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Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes (right) promises that things will get interesting (a likely understatement) when he takes the stage with his band at the Jefferson on Thursday.
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Kevin Barnes fronts of Montreal with dramatic flair

Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes is officially off the grid. After two weeks and about a half dozen phone calls, the only response I could get from the avant garde indie rocker was his odd outgoing voicemail message—an eerie instrumental tune—and apologies from his publicist that he had “no service at the place he is staying.” […]

Inspired by a long-time love for making things in the kitchen, Christine Riggleman recently began crafting spirits and opened Silverback Distillery on Route 151. Rammelkamp Foto

New craft beverage maker breaks the mold on 151

Christine Riggleman wanted to start a business on her family’s land off Route 151. An avid home cook, she figured it would make sense to open a restaurant. She wanted to complement the craft breweries and cideries already flowing up and down the highway. But she had friends in restaurants who advised against going into […]

The Head and the Heart will have lots of hometown friends in the audience and possibly, clean laundry, when the band takes the Pavilion stage on Friday. Publicity photo

Seattle folk rock up-and-comers have roots in old Virginia

The Head and the Heart have the holy grail of indie rock band success: One good male singer, one good female singer. It’s a combination, along with a well-timed whistle or catchy chant, that has made Peter Bjorn and John, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gotye, and a handful of others huge overnight sensations […]

“In the past, closets were just a bar in a small room with a door,” said Alloy Workshop designer Kate Tabony. “Now people want to walk in and pull out a special drawer designed for their purses or ties.” Photo: Virginia Hamrick

Conquering the closet: Get the most out of your bedroom storage space

Anyone who’s been on a house hunt knows closets are a relatively modern development. And if you’re into vintage homes, you’ll probably have to compromise on built-in storage space. “Houses that are 100 years old, back then people didn’t really have closets,” said architect Kate Tabony, lead designer for Charlottesville-based Alloy Workshop. “Maybe it’s a […]

Playing it fast and loud, Greensky Bluegrass turns the tables on the genre’s traditional approach at the Jefferson. “I think a big chunk of multiple generations sort of stumbled on bluegrass…through Jerry Garcia,” said dobro player Anders Beck. Photo credit: Chris Monoghan

Greensky Bluegrass looks to break barriers with modern approach

The contentious divide between traditional bluegrass and progressive bluegrass is manufactured, according to Anders Beck, dobro virtuoso for the dogged newgrass outfit Greensky Bluegrass. “I feel like that argument is more perpetuated by people that just want to talk about it than people who really feel that way,” Beck told C-VILLE Weekly. “It’s almost like […]

WNRN’s Marc Smith takes listeners on a long, strange trip during the Saturday morning radio show Grateful Dead and Phriends. Photo credit: Emily Moroné

As jam scene winds down, local radio play is strong

The idea of an entire radio station based on the music of a single band no longer seems so far out. But when satellite radio launched in the early 2000s, there was no Pandora, and the notion that people would want to listen 24 hours a day to the same band, with a few similar […]

Yonder Mountain String Band plays in Charlottesville for the first time since founding member Jeff Austin left the band in April. Photo credit: Jay Blakesberg

Yonder Mountain String Band looks ahead to new record

Yonder Mountain String Band hasn’t produced a full-length record since 2009. It’s the longest stretch that the band’s gone without an LP since it formed in 1998. If that news isn’t bad enough for fans, now this: Founding member, mandolin player and vocalist Jeff Austin split with YMSB in April. When Yonder plays the Jefferson […]

Tavola chef Loren Mendosa wants to fill a hole in Charlottesville’s pizza scene with Lampo, a Neopolitan-style pizzeria he plans to open in the fall. Rammelkamp Foto

Pie high: What’s the deal with all the new pizza joints piling up?

A pizza is on its way to your table. It’s bubbling with melted cheese, crackling with a blistered crust, mounded by rendered meats and fresh veggies. Underneath the toppings, a bright, tangy tomato sauce holds it all together. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk pizza in Charlottesville. With multiple pizzeria openings announced and […]

Jeyon Falsini’s Main Street Annex gives a home to hip hop, goth and heavy metal acts. Image: James Scheuren

New Downtown venue aims to fill the music scene genre gap 

Jeyon Falsini didn’t mean to stick up for C’ville’s music scene underdogs. It just kind of happened. The longtime concert promoter and booking agent started working with the Main Street Arena in July 2012. Management wanted to bring in someone to turn its small overflow space on Water Street from a clothing retailer into a […]

Horse & Hound Gastropub owners Brooke and Luther Fedora put their heads together to create The Foodie’s Beer Book, which hits the stands August 5.  Photo: Justin Ide

Horse & Hound owners serve up literary fare for foodies

In The Foodie’s Beer Book, Horse & Hound co-owners Brooke and Luther Fedora say that when you’re cooking with beer, remember the rule, “one for you, one for the pot.” This is not meant to be taken literally, unless you want to be face down on the travertine when the oven timer goes ding. Turns […]

Bob Log III takes the live experience to outlandish places through costume rigging
and audience engagement. “I am trying to create this room full of people going apeshit,”
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Bob Log III cranks up the wacky concert antics

You get the feeling that 44-year-old Bob Log III is still figuring things out as he goes, a sci-fi time traveler reborn every few minutes to turn things upside-down all over again. The neo-bluesman has been making music professionally for more than 20 years, but every word out of his mouth still comes off as […]

Following a gig at the Southern on Friday, punk groundbreakers Against Me! will stop by Champion Brewing Company to quaff some Black Me (St)out, a beer they concocted with brewer Hunter Smith. Publicity photo

What do punk rockers and craft brewers have in common?

It all started with a punk kid’s tweet. Alterna-rockers Against Me! had heard about friends in NOFX working with C’ville-based Champion Brewing Company on a collaboration beer. Guitarist James Bowman, doing some recording with Mike Burkett (aka Fat Mike) of NOFX, tried the beer and tweeted at Champion brew master Hunter Smith that he liked […]

Ukraine-born rocker Eugene Hütz brings Gogol Bordello to the Jefferson on July 17. Photo credit: James Marcus Haney

Antics aside, Eugene Hütz’s Gogol Bordello is no joke

Eugene Hütz is a poet in any language. Speaking in his heavily accented English, his words pop. They have weight. They hit you like distorted riffs. Ask Hütz if his band Gogol Bordello’s exhaustive touring schedule takes its toll, for example, and he finds the perfect analogy. “Listen, this is like asking people that are […]

Windows are "the only piece of your house that you can see from the inside and outside," said Gaston & Wyatt's Mark Wingerd. File photo

Seeing clearly: There’s more to residential windows than meets the eye

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Surely, this means the eyes are pretty darn crucial. But what about windows? “Why is a window important? There are lots of reasons,” said Mark Wingerd, architectural salesperson for Charlottesville-based, high-end windows purveyor Gaston & Wyatt. “For one, it’s the only piece of your house […]

Expect the unexpected when Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones (pictured) appear at the Bridge in the far out electronica improv show Techne. Photo courtesy of the Bridge PAI

Techne project takes electronic music beyond boundaries

Accomplished local jazz musician John D’earth says people get too hung up on what is music and what isn’t music. Kids, for example, don’t need to play an instrument properly to be making music. They just need to be making noise. If you’re too square for that jive, Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones are ready […]