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After extensive touring, Diane Cluck restructured her creativity in order to stay off the road. “The Song of the Week is so that I could stay home in Charlottesville and work on music, work on developing new songs, and just connecting with people that are already really supportive of what I do,” she said.

Musician Diane Cluck finds her muse in Charlottesville

Though her name might still be unfamiliar to many locals, Diane Cluck has a well-established career as a writer and performer, and a network of fans around the world. She’s the rare female singer-songwriter whose music cannot easily be compared to other artists. Cluck’s music seems to come not so much from a dialogue with […]

Notoriously press-shy, Godspeed You Black Emperor! (touring on the release ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend, Ascend! pictured above) does not pose for publicity photos. The group has no leader, uses only first names, and speaks as a collective. During the handful of interviews the band has done, its members refused to answer personal questions.

The mysterious Godspeed You Black Emperor! reunited and on tour

Formed in Montreal in the late ’90s, the band Godspeed You Black Emperor! took its name from a documentary about Japanese motorcycle gangs. The group added musicians and instruments as it grew, at one point totaling 15 members before whittling down to a nine-person line-up with two drummers, three guitarists, a bassist, and a three-piece […]

Will Forte stars in the Virginia Film Festival's opening feature Nebraska. Image courtesy of VFF.

Virginia Film Festival opens with Nebraska and highlights local talent

The Virginia Film Festival has announced the schedule for the 2013 Festival, which will take place from November 7-10. It’s the festival’s 26th year, and the fifth with Jody Kielbasa as the festival director; the past 4 years have all broken attendance records, and expectations are high. The festival will again showcase contemporary films making […]

Collage artist Terri Long (“Burned Heath Abstract” pictured) will contribute to The Bridge’s inaugural CSA. “We’ve been talking about other ideas about what we could do with these shares,” said Matthew Slaats. “I’ve asked the library, ‘what would it mean to give two of these shares to the library, and we could figure out a way that people could check them out?’”

Community Supported Art shares come to Charlottesville

For years, people around the country have been participating in Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), programs where locavores and the green-minded can subscribe to weekly shares of local produce. Now The Bridge PAI is launching its own CSA: Community Supported Art. “You already eat local; it’s about time you ART local!” is the slogan. The program […]

“Portrait of Lloyd Patterson” was found in an antique store in 1992, prompting curiosity about the African-American expat’s family story.

The intriguing story of the Patterson family provokes questions at the Fralin

In 1932, a group of 21 African-American artists and intellectuals, including Langston Hughes, traveled from Harlem to the Soviet Union. The trip was part of an outreach effort by the Meschrabom-Film studio, which hoped to produce a propagandistic feature film, Black and White, criticizing segregation and racism in the U.S. The intention was to forge solidarity […]

Co-founder Tevyn East enjoys the artistic tension that the Carnival de Resistance creates.“The reality is, that the show will probably be too pagan for the Christians and too Christian for the pagans, so that will be interesting to see,” she said.

An alternative carnival pairs faith, arts, and activism

For two weekends beginning September 28, a traveling fair entitled the Carnival de Resistance will visit Charlottesville and set up a mobile village in the parking lot of the Sojourners United Church of Christ on Elliott Avenue. The carnival theme is centered on four performances featuring earth, air, water, or fire, and combines dance, music, […]

Sigur Rós evolved to provide a breath of fresh air for jaded underground lifers and NPR listeners with no pre-existing awareness of rock music, indie or otherwise. The Icelandic band performs at JPJ Arena on Monday.

Indie bands Superchunk and Sigur Rós are cut from different cloth

The term “indie rock” is so widely used that it has come to mean drastically different things to different people. It’s had a strange life over the past 25-odd years, one that weaves its way through significant changes in musical styles and cataclysmic shifts within the record industry. In many ways, the story of the […]

Light House Studios fundraiser showcases films by local youth

Light House Studios fundraiser showcases films by local youth

Light House Studios, the award-winning program of filmmaking workshops for local youth, will present its 12th annual screening of student work on Friday, September 13th at the Jefferson Theater. “This year we have more narrative films than usual, including an FX-heavy Sci-Fi adventure called Space Girl.” said Light House program director Jason Robinson. The program […]

Only two chances left to see The Fire Tapes live before the band takes an extended hiatus and members move on to new projects.

The Fire Tapes release the impressive Phantoms before disbanding

In 2010, The Fire Tapes were virtual unknowns in Charlottesville. Made up of recent transplants from D.C. and Richmond, they had a strong sound and solid songs, but had yet to gather a following or make local connections. Three years later, they’ve become a beloved staple in the rock community. Their second album, the excellent Phantoms, […]

Magik Markers are ready to repeat the magic after the reverberating buzz from the band’s
last performance. Publicity image.

Anticipation builds for Magik Markers return to town

Magik Markers is one of America’s finest contemporary noise rock bands and its greatest asset is frontwoman Elisa Ambrogio. Her commanding and hypnotic vocals recall Sonic Youth’s primary songwriters combined, which can range from sweetly mysterious Patti Smith-esque poetic declarations to cathartic, frightening moments of unhinged aggression. Ambrogio’s raw, wild playing suggests a constant push-pull […]

“One of the neat things about The Beach Boys is that multiple generations can enjoy it,” said Mike Love (third from right). “We’ll see grandparents, teenagers, and little children all enjoying our music.”

Interview: Mike Love discusses the legacy of The Beach Boys

In 1961, Murry Wilson founded The Beach Boys, a family act consisting of his sons Dennis, Carl, and Brian, their cousin Mike Love, and family friend Al Jardine. Combining the vocal harmonies of the doo-wop era with the instrumentation of surf rock, and subject matter rooted in West Coast youth culture, The Beach Boys were an […]

Daylighting underground waterways through urban redevelopment is a topic in the Lost Rivers documentary screening at The Bridge.

Lost Rivers connects art to community at The Bridge

“If you go to the parking lot of the Ix building, you can hear the creek under you,” said Matthew Slaats. “It sounds like someone’s left their water running, but there’s actually a creek right there. There’s a ton of other underground creek spaces throughout the city. It’s something you never think about.” Slaats is referring […]

Modern electronic music’s pied piper, Dan Deacon, takes his audience on a fantastic trip. Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

Musical loom: Dan Deacon weaves dense sonic delights

Dan Deacon is a busy man. Best known for his sweaty, gloriously fun concerts, his talents go far beyond the ability to get a crowd excited. Once you get past a surface-level wackiness his music is finely crafted, and sublimely structured, owing as much to Philip Glass or Aaron Copeland as it does to underground […]

Jamie Dyer is a much loved, longtime staple on the local scene. Image: Wikimedia Commons

ARTS Pick: Jamie Dyer, Dan Sebring, Cathy Monnes

Jamie Dyer is an unavoidable figure in Charlottesville music; a prolific musician and man-about-town, an animated conversationalist and renaissance man beloved by many for his long tenure as the sole consistent member of long-running rock-flavored bluegrass band the Hogwaller Ramblers. He’s often found at the Blue Moon Diner, but once a month he can be found performing […]

Before working as part of the concert team at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Zak Krone (second from right) was a fan and (is still) a frequent performer with his band Left and Right. Publicity photo.

With a twist: Live music at the tea house flourishes under new booking team

The Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (affectionately known to locals as the “tea house”) has been hosting live music since it opened a decade ago. The first concerts were organized by Jason Andrews (whose business card read “Hospitality Czar”). But since Andrews’ departure in 2006, a dozen different individuals have taken turns working out arrangements with […]

Former member of Titus Andronicus (and one-time C-VILLE Weekly arts editor), Andrew Cedermark reaches confidently into new musical territory on Home Life. Publicity photo.

Garden state of mind: Andrew Cedermark’s ode to transience

For the past five years, Andrew Cedermark has consistently made some of the best and most vital rock music around: unpretentious and exuberant, quiet yet confident, messy and triumphant. But his career path has been a strange one, with several unexpected twists and turns, a story that is still being told as he cautiously finds […]

Dwight Howard Johnson’s (Tom Daly, Greg Sloan, Drew Carroll) long-awaited, inaugural recording is full of punchy pop hooks perfect for your summer playlist. Photo by Tom Daly.

Tried and true: Dwight Howard Johnson rides an irresistible formula

The pun-named Dwight Howard Johnson is neither a hotel chain nor a center for the Lakers, but rather a Charlottesville band. It plays appealing and charming pop rock, drawn from the timeless well of all pop rock bands, while reminding one of the 1990s, when such pop music was actually popular. The most obvious comparison […]

The Rocketeer received two thumbs up from Siskel & Ebert when it premiered in 1991. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: The Rocketeer

The record-breaking success of 1989’s Batman green-lit a wave big-budget retro-adventure films, including the outlandish, neon ensemble piece Dick Tracy; the brash, moody grotesquerie of The Shadow; and the feather-light, straight-faced camp of latecoming entry The Phantom. Nestled amongst them is 1991’s The Rocketeer; though it was considered a modest disappointment upon release (Disney thought […]

LOOK3 Pick: Nick Nichols

LOOK3 Pick: Nick Nichols

Michael “Nick” Nichols’ years of work for National Geographic have taken him around the globe, providing an up-close look at some of the few corners of the world that remain untouched by human civilization. His recent work in the Serengeti uses state-of-the-art advances in photo technology to investigate lions, documenting their world and their behaviors […]

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LOOK3 Pick: Martha Rosler

Though Photoshopping and digital retouching have become common practices in both journalistic and creative photography, Martha Rosler’s recent work foregrounds the process, creating deliberately artificial digital collages that create jarring juxtapositions of familiar imagery. Her 1960’s collages combined imagery from the Vietnam War with domestic images from advertising, and her recent work continues that same theme, […]