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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 […]

JD McPherson aims to shake the retro moniker with an edgier approach on a new record due this fall. He’ll preview some new tunes to the Jefferson audience on Thursday. Publicity photo

JD McPherson pushes beyond the throwback tag

JD McPherson may be about to piss a lot of people off. The singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist’s first record, Signs and Signifiers, was a faithful reproduction of old school rhythm and blues. He and his team, working with vintage equipment in a Chicago studio, knew there was an existing (mostly European) fan base just waiting to […]

Indecision made its name in the early days of Charlottesville’s jam band scene. The group will celebrate 30 years together at Fridays After Five this week. Publicity photo

Local jam band Indecision still rocking under the radar

Could Indecision have been DMB? Could the names Evans and Ibbeken have been synonymous with the C’ville music scene, instead of Dave Matthews? Could “Take It All In” have been “Ants Marching”? Probably not, admits Indecision’s David Ibbeken. But the band, which made its debut in Charlottesville in 1984, was by most accounts a stroke […]

Since competing on the “The Voice,” Melanie Martinez has moved on musically, but stays in touch with her superstar coach Adam Levine. Publicity photo

Melanie Martinez hopes to sidestep the reality competition label

 I was convinced that Taylor Hicks would not only win the 2006 season of “American Idol,” but would also become wildly successful as a recording artist. I was so convinced of his ability to appeal to a range of audiences, that I told anyone who would listen he’d be the most popular “Idol” of all time. […]

Threepenny Café owner Merope Pavlides and chef Eric Nittolo plan to make charitable giving a focus of the new restaurant. Rammelkamp Foto

Threepenny Café is going all out to become part of community

Merope Pavlides and her husband Peter Emch didn’t come to Charlottesville on the best of terms. Their son was ill and being treated at the UVA Medical Center. Still, the couple was taken by the city’s “vibe and wonderful people” and uprooted from Baltimore to make Central Virginia their home. Pavlides, a special needs educator […]

Mellow Mushroom is known for more than its pizza and hoagies. Beer buyer Greg Kane makes a point to stock more than 30 beers, including as many local brews as possible. Photo: Elli Williams

Where do national chains fit in with the local beer scene?

If you put any thought at all into the food and drink you consume, chances are you think “chain restaurants” are about as good for your body as a Paula Deen cookbook. But times they are a chain-gin’. Even dollar-hungry national restaurant groups have begun to recognize that consumers appreciate well-made products. For craft beer […]

The Charlottesville Women’s Choir has been singing in support of women’s rights, peace, justice, and equality for almost 30 years. Photo credit: Bevan Crocker

Charlottesville Women’s Choir celebrates three decades of activism

A recreational choir, started by amateur singers around a coffee shop piano, shouldn’t last 30 years. The demands of everyday life and the challenges of finding new members simply shouldn’t allow it. But don’t tell that to the ladies of the Charlottesville Women’s Choir. “It has evolved,” said Estelle Phillips, who’s been with the group […]

Painting a home's exterior can change the whole look. Photo: Elli Williams

Hues at home: Palette helps homeowners decide on the best color combos

Fretting about what color to paint your living room? Good news, the hottest trend is to give up on color altogether, according to Stephanie Snyder of Charlottesville’s high-end paint and home store Palette. “People are cleansing those bright colors with more soothing colors,” she said. “Soft grays, pale blues, creamy whites—lots of whites—opens up spaces […]

Jerry Horace Danner, founder of Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie and Blue Moon Diner, drags himself out of bed every day to serve up homemade vegan food at Holy Cow, the tiny Second Street spot off the Mall. Photo: Elli Williams

Dr. Ho brings his passion for vegan eating to the Downtown Mall

Dr. Ho is battling constant pain. The man who started the North Garden* cult favorite Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie and used to own the Blue Moon Diner* has been fighting a crippling disease for 17 years. He calls the ailment “late stage Lyme disease,” and while there is some disagreement among medical doctors about the condition’s […]

Willie Watson launches his solo career with some poignant covers of obscure folk songs and proves that he’s not the same old crow. He plays the Southern on Friday.

Willie Watson looks to kick start his solo career

Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, is turning to the South to help build some momentum for his new solo act. “We wanted to hit certain markets right off the bat,” Watson told C-VILLE Weekly in a recent phoner. “The South is sort of the hotbed of my fan base.” Watson will likely […]

Discover the local connection to Life of Pi when Charlottesville-based film consultant Kho Wong discusses her role as assistant to the producer in the Makers Series on Thursday.

Downtown church brings back short-lived artists’ forum

How cool can a church get before it starts to ruffle some feathers? Christ Episcopal Church, which operates The Garage, an outdoor concert venue/art gallery (a super-cool combo if ever there was one), is pushing the boundaries of non-secular hip yet again by bringing back its Makers Series. The quarterly event features an evening of […]

Lovable curmudgeon Rodney Crowell has written countless hits for others.  He will play his own tunes at the Jefferson on Sunday.  Image: David McClister

Country songwriter Rodney Crowell isn’t about to sell out

Rodney Crowell probably wouldn’t like you. Don’t take it hard. He doesn’t seem to like much—except for country music. The old school songwriter has recorded a handful of tunes that have had commercial success over the years, but he’s even better known for songs other people end up singing. Crowell’s penned tracks that have been […]

Co-owner Adam Gregory and his Timberwood Grill cohorts are obsessed with all things beer, and load up the bar with 24 brews on tap and 70 bottles. Photo: Emily Moroné

Brew battle: Two Charlottesville beer joints go head-to-head

When a college fraternity brother of mine got married about 10 years ago, he gave his groomsmen, me included, giant mugs as part of the grooms’ gift. “Yeah, dude! Huge ass beers!” is something that hopefully no one said out loud. But the implication was clear: throw that sucker in the freezer, go get yerself […]

Todd Snider brings his colorful snark to the Jefferson where he will preview a film he stars in, read from his upcoming book, take questions, and probably play music. Photo: publicity photo

Renaissance man Todd Snider brings his circus to town

Just seconds into my conversation with Todd Snider, he’s telling me about some LSD that was “going around the neighborhood” a few months back. The next moment, he’s on to a story about dodging fruit hurled by Jimmy Buffett. He then deadpans that if young musicians come to him asking for career advice, “they’ve already […]

Dan Croll’s confident, up-and-coming folktronica rolls into the Southern on Wednesday. Will the audience be made up of appreciative observers or people going mad? Photo: Laura Lewis

Britain’s hot new singer-songwriter strides across the U.S.

Dan Croll could be on the verge of something big. And he knows it. The 23-year-old British singer-songwriter touched down in California at the start of April for his first U.S. headlining tour, and the crowds are growing by the show. By the time Croll hits The Southern Café and Music Hall on April 23, […]

Larry Keel’s mindblowing talent has made him a roots music Pied Piper. “There are a lot of bands in the younger market that have brought awareness to bluegrass music, but bluegrass music in general hasn’t been the most popular,” he said.

Music Resource Center lines up a big-name bluegrass show

Larry Keel, Virginia bluegrass legend, has lost it. Fortunately, he thinks he can find the old magic anytime he wants. “My beard and I have recently become separated,” Keel said. “But it will be back.” Over the years, Keel has sported a number of facial hairstyles, perhaps none more recognizable than the salt and pepper […]