Live Music

Yonder Mountain String Band plays in Charlottesville for the first time since founding member Jeff Austin left the band in April. Photo credit: Jay Blakesberg

Yonder Mountain String Band looks ahead to new record

Yonder Mountain String Band hasn’t produced a full-length record since 2009. It’s the longest stretch that the band’s gone without an LP since it formed in 1998. If that news isn’t bad enough for fans, now this: Founding member, mandolin player and vocalist Jeff Austin split with YMSB in April. When Yonder plays the Jefferson […]

It’s high time for Cheap Whiskey. The central Virginia rockers pour it on at the Southern on Saturday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Cheap Whiskey

The words Cheap Whiskey don’t usually go well together, but if they’re referring to Nelson Johnson and his band of Southern rockers, then it’s a welcome combination. The group embraces a medley of styles, dabbling in rock, country, and blues to deliver performances high energy performances. And despite the name, the hard drivin’ tunes go […]

If time can be said to measure the relevance of a band, then the 30-year tenure of Sensations’ Fix, led by Franco Falsini, speaks volumes. Photo credit: S. Brackbill

ARTS Pick: Sensations’ Fix

For more than three decades, the obscure Italian band Sensations’ Fix has been pleasing audiences with its energetic brand of progressive electronic rock. Success lies in the group’s original mix of genres, blending shrill electric chords with a psychedelic rhythm in a unique sound entirely its own. Not only does SF stand the test of […]