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UK’s punky export The Vaccines jump off of a non-stop festival schedule to bring the hoopla to the Jefferson. Image: Leon Diaper

ARTS Pick: The Vaccines

Big shots London-based, indie rockers The Vaccines blew up the music scene in the UK, and the hype is making its way stateside where the quartet has been added to festival line-ups at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and The Governors Ball. The band’s updated punk rock begs comparison to The Strokes, awakes nostalgia for The Ramones, and has put […]

Batteries: to recycle, or not to recycle? And how? File photo.

Ask Betty: Recycle me!

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego —answers the most burning eco-questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. Question: I’m looking for a way to […]

After two popular EP’s, Ivan & Alyosha (L to R: Ryan Carbary, Tim Kim, Tim Wilson, Pete Wilson) release the full length, All the Times We Had. Photo by Veronica Alba.

ARTS Pick: Ivan & Alyosha

Seattle-based indie folk-pop quartet Ivan & Alyosha is nothing if not adaptable, which proved to be a crucial trait during the recording of its first full-length album, All the Times We Had. The band felt pressured, fell out of sync, and scrapped the first attempt. But the challenges eventually paid off in a new record […]

"The Lioness," by Kris Bowmaster is one of the works on display in "Predator/Prey."  Image courtesy of the artist.

Kris Bowmaster unmasks the inner “Predator/Prey”

Whether hanging on the walls of a Charlottesville hotspot or on display on the Downtown Mall, paintings by Kris Bowmaster are immediately recognizable. Not only does Bowmaster create pieces with distinguishable vibrancy and wistfulness, but he paints with a purpose that speaks. Bowmaster’s upcoming show “Predator/Prey,” was inspired by photographs of animals attacking and consuming […]

Chris Dumler. Photo: John Robinson

Chris Dumler resigns from Board of Supervisors

Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler has resigned from the Board of Supervisors, despite saying last week after surviving a petition effort to remove him from the Board that he planned to keep serving. Dumler was absent at the start of the county’s regular meeting Wednesday morning, but immediately after the pledge of allegiance, Samuel Miller […]

ARTS Pick: Bach’s Lunch Break

ARTS Pick: Bach’s Lunch Break

Take Bach lunch. Lunch breaks appear to be a dying ritual, as indicated by the chip crumbs around the wheels of your office chair. It’s time to mark your Thursday calendar for a noon date with J.S.B. and a change of the workday pace. Bach’s Lunch features uplifting 30-minute musical performances by the area’s classical talent […]

Les Claypool (far right) leads his band outside the box when the Primus3D tour pops up at the Pavilion on Wednesday. Photo by Todd Brilliant.

ARTS Pick: Primus

For more than 27 years, musical outlier Primus has been creating some of the most unique, boundary-pushing music since the early days of Zappa and Pink Floyd. Its first album in 11 years, Green Naugahyde is another experimental project that pays tribute to the band’s earlier days. According to Primus’ leading man, Les Claypool, “We’re […]

ARTS Pick: Gems of the Baroque Era

ARTS Pick: Gems of the Baroque Era

Under the direction of Michael Slon, The Oratorio Society of Virginia is filling an afternoon with choral masterworks that express “the best of the human spirit.” The Gems of the Baroque Era includes Bach’s Orchestral Suite #3 in D Major, and Handel’s Coronation Anthems, originally commissioned for the 1727 coronation of King George II and […]

The quick-fingered Jason Ring is known as a man who can jam hard on anything with strings. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Pick: Jason Ring

Known around the state as a one-man, country-bluegrass-blues band, Jason Ring improvises fiery, intricate loops on the guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and bass. Ring grew up in Galax, Virginia, a town that echoes with tunes from the world famous Galax Fiddler’s Convention, and at age 5 he started picking his own brew of bluegrass, Piedmont […]

Holly Renee Allen celebrates the release of Big Love, her fourth album of heartfelt southern soul. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: Holly Renee Allen

Singer-songwriter Holly Renee Allen (left) plays enchanting, vibrant, and lyrically intelligent music that captures the soul of the South. The Shenandoah Valley native has logged hours on the road, collaborated with some of Nashville’s heavyweights, and has the guitar string calluses to prove that hard work pays off with Big Love, the title of her […]

Josh Urban's good will train is heading to the UVA Cancer Center Friday, May 31. Publicity Photo.

ARTS Pick: The Search for Good Tour

Josh Urban is on the search for good in the world, and this Friday, May 31, he’ll be looking for it in Charlottesville. His stop is part of  the Josh Urban Rail Tour, also known as “The Search for Good Tour-finding those who rock the world,” which involves playing music (a mix of blues, rock, and […]

The beloved summer concert series Fridays After Five continues with high-octane, country-tinged, punk rock from the Turnpike Troubadours. Photo by Missy Whitfield.

ARTS Pick: Turnpike Troubadours

If you like to get down, the Turnpike Troubadours’ raw, blue collar energy is sure to speak to you. The Oklahoma quintet, featuring fiddle and bass, has become well-known in America’s heartland for its passionate authenticity and dynamic live show. Currently promoting a third studio album, Goodbye Normal Street, the rowdy and quick-witted Troubadours’ flinty genre-melding […]

The free speech wall advertises the first annual Day of Dance Festival. The downtown mall will come alive with a full day of dance and music and games for families on Saturday, May 25.

First Annual Day of Dance makes moves on Saturday

The streets will sound with tapping and twirling, leaping and jigging this Saturday, May 25, as the first annual Charlottesville Day of Dance takes over the Downtown Mall. This family-friendly event features an international array of dance forms and fitness practices, from Ireland to India, ballet to Nia. Megan Hilary, the festival’s founder, says the […]

The Steel Wheels’ Americana tour de force makes a stop at The Southern on Saturday. Ruby Sky Photography.

ARTS Picks: The Steel Wheels at The Southern

Entertaining audiences across the country with a heavy brew of original music, The Steel Wheels roll strong with influences from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and old-time musical weaving of four-part harmonies, upright bass, fiddle, and mandolin. Saturday’s show opens with a set by Ana Egge and serves as a sneak preview of the upcoming […]

Photo Fellini's #9

ARTS Picks: George Melvin Tribute at Fellini’s #9

It’s been four years since we lost George Melvin, but the mark he made on the local jazz scene remains indelible. An accomplished touring musician, bandleader, and all around entertainer, Melvin delighted audiences for over 40 years. Matty Metcalfe kicks off the George Melvin Tribute, followed by performances from Sammy Horn, Skip Haga and the Bees […]