With his passionate baritone, Ray LaMontagne takes ordinary subject matter and transforms it into deeply personal music. He plays the Pavilion on Wednesday. Photo: Brian Stowell

ARTS Pick: Ray LaMontagne

The evolution of Ray LaMontagne has been fun to hear. From the sparse, husky folk of his early records to a recent 40-minute recording steeped in mythology, the spotlight-wary musician brings fans along as he pushes into new sonic territory. Produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and released as an album in March, Ouroboros […]

EmiSunshine performs a C-VILLE Live set at 3pm, before her show at The Southern Café and Music Hall at 8pm on Friday. Watch our Facebook page for ticket giveaways. Photo: Publicity photo

A word with EmiSunshine

At age 9, musician EmiSunshine shocked viewers around the country with her video of a 2014 flea market performance. After going viral, she landed performances with Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam and a gig at the Grand Ole Opry. Now 12 years old, EmiSunshine has developed an authentic folk voice and plays almost 150 shows […]

Lucas Ames, creator of Smart Cville, hopes to leverage technology to make Charlottesville a better place to live. Photo by Ron Paris

New web app shows how your taxes are broken down

Tackling a county budget may seem daunting, but Smart Cville tactfully lays out Albemarle’s budget in a spread of colors with its new budget visualization tool that illustrates how your money helps the county. Smart Cville, a locally based nonprofit, aims to open up data, plain and simple. Creator Lucas Ames, 35, sent out a […]