James Ford’s Favorite Music of 2013

December 31st, 2013 · 4 Comments · By

Wow – “Wow!” (Bubca Records)

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I’m so excited about this show I came back to Nailgun to tell you about it, also because we have no other writers left (more on that soon)

September 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments · By

Every time (about once every year or two) that someone asks me to book a show for a former Pudhaus / Tokyo Rose / WTJU person, I always say “yes,” even though I’m not really a concert booker and even if it’s someone I’ve never met before or can’t remember, and it always turns out […]

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Chain and the Gang at the Tea House tonight; Ian Svenonius interview below

August 15th, 2013 · 2 Comments · By

Ian Svenonius has been a key figure in DC punk, and its various offshoots and subgenres, for 25 years. He has been the front-man for Nation of Ulysses, Cupid Car Club, the Make-Up, Scene Creamers and Weird War, and has authored the book of essays The Psychic Soviet and the recently published Supernatural Strategies for […]

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James’ favorites of 2012

January 1st, 2013 · 3 Comments · By

Better late than never, here are 10 albums I liked from this past year, plus an extensive run-down of my favorite concert experience of 2012. Mount Eerie – Ocean Roar (P.W. Elverum and Sun, Ltd.) Phil Elvrum’s return to form (albeit a slightly different form than the one he started out with) continues; this is […]

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surprise show at The Bridge!

December 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on surprise show at The Bridge! · By

I only heard about this five minutes ago, and even then only by chance, but apparently Justin Wolf and Jay Purdy are playing at The Bridge tonight! Both are Cville boys who have made their names elsewhere (specifically, Philadelphia) but are back in town for the time being and playing a show tonight. Justin Wolf […]

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November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on · By

Tonight at the Balkan Bistro (on West Main, near 10th st), the Smiffs are playing — that’s Charlottesville’s Smiths cover band, consisting of Butch Klotz, Nicholas Liivak, Scott Ritchie, and Jonny Kuthy. You have probably seen those dudes play heavier music in their real bands, but tonight they are the Smiths. Originally a pop-punk group […]

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Free Market, Black Market

November 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment · By

Those of you who are in Charlottesville today are surely itching for something to do, and possibly eager for alternatives to spending another day with your extended family and/or getting trampled to death at Best Buy. Here are two good suggestions: As part of the annual practice of Buy Nothing Day, Random Row Books is […]

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Random Row Rock

November 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment · By

Hey readers, sorry for the long delay between updates — both Carolyn and I have been extremely busy lately, without much time to devote to the blog… I did, however, want to let you know about the concert tonight at Random Row Books: Invisible Hand is playing, along with the Richmond band White Laces, and […]

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fun Hallowe’en-night activities

October 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment · By

Halloween comes but once a year, and there’s a bunch of fun things going on around town tonight: WTJU is doing a live performance of “the War of the Worlds” on-air tonight; a Charlottesville-specific adaptation of the Mercury Theatre on the Air’s 1938 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel. (Orson Welles — no relation — […]

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Halloween triple-feature at Vinegar Hill!

October 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment · By

We’re having a fun event at Vinegar Hill Theatre tonight; Halloween is approaching fast, and so is a tremendous hurricane, and there’s absolutely nothing else going on tonight so you should come check it out. We’re partnering with OffScreen to show three movies tonight: Joel Schumaker’s beloved 80’s vampire flick the Lost Boys, a grisly […]

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