’s empty-handed, was presented with a somewhat cobwebbed, yet beautiful acoustic guitar, its sole identifying mark being a sticker bearing the C. Bruno manufacturer’s name. He immediately falls for it, decides it’s too expensive, leaves, returns, goes through the same hand-wringing, only – third time’s a charm – to come back once more, and hand over a fair wad of Swiss Francs. His pride and joy in tow, he then heads to Tangier in Morocco to record an album over the summer, leaving us, blessedly, with the document of this getting acquainted: the aptly-titled Tangier Sessions, his new album on Drag City, due on February 16 2015. And, with exquisite timing, they’ve kindly given us a first play of the record’s opening track, ‘Frontier’, a prime example, not only of his guitar’s resonant qualities but of Bishop’s deft, dexterous playing.

founding member of Climax Golden Twins and AFCGT, a solo artist and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. He has scored long and short films, created sound installations, produced and designed audio projects, and released many LPs and CDs. His work veers haphazardly between sound art, music concrete, instrumental, improv, field recording, song and collage. He has a deep interest in folk and traditional music, so imagine Pete Seeger trying to cover Revolution 9 by the Beatles.

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 (Burtner is a professor there while the others are PhD students in composition), the group recently 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 their unusual instrumentation and varied backgrounds as performers and composers, the group is able to draw on a number of diverse stylistic and instrumental traditions, allowing for a kaleidoscopic array of musical textures to spontaneously emerge during performance.

This show is NOT associated with a festival occurring the same week.

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