TONIGHT Astronomers, Sharkopath; THURSDAY #$a~aGEMSw~w$#

January 28th, 2014 · 3 Comments · By

Let this post be a cautionary tale for all those saying goodbye: Don’t make it too dramatic because unless you’re dying, being incarcerated or forcibly removed to another country, you’re totally coming back to Charlottesville.

It’s tempting to give the tragic goodbye. You feel people will have to come to that last show, let you know how sad they will be to see you go, a slap on the back for old times sake. It’s been done with many bands over the years in Charlottesville, not to mention people. Tonight and Thursday night’s excellent line-ups include great local bands that “bade farewell” to Charlottesville with much pomp and circumstance, and then return a year or so later.

First up is tonight’s Tea Bazaar show, with doors at 8:30 and a $7 cover. Big pull on the bill is Astronomers, a really fun and powerful local metal/rock outfit that disbanded in 2012 then got back together last year. Not only do they have a husband-and-wife power-couple fronting the band, Alexandra and Nate are also really kind people. Sharkopath is also playing, another local group of kind people who also happen to play heavy rock. Joy did a cool interview with them here on Nailgun last year and the video for “Glenn” is below (featuring Alexandra and Nate from Astronomers!) and will give you a good sense of their music. Don’t know much about Pontiak other than what’s listed on the Tea Bazaar website. Should be a solid show with a sweet crowd.



Thursday night at the Coran Capshaw Emporium is GEMS (this noob can’t triforce). Gems is Clifford John Usher and Lindsay Pitts, who also made up the group Birdlips, a Charlottesville band in the 2000s. Birdlips had their epic goodbye show a few years ago then played in town only a few weeks later! This would foreshadow their marketing audacity. Through some massively savvy rebranding, Gems caught fire in a way that Birdlips never could. I’m not smart or succinct enough to properly articulate how what Clifford and Lindsay have done with Gems speaks enormously to the upending of the music and art world (but who are we kidding, it’s just a business) in our image-based consumer culture. The Washington City Paper did a small piece on them touching on the issue. Someone maybe want to take a stab at it in the comments?

They’re playing with Cults at the Jefferson on Thursday, 9pm. Tickets are <GULP> $17…jesus fucking christ…

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amanda // Jan 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    “Coran capshaw emporium” god damn, I love nailgun

  • 2 james // Jan 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    also in making-a-big-deparure-and-then-quickly-returning news: Left & Right on Friday!

  • 3 Catharine // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:17 am

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