This Week

March 30th, 2010 · 17 Comments · By

Okay, so perhaps as a result of MACRoCk, it looks like pretty light fare as far as events go here in town this week. Thusly, I’m going to try to knock out our coverage of said events in one fell swoop, so that hopefully we can give you some kind of decent preview of MACRoCk in the next couple days. If I’m missing anything, please feel free to crowdsource it in the comments!


Two great shows on Thursday. First, at Random Row, Invisible Hand and Drunk Tigers are playing with a band that I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about, called Cloud Nothings. Don’t know much about them at this point, beyond the second-hand praise. Once again, feel free to chime in in the comments with more details.  9PM? $5?  10pm, $6.

Meanwhile, over at the Tea Bazaar, there’s Bear War and a duo from Austin called My Milky Way Arms, who I can safely say were one of the more entertaining acts to visit the Tea Bazaar last year. Not sure how many people saw and remember them, but I thought they were really excellent and their song Helicopter (see the Myspace) is one of the catchiest tunes I’ve come across in a while. Also, the Hulk gloves seen below are an integral part of the show. 9PM. $5.

Promo | Space Kill | MY MILKY WAY ARMS


There’s a normally vacant storefront across from Hamilton’s at 1st Street on the Mall, that a group of folks are transforming into a week-long art opening called Show Your Magic To The World You Are In. Seems pretty rad, with 9 artists showing a variety of work. The space is great and really ideal for a DIY art adventure of this nature. That said, there’s even more! The opening itself is running from 5pm to 8;30pm, which will be followed by a theater show from a really interesting Baltimore ensemble called UnSaddest Factory Theater Company. Here’s a description of the show sent to me by its creators:

“At the End of Infinite Rope”, starring Mason Ross, is play about a loud, abrasive, drunk, and unhinged professor lecturing about civilization’s inevitable march to its own destruction.  Ross was awarded “Best Comedic Performance” by the Baltimore City Paper for his role in “At the End of Infinite Rope”.

“The Title Sounded Better in French” is set not quite in reality, but the next town over. The two main characters are two young women who find themselves onstage in search of a project; They work out failures, address broken hearts, and wake up laughing. The piece premiered at The Access theatre in New York City and was also performed as a part of the 2009 Whartscape at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Showbeast is a touring puppet show and video series created by Benjamin Beast, Erin Gleeson and Alan Resnick. Showbeast has been screened all across the country including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, the Pop Montreal Music Festival, and the Pozen Center at MassArt.

Furthermore, here’s a video by Showbeast, featuring Dan Deacon, which bizarrely made MTV’s Top 100 Videos! Weird, awesome, and hilarious:

There’s a $5 suggested donation for the theater portion of the evening. Following all this great stuff, the opening has it’s own after-party dance-party at Random Row. Otherwise, as far as I can discern right now, it looks to be a fairly quiet weekend.SATURDAYAnything going down on Saturday? Tell us in the comments, ya’ll!

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  • 1 Kelly // Mar 31, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Cloud Nothings is a winner,,,, I saw them play w/ Fluffy Lumbers in Brooklyn a couple weeks ago. Yet another lo-fi band but a good one at that. “Hey Cool Kid” and “Can’t Stay Awake” are both excellent tracks – check em out!

  • 2 HORSEFANG // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Hey, Matthew Clark’s (yep, that prodigal tea-slinger from the T-haus of yore) FOURTEEN MEMBER FUNK BAND is playing Thursday as well. They will be at the Southern opening for Greg Ginn’s JAMBAND??? Yeah, weird. Well, if you like horn-sections, DANCERS (yes, they are a component of the 14), and well, FUNK you should swing by the Southern before you go elsewhere that evening. I was around for Gregg Ginn’s last time through town at DUST, i hope it goes a little smoother this time, and i don’t mean in the musical sense.

  • 3 James // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:48 am

    I’m 90% sure that show is actually happening on April 17th…
    that’s the date Rose told me Matthew’s band was in town,
    AND that’s the date Greg Ginn’s publicist says they’re playing.

    (PS just wrote a terse note to said publicist bemoaning the
    poor behavior of the band last time around, as well as
    chastising her for misspelling Charlottesville. Her response
    was very considerate and well-worded, which I appreciated)

  • 4 James // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:49 am

    yeah, just checked, Thursday at the Southern is a Reggae thing.

  • 5 James // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:53 am

    on the subject of Cloud Nothings — that record is GREAT. I’m glad Blair’s releasing it (hoping to review it in these pages on Thursday, actually), and I’m psyched for the show. Another one of those rare bills where I’m equally excited about all 3 bands for fairly different reasons.

    Oh, and that show is SIX dollars (like the poster says), Adam says the show starts at TEN, and it’s an all-ages thing.

  • 6 Matt // Mar 31, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Yeah, that Gregg Ginn/Matt Clarke funk band bill is definitely Saturday April 17 at the Southern.

  • 7 Andy // Mar 31, 2010 at 10:06 am

    The Southern has a full lineup for the weekend including some great local music:

    Thursday is Space Cadet 7, which includes BJ Pendleton, Tucker Rogers, DJ XSV and others. They’re planning on playing Natty Dread in its entirety – or not, I can’t really tell since it’s April Fool’s Day.

    Friday is Ted Pitney with his new band – Sarah White and Carl Anderson both play solo sets beforehand. Ted’s new band is pretty amazing.

    Saturday is Yarn out of Brooklyn – alt-country, good stuff.

    And yes, Matt Clark’s band, CSC Funk Band, is Saturday April 17th. Also includes Colin from USAISAMONSTER and Jim Thompson (Alter-natives, Bio Ritmo, Tulsa Drones).

    Easy Star All Stars at The Jeff on Saturday too.

  • 8 Jacob // Mar 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Oh, duh. The information is on the poster that I included in the post. I’m a genius.

  • 9 HORSEFANG // Mar 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Yes, CSC Funk Band. April 17th. Sorry, for early-posting. Jimmy T is a ridiculous drummer, Colin is a mule-kicking guitar freak, and MC is a ridiculous freak. “Reading it’s fundamental”

  • 10 blair // Mar 31, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I am highly biased but Cloud Nothings is one of the best things to come to my attention in a while – a fuzzy, snotty burst of catchy pop songs that will have you singing along to the choruses even if the guitars are so loud you can’t really decipher the lyrics…

    The have played with Woods, Real Estate, Abe Vigoda (tonight), the Beets, and lot of other great buzz bands although this Cville show is still in their first 25 shows ever. Nonetheless, the Cloud Nothing live show is compelling — super energetic and spritely — and it helps that their drummer Jayson Gerycz is one of the fiercest drummers I have ever seen.

    Cloud Nothings have been getting some good press from blogs such as Pitchfork, Stereogum, Gorilla vs. Bear, Weekly Tape Deck, etc. and just last week The Washington Post listed Cloud Nothings as one of the top 9 shows they saw at SXSW (in there with names like Vivian Girls and Titus Andronicus).

    (And yes, Speakertree Records released the LP version of their first album “Turning On”…and the first pressing is down to about 25 copies, which I should have on hand at the show)…

    AND also Drunk Tigers and Invisible Hand are my two favorite bands in Cville right now so this show has been pretty anticipated for weeks now. (but you already knew that about DT and IH). See you there.

  • 11 James // Apr 1, 2010 at 1:17 am

    On Friday there’s also a reception at the Bridge for a painting show by Eliza Evans — y’all know Eliza, she’s the woman who’s painted a portrait of you and every person you’ve ever met in Charlottesville. I forgot it was even happening (is it April already?) until I drove past the Bridge tonight and caught the show going up — looks great! If you can’t catch it Friday, stop by later in the month.

  • 12 Erky // Apr 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

    well shit, i have a messy room too. i must be an artist!

  • 13 Jacob // Apr 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I may have understated in the above post how excited I am about My Milky Way Arms. I think they’re really really rad and have been looking forward to this for quite a while. And of course Bear War is awesome, as well, especially with the new percussion element provided by Dylan ‘Rhythm Bandit’ Mulshine. The Random Row show is definitely a killer bill, but the Tea Bazaar show is also well worth checking out!

  • 14 Jacob // Apr 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    So we’re going to try to run things on the early side at the Tea Bazaar tonight — sets running from about 9 to 10:30pm — so that ya’ll can all get over to Random Row but the time things start heating up there. Don’t pick and choose — do everything!

  • 15 James // Apr 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    “Don’t pick and choose — do everything!”

    glad to see the unofficial Nailgun Media motto making a return appearance

  • 16 coogan // Apr 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

    THE MAGIC SHOW at 101 west main is really, really great. a bunch of kids garnered together by the lovely pixie Mina Karimi. notable pieces: chris melton’s kinetic sculpture that’s been on animated display for the past few nights, charlottesville debut by the always wonderful caroline even, performance and art installations from Ultra Aesthetics Committee, redacted poetry from yours truly and more more more..

  • 17 Jacob // Apr 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Okay, so we never previewed MACRoCk. Sorry, was busy. To review, in short, it was pretty fucking rad.