Mahjongg, Narwhalz etc at Outback tonight

February 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on Mahjongg, Narwhalz etc at Outback tonight · By

  Mahjongg are playing at the Outback Lodge tonight — I’ve never heard them myself, but trustworthy people swear that they are amazing. The openers are both from Richmond: Narwhalz, a rad kid named Brian who does pomeranian-themed chiptune overload wackiness (he’s awesome!), and Diamond Black Hearted Boy, whose MySpace page perhaps indicates something possibly […]

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WTJU stuff

February 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on WTJU stuff · By

Time to start getting excited about the springtime WTJU Rock Marathon! I know it’s not until April (the 23rd-28th, to be exact), but it’s gonna be a good one, so start saving those pennies. I spent a pleasant chunk of this afternoon hammering out a rough version of this year’s schedule along with my fellow […]

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my least favorite holiday

February 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments · By

Two (totally separate) shows at Gravity Lounge tonight; at 7:30 Devon Sproule is playing, and at 10pm Bella Morte are doing an acoustic set (!), along with Synthetic Division. Oddly enough, I actually sort of prefer Bella Morte’s acoustic shows; they’re remarkably charming and self-effacing in an unexpected way. Devon’s show is $10, Bella Morte […]

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Mildred Pierce #3 and the Parking Lot Movie

February 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments · By

Mildred Pierce, the arts and criticism ‘zine co-run by my friend (and former Nailgun contributor) John Bylander, has now totally and finally and irrevocably finished their long-in-the-making third issue. You can order copies of Mildred Pierce #3 here. Incidentally, I did the cover, but the stuff inside is really smart and worthwhile and good; there’s […]

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The Art Klatch

February 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment · By

There’s a new cville-based blog called The Art Klatch, dedicated to critical discourse and contemporary art, which I think is a much-needed and valuable thing. You can check out the Blog now, and they’re having an opening party/reception thing at the Garage next Friday. For my money, it’s a welcome addition to the Charlottesville internet.

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Silent Valentines at The Bridge

February 12th, 2009 · 3 Comments · By

Valentine’s Day sucks. It’s annoying for those who are single, and awkward for those who are coupled. On the other hand, it’s an excuse to come see some silent film comedy at The Bridge tonight! For the third year in a row, we’re having a Valentine’s-themed Film Screening– this year we’re doing Silent Valentines again, […]

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Electroacoustic, Country, and “Not the 80’s”

February 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments · By

Steve Kemper is giving a lecture on the history of electroacoustic music at The Bridge tonight; you may remember Steve as the guy who built a robot string-performer for last year’s Audio January show; it was pretty cool. Plus, electroacoustic music is really interesting (it’s a large and vaguely-defined category which often overlaps with musique […]

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Gravity Lounge

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments · By

Brendan Fitzgerald in the C-Ville Weekly and Courteney Stewart in the Hook both report that Gravity Lounge may be closing. It’s not the first time that the demise of the venue seemed imminent, but this time it looks fairly serious: They’re hosting an ongoing fundraiser to try to raise $200,000 to stay afloat. I’ve often […]

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two good Art openings tonight!

February 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment · By

My friend Jeremy Taylor is having an art opening at The Garage tonight; Kate says: “Join us this Friday from 5:00-7:30pm at the Garage for the opening of Jeremy Seth Taylor’s show “Salus.” Jeremy is an artist and professor at James Madison University. His new show, “Salus,” features new drawings, paintings, prints, and objects…all made […]

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Buddy Holly

February 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment · By

So I’m a little embarrassed to only just now have noticed that Tuesday is the 50th Anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. Valens and the Bopper were each fine musicians in their own right, but Buddy Holly occupies a special spot in my musical appreciation / […]

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