When we last left Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel), in the boringly-yet-appropriately titled The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), he was installed as the leader of the Necromongers, a race of humanoids bent on turning everyone in the universe into Scientologists. Whatever else happened in The Chronicles of Riddick has been long forgotten, mostly because it’s […]
Country music great Willie Nelson continues his support of family farmers with a concert to benefit the Local Food Hub. Inspired by picking corn in his Texas childhood, Nelson founded Farm Aid with fellow musicians John Mellencamp and Neil Young in 1985, and remains a strong farming advocate as well as a legendary performer in […]
YouTube singer-songwriter turned pop music icon Taylor Swift performs her signature country crossover in support of the Red Tour. Prepare for stuck-on-repeat radio hits like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “22,” alongside “You Belong With Me,” the infectious tween ditty that started it all—and expect lots of shrieking and bright red lipstick. […]
12/08/2013 10:00 pm Karaoke at Escafe Escafé, Charlottesville VA
When you ask Brooklyn-based artist and graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge about Charlottesville, her upbeat voice turns nostalgic. “Places like the IX building were full of my people. People who cared more about what you did than where you went to art school. People who helped me make art.” Creative community is the crux of […]
Crozet-based contemporary dance company concorDance presents Tripping the Light Fantastic, a concert of playful choreography that celebrates mirth and merriment in movement. Pieces range from “Shamone,” a carousing number that conjures Bob Fosse, Michael Jackson, and Austin Powers to “Elevator Theory,” a duet that imagines love in a short ride between floors. Performances include live […]
In The Forage House, published by Red Hen Press, Tess Taylor explores the historical and individual toll of inheritance and how we are shaped by the legacies that come to represent our past and present realities. A descendant of Thomas Jefferson, Taylor was greatly affected when, in 1997, University of Virginia biologist Eugene Foster discovered a […]
It’s been nearly two decades since Atsushi Miura routinely stepped out from slicing yellowtail behind the sushi bar at Tokyo Rose and climbed on stage to perform his trademark satirical ode to local culture—one that served to bring down the house full of indie rockers, goths, and punks with its title chorus “I hate Charlottesville/too […]
Loose strings Refresh your appreciation for classical music with the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, a month of small group performances that range from the kid-friendly Carnival of the Animals to edgy improv with modern masters. The festival includes Downtown in the Key of C-ville, a four-day lineup of concerts in mid-September. Quartet Brooklyn Rider, an […]
With the Lockn’ Festival happening this weekend, I decided to post a session I did with The Punch Brothers’ guitarist, Chris Eldridge from back in April. Jay’s “Pun Picks” – Chris Eldridge – “The Mean Mother Blues” (Ep. 8) from Pun Picks on Vimeo. I first heard about Chris (aka Critter) when I first moved back to Charlottesville […]
Angel’s share Grammy-nominated greatness visits the Virginia countryside in the form of 22-year-old folk sensation Sarah Jarosz as she tours the East Coast to promote her upcoming album, Build Me Up From Bones. Despite being new to the music industry, Jarosz has captured a sound that many musicians spend a lifetime trying to master. She can expertly strum it […]
Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools is a Virginia native. When reached for a recent phone interview he sounded genuinely enthusiastic about his old home state hosting the Lockn’ Festival, a high-profile jam band bash taking place at Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington this Thursday through Sunday and featuring Grateful Dead offshoot Furthur, Trey Anastasio Band, the Black Crowes and the String Cheese Incident, among many others.
Ride the wave Montreal-based electro-prog rockers Suuns take dance beats to new punk heights following the launch of their sophomore album, Images Du Futur. Tightly edited melodies layer and clash, building huge waves of sound with a crashing intensity matched only by the musical soothsayers’ boundless energy. Saturday 9/7 $12, 9pm. The Southern Café & Music […]
If you were devastated by the news that Neil Young won’t be playing at the Lockn’ (nee Interlocken) music festival this weekend, here’s some good news. You’ll still see a member of the Young clan at the fest. Pegi Young, Neil’s wife of 35 years, launched her own solo singing career in 2007 and has […]
Listen to the multilingual, orchestral anthems of the internationally acclaimed Pink Martini as members play parts of their eclectic retrospective and reveal the future sounds of the multicultural, politically motivated music scene all in addition to creating the evening’s largest cocktail lounge.
“Tremendously shitty.” That’s the best phrase to describe the new Ethan Hawke-Selena Gomez (!) driving thriller Getaway, a movie in which characters can break the Internet in fewer than five seconds and a car can be armored to prevent total destruction, but the guy who armored it forgets long enough to send someone to shoot it up who didn’t bring armor piercing bullets.
Magik Markers is one of America’s finest contemporary noise rock bands and its greatest asset is frontwoman Elisa Ambrogio. Her commanding and hypnotic vocals recall Sonic Youth’s primary songwriters combined, which can range from sweetly mysterious Patti Smith-esque poetic declarations to cathartic, frightening moments of unhinged aggression. Ambrogio’s raw, wild playing suggests a constant push-pull […]
When Frey decided to organize his own festival earlier this year, along with co-founder and Relix magazine publisher Peter Shapiro, the basics came easy. “We decided that we wanted to book a show that we’d like to go and see,” Frey said. “It was that simple. And if we did that, hopefully there would be a lot of others like us that would go.”
Sorry, peeps. The World’s End just isn’t as good as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, the other features in the Simon Pegg-Nick Frost-Edgar Wright canon. Luckily, The World’s End is still a lot of fun, and Pegg and Frost prove once again to be captivating screen presences and fully committed, especially when dealing […]
The Civil Wars The Civil Wars/Columbia Records After going on hiatus last year due to “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition,” Joy Williams and John Paul White have a new album that begs the question: How could something so beautiful have come from two people who don’t speak to each other anymore? The longing […]
Experience the sublime echoes of Global-Instrumentalist, Matt Venuti for a solo performance on the Hang (pronounced “hung”) on August 30 at Bridge Between The Worlds. Matt has performed worldwide, and will bring his enlightening tones to the relaxing and serene environment of the retreat center. Sometimes described as a “sound sculpture,” the hang (pronounced “hung”) […]
French foursome Phoenix arrives with a complex evolution of its synthesized alt-rock sound. The band made famous by the songs “1901” and “If I Ever Feel Better” is touring on Bankrupt!, its fifth studio album, which features musicians swapping instruments, pentatonic song structures, and explorations of the limits of failure. Keeping up the familiar schizo […]
In 1961, Murry Wilson founded The Beach Boys, a family act consisting of his sons Dennis, Carl, and Brian, their cousin Mike Love, and family friend Al Jardine. Combining the vocal harmonies of the doo-wop era with the instrumentation of surf rock, and subject matter rooted in West Coast youth culture, The Beach Boys were an […]