After more than 10 years on hiatus The Clientele is experiencing a renaissance, thanks in part to the reissue of its seminal debut Suburban Light. “There are so many great records in the Merge back catalog, and the fact that they chose one of ours was incredibly flattering,” said Alasdair MacLean (middle). Photo credit: Nik Strangelove

Merge’s reissue reinforces the strength of Suburban Light

For about six years, Alasdair MacLean has been writing a novel. “Occasionally I’ll send a draft of that to my agent and have it thoroughly rejected,” MacLean laughed when reached at his home in London. “And then I’ll start again. And that’s kind of been it for six years. MacLean’s novel is about growing up […]

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 […]

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ARTS Pick: Shrek: The Musical

Grab some torches and pitchforks and prepare for Shrek: The Musical, when an ogre-turned-hero braves dragon fire and a tiny king to save his beloved Fiona. As Shrek adventures with his faithfully frustrating sidekick, Donkey, storybook creatures, and a musical score, an expert cast recaptures the magic of Long Ago and Far Away. Through 8/10. $16, […]