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Experts abound at the Virginia Festival of the Book

Experts abound at the Virginia Festival of the Book

Author John Casteen IV steps out to read from his latest book, For the Mountain Laurel, on Wednesday as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. (Photo by Ashley Twiggs) What do a basketball legend, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, a bestselling novelist, an acclaimed Mexican poet, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning climatologist and an African […]

The Bridge and Light House add some flair to Oscar week

The Bridge and Light House add some flair to Oscar week

 Trying for an edgier, hipper vibe, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences enlisted young whippersnappers James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host last year’s Academy Awards. They were likely hoping that Franco would jump into his co-hosting duties with the same gusto as his Best Actor-nominated character in 127 Hours. Instead he “treated […]

For those of you about to rock (WTJU salutes you)

For those of you about to rock (WTJU salutes you)

Russell Perry remembers WTJU’s first rock marathon. “We were raising money to change the signal from mono to stereo,” the former DJ told us. “After raising the money and making the improvements, we switched over to stereo with great fanfare and inaugurated our new status by playing ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ It didn’t seem like such […]

Zap McConnell ties it all together in "The Unearthing"

Zap McConnell ties it all together in "The Unearthing"

"The Unearthing” started with some digging. Last spring, while local activist and artistic educator extraordinaire Zap McConnell was in California for a dance production, she happened to be doing some research on mountain top removal. On the website Ilovemountains.org, she typed in her zip code and uncovered the fact that much of Charlottesville’s power comes […]

Local indie rockers expand their reach

Local indie rockers expand their reach

Adam Smith might be best known as front man of local rock group Invisible Hand, but he’s never short on other musical outlets, from the unpredictable sonic explorations of side projects like Great Dads and Articulate Chewbacca and his frequent DJ gigs, to his time as The Bridge/PAI’s first music coordinator and a member of […]

The Hill and Wood; The Hill and Wood; Self-released

The Hill and Wood; The Hill and Wood; Self-released

The Hill and Wood may be named after a funeral home, but one would be hard-pressed to find a dead note on the band’s self-titled debut. Melodically, lyrically and symphonically, this album is thoroughly alive.  The Hill and Wood releases its self-titled album on Friday, November 11 at the Haven, with frontman Sam Bush supported by an outfit of […]

E-ville Fuzz; 6 Day Bender; Self-released

E-ville Fuzz; 6 Day Bender; Self-released

When I first encountered the musical energy that would become 6 Day Bender’s 2008 self-titled debut, the boys were perched atop a booth at the Virginian on a lazy fall night, strumming their acoustic guitars and crooning for anyone within earshot. Barely a few steps off of Mr. Jefferson’s turf, from where frontmen Clayton Avent […]

Alpha Centauri EP; Corsair

Alpha Centauri EP; Corsair

Combine Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and Robert Heinlein and you get Corsair, one of the most rocking bands in town. The Sabbath part makes perfect sense, as the band originally spawned from the annual local tribute act, Mass Sabbath. A nod to Thin Lizzy isn’t hard either, since guitarists Marie Landragin and Paul Sebring play […]

From The Inside; Tim Be Told

From The Inside; Tim Be Told

Is this the new sound of Charlottesville? This summer Sparky’s Fl—er, Parachute—hit it big with a mix of modern-pop and blued-eyed almost-soul, and now we’ve got Tim Be Told, another batch of recent University of Virginia grads, serving up a similar mix of smooth keys, guitars and Mayer-esque, teenage-heart-melting vocals on From the Inside. The […]

Losing Sleep; Parachute; Mercury/Island/Def Jam

Losing Sleep; Parachute; Mercury/Island/Def Jam

“The lights go down in Brooklyn,” sings Will Anderson at the opening of Parachute’s debut album, Losing Sleep. Right now I’m sitting in my Brooklyn apartment, the lights are down, and I’m losing sleep trying to write this review. Parachute’s debut: Something to lose sleep over? Do I take the newsy approach, talking about the […]

No missing out

No missing out

A four-day blur of tacos, sun, Lone Star beer, pizza and—of course—bands. That’s the short and easy description of my trip to the annual four-day live music orgy known as South By Southwest. Destination: South By Southwest Music and Media Conference Location: Austin, Texas Distance from Charlottesville: 1,403 miles Dates for 2009 festival: March 18-22 […]

Slanted and enchanted

Slanted and enchanted

More: A C-VILLE soundtrackRecords in heavy rotation during my time at C-VILLE Music for me has always been about the ecstatic moments, when the wavelengths seem to align and something profound jolts through your mind and body. In those brief seconds, nothing else matters. Some epiphany, connection or passion reigns supreme, and, embracing that, you […]