UVA’s science and engineering grad school a cappella group celebrates the desire to sing out, no matter one’s day job. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The First Harmonics

It’s common knowledge on UVA Grounds that a cappella groups are selective. Whether you’re the Hullabahoos or The Virginia No Tones, each group is looking for something specific. The First Harmonics require a solid voice, stage presence and the exclusive “science and engineering grad school student” title. These self-proclaimed nerds perform a mix of old […]

The Temptations continue to deliver classic soul decades after it owned the music charts of the 1960s. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Temptations

Motown R&B sensation The Temptations topped the music charts of the 1960s with their unmistakable sound of soul. More than 40 years later, with many changes in lineup since the first “classic five,” Otis Williams still takes the stage as the last surviving original member of the group that launched its career with the Smokey […]

Anthony D’Amato turns heartbreak into cheery folk on Cold Snap, his rhythmically excellent third album. Photo: Meredith Truax

ARTS Pick: Anthony D’Amato

The latest from Americana singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato, Cold Snap is a far cry from his first release, the album he recorded in his Princeton University dorm room. Cold Snap is a beautiful collection of sophisticated sounds and decisive melodies that channels Simon & Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen at the same time. He crafts lyrics of […]