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Gypsies in the wood

Gypsies in the wood

Between songs at a concert last Friday, Old Calf frontman Ned Oldham said that he’s been working nursery rhymes into lyrics since the mid-’90s. It started when he was studying for an MFA in fiction at UVA in the 1990s, and the poet Charles Wright used Mother Goose to illustrate lessons in rhyme and meter. […]

What to see at LOOK3

What to see at LOOK3

If you’ve been on the Downtown Mall recently, you probably already know that the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph returns from its off year this week, with a string of events across town that celebrate that which is worth 1,000 words: the photograph. The festival’s broad theme, “Home,” is fitting for the husband-wife duo Kathy […]

Just a band. With a choir. And horns.

Just a band. With a choir. And horns.

 When I caught up with Parachute’s frontman and songwriter Will Anderson last year, he had just moved from Charlottesville to Nashville, and his band had wrapped up sessions in Los Angeles with the producer John Fields, known for his work with pop artists like the Goo Goo Dolls and Colbie Caillat. Anderson said then that […]

Hunt and Wimer race to document an exploding sport

Hunt and Wimer race to document an exploding sport

Ever since Dave Matthews struck it big, locals have been wondering what’s our Next Big Thing. While that discussion has often veered towards bands, what stands perhaps the best chance of keeping Charlottesville on the national cultural map is something else entirely: scantily clad women arm wrestling for charity. Check out the latest CLAW bout […]

When family memories are folk art

When family memories are folk art

Home movies have long been the stuff of baby’s first steps, the kid’s piano recital, and trips to Disneyland. But for academics, all the other stuff captured by amateur filmmakers—where the baby’s walking, who’s sitting where at the recital, and who’s in costume at Disneyland—is emerging as a valuable part of the historical record. And […]

The many places of Mariana Bell

The many places of Mariana Bell

On Push, the once-local songwriter Mariana Bell gives vocal pop a shot of adrenaline, upping the ante on a radio-ready formula with refreshing formal complexity and intense execution. On the title track—perfect single fodder, by the way—drums that rush the song through its first chorus lurch to half-time on the second. The arrangement gives the […]

Signs of a crossing

Signs of a crossing

The Welcome Wagon’s front man Vito Aiuto wore a black wool cap rolled up to expose his ears, framing a scraggly beard, a look somewhere between hipster and monk. The snap buttons on his rose-embroidered cowboy shirt rose to his neck. An acoustic guitar wound tightly around his chest, he faced his wife, Monique, The […]