Album Review: Malatese – Animal Relief

February 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments · By

Malatese – “Mega Snoozers” The first Malatese show I ever saw happened at the Harrisonburg townhouse they lived in about three years ago, in-between winter and spring of 2011. It was a sloppy, soulful performance for a crowd barely reaching the double digits; the bass guitar went out at one point, John’s cymbals were busted-up […]

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TONIGHT is a night of weekly gigs…

February 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments · By

  With no real blockbuster show in the next few days, I wanted to put up a few of the weekly gigs predominantly happening on Tuesdays. First up: Red and The Romantics at Durty Nelly’s over on JPA. Hear the Blue Ridge’s response to Nat King Cole, starts at 10pm, no cover. Second up, Charlottesville’s […]

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La CHANSON DU LUNDI

February 24th, 2014 · 5 Comments · By

For many of us, our music constitutes the sound track to our (miserable) lives. The melancholic albums that accompanied our blues, happier songs that made us hopeful again, and those days when everything just smiled at you: a glorious rendezvous and glimpse of deeply shared feeling, a sunny morning dripping with delicious smells, a professional […]

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THIS WEEKEND: TONIGHT Rad Music at Jefferson City Center; TOMORROW Nurse Beach and Sharkopath

February 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments · By

dTonight is “From Africa to Appalachia”– a cool-looking concert tracing the development of the five-string banjo from its West African ancestors, the n’gonia and kora. From the press release: It is now indisputable that what we now know as the banjo was derived from the lutes brought by enslaved Africans to the New World, most […]

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Angel Olsen at the Southern

February 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment · By

I had the opportunity to see Angel Olsen in November of 2012 at the Tea Bazaar. I had heard a lot of buzz about her so I figured I would stop by. Since then I have been hooked. Olsen’s first two albums consisted of stripped down guitar and vocals, which were beautiful and powerful. On […]

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Le DISQUE DU LUNDI

February 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment · By

Burn Your Fire For No Witness — Angel Olson (Jagjaguwar, 2014) At long last! The year 2014 has brought us a little masterpiece: Angel Olsen’s second album. Just imagine Leonard Cohen and Hope Sandoval had a child, a little girl… an angel or a devil, we’re not really certain. But this Mississippi native, close to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy […]

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TONIGHT: Stephen Steinbrink, Erik the Red, Erik “the DEN” DeLuca — Tea Bazaar, 9pm

February 17th, 2014 · 2 Comments · By

Really great show tonight at Tea Bazaar. An extremely varied line-up in the best of ways. Stephen Steinbrink is a kindly cherub of a person, containing all the great elements of a traveling musician in the 21st century: idiosyncratic songwriting, sincere performances, a warm, social disposition and killer merch. I would not be surprised if […]

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Le DISQUE DU LUNDI: The Gun Club — Fire of Love (Ruby Records, 1981)

February 10th, 2014 · Comments Off on Le DISQUE DU LUNDI: The Gun Club — Fire of Love (Ruby Records, 1981) · By

Given the richness of the music since the last few weeks (months?), let’s return again to the past: If the English of the ‘British Boom’ 60’s were inspired by electrified blues in the southern US and Chicago, 80’s PUNK had no choice but to take its own blues inspiration from something harder and more primal. […]

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Last Minute Announcement: 1:30PM showing of Brother Outsider (2003) at The Haven, TODAY Free

February 10th, 2014 · Comments Off on Last Minute Announcement: 1:30PM showing of Brother Outsider (2003) at The Haven, TODAY Free · By

I meant to post this last night and it’s very last minute, for that I apologize, but my brother Owen is screening Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin at The Haven today at 1:30PM, Free. Rustin was a major organizing force in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. Among his major […]

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THIS WEEKEND: Big Air/Beams/Eternal Summers TONIGHT; Carl Anderson TOMORROW

February 7th, 2014 · Comments Off on THIS WEEKEND: Big Air/Beams/Eternal Summers TONIGHT; Carl Anderson TOMORROW · By

Tonight is the WarHen produced EP release for Big Air, Charlottesville’s newest rock outfit. It’s a two-man operation: Greg Sloan (of The Ha-rang and Dwight Howard Johnson) and Rob Dobson, of The (late, great) Fire Tapes. Dobson was the typical bass player eye-candy for The Fire Tapes: Sure, he was great to look at and […]

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