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Man Mountain Jr., with the Kings of Belmont

Man Mountain Jr., with the Kings of Belmont

music Saturday night at Satellite Ballroom kicked off with local quintet Kings of Belmont. Having seen their name on flyers around town for a while, I had begun to imagine that they were some sort of messy, alcohol-fueled garage rock band. I was only partially wrong. Alcohol certainly factors into the Kings’ equation (in one […]

Horsefang [with audio]

cd To my knowledge, no mythology about horses with fangs exists. So it seems that, instead of basing their music on some ancient legend or folk story, the members of Charlottesville’s Horsefang have opted to forge their own epic. With song titles that refer to genesis, plagues and dead horses, the band’s debut EP evokes […]

On the road (with Wilco)

On the road (with Wilco)

"On one of the first nights that we were playing," Shannon Worrell recounts, "I think it was in Charleston, South Carolina, Jeff [Tweedy] came up to me and asked if I was afraid of him. That was one of the first things he said to me. I said, ‘No.’ "He said, ‘Well, sometimes people are […]

Bob Log III, with The 40 Boys and The Corndawg

Bob Log III, with The 40 Boys and The Corndawg

music Take Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band and pack them into one man’s body. Zip that body up in a blue spandex jumpsuit adorned with mirrored sequins. Slap on a glitter-covered, half-motorcycle, half-space helmet with a telephone receiver glued to the front. Feed the resulting Frankenstein some scotch and amphetamines. This is Bob Log […]

Live and local [with audio and video]

Live and local [with audio and video]

Last week Feedback tracked down some Charlottesville music in NYC. This week we’re bringing it all back home (we’ve been on a Dylan kick since the JPJ show) by catching up with some artists that stick around town and keep the local scene hoppin’ nonstop.

Road trip!

Road trip!

The other weekend Feedback took a vacation to the Big Apple. The plan was to catch up with some friends and enjoy a little time away from Charlottesville.

Death and destruction

Death and destruction

“The Virginias and the Carolinas are a sort of weird nebula for disasters,” says Christopher King, who was intrigued by nearby historical remnants while growing up in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

music The eighth annual Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival began with a major bang on Sunday, September 9. Literally, a major bang, as the event opened with Mozart’s String Quintet in C Major, K. 515. The 220-year-old piece’s melodies ricocheted back and forth between violas, violins and cello, filling Old Cabell Hall with the sweet sounds […]

Full Circle

Full Circle

When Feedback saw Circle a year and a half ago at the Tea Bazaar, they blew our minds. Hailing from Finland, the band packed onto the stage and let loose a barrage of floor-shaking riffs.

Into Surrender

Into Surrender

cd Chris Jamison walks a fine line on Into Surrender. On "A Heart Unbroken," the opening track, he steps onto the wrong side of this line. The "oooh"s and "yeah-a-yeah"s and breezy bounce of the song are just too close to the easy-as-pie accessibility of "nice guy" songwriters like David Gray and John Mayer. "Hair […]

Piracy Guide

Peer-to-peer file sharing programs – Since Napster, a slew of different file sharing clients have emerged. Some have followed in Napster’s footsteps and shut down, but below are some popular ones that are still active. Limewire – One of the most popular peer-to-peer programs, it launched in 2000 and, though it has faced litigation from […]

Striking chords

Striking chords

While in the band Oneida, Pat Sullivan stopped through Charlottesville quite often to bask in Tokyo Rose's red glow. In time, though, he grew away from that group's noisy, chaotic trajectory.

Almost famous

Almost famous

The day that Feedback was scheduled to meet up with Sparky's Flaw front man Will Anderson he called us up and asked, "Can we move things back an hour? Band rehearsal got pushed back.

UVA underground

UVA underground

Under the cover of night a small group of UVA students walk cautiously down McCormick Road, tiptoe into the grass and then—CLINK—they’ve vanished. What happened? Escape hatch: The steam tunnel entrance at McCormick Road and Emmet Street leads to another world. No, they haven’t been abducted by the ghosts of ol’ TJ, Faulkner or Poe. […]

Truman Sparks, with Pterodactyl and the Cinnamon Band

Truman Sparks, with Pterodactyl and the Cinnamon Band

music On Wednesday night, the rock gods bestowed a shower of riffs and feedback on Charlottesville. At Atomic Burrito, The Brimstone Howl and The Points whipped out gritty garage numbers. The Tea Bazaar reverberated with the psychedelic sounds of Phantom Family Halo. The powers that be, however, led me to Belmont’s "jazz and blues lounge," […]

Spinning into orbit

Spinning into orbit

The Corner is growing quite big on Charlottesville's musical radar these days. Satellite Ballroom, for one, has been bringing many great national acts (and their fall lineup becomes more mouth-watering each day). But if you're looking for enthusiastic local music, Wednesday nights at Orbit Billiards is (to borrow from Beck) where it's at.

Iron man

Iron man

"It's very important that you eat breakfast, or else the workout could turn into a very bad experience. Do you usually eat breakfast?"

A little night music

A little night music

We have to say, we were a little disappointed in our readers' choice for Best Place To Get It On. Home? How boring is that? But we suppose it is good to keep that sort of thing private.

Negativland

Negativland

music In modern society it’s easy to throw together pop culture fragments for entertaining results. Whether you’re flipping through the ridiculous parade of TV reality shows or getting down to Girl Talk‘s mash-up dance mixes, it’s not hard to find novelty and distraction. We like our postmodern art (especially when it comes to sights and […]