It can be frustrating for a listener when a band articulates a vision for their work that they can't bring to fruition. Such was the case with the early years of Across Tundras, a Nashville by way of Colorado band whose initial albums were comprised of equal parts doomy dirge and expansive americana desert music. The idea behind these albums was a solid one, but the songs themselves were often marred by undeveloped songwriting and murky recordings that undermined what power the songs did contain.
RVA Noise Fest II, Day Three
Sunday, April 28 at The Nile
Picking back up from our previous installment of RVA Noise Fest coverage, day three (sadly I missed day 2) took place at the Nile Ethiopian restaurant on Sunday, April 28th. I have seen shows there before, and it seems to pick up on the anything goes vibe that was of old Richmond venue Nara Japanese Sushi, which is now the uptown City Dogs.
Check out this wonderful set of photos by Mike Brodie. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, so I imagine there is a part of everyone that would love to join these kids and live on their own terms.
On Wednesday, May 1, Maryland stoner-rock pioneers Clutch kicked off the second leg of their Earth Rocker Tour at The National, and multiple members of the RVA Magazine staff were in attendance. Released back in March, Earth Rocker is Clutch's tenth album, and Clutch brought the rock fury at The National in fine fashion.
Louisville's underground music scene was a hotbed of creativity in the early 90s. Not only did it produce some great hardcore bands who moved that genre in a positive direction (Endpoint, Falling Forward, Kinghorse, etc.), it was also home to quite a few more experimental bands whose work ended up playing a crucial role in the development of math-rock and post-rock.
Summer has finally arrived, at least in terms of classes officially being over. You've worked hard this year, you've endured school, work, and two extra weeks of cold weather, so you deserve to treat yourself to some fun.
It's actually addressed to city council and the mayor's office, but I guess it was intended as an open letter-style press release. The upshot is that they hate the proposal for a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom. I'm not sure how I feel about it either, but my first reaction to this email was to think, "Wow, this is really over-the-top." And that was after one sentence.
All you fans of heartfelt American music better pay attention, because this giveaway is for you. Son Volt, the band Jay Farrar's been leading off and on for nearly two decades, is coming to Washington DC, and we've got a pair of tickets that you can win!
We've already let you know a bit about Science Team, the zany sci-fi/horror film from some of the people that brought you locally produced cult hit The Taint. The filmmakers have been raising funds on indiegogo in order to defray production costs, and with the deadline for the indiegogo campaign arriving this Saturday, the filmmakers are throwing a party at brand new Carytown restaurant Portrait House to bring in some additional donations and have a good time.