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Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes (right) promises that things will get interesting (a likely understatement) when he takes the stage with his band at the Jefferson on Thursday.
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Kevin Barnes fronts of Montreal with dramatic flair

Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes is officially off the grid. After two weeks and about a half dozen phone calls, the only response I could get from the avant garde indie rocker was his odd outgoing voicemail message—an eerie instrumental tune—and apologies from his publicist that he had “no service at the place he is staying.” […]

Inspired by a long-time love for making things in the kitchen, Christine Riggleman recently began crafting spirits and opened Silverback Distillery on Route 151. Rammelkamp Foto

New craft beverage maker breaks the mold on 151

Christine Riggleman wanted to start a business on her family’s land off Route 151. An avid home cook, she figured it would make sense to open a restaurant. She wanted to complement the craft breweries and cideries already flowing up and down the highway. But she had friends in restaurants who advised against going into […]

Playing it fast and loud, Greensky Bluegrass turns the tables on the genre’s traditional approach at the Jefferson. “I think a big chunk of multiple generations sort of stumbled on bluegrass…through Jerry Garcia,” said dobro player Anders Beck. Photo credit: Chris Monoghan

Greensky Bluegrass looks to break barriers with modern approach

The contentious divide between traditional bluegrass and progressive bluegrass is manufactured, according to Anders Beck, dobro virtuoso for the dogged newgrass outfit Greensky Bluegrass. “I feel like that argument is more perpetuated by people that just want to talk about it than people who really feel that way,” Beck told C-VILLE Weekly. “It’s almost like […]

Yonder Mountain String Band plays in Charlottesville for the first time since founding member Jeff Austin left the band in April. Photo credit: Jay Blakesberg

Yonder Mountain String Band looks ahead to new record

Yonder Mountain String Band hasn’t produced a full-length record since 2009. It’s the longest stretch that the band’s gone without an LP since it formed in 1998. If that news isn’t bad enough for fans, now this: Founding member, mandolin player and vocalist Jeff Austin split with YMSB in April. When Yonder plays the Jefferson […]

Bob Log III takes the live experience to outlandish places through costume rigging
and audience engagement. “I am trying to create this room full of people going apeshit,”
said the one-man party band. Publicity photo

Bob Log III cranks up the wacky concert antics

You get the feeling that 44-year-old Bob Log III is still figuring things out as he goes, a sci-fi time traveler reborn every few minutes to turn things upside-down all over again. The neo-bluesman has been making music professionally for more than 20 years, but every word out of his mouth still comes off as […]

Following a gig at the Southern on Friday, punk groundbreakers Against Me! will stop by Champion Brewing Company to quaff some Black Me (St)out, a beer they concocted with brewer Hunter Smith. Publicity photo

What do punk rockers and craft brewers have in common?

It all started with a punk kid’s tweet. Alterna-rockers Against Me! had heard about friends in NOFX working with C’ville-based Champion Brewing Company on a collaboration beer. Guitarist James Bowman, doing some recording with Mike Burkett (aka Fat Mike) of NOFX, tried the beer and tweeted at Champion brew master Hunter Smith that he liked […]