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Sons of Bill make the right call and offer six free shows in six days to fans in their home state. (Publicity Photo)

Preview: Sons of Bill comes in loud and clear

Sons of Bill has always been a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, but on the brand new album, Sirens, the group heavily leans on the latter. To make the album, the local crew took a short drive down I-64 and recorded with help from Cracker front man David Lowery at […]

Urban Outdoors: Cville Bike Lab offers DIY repairs and more

Urban Outdoors: Cville Bike Lab offers DIY repairs and more

In good repair: Spencer Ingram’s Cville Bike Lab provides a space for cyclists to fix up their rides and get back on the streets. (Photo by John Robinson) Spencer Ingram wants to see more people riding bikes on Charlottesville’s city streets. That’s why he, along with a few business partners, recently opened the Cville Bike […]

Preview: The delayed musical odyssey of the Wood Brothers

Preview: The delayed musical odyssey of the Wood Brothers

 Bands of brothers are nothing new. Whether it’s Stanley, Everly or Avett, sibling combos are well established across a range of musical generations and genres. But unlike the lifelong chemistry established by some family bands, Oliver and Chris Wood spent nearly two decades playing apart before finally coming together. The Wood Brothers band together at […]

Ain’t no rock wall high enough: Erin Horn scales one of Rocky Top’s 20-plus-foot climbing routes. (Photo by Nick Strocchia)

New owners, new life at local climbing gym

Rock climbers in Charlottesville looking for a quick fix face a geographical conundrum. Reaching a decent crag requires at least 45 minutes in the car. Fortunately, for the past 18 years Rocky Top climbing gym has been a reliable Downtown vertical refuge, and soon the sanctuary for top-rope routes and bouldering training will see some […]

The Infamous Stringdusters eschew bluegrass dogma

The Infamous Stringdusters eschew bluegrass dogma

It’s been a big year for The Infamous Stringdusters. The dynamic five-man string band picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental, started an independent record label, High Country Recordings, and kicked off a sold-out bill in front of 10,000 people at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre this past summer. But as far as […]

Plan your jam

Plan your jam

I can’t resist a good music festival. From the Americana overload of North Carolina’s Merlefest to the eclectic jam rock orgy of California’s High Sierra Music Festival, I’ve burnt my vacation days over the years chasing the country’s top sonic galas. For me, a great festival is just as much about the setting as it […]