freakin weekend

October 9th, 2009 · 14 Comments · By

Serp is one nice house. Even though it’s not on that axis of prestige extending from the lawn to the end of Madison Lane, it’s right by the Architecture school and the impressive new “Arts Grounds.” I appreciate them opening their house to everybody, albeit under the discretion of a loosely enforced vouchsafe policy, and creating the opportunity to host shows in a MANSION. With that said, tonight is looking pretty good over there. It seems like The Invisible Hand hasn’t played in town in forever. Catch them tonight or ye shall wait until the end of the month. Andrew Cedermark, alumnus and amigo, has a full band with Jacob and a kid named Kyle. Kyle’s style changes the dynamic of Andrew’s music a touch. I previously would have neatly classified AC as shoegaze but Kyle brings in a fast and hardhitting punk influence precluding that definition.  And as of last night, Elephant Child is playing. They are a really great band from Harrisonburg that kind of sounds like The Pixies, Nirvana or maybe even The Wipers. The drummer’s brother was in Serp while at UVa and I’m fairly certain he has had some hand in all of this.  It’s at 9pm and there’s a $5 suggested donation.

I don’t know if anybody else has noticed this, but The Invisible Hand shows and Sarah White’s (in this case, Sarah White affiliated) shows seem to fall on the same evenings. It’s unfortunate but if you’re weirded out by being over 22 and/or hanging out at a frathouse on a Friday night, there’s an Acorn Sisters show at The Garage. That starts around 8:30 and is donation only.

There’s also a show of interest at the Tea House. Nelly Kate and tUnE-YaRds. YeAh. WhY dOeS sHe dO tHiS? Someone go and ask her. She reminds me of Scout Niblett, by the way. Doors are at 8:30 and I can’t seem to find a final word on the admission price.

Happy Friday! I’ll be slinging drinks at The Box. With a one DJ Padati. And I have no idea who that is. I just hope he does not play techno.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Tapeworm // Oct 9, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Nelly Kate is so amazing. I caught her show at the bridge a while back, and it blew my socks off.

  • 2 Andrew Cedermark // Oct 9, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    The drummer is Kevin Haney. In the heat of the moment he resembles Travis Barker, but Kevin is a shoegazer at heart.

  • 3 jon bray // Oct 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    uhmmmmm…. you mean Kevin? I’m pretty sure it’s Kevin, not Kyle.

  • 4 James // Oct 9, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    hooray, I don’t have to work this evening! really excited to see the Acorns (whom I haven’t heard in like, a year) play while my show is up, PLUS I’m sort of dubiously excited about the Serp thing… man, I haven’t been to a frat party since I was 19. Please tell me that one is gonna start late, so I can see both?

  • 5 jon bray // Oct 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    starts at 9, which i guess really means 9:30… who knows! ya might miss a band or two, but you’ll be at both shows fo sho.

  • 6 brett // Oct 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Sarah – how was the Wires in the Walls show?

  • 7 James // Oct 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    just did some quick research, here’s some clarifications:
    the Acorn Sisters show actually starts at 9 (not 8:30), and Sian says: “we may or may not be joined by another act.” knowing the circles they travel in, that should probably be someone pretty good (if it happens). they’re really great, I couldn’t be happier to share this month at The Garage with them (been trying to get them to play there for a long time, actually…)

    oh & according to Michael B, apparently there are two other student bands kicking off the night at Serp (?); the Hi-Fives and I think the other one was called “Hate the Bomb” (although I may have mis-heard the name over the phone) … so I think Andrew C / the Hand will be later on in the evening, most likely.

    and I don’t know about Kyle-Kevin, but Jacob is NOT playing in Andrew’s band tonight, as he’ll be running the Tune-Yards show at the Tea House (which is also supposed to be great… after all, WTJU is (unofficially) sponsoring it! y’all will have to let me know what I missed.)

    my plan is to see the lovely Acorn Sisters and possibly their mystery guest, THEN head across town to catch Andrew and the Invisible Hand boys; I think the timing should work out nicely (fingers crossed).

    For non-UVa folks, apparently you’ll have to get someone to “vouch” for you to get into the Serp show… I have no idea who actually lives there or who the door-person will be, so I guess I’m just gonna try to see if they’ll let me in, using the names of the handful of musically-inclined UVA folk that I know (hopefully this will work better than when I was 19…)

  • 8 Sarah // Oct 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    more clarifications:

    kevin or kyle, i am sorry. i am bad with names. but yall know who i’m talkin’ bout and that’s what matters.

    dj padati does not play techno and word is he’s decent. see me if you’d like to dance.

    lastly, who wants to borrow my student id?!

  • 9 James // Oct 9, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    hm, I think I’d have some difficulty convincing them I was you.
    for one thing, I’m allergic to wigs

  • 10 Jacob // Oct 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Tune-Yards is ridiculously awesome. Been looking forward to this one for a while. Wish I had had time today to do a writeup here for that show. Please consider catching this one — as kick-ass as the other shows are, and apologies to good friends and bandmates, those bands will be definitely be playing great shows in Charlottesville again, soon. Tune-Yards will not.

    Read my post on Tune Yards from a few weeks ago:

  • 11 Andrew // Oct 10, 2009 at 11:12 am

    That was a crazy game of poker

  • 12 James // Oct 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    my my, what a ridiculous night. the Acorn Sisters’ musical guest turned out to be the Don’t Tell Darlings, who are totally sweet and worth seeing (I’m told they’re now playing at the Blue Moon every other Tuesday.)

    got a ride over to UVa around 10:30, when the “raging kegger” was already well underway. the ska band had just finished, and we relocated to get more beers (the keg line was infinite) and returned while Elephant Child played. Despite some sarcastic sneers we were mostly made welcome….

    Andrew ended up playing with Adam Brock as his last-minute drummer; despite Adam not knowing most of the songs, they were fairly solid. Andrew started off with that UVa theme song you always hear at pep rallies etc (the one to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne”), and hearing that song filtered through his sloppy shoegazer aesthetic was pretty revelatory. He also covered Jonathan Richman, Neil Young, and (I’m told) Galaxie 500. they ended the set with Adam Smith joining in on bass for a raucous and ridiculous version of “Johnny B. Goode” (whose awesome fury was only diminished by the fact that, due to a combination of no-planning and inebriation, they couldn’t all play in synchronization for more than 8 bars at a time.) I thought it was fucking solid, although I’m not sure many of the fraternity brothers agreed (I noticed this was when the crowd began to thin…)

    Invisible Hand took over fairly quickly afterwards, and played just a killer, high-energy, kick-ass set. They started with an awesome new song I didn’t recognize, and ripped through a quick set of their usual tunes played relatively tight and aggressively. “Killer Vegetables” was amazing, they closed with a much heavier, faster version of “Aubade” (by request! thanks fellas) and an especially loose, wasted / transcendent version of the VU’s “Run Run” … the remaining crowd basically loved it, so they added an encore of “Black Tie Formal.”

    then the party devolved into ubiquitous Michael-Jackson-dance-party (complete with skipping CDs) before the cops showed up and we all retired to High st for peanut butter and whiskey.

    thanks for a sweet show, fellas. volleys have been fired for a potential new era of collaboration between gown&town, for better or worse.

  • 13 Jacob // Oct 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Meanwhile, tUnE-yArDs played a cathartic, powerful, fucking amazingly awesome set at the Tea Bazaar. Might very well be the best thing I’ve seen all year. The crowd response was pretty universally “Holy fucking shit”.

  • 14 jon bray // Oct 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    i hurt sooo byyaaaaad