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Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos. Rochester, NY. 2012. Hickey-Freeman factory, founded in 1899. Pabitra, trim waistband, from Bhutan, working 1 yr.

LOOK3 Pick: Susan Meiselas

The stories of factory workers are always relevant, but they’ve been prominent in the public consciousness recently with April’s horrific factory collapse in India, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in history. There’s a very different story on display in “160 Actions to Make a Jacket,” Susan Meiselas’ in-depth portrait of garment factory workers in Rochester, […]

The Men shaves the rough edges off its caustic rock at the Tea Bazaar. Publicity photo.

ARTS Pick: The Men

The Men are a Brooklyn-based quartet of rockers who, since 2010, have cranked out an album a year for the esteemed Sacred Bones label. While their earliest efforts sounded like a raw Joy Division bootleg, the band has quickly grown and expanded its palette, adding eclectic influences, its vocals softening and becoming lazily anthemic as […]

ARTS Pick: Pancake Party with the Star Children

ARTS Pick: Pancake Party with the Star Children

The default option for any working band looking to raise some quick funds is usually Kickstarter, but We Are Star Children, as always, are thinking outside the box. To help fund the distribution of their next album, the local group are instead hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning, May 18 at the Alloy Workshop. […]

Reckless Theatre Company hits Random Row Books with Richard III.

Random Row Gets Reckless with Richard III

The newly-founded Reckless Theatre Company—not to be confused with the New York-based group of the same name—is the project of a trio of UVA Drama majors, Ahmad Helmy, Anne Connelly, and Adam Santalla. The troupe was founded this year with the intention of bringing theatrical events to the wider community while sharpening their dramatic skills. Their […]

Eternal Summers get ready to rock MACRoCK.

Harrisonburg’s MACRoCk celebrates 16 years of rock ‘n’ roll

The Harrisonburg-based music festival MACRoCk celebrates its 16th year this weekend with yet another solid line-up of local, regional, and touring indie-rock bands. Initially founded as the “Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference,” MACRoCk has now severed ties with JMU and local station WXJM, but remains committed to throwing a killer annual festival. This year’s roster includes […]

Nicholas Liivak from Horsefang (photo credit: Rowan Hildreth).

ARTS Preview: Horsefang

Saturday night’s line-up at the Tea Bazaar is an unusual but promising mix. After several years of dormancy, Horsefang have returned, and their dusty, instrumental doom-metal riffs seem as vital as ever. They’re joined by Mike Gangloff, whose career oscillates between two unlikely poles: the rural twang of Appalachian traditionalism and the mind-expanding drones of […]

Weird Mob's Dave Gibson holding their EP.

ARTS Preview: Weird Mob

Friday night is the live debut of Weird Mob, but the bands’ members may look familiar to Charlottesville concert-goers; the towns’ most adorable power-pop power-couple, Dave Gibson and Renee Reighart, previously played together in the now-defunct Hilarious Posters, and have also helped fill out the line-up of Adam Brock’s Borrowed Beams of Light project, all […]

“We’re not trying to just be a ‘modular synth band,’ said Mountains’ Koen Holtkamp (left). The masters of instrument manipulation are touring in support of current release, Centralia. Image: Hisham Bharoocha

Peaks and valleys: Mountains’ Koen Holtkamp discusses the duo’s dramatic songcraft

Hearing Mountains live can be a revelation, a chance to dissect the discrete elements that make up its dense wall of sound. Though the volume can be overwhelming, there’s very little on stage movement or communication; Holtkamp and Anderegg seemingly share a psychic bond that lets them know where they’re headed next, based on careful listening and years of working together.