James Ford



Guitar manipulator Davis Salisbury of Grand Banks twists feedback into a melodic “stew of droning.” He’s had people come up after a gig and say, “I have no idea how you did that,” he said. “And I’m not always sure how I did it either, and that’s part of the point.” ImagecCourtesy of The Bridge PAI

The intermittent trajectory of brilliant drone duo Grand Banks

Grand Banks might be one of Charlottesville’s best-kept secrets. The duo of guitarist Davis Salisbury and keyboardist/singer Tyler Magill have been playing together for over 10 years, yet its discog-
raphy amounts to a handful of CD-Rs, and performances and recordings can go on hiatus for years at a time. But when Grand Banks gets together, dedicated followers anticipate some of the most transcendent, satisfying musical experiences around.

Jim Waive plays a fictional Jim Waive in My Fool Heart, alongside an all-star cast of locals and legends.

My Fool Heart starring Jim Waive gets a long-awaited screening

“There’s been a lot of Charlottesville movies,” Jeffrey Martin said, “but this one is about Charlottesville.” He’s talking about My Fool Heart, a feature film directed by Martin and produced by his wife Lucinda Buxton, which has been in production locally for the past three years. The couple recently relocated to San Francisco, but Martin is back in town […]

Actor Matthew Lillard will present his directorial debut, Fat Kid Rules the World. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival.

The Virginia Film Festival hits the quarter-century mark

In Charlottesville, the arrival of fall means growing excitement for the Virginia Film Festival, one the finest annual events our city has to offer (Full disclosure: this writer was once an employee of the Virginia Film Festival.) This November marks the Festival’s 25th year, and as in past years, four of Charlottesville’s theaters, and many satellite locations, will dedicate four days to round-the-clock screenings and events.

The Melvins are on the move, playing 50 states in 51 days to set a Guiness World Record.  (Publicity photo)

The Melvins lighten up and break a record

For almost 30 years, The Melvins have been playing their own peculiar brand of rock ’n’ roll. While their early sound was reminiscent of contemporaries like late-period Black Flag and the Butthole Surfers, The Melvins soon found their true calling by playing their songs half as fast and twice as heavy, regressing Black Sabbath-style metal […]

Roanoke rockers Eternal Summers return to the Tea Bazaar

Roanoke rockers Eternal Summers return to the Tea Bazaar

The Roanoke-based band Eternal Summers haven’t been around long, but they’ve been busy, releasing two EPs, two full-length albums, and a handful of singles and compilation appearances in just over two years. Nicole Yun’s catchy, somber punk anthems are a perfect match for Daniel Cundiff’s exuberant, energetic drumming, and they’ve built a passionate fanbase both […]

Downtown Library screens classic campaign documentary

Downtown Library screens classic campaign documentary

The 1993 documentary The War Room captures a transitional moment, not only in American politics, but also in popular media. Shot during Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential campaign, by Chris Hedegus and legendary documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (of Bob Dylan’s Dont Look Back fame), the film is a snapshot of the US political sphere, taking place […]