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The way it is now

The way it is now

The music of Bruce Hornsby, who plays with his band The Noisemakers at the Pavilion this week, is undergoing something of a resurgence of interest thanks in no small part to critically lionized songwriter Justin Vernon, of Bon Iver. Vernon’s self-titled new album borrows a couple of tricks from early in Hornsby’s career—glistening piano work, throaty vocals, throbbing percussion—and has critics speculating whether we’re in for the resurgence of “dad music.”

From Ruffin Hall to Burning Man

From Ruffin Hall to Burning Man

Here’s how it works: You get inside a coffin-like box with two small “buildings” at either end, one for your feet the other for your head. Your head is strapped into a helmet that keeps your gaze fixed down a long, red tube. As a system of pulleys starts to lift the head of the coffin into the air, the telescope opens and ambient music starts to play.

Founder outage

Mike Friend, who founded the alternative WNRN 91.9FM, is not currently in charge of day-to-day operations at the station. Reached by phone, the station’s assistant general manager Anne Williams confirmed that she is currently Acting General Manager.

Trills and all

Trills and all

Last week I stopped by a noon rehearsal at the black box theater at Charlottesville High School, where the city has allowed Ash Lawn Opera to rehearse before its festival begins this month. The cast of The Barber of Seville, which opens at The Paramount Theater on July 15, wandered through the hallway, past dusty trophies and a fearsome, handpainted Black Knight (the school’s mascot). The show’s director took the stage and started whipping instructions around. A piano tinkled in, and a fight scene began to unfold; puff-chested soldiers singing “eEeEeEeEe” grappled, swinging the kind of bludgeons favored by Bamm-Bamm Rubble.

Eau de Charlottesville

Eau de Charlottesville

For most of the year my commute to work is uneventful. I see a bookstore, a hamburger joint, lots of people, a coffee shop, some restaurants, and then my office. Then summer comes. There’s a wet, dusty blast from Daedalus Bookshop as its owner sets up shop for the day. The choking trek past the […]

Front and center

Front and center

My conversation with Julie Hamberg starts with a diction lesson. “Am I reaching you in Louisville, Kentucky, today?” I ask.

“Yes, but Loo-wa-ville,” she says. “Loo-wa-ville. You have to swallow it a little bit more.”

Play it 33 times fast

Play it 33 times fast

It was a big night. Bobo the Mime walked his invisible dog Pinky for the last time. Two dudes shared an emotional breakthrough while watching a football game on TV. A young widow paid an unpleasant visit to her former mother-in-law’s. A date between two puppies went south after it emerged one was not pure Beagle, as was earlier suggested.

Wednesday night with the regulars

Wednesday night with the regulars

Last Wednesday was the kind of night where I tend to look at the C-VILLE calendar and my blogs, throw my hands up in the air and say, “There’s nothing going on tonight.” The fact that there is, in fact, a ton of music happening on any given night may be a foregone conclusion for […]