Extraordinaires at the Tea House, Bride of the Narwhal at Random Row

January 16th, 2010 · 4 Comments · By

So this has received a puzzling lack of advance publicity, considering the headliners are a band much-beloved in Charlottesville; tonight there’s a Punk Rock Payroll label tour appearing at the Tea Bazaar, with those ever-inventive Cville-expatriot wunderkinds the Extraordinaires, as well an appearance Justin Wolf’s Lux Perpetua project (I’m told he almost never plays live, although most of the shows he does play seem to be in Cville.) Also on the bill are the Dangerous Ponies, who played here several months ago (and sent me an extremely entertaining press release, although I never made it to the show, and a band called Kill You in the Face, which I keep getting confused with the similarly named Kill Your Brain (who are playing here next week). This should be a really fun show! I’m gonna make it over there as soon as I can get off work.

Also tonight, there’s good-lookin’ lineup over at Random Row; along with the continued return of much-liked Cville band Bride of the Narwhal (whose members you may recognize from bands like Cosmonaut’s Ruin and the Tapeworms, if you never saw them play back in 2005-6 or so), along with a newer local band Manorlady, and the no-it’s-not-a-typo act from Philly called Sweatheart.  Doors at 9, show at 10, cover is $5.

I think there’s also a show at the Southern with PantherBurn and Straight Punch.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sarah // Jan 18, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I’m sad I missed sweatheart. they are good.

  • 2 gary // Jan 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    here’s a video of the extraordinaries from the other night:


  • 3 Aaron // Jan 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Yes indeed, Sarah.

    The Sweatheart/Bride of the Narwahl/Manorlady show had some Extraordinaire-y competition that night, but it was a great deal of fun for those who were able to attend. Those guys put on a pretty in-your-face act – liberal use of crotch grabbing and choreographed jumps/kicks – and afterward they are really some of the most mellow and down-to-earth folks I’ve ever met. Very happy I had the chance to meet them.

    Bride of the Narwahl were on fire – a kind of noisy, surfy fire. Very cool treat to see them in action.

    As for us, we feel we played the best of any show so far though I’m sad to say that I had some last minute tech issues getting the beat-synched video to fly. Next time…..

    Thanks to everyone who showed up!

  • 4 Matt // Jan 19, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Sweatheart was amazing and those white-hot compressed ’80s guitar tones were blowing my mind. Having purchased a CD at the show and done some listening, I must say their over-the-top schtick is really best imbibed live however. As usual, Bride of the Narwhal rocked it harder than you can comprehend. Dave Stone. Man, what a casually amazing guitar player. Those guys should play waaaaaay more. And Manorlady sounded really great in that space. Great all around show y’all.