Random Row — Part 3 of 3 Politics

December 31st, 2013 · Comments Off on Random Row — Part 3 of 3 Politics · By

Most powerful about Random Row was its merging of the political and personal. Ryan Deramus, the owner, has merged the two inextricably. This is at odds with many people considering themselves liberal. Charlottesville sees itself as progressive, but doesn’t really act all that progressive. We are much more inclined to stay in our comfortable spheres, […]

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James Ford’s Favorite Music of 2013

December 31st, 2013 · 4 Comments · By

Wow – “Wow!” (Bubca Records)

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Hotel California: From The Byrds to The Eagles

December 25th, 2013 · Comments Off on Hotel California: From The Byrds to The Eagles · By

Greetings from Lynchburg, Nailgunners! I’m down here for the holidays, hanging with my fam, you know? My brother Owen has a fantastic music, music-culture ken. He recently watched the Hotel California: From The Byrds to The Eagles BBC4 documentary, analyzing the changing 1960s West Coast zeitgeist, from its idealist beginnings to its massive payout. From his […]

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End-of-Year Music List

December 24th, 2013 · Comments Off on End-of-Year Music List · By

2013 has been a great year for music. Here are my top seven favorite albums of the past year, presented in alphabetical order by artist.   Danny Brown – Old With his first proper studio album, Danny Brown’s sound has matured significantly since his excellent mixtape XXX. In an interview prior to the album’s release, […]

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TONIGHT Honky Tonk at Black Moto

December 21st, 2013 · 1 Comment · By

Continuing the Christmas-named-not-really-Christmas-related-but-still-great-events this holiday weekend is Deck the Halls with Honky Tonk happening at the Wooly Mammoth (formerly Black Market Moto Saloon) at the intersection of Meade Ave and Market St. Bands include (but perhaps not limited to) Sabra’s Honky Tonk and also The LeeRoys. Sabra is a powerhouse local musician delivering on all […]

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TONIGHT: A Very Grits-n-Gravy @ R2

December 20th, 2013 · Comments Off on TONIGHT: A Very Grits-n-Gravy @ R2 · By

A very special Grits-n-Gravy tonight! Expect all the fantastic dancing, R&B records and projections, but Colin has informed me they’re also giving away “a few boxes-worth of 45s” in the Christmas spirit…well I’ll be! Starts at 10pm, free as always. UPDATE Also there is Adam Smith and Thomas Dean’s 90s hip-hop dance party #NASTY tonight […]

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Weekend Round-Up 12/12-12/14

December 12th, 2013 · 5 Comments · By

Thursday 12/12/13 at the Tea Bazaar Guardian Alien is an avant-garde experimental band led by Greg Fox, formerly of the metal band Liturgy. (Now Liturgy has a a drum machine instead of the fantastic Mr. Fox). They’ve been releasing music on Thrill Jockey and their live performances are a weird, drone-y, continuous set. I caught […]

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Spotlight on: Gift Forest at the Bridge

December 11th, 2013 · 3 Comments · By

For the past couple years, my good friend, great-idea-haver and craft fair impresario Sarah Carr has been organizing the holiday pop-up shop at The Bridge PAI. This year’s iteration is called Gift Forest and contains many artists Sarah has drawn in from Charlottesville, the surrounding area and a bit beyond. I hopped over there yesterday […]

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Weekend Round-Up: 12/6-12/7

December 5th, 2013 · Comments Off on Weekend Round-Up: 12/6-12/7 · By

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TONIGHT: Chess simultaneous

December 2nd, 2013 · 2 Comments · By

sorry to nerd out like this, but this is an adorable and rad event and i’m gonna put it up on here. ima do me rite now from daily progress: Chess Grandmaster Jesse Kraai is slated to give a reading from his new novel “Lisa, A Chess Novel,” and play a simultaneous game against up […]

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