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One wounded Afghanistan veteran's quest for recognition

One wounded Afghanistan veteran's quest for recognition

You’re angry. They get scared of you when you tell them what you’ve been through. You’re not a jerk. It’s just, you signed over your body to the government, spent a year getting shot at in Afghanistan, 7,000 miles away. It’s not you, but what the war did to you: The post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), […]

Blood complicated

Blood complicated

"When I was 15, I shot my first feature film,” the local horror film director John Johnson told me last week. “I was lucky enough to have Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell and Joseph LoDuca, the creators of the original Evil Dead series look at my film and give me pointers.”  Jarod Kearney stars as […]

Evenings' rising star

Evenings' rising star

 You probably have not heard of Nathan Broaddus, or his calm, thoughtful bedroom recording project Evenings. But Broaddus, a talented 21-year-old UVA student studying French and Music, may very well be the “next big thing”—we small town music writers are always on the lookout for it—to come out of Charlottesville music. Though he has no […]

Mind out of time

Mind out of time

If you were to meet either Frank Fairfield or Erik the Red on the street, you’d think that each was an absolutely one-of-a-kind, true American original. They’re both difficult to get in touch with, wear high-waisted stovepipe pants, speak with the wide-eyed, hopeful innocence of pre-Watergate Americans, and, indeed, both sing as if the second half of the 20th-century never happened.

Fake it until you make it

Fake it until you make it

Seeing as this week’s cover package is all about Virginia’s festivals, it’s worth considering festivals happening elsewhere that outdo local ones. It was with that in mind—partially, at least—that I headed down to the Tar Heel State last weekend to the Hopscotch Festival, an indie rock-centric festival (sponsored by a newspaper very much like this […]

New life for an old tradition

New life for an old tradition

By day, John Alexander works for the Centers for Computation Intensive Research and Scholarship at UVA. But on nights and weekends, with Diane Ober, he organizes a local group called the Rivanna River Sacred HarpCharlottesville’s steward of what some claim is the oldest surviving American musical tradition: Shape Note singing. 

The best American nonrequired buying

The best American nonrequired buying

“Have you been here before? It’s three floors. One-hundred thousand books. It’s very well organized. I can give you directions, or you can look at the map. Have a good time.” So says Sandy McAdams, each time a bewildered new customer walks into Daedalus Bookshop.   Not that he wants to, but Daedalus owner Sandy […]

Back to (film) school

Back to (film) school

Earlier this year, I received an e-mail from the lead mentor at Light House Studio, the film mentoring program to which students show up never having held a camera, and sometimes leave with an acceptance letter from a prestigious film school. Jason Robinson, the mentor, said the studio was running a program for advanced students wherein the kids would create music videos over the course of a week for songs by local musicians, and would I be willing to let the kids make a video for one of my songs?

Restless Farewell

Restless Farewell

She is the kind-hearted folk queen, more of a traditionalist, who, having recognized greatness in her counterpart, introduces him and his less palatable, but perhaps more brilliant, songs to the world. His twitchy affect is softened by her gorgeous trill, her wacky, glowing grace. We’re jealous that she got him and he got her, but they seem to love each other, and that, in turn, makes them both lovable.

Axes from scratch

Axes from scratch

The body is old-growth Brazilian rosewood and red spruce, finished in a gorgeous sunburst and trimmed with abalone, its insides braced with Adirondack spruce. Koa wood binds the Honduran mahogany neck. The scale is 25" and the nut width is 1 3/4". Adam McNeil (right) and Randall Ray (left) make Rockbridge guitars by passing them […]

The art of the campaign

The art of the campaign

As we approach the August 20 Democratic firehouse primary for City Council, a question that’s been asked on the state and federal levels is worth asking here. What should be the city government’s role in supporting the arts? I asked the 12 candidates to respond by e-mail to a prompt: Should the city fund the […]

Dump, out from the shadows

Dump, out from the shadows

I imagine Charlottesville’s 1980s indie rock braintrust as a scene like the salons of Paris after World War I, where ambitious young artists met in smoke-filled rooms to discuss the importance of their work. To this imaginary gathering Stephen Malkmus (later of Pavement) arrives by skateboard and launches into a treatise on the role of […]