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JD McPherson aims to shake the retro moniker with an edgier approach on a new record due this fall. He’ll preview some new tunes to the Jefferson audience on Thursday. Publicity photo

JD McPherson pushes beyond the throwback tag

JD McPherson may be about to piss a lot of people off. The singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist’s first record, Signs and Signifiers, was a faithful reproduction of old school rhythm and blues. He and his team, working with vintage equipment in a Chicago studio, knew there was an existing (mostly European) fan base just waiting to […]

Indecision made its name in the early days of Charlottesville’s jam band scene. The group will celebrate 30 years together at Fridays After Five this week. Publicity photo

Local jam band Indecision still rocking under the radar

Could Indecision have been DMB? Could the names Evans and Ibbeken have been synonymous with the C’ville music scene, instead of Dave Matthews? Could “Take It All In” have been “Ants Marching”? Probably not, admits Indecision’s David Ibbeken. But the band, which made its debut in Charlottesville in 1984, was by most accounts a stroke […]

Americana troubadours Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen return for a gig in support of Tolono, the band’s debut album. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen

Stories often become more profound when coupled with the upbeat mix of dueling guitars—at least that’s the case with the music of Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen. Borrowing from country and folk, the Wisconsin band relates unique experiences through song, sharing intimate moments. Whether it’s a ballad about the bars in Chicago or the changing […]