Nanook at Random Row, Red Satellites at Tea House

January 15th, 2010 · 4 Comments · By

Sorry, I meant to blog about this much sooner, but I elected to spend my brief break from work today enjoying the excellent weather, rather than spending even more time staring at a small screen. (I thought one of the 5 other Nailgun writers might get to it first, but apparently not…)

Anyway, the first order of business is the “Nanook of the North” screening at Random Row Books.  It starts at 7pm, which is… very very soon. It’s a free screening, and it’s a classic film which anyone who’s even remotely interested in good documentaries should probably check out, at some point. What better time than tonight? Now that we’ve hit a warm spell, it seems like a good time to pick up some seal-hunting, igloo-building, and ice-fishing tips before the cold snap comes back. Anyway, I’m glad Sarah’s been doing these screenings over at Random Row, and I hope they continue.

Afterwards, there’s this show:

I haven’t been to a Tea House show in a little while, and I missed the Red Satellites set the other night, so I’m thinking this one will be pretty fun. The Satellites helpfully inform us that the Hilarious Posters: Awesome pop music, blending the best of the 60s with the best of the 80s. Lollipop Factory: These guys are sort of what would happen if the White Stripes wanted to be Queen instead of Led Zeppelin. Red Satellites: High energy, super catchy songs, soaring melodies- you know the drill.”  Sounds good to me. Doors at 8:30, show at 9:00, and the cover is $5.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lee // Jan 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Red Sats took a turn away from what I was feeling was a punk avenue and this performance managed to take that and make it more dignified and vicious without losing any of the previous raucous energy. The songs feel tighter and the performance does as well–these guys really are maturing within their creation quickly. I expect a quick rise!
    I only caught a bit of the previous set (Hilarious Posters?) but that was some rock’n’roll (with hats?) in a less gentlemanly but still rockin way. Good job guys!

  • 2 James // Jan 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Posters actually played first (and I missed it) … the out-of-town band with the hats was Lollipop Factory — who were OK, but lost a lot of momentum due to technical issues (which also had the show running late), and I found them moderately enjoyable but tired of it quickly. (as Nicholas pointed out, they kind of wandered into musical-theatre territory; some of those songs sounded like the hardest-rockin’ numbers from, I dunno, “Godspell” or something.

    Red Satellites, on the other hand were really awesome, put on an excellent show, and wholeheartedly solidified their status as the best Glam-rock band in Charlottesville. I think they won over a lot of new fans that night as well, which is great. Glad to be hearing them again soon.

  • 3 Brenning // Jan 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Well, if you went to the show and liked it, I just thought I’d let you know that we aren’t playing in C-ville again until our EP release on Feburary 20th @ The Southern w/ Corsair, Drunk Tigers, and New Rock Church of Fire. Should be a great show + we’ll be celebrating the new recorded music!

  • 4 spotter // Jan 18, 2010 at 7:15 am

    First time seeing the Satellites, but I would raise James one and say they might be the BEST ROCK band in town, or at least one of the top two or three. Totally the catchiest songs in town for sure!