11/9 @ 8:00 bands and soup!

November 4th, 2019 · Comments Off on 11/9 @ 8:00 bands and soup! · By

Spend an evening with Joseph Decosimo and The Horsenecks at 542 Meade Ave. 10-15$ or whatever you got.

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nailgun is back!

November 4th, 2019 · 2 Comments · By

Hey y’all! My name is Amanda and I am reviving nailgun as a part of my study on local c’ville music. I am excited to revive and start a new chapter in nailgun for y’all. Sending love!

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Nick Millievoi’s Desertion Trio – Sunday 2/5 at Magnolia

February 2nd, 2017 · 1 Comment · By

Coming up this Sunday, Nick Millievoi’s Desertion Trio, Sweet Tooth, and Directions in Mid-Atlantic Music at Magnolia, 8 pm. Here’s a great piece by local rockist and Pulse curator Dave Cantor about Nick Millievoi: http://www.dailyprogress.com/entertainment/nick-millevoi-s-desertion-incorporates-dusty-tones-jazz-world-freedoms/article_c73a0fe6-e3f5-11e6-a11f-4f6cd23e0e57.html

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Musical Ecstasy on Election Night

November 6th, 2016 · Comments Off on Musical Ecstasy on Election Night · By

November 8th @Magnolia: Sunwatchers, Personal Bandana, CGI Jesus

Sometimes a show is just pure ecstatic joy. Like the last time Sunwatchers played at Magnolia. (You can watch some great video of it here, it won’t embed.) Now they are coming back, on election night. How perfect. What are you going to do, sit around watching the TV? The thing will be done, time to give it up to the music. Come out and drink straight from the cup of life. Drink deep and be whole again.


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A Heavy Thursday Lineup at Magnolia

May 18th, 2016 · 2 Comments · By

Thursday May 18 @Magnolia: Lugweight / John Niekrasz / Thieves of Shiloh / Och / Maxx Katz  9pm, $5-7

So this is a very recently booked show, people might not of heard of it, and attention must be paid. It’s an experimental night of metal, drone, free drumming and general sonic trepanation. Lugweight is coming from New York with some one-man noisy doomy riffs and drones. John Niekrasz is the drummer, Maxx Katz says he is ‘awesome’ so that is probably true; catch him before he moves out of state. Thieves of Shiloh has does drones with violin,  one of the most classic and most elegant forms of droning. Och is a two-piece black metal band that should provide the evening with some of its more rockish pleasures. And Maxx Katz is continuing to explore the great possibilities — like chocolate and peanut butter — of bring the flute into her solo doom music. (The great video of her last performance at Magnolia won’t embed but you can see it here.)

It should be an excellent night at Magnolia, a place that seemed to have fizzled out, but now there are some new people there who are doing a really great job of bringing the music. Keep an eye out for their shows.



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The Quick Return of Everybody

April 7th, 2016 · 1 Comment · By

For Friday’s Magnolia show I can just refer to my last two posts — it is the return of Maxx Katz and her Flute of Doom and Sunwatchers, both recently, but differently nightedly, rockin’ the Teahouse to great effect and universal acclaim. Plus Travis Thatcher and Steve Snider as Space-Saver, who also played wild sounds there in March, and an improv set by John Niekrasz, Chris Dammann and Kevin Davis. This is a potent brew of musical intoxicants, spikey, colossal, sometimes colostomal,  possibly inducive of headache and nausea in the weak of spirit, but you’ve just got to ride that out until the visions come and it will all be okay. Also, the Sunwatchers album is a very worthy purchase if you get around to it.

Much like Steve Snider, but on a larger scale, Mavis Staples is a true legend. You can check her out at the Paramount Saturday night.


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RIP Henleys // Macrock 2016

March 29th, 2016 · Comments Off on RIP Henleys // Macrock 2016 · By

Spring is supposedly upon us now and as usually its the time of year for lots of great things to start happening around town. Couple of real tight things going on this week that you should def look into to help shake those soul crushing basketball blues. One actually isn’t even in town but its close enough so why not.

On Wednesday March 30th over at the IX Art Park, Henley’s Auctions is having its last hurrah with a bunch of real sick killer acts including one from far away music utopia Berlin, Germany. Headlining this is said foreign invaders dubbed Plattenbau who make real great hard hitting psych noise rock that has a real ruckus energy and super catchy sound that just absolutely slays. While these guys are gonna be super there are a bunch of other boss local openers are on this bill who should also kill it. We’ve got Petal who make real noisey and fierce rock anthems, Witch Boots who will make chill dark n’ spooky folk rock as well as Dais Queue who makes killer and space out ambient guitar jams. So yeah Doors @ 8PM / Show @ 9PM & the show is $$SEVEN$$.

Now this coming Friday & Saturday (April 1st & 2nd) marks that time of year where many in the Virginia area make a pilgrimage to the glorious city where Natty Light & Chanello’s Pizza rein supreme called Harrisonburg for Macrock which is a real sick music fest that has been going on like 20 years now. This years line up is one of the best I’ve seen them have in ages and is definitely worth the journey. Bunch of real impressive acts like Noise legends Wolf Eyes, fuzzed out Techno king Container, Baltimore’s new age R&B master Abdu Ali, as well as Virginia greats Buck Gooter just to name a few. So yeah heres a link to all the bands and times for the whole fest HERE and down below are some videos of some of the other highlights of the fest.

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Easter Weekend Mayhem

March 24th, 2016 · Comments Off on Easter Weekend Mayhem · By

@Paramount: Basketball, Free, 7:10
@Teahouse: Maxx Katz/Hayden Arp/Winterweeds  $5 or maybe $7, 9ish
@AnteRoom: Death Shroad/Throaat/Salvaticus/Surgeon/Heavy Burner/Heavy Temple/Horseburner/Lamaze  $13, 7ish

@Teahouse: Jolie Fille, The Green Hearts, Fried Egg  $7, 9ish
@PVCC: William & Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble  $10/$12, 7:30

The most metal Good Friday since the original Good Friday. The Ante Room is bringing eight bands to bear. Double heavy, double burners, double horses… and more. Your satisfaction, though not your safety, is guaranteed to be provided by at least one of these bands. Alas, Miami Nights will not be one of them, but Maxx Katz is playing a stroll away at the Tea Bazaar, solo style. Her set promises not only heavy riffs and fierce barbaric yawping but possibly, if we are lucky, flute. Also: Hayden Arp, who creates music for chapels or chapels out of music, and renowned local flavor extractor Joseph Zehner as Winterweeds, marshalling ill-mannered electrons into music. And if you love basketball, or just hate the state of Iowa, you can check the Virginia vs. Iowa State game for free on the big screen at The Paramount.

You know what kind of music Jesus used to listen to before they killed him? Middle Eastern music. And so can you Saturday night at the Dickinson building at Virginia Piedmont Community College. You want ouds? They got ouds. And daffs, tars, bendirs, riqqs, and others, the great Tabl Baladi and the zithery qanun. All these delightful instruments that you will not hear being played around here too often, and, depending on the next election, possibly never again. Or, if you are in a more punk mood, the Tea Bazaar is hosting  a “Central VA Punktacular & Landlords Re-Release”. Come celebrate the legacy of The Landlords, Charlottesville’s epochal, possibly seminal, and second punk band with Jolie Fille, The Green Hearts, and Fried Egg.

Yo La Tengo is playing on Easter Sunday at The Jefferson, and they’re pretty good.



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(03-22) Idiot Glee / Murals / Ming Ming / Cream Dream @ Henley’s Auctions

March 22nd, 2016 · Comments Off on (03-22) Idiot Glee / Murals / Ming Ming / Cream Dream @ Henley’s Auctions · By

So hopefully you where at that Tortoise / Mind Over Mirrors show last Sunday cause we slipped on promoting it here (not like it really needed the help) but OMG that one was stellar show. Guess what though there are lots of great things on the horizon for this town of towns and tonight over at Henley’s a real stellar Rock N Roll affair will come crashing upon us to bring some amazing psych esc enjoyment.

Kings of the evening Idiot Glee who are from Lexington Kentucky and they make real amazing electronic spiced rock music that channels the best 70s era Brian Eno rock yet has a smooth almost dad rock chill vibe to it. Their new self titled LP is one of the better albums I’ve heard so far this year so its real awesome this band stopping on by in town. On tour with them is Murals also from Kentucky that makes real awesome psych rock that has a real 60s California psych day dreaming sound being mixed with modern garage indie rock. Also on board we have solid local support from both Ming Ming and Cream Dream who will rep VA well and make some tight Rock N’ Roll / Electronic jams.

Now this show costs money, lets say its 5 dollars and bands will probably start playing round 9 o clock ish.

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Sunwatchers, Gull, Dais Queue Tonight

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on Sunwatchers, Gull, Dais Queue Tonight · By

Wednesday, March 9 @Teahouse: Sunwatchers, Gull, Dais Queue 9:00PM, $7


As I heard a policeman point out this morning : the turtles are out sunning themselves, the rabbits bounding in the fields, the tiny frogs tune their big voices and begin to sing — verily the springtime has arrived. Time to climb out from under the covers, untangle from the headphones, unburrow and empty the trash. To come to the Tea Bazaar, which I believe can sell beer again, but you should probably arrive already drunk just in case, and hear some music that will wake you up, clarion to the coming of the light.

Dais Queue is Davis, of Grand Banks and around here, sounding out his guitar for us, curiously probing its possibilities.  You likely have seen him play before and would like to see him play again. Gull is Nathaniel Rappole, and the same can be said of him. Drums, guitar, microphoned mask — he wanders the earth with these, a musical secret agent, slipping in to the lives of the unwary with hot licks and weird spells, seemingly everywhere and nowhere at once. Sunwatchers we have not seen before, but members of the band have come through town to blow our minds from time to time, with NYMPH, Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band, and Dark Meat. I imagine one Sun they’re watching is Ra, another the gigantic light-spewing sphere of super-hot plasma that all our business revolves around. Possibly also Jesus, homophynically. These guys seem like they might be able tap into the kinds of unlabeled energies that we so desperately need here in Charlottesville, so let’s all show our appreciation and come out and bask. This light can only heal with direct exposure.

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