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Every trick in the book

Every trick in the book

    Oars flanked the podium in the sterile, textbook-filled upper mezzanine of the UVA bookstore—a silly sight. In front of a crowd split between faculty and young MFAs, Jeb Levingood, editor of UVA graduate literary journal Meridian, took to the podium with a fictional and fanciful introduction about how the local novelist John Casey […]

Where the fire code meets the social code

Where the fire code meets the social code

Popular perception these days is that small music venues are under attack. At the end of a year that saw the imposition of a very, very quiet 55dB noise ordinance in some neighborhoods, and the shuttering of music operations at Random Row Books (which still hosts plenty of other events), the fear isn’t entirely out […]

Space trash

Space trash

I met with two songwriters behind the Red Satellites, guitarist Drew Carroll and singer Kevin Hivick, for caffeine and conversation last week, but mostly to ask them, in light of rumors that they’ve been banned from certain venues for breaking stuff, what it feels like to be considered the most dangerous band in Charlottesville.  The tinkly […]

The natural bridge

The natural bridge

If you’re a fan of Cher’s “Believe,” Kanye West’s “Heartless” and Daft Punk’s “One More Time,” then, boy, does this year’s TechnoSonics festival have the song for you. It’s called “Social Sounds from Whales at Night,” an eight-minute diddy that applies that ubiquitous Auto-Tune vocal effect to whale songs.  The composer and sound collagist Douglas […]

Parachute drops new record news

Parachute drops new record news

I went to see Parachute the last time they were in town because, you know, how can you not be curious? Though I went expecting screaming ‘tweens, inside I found myself standing slackjawed, in awe that the dudes in jeans and tees, who waited to pursue music full-time until they finished their undergraduate degrees, were […]

Thank you, Burr Beard

Let me play Devil’s advocate here for a moment. Burr Beard—the controversial general manager who left WTJU last week less than six months after being hired, citing “family concerns”—is the best thing that ever happened to UVA’s community radio station. When Beard announced plans to introduce changes to WTJU’s programming that DJs feared would curb […]

It's hip to be in a square

It's hip to be in a square

When I was given the assignment of traveling to a local elementary school to square dance, the first thing I did was panic. (I’m not much of a dancer, or at least it terrifies me.) The second was to go home and beg my girlfriend to come along. Fortunately, she had nothing else to do […]

Darkness, light and Josh Ritter

Darkness, light and Josh Ritter

The Festy Experience kicks off this weekend in Nelson County. This year’s lineup was curated by the Infamous Stringdusters, and includes local acts like Trees on Fire, and Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri (who will play together), and national acts like Railroad Earth and Toubab Krewe. Most exciting for many folk lovers is the Idaho-born […]

If The Invisible Hand makes it, how will they get there?

If The Invisible Hand makes it, how will they get there?

 The Invisible Hand is about a month away from releasing its first album, a self-titled, professional effort that rounds the rough edges of the band’s ferocious live show without diminishing the music’s intensity. The album is a 45-minute behemoth that marries the fidgety power pop vision of songwriter Adam Smith with a band eerily suited […]

If The Invisible Hand makes it, how will they get there?

If The Invisible Hand makes it, how will they get there?

The Invisible Hand is about a month away from releasing its first album, a self-titled, professional effort that rounds the rough edges of the band’s ferocious live show without diminishing the music’s intensity. The album is a 45-minute behemoth that marries the fidgety power pop vision of songwriter Adam Smith with a band eerily suited […]

Low overhead, with room for headbanging

Low overhead, with room for headbanging

 In late March, the local seven-piece pop band We Are Star Children released a single called “City Saints” on its Bandcamp webpage that allowed friends and fans to buy the track for as much—or as little—as they were willing to pay. On the side of the page was a tiered payment system that offered the […]