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San Francisco’s Deerhoof veers wildly along the rock 'n' roll roadmap to form its impressive repertoire. Photo by Chad Kamenshine.

ARTS Pick: Deerhoof

If you ask fans how they classify the music of Deerhoof, you’ll most likely be answered with shoulder shrugs and some sort of take on ”awesome.” The San Francisco group has built its reputation by refusing to be defined by labels or genres, running the gauntlet of every music form imaginable. It’s punk. It’s rock. […]

Country folk vet warms up C'ville Coffee's stage with poignant acoustic tunes. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Pierce Pettis

Although he may not be a household name, Pierce Pettis has been a forerunner of the singer-songwriter scene since the mid-’80s. His original songs have energized the genre and inspired covers by Garth Brooks, Suzanne Vega, and Shawn Colvin. During his 30-year career, Pettis has released more than 10 albums and played just about every […]

The Last Bison puts a stake in the grounds of Americana folk rock with VA, its solid new tribute to the home state. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Last Bison

If music is poetry, then the evidence is in the perfect harmonies of The Last Bison. Hailing from the southeast corner of Virginia, the Bison defined its latest album, VA, in a rustic cabin on the edge of Chesapeake Bay’s Great Dismal Swamp—and contrary to the location name, the tunes are bright, sunny, and upbeat. […]