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), […]
"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 […]
Well, wow. With a pair of high-profile residents, a porn tycoon, and a filmmaker as famous for his biopics as he is for the historical liberties he takes in them, looks like the Virginia Film Festival’s 24th year will be one of its most interesting.
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 […]
Exactly a year ago last Saturday, the most important songwriter of the 20th century, Bob Dylan himself, played the John Paul Jones Arena.
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.
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 […]
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 Harp, Charlottesville’s steward of what some claim is the oldest surviving American musical tradition: Shape Note singing.
“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 […]
If you haven’t already seen "Cold Mountain" or "Awake, My Soul," you must hear this music
A montage of clips, with new releases from Downbeat Project Borrowed Beams and…me. Sorry.
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?
The blaze at the Sony DADC warehouse there took 25 million discs and impacted indie labels
What’s going on this weekend
Ticket-purchasers can still donate the price of their ticket to charities until the end of September
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.
We caught up with the UVA film professor, whose show at the Whitney was reviewed in the New York Times last week
What’s going on this weekend?
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 […]
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 […]
What plans do candidates have for the local arts?
What’s going on this weekend?
McNew is in town this weekend with his solo project Dump
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 […]