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Leading with Cary Ann Hearst’s big personality, Shovels & Rope has outgrown small stages. The South Carolina duo charms from the Jefferson stage on Saturday. Photo credit: Leslie Ryan- McKellar

ARTS Pick: Shovels & Rope

With little more than an acoustic guitar and a junkyard drum kit, husband and wife team Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent beat out skillfully harmonized country-punk anthems as Shovels & Rope. With roots in Charleston and all eyes on the road, the two take a minimalist approach to romantic, vintage melodies. Their new release […]

Police have released a photo of Graham they say were pulled from surveillance footage, apparently in an apartment hallway, a few hours before she disappeared. In the images, she's wearing the outfit she was last seen in: a shiny crop top and black skinny jeans. Photo: Charlottesville Police Department

Police seek man who had contact with Hannah Graham

Charlottesville police have released a description of a man they say is a person of interest in the disappearance of UVA second-year Hannah Graham. A witness identified the man as having contact Graham in the early hours of Saturday morning, September 13, shortly before she disappeared. According to a press release from police, the man is described […]

Humor, heartbreak, and lyrical twists make up Darrin Bradbury’s compelling Americana tunes on Friday at the Southern. Photo credit: John Trossi

ARTS Pick: Darrin Bradbury

Boasting gritty, authentic vocals and a solid backbone to his melodies, Darrin Bradbury returns to town, acoustic guitar in tow, to open for singer-songwriter Carl Anderson. His homespun storytelling reflects his new Nashville address as he bobs and weaves through rustic tales of love and protest punctuated by a dark sense of humor. August’s Motel […]

Former electoral board member Stephanie Commander and Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta were charged with a combined 10 felony counts on Wednesday, September 17. Photos: Charlottesville City Police

City registrar, former election official face felony charges in cell phone scandal

Charlottesville Registrar Sherri Iachetta and former Electoral Board member and local defense attorney Stephanie Commander have been arrested and charged with felony misuse of public funds and embezzlement following a public scandal over taxpayer-funded cell phone accounts. Iachetta and Commander turned themselves in Wednesday, September 17, police said in a press release. Iachetta was charged […]

25 years of C-VILLE

25 years of C-VILLE

To celebrate the anniversary of our birth, we combed through our archives and came up with some of the best and worst moments from the thousands of stories we’ve covered over the past 25 years

ARTS Pick: Shawn Colvin with Steve Earle

Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin brings sunny dispositions home in “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage,” a special duet performance with neo-country pioneer Steve Earle. The two songwriters sing, strum, and spin tales from their own catalogues and other classic hits. Collectively, the two have over 50 years experience in the music industry and have released over 20 […]

Police searching for missing UVA second-year Hannah Graham

Police searching for missing UVA second-year Hannah Graham

Police are searching for a missing UVA second-year who went missing late Friday night. According to news releases from UVA and the Charlottesville Police Department, Hannah Elizabeth Graham, 18, was last heard from in the early hours of Saturday morning. She’s described as approximately 5’11” tall and slender, with blue eyes, light brown hair, and […]

Pink Floyd informs the avant garde instrumental work of Blues Control. “The Wall is definitely not good,” Cho said. “Our goal with Local Flavor [Siltbreeze, 2009] when we were making it was … we decided it was going to be our Dark Side of the Moon.” Publicity photo

Blues Control’s experimental modernity is cribbed from the past

Blues Control is a wild misnomer. The rock-adjacent duo isn’t always in control, improvisation being a sturdy part of its practice. And none of this really has anything to do with Robert Johnson. Despite all that, though, Animal Collective’s Panda Bear tagged the band as his opener on a nationwide tour. Removing themselves from New […]

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents traditional Celtic singer Sean Tyrrell in concert on Monday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Sean Tyrell

Who says the luck of the Irish is only fit for March? With 50 years of experience in the folk music scene, Galway native Sean Tyrell has carefully honed his craft in song and strings. He weaves intricate tales that have garnered international critical acclaim, both for his three solo albums and numerous collaborations. Monday […]

UVA School of Medicine Dean Nancy Dunlap. Photo courtesy UVA

UVA med school dean to step down this fall

UVA School of Medicine Dean Nancy Dunlap announced yesterday that she will step down at the end of her term in November. Dunlap, who joined the staff in May 2013, arrived at UVA to serve as dean on an interim basis, replacing Dr. Steven DeKosky, a longtime UVA neurologist who held the position from 2007 […]

Locals give blood after 9/11. Photo: Jen Fariello

Out of the archives: A 9/11 remembrance in words and photos

This year marks C-VILLE’S 25th anniversary, and as such, we’ve been spending a lot of time poring over our archives. For several weeks, most of us on the editorial staff have spent part of every week with our noses buried in the giant hardbound books of newsprint that date to the late ’80s—before some of […]

Ancient greek enchantress Medea, portrayed by Helen McCrory, goes on a murderous bender when family matters become complicated. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Medea

Cure your back-to-school blues with a little Greek life—ancient Greek, that is. The Paramount kicks off a fresh season of live streaming from London’s National Theatre with Euripedes’ classic tragedy Medea. Helen McCrory takes the title role as a wronged wife who exacts a terrible revenge in this modern production by playwright Ben Power and […]

Terri Allard pairs well with the gorgeous Jefferson Vineyard setting for their sunset concert on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Terri Allard

Local Americana sweetheart Terri Allard strums out the perfect acoustic backdrop for Jefferson Vineyards’ Sunsets Become Eclectic series. Kick back with a glass of Virginia Viognier and get lost in the award-winning songwriter’s gritty homegrown vocals. With five studio albums under her belt, Allard is a folk festival favorite across the country thanks to her […]

Audience members at the Light House Studio's Youth Film Festival support the educational non-profit as well as the filmmakers. Photo credit: Light House Studio on Facebook

ARTS Pick: Youth Film Festival

Lights, camera, education! Catch a sneak peek of local student films before they hit the national festival circuit at Light House Studio’s 13th annual Youth Film Festival. Works from past Light House students have moved on to larger audiences at the LA Film Festival and the Cine Youth Chicago International Film Festival, and won multiple […]

Sherri King. Photo courtesy UVIMCO.

UVA endowment manager Sherri King dies at 39

A managing director with UVA’s endowment who grew up in Charlottesville died suddenly Sunday of a blood clot in her brain, according to reports confirmed by a colleague. Sherri King, 39, joined the University of Virginia Investment Management Company in 2012, said UVIMCO CEO Larry Kochard, and oversaw fixed-income investments at the fund, one of the […]

A fusion of heavy jams and thoughtful lyrics power the style and substance of Trampled by Turtles on Tuesday at the Jefferson. Photo credit: Zoran Orlic

ARTS Pick: Trampled by Turtles

The name is Trampled by Turtles, and after a listen to their music, it becomes apparent why. The group’s slow rhythms pack a powerful wallop of energy that is felt at the very core. Taking inspiration from opposing directions such as Nirvana and Bob Dylan, the Minnesota band combines rock ‘n’ roll energy with traditional […]

Never out of touch, the blue-eyed soul of Hall and Oates is still a big draw for all ages. The duo performs on Sunday at the Pavilion. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Hall and Oates

A group as legendary as Hall and Oates really needs no introduction. For nearly four decades, the Philadelphia duo has been belting out smooth melodies coupled with quick-riffed guitars, and their unwavering commitment to style and inspiration has produced countless hits including “Kiss On My List,” “Rich Girl,” and “Maneater.” Their soul-soaked groove has influenced generations […]

Acclaimed American pianist Steven Beck brings his talent to Old Cabell Hall for the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

If pop songs are the texts of the music world, then surely chamber music works are its literary masterpieces, and you can appreciate them fully at the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. Hosted by the Virginia Chamber Music Foundation, the seven-day celebration provides incredible renditions of classical pieces performed by a variety of local expert musicians. […]

Playing it forward: Lockn’ 2014

Playing it forward: Lockn’ 2014

In almost every interview with a person of notable artistic accomplishment, no matter the medium, there is of talk inspiration or the impetus for creativity. As fans, we are eternally curious about the artist’s muse. All musicians pay it forward. Elvis stood on the shoulders of bluesmen, before The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Michael […]

Jon Pardi rocks at the Jefferson this Thursday. Photo credit: The Jefferson Theater website

ARTS Pick: Jon Pardi

Nashville may be the capital of country, but the music of Jon Pardi proves that country and western are still a potent mix. Staying true to a classic Southern twang, the California-born musician delights with traditional riffs on acoustic guitars, banjos, and fiddles. His narratives are rich with the trials of human experience, and coupled […]

It’s high time for Cheap Whiskey. The central Virginia rockers pour it on at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cheap Whiskey

The words Cheap Whiskey don’t usually go well together, but if they’re referring to Nelson Johnson and his band of Southern rockers, then it’s a welcome combination. The group embraces a medley of styles, dabbling in rock, country, and blues to deliver performances high energy performances. And despite the name, the hard drivin’ tunes go […]