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A C-VILLE soundtrack

More: Slanted and enchantedAnimals, airwaves, and other adventures that tilted my perspective on Charlottesville music Each week, my Feedback music column has featured the C-VILLE Playlist, a selection of tunes that my colleagues and I have been listening to while putting out the issue. Since this article looks back on my time at C-VILLE, I’ve […]

Dave Koehn is new “Voice of the Cavaliers”

UVA fans will hear a new voice when they tune in to Cavalier sports this coming season. CBS Collegiate Sports Properties, the University’s multimedia rights partner, announced that Dave Koehn (rhymes with “lane”) will become the “Voice of the Cavaliers” starting on July 7. UVA’s longtime play-by-play announcer, Mac McDonald, resigned in April to pursue […]

Mousing around [with video]

Mousing around [with video]

Back in 2002 local bluegrass fiends the Hackensaw Boys took off on a jaunt called the Unlimited Sunshine Tour. They found themselves part of a hodge-podge bill of diverse but impressive music acts, including Cake, De La Soul, Kinky, The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse.

We Are Star Children

We Are Star Children

We Are Star Children sounds like it’s from the ’80s. That statement could refer to an embrace of the decade’s frequent gaudiness, from Cyndi Lauper and other girls who just want to have fun to Men With Hats’ synthy bounce for safety. Or it could point towards the less pop-indulgent sounds of post-punk groups of […]

Summer in the city

Summer in the city

On a rainy and sticky Tuesday evening Feedback joined a stream of people heading into the Paramount Theater for the first performance of the Charlottesville Municipal Band’s (free!) Summer Concert Series. We snagged a program and found ourselves a comfortable seat on the balcony. “Man, it’s nice in here,” we thought to ourselves while waiting […]

Bo Diddley, recent Paramount performer, dies at 79

Rock ‘n’ roll forefather Bo Diddley died today at the age of 79, reports The New York Times. The guitarist, singer and songwriter was an innovator in almost every aspect of his music. He was known for the signature “Bo Diddley beat” (bomp, ba-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp), his unmistakable rectangular guitar and a revolutionary sound that jumped out of blues and R&B traditions just as Diddley himself (born Ellas Bates) would often jump around on the stage.

A not-so-new dawn fades [with audio]

A not-so-new dawn fades [with audio]

A change of speed, a change of style, a change of scene, with no regrets,” Joy Division’s Ian Curtis once sang. The Dawning, Charlottesville’s long-running local goth and industrial dance night, might take those words as a motto, since it will be joining Satellite Ballroom and 214 Community Arts Center in the search for a […]

Goodbye, Satellite

Goodbye, Satellite

Feedback first stepped into Satellite Ballroom in February 2002. Plan 9 Music had just moved into the Anderson Brothers Building and a slew of performances were taking place in the adjacent room, then known as the “Outer Space,” to celebrate the new location’s grand opening.

Modest Mouse coming to town

Modest Mouse coming to town

The Charlottesville Pavilion has announced that rock band Modest Mouse will scurry onto the venue’s stage on June 29. Hailing from the depths of Issaquah, Washington, the group is not without local ties.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

In a 1978 video of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performing “Rosalita,” security guards peel three or four rabid girls off of The Boss as the song comes to a close, but not before one of them manages to give him a nice, long French kiss. Catching his breath, Bruce stumbles back to […]

Waltzing O’Connor

Waltzing O’Connor

Mark O’Connor has been catapulting towards musical virtuosity since he first started playing classical and flamenco guitar when he was just “a tiny little kid.” He picked up the violin at age 11 and soon caught the ear of innovative Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson, who invited him to take lessons. At 17, he joined jazz […]

Split 7" [with audio]

Split 7" [with audio]

The needle of the record player hits the 7" slab of transparent red vinyl with a small pop, and you’ve already surpassed the experience of listening to an mp3. Now it slips into the first groove and “Vital Joys” by longtime local rock troopers Worn in Red comes shooting from the speakers. Listen to "Vital […]

Going electric [with video]

Going electric [with video]

Spent any time in Charlottesville bars? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve bumped into Travis Elliott. Since he moved here from Richmond six years ago, he’s been taking his acoustic guitar around to local watering holes and gaining friends and fans with original tunes and a wide array of covers (“Happiness is a Warm […]

Coming together

Coming together

Click here to see video highlights of last weekend’s 6 Day Bender and Sarah White show at Satellite Ballroom. A few minutes before 7:30pm on a Wednesday evening, and Feedback is staring at a sea of tangled bows and brass on the stage of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center. A cacophony of […]

Volume One [with audio]

Volume One [with audio]

“What can you do with a sentimental heart?” asks actress Zooey Deschanel on the opening track of Volume One, her debut album with songwriter M. Ward. Answer: You can swoon to these tunes for days and days. Listen to "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" from She & Him‘s Volume One: powered by ODEOCourtesy […]

Taste tested [with video]

Taste tested [with video]

When mutual affection for ska bands like The Specials and Madness brought The Pietasters together at Virginia Tech in 1990, the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind was still a year away