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Paramount Theatre announces new executive leadership

The story of the recession-era concert venue is usually one of declining proceeds and anxious belt-tightening. The same is true for the recession-era nonprofit, and the Paramount Theater is both. When the refurbished 1930s movie palace announced its new leadership at a press conference last week, recently hired Executive Director Chris Eure held that she […]

We Are Star Children cuts a live album in Lovingston

We Are Star Children cuts a live album in Lovingston

Between the two sets that We Are Star Children played at Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books last Saturday night, frontman Gene Osborn gave a shout-out to the band-member moms in attendance, and then announced that if it was O.K. with the rest of us, his band was going to sing a few more songs about sex […]

Carl Anderson brings Nashville lessons to bear on his debut album

Carl Anderson brings Nashville lessons to bear on his debut album

In 2009, when young adults everywhere were happy just to be gainfully employed, Carl Anderson was trying to write the next pop-country megahit. The 22-year-old Virginia native was recruited as a ghostwriter by Ash Street Music after following his erstwhile girlfriend and collaborator Carleigh Nesbit down to Nashville. A few times a week, Anderson would […]

UVA Drama stages a post-modern epic written by an undergraduate

UVA Drama stages a post-modern epic written by an undergraduate

Troy is Burning may be the first play written by an undergraduate to make it into the UVA Drama Department’s main-stage season in 25 years, but its first step toward production was just another day in the undergraduate grind for fourth-year student Matthew Minnicino. Last spring, Minnicino needed something to bring in to a playwriting […]

Tcherepnin and Sullender probe social dynamics with noise

Tcherepnin and Sullender probe social dynamics with noise

Live music is the great unifier. Whether it’s Madonna singing “music makes the people come together,” or John Cage describing a composition by Lou Harrison (“Listening to it, we become an ocean”), the common denominator of concerts both lowbrow and high is the promise of becoming part of something bigger than yourself. Composer Sergei Tcherepnin […]

Open negotiations: David Bazan on songwriting and transparency

Open negotiations: David Bazan on songwriting and transparency

David Bazan has more fanatics than fans. As the songwriter and creative force behind Pedro the Lion, Bazan spent 11 years building a dedicated following that largely pursued him into his solo career. Fans came to Pedro the Lion shows for disarmingly simple rock songs that always seemed to reward another listen, and they stuck […]

Stephan Said brings it all back home

Stephan Said brings it all back home

When the first wave of protestors took to Zuccotti Park in mid-September, few could have predicted that the Occupy Wall Street movement would soon spread throughout the globe, but Iraqi-American singer-songwriter Stephan Said can claim some prescience on that front. Said’s sixth album, Difrent, released on September 20 on his own Universal Hobo Records, has […]

The Charlottesville Mural Project begins work at Ix

The Charlottesville Mural Project begins work at Ix

Charlottesville’s largest piece of public art received its inaugural brushstrokes last weekend, as a 3,160-square-foot wall on Monticello Avenue became the first canvas of the Charlottesville Mural Project. By the time that Ross McDermott and Avery Lawrence add the last layer of paint, the north side of the Ix complex will be one of the […]

The holy rites of St. Vincent

The holy rites of St. Vincent

The weather on Mt. St. Vincent is ruled by inconstant winds. In the songs that Annie Clark makes as St. Vincent, somber verses are never more than a lyrical twist away from sardonic, and anxiety seethes at the edges of even the most cheerful baroque pop moments. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark, known onstage as […]

First fiddle

First fiddle

American violinist Hilary Hahn has been a mainstay of the celebrity-soloist circuit since 1991, when she made her major orchestral debut at the age of 15. Over the last decade, Hahn has twice been awarded the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra, and in 2010, a piece she commissioned from composer Jennifer Hidgon […]