The next installment of Charlottesville Jazz Society’s educator series features Charles Owens and supports the proliferation of jazz in the community. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Charles Owens

Sometimes there’s nothing more enjoyable than listening to a cool cat pound out the mellow beats of classic jazz, and nobody does it better than Charles Owens. Fully embracing the blues traditions of the 1930s, the exceptional saxophonist teams up with drummer Devone Harris and bassist Andrew Randazzo to perform smooth riffs of dreamy jazz […]

Album reviews: Needtobreathe, Nick Pollock, Lindsey Stirling

Album reviews: Needtobreathe, Nick Pollock, Lindsey Stirling

Needtobreathe Rivers in the Wasteland/Atlantic Records This Southern rock trio has made an album filled with hope and energy—seemingly with the intention of easing the weight of life’s challenges. Rock and soul numbers like “State I’m In” and “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” corner the market on encouragement, while the swelling folk pop track “Rise […]

Deer Tick is knocking on the door of rock 'n' roll royalty, and its current theater tour may be the last opportunity to catch the group before it moves to the arena level.  Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Deer Tick

Providence, Rhode Island’s Deer Tick has become the darling of the alternative-rock world, and while the press may have difficulty labeling the band (a certification of indie cred), Rolling Stone, USA Today, and even The Wall Street Journal have showered the group with accolades. Led by singer and guitarist John McCauley, the septet channels Nashville […]