Anita Overcash



Brooklyn’s 79.5 is making a name for itself through ear candy soul and unique musical residencies. The group supports Chicano Batman at the Southern on Friday. Publicity photo

79.5 bandmates are romantic psychedelic soulmates

When 79.5 founder and frontwoman Kate Mattison started her band in 2012 she didn’t envision playing gigs in a setting that looked like something straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean. But, three years later after adding five new members to the band, including vocalists Piya Malik and Nya Parker Brown, guitarist Matty McDermott, bassist […]

While the cello is often seen in an orchestral setting, Natalie Haas (with Alasdair Fraser) and a small number of musicians are leading the revival to recognize its place in traditional Celtic music. Publicity photo

Natalie Haas talks about traditional music comebacks

In the fashion world, LuLaRoe is bringing leggings back, one pop-up at a time. And it could be said that in the music world, Natalie Haas is helping to bring the cello back as a substratum for Celtic songscapes. Over the years she’s embraced the instrument, transforming its sound to complement those by the legendary […]

Newly local, The Last Bison brings a fresh lineup and recently recorded tunes to the Southern on February 19. Photo by Jakob Wandel

The Last Bison forges a new sound

Ben Hardesty is roaming Charlottesville. The frontman of indie folk- pop act The Last Bison moved to C’ville last August. Since then, the musicians that once comprised the band in its former home base of Chesapeake have scattered. Only six months on the new terrain, Hardesty is still trying to discover where he can get […]