A couple of years ago, RJD2 dropped into the Canal Club to rock the place with a DJ set that blew the place away. At a time when a lot of DJs are content to stand behind a laptop pressing buttons, RJD2 kept the party rocking in highly energetic fashion by working four turntables at once, flipping from crossfaders to stacks of LPs and never standing still during his entire performance.
Since 2004, south Florida troublemaker Rat Bastard has been inviting noise acts, experiment freaks and guitar butchers from all over America to come to Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, where he books three days of shows at Churchill's Pub, dubbed the International Noise Conference.
The sun beats down and the sound of sizzling overruns a crowd of thousands. It isn’t the sound of the people cooking under the heat of this 90 degree Sunday afternoon, either--it's the sound of bacon. Richmond kicked of its first annual Bacon Festival on Sunday, June 9 at the Richmond Farmers’ Market with an overwhelming crowd turnout.
No artist has been as ubiquitous or as culturally pervasive in the last decade as Kanye West. Whether he’s riling the ire of teen pop stars or the president, Mr. West continually pushes the boundaries of pop culture with his unique ability to crystallize the zeitgeist of the moment in maximalist statement after maximalist statement, filtering the emerging movements of the underground into documents of mass consumption that steer the taste and sound of the mainstream for years to come.
Kimberly Frost started out as a painter but soon moved into photography, a world where her talents have truly stood out. Specializing in fashion photography as well as still life and portrait work, she received attention for her work with Need Supply Co, producing memorable lookbooks for the company and helping establish them as an international brand. Her work has appeared in TimeOut New York, Burial Magazine, Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine, and many more.
Are you picking up on the hype for the new Kanye West album? If you're aware of pop culture enough to be reading this website, we don't know how you could miss it. And if you haven't missed it, then surely you've heard about the projections of Kanye's face, accompanied by public playbacks of selections from his new album, Yeezus, which have been taking place in cities around the world over the past couple of weeks. Well, guess what? Tonight, projections of Kanye's face will make their home in RVA.
On Tuesday, June 18, Tigers Jaw will be playing their last Virginia show ever at The Camel. Back in March, the emo/indie rock band from Scranton, Pennsylvania announced that three of its members were quitting the band. However, instead of spontaneously disappearing from the scene, the remaining band members are opting to give fans a proper farewell.
By Mark Andrew Smith and James Stokoe (sullivanssluggers.bigcartel.com)
It's sad when a great project is tainted by an unfortunate series of events. Much like the plot line of Mark Andrew Smith's and James Stokoe's Sullivan's Sluggers, the Kickstarter debacle that's followed has been like watching a slaughter in slow motion.
The fifth album from Virginia Beach metalheads Arsis shows the quartet in top form. Recent lineup shakeups might be a concern for some bands, but this has always been singer/guitarist James Malone's show, and he's got things under control, dishing out another helping of the group's stock in trade--excellent technical death metal. (AN)
The rest of the record reviews from the new issue (all 23 of them!) are after the jump.
DJ Ragz knows his stuff. An accomplished turntablist with over 20 years of experience scratching and making beats, Ragz has represented underground hip hop on both coasts, and continues to do so at full force.