Fitzgerald



Little Grey Sheep

Little Grey Sheep

cd Between his hometown of Austin, Texas and his musical muse’s residence of Charlottesville, Virginia, between his disarmingly green eyes or perhaps between the part of his brain that commands "Music!" and the parts of his body that respond, Danny Schmidt seems to keep a place where the competing forces of Song and Logic meet […]

The Police, with Fiction Plane

The Police, with Fiction Plane

music The reviewers sit huddled together to the left of the stage, notebooks of multiple sizes drawn, pens clicking or uncapping with snips, same press packets for The Police‘s 2007 tour splayed across laps or tucked into bags beneath our seats. In the dark of the audience, the lights carried by blue-vested ushers guide groups […]

Mass Sabbath

Mass Sabbath

music Paul Sebring, the thin young guitarist from local punk group Screaming Infidels, stands behind six stacks of t-shirts sporting the heavy font typical of Black Sabbath albums. The front of his sleeveless leather vest opens on a bare chest, and a sandy mullet wig sits atop his close-cropped hair, nearly matching the color. The […]

Home movies [with video]

Home movies [with video]

Jeff Wadlow, a Charlottesville native and a member of the Virginia Film Festival's board of directors, takes pity on all of the teams involved in this year's Adrenaline Film Project, a 72-hour, hell-on-a-tripod film competition that he helped create in 2004.

Watching me watching you [with video]

Watching me watching you [with video]

Moments before the cameras roll tape, their red lights cueing "Charlottesville Inside-Out" host and local musician Terri Allard and her guest, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner, to start their interview, and the pair sits on a blue, oval couch, talking about the ease of digital video production.

Blue skies ahead

Blue skies ahead

1994 Following nearly four years of recording and touring together, the band Uncle Tupelo  (and, notably, the songwriting team of Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy—a scruffy, midwestern Lennon and McCartney) disbands. Farrar forms Son Volt; Tweedy and the rest, including bassist John Stirratt, form Wilco. Key track: "Acuff-Rose," a fiddle-driven tune that puts the "country" […]

What's in a Wilco?

What's in a Wilco?

According to the "values" listed on their website, Wilco takes care of fans and respects one another. Wilco emphasizes that teamwork is the path to success. Wilco champions integrity. Wilco, dear readers, is a gas station. And, unfortunately, not the basis for the midwestern rock band’s name. They don’t even have Wilco (now WilcoHess) gas […]

American Buffalo

American Buffalo

stage It starts like a pot of water placed across the warming coils of an electric stove: A few basic and, here’s the key, unassuming, ingredients are put under pressure, set boiling and bouncing off one another until they erupt, each reaching up and over one another for the surface of some black, burning container […]

Whose America?

Whose America?

Monday, October 8, is Columbus Day, started in…well, that’s not important, is it? After all, what is Columbus Day but a celebration of the man himself, Christopher Columbus, without whom our ancestors might not have crossed the Atlantic? That all depends on how open you are to history.