RVA postpunk sensations Dead Fame just finished up a session with local producer/guitarist Pedro Aida (Fun Size/River City High), and we've got the premiere of one of their new tracks, "My Body, My Fo
One of the coolest things about the Richmond music scene is the deep-rooted respect that many musicians have for one another. I was honored to have Matt Taylor from Motion City Soundtrack produce the last set of Goldrush recordings. When we were taking breaks from recordings, we could chat about the Richmond scene and share our mutual respect for many of the key players, one of whom is Jonathan Sullivan of Kid Is Qual.
A festival that has been going strong for eight years provides the perfect excuse to pull old friends out of the woodwork for a night of musical bliss.
Trey Cutrell has been an important player in the music scene for some time now. Between his efforts in both Palominos and his latest project, My Old Ways, Trey has had the opportunity to grace many stages in the city and around the nation. Ghost of Pop 8 will feature a performance from My Old Ways.
I won’t lie--I’m a latecomer when it comes to Herro Sugar. I read the feature in the magazine and listened to their recently released EP, Smoking General Kills Sturgeon. I was quite impressed.
It’s sad to note the relative lack of women musicians in today's music scene. Sure, pop princesses dominate the mainstream spotlight, but in rock music, men have long been the majority. So whenever a female musician comes out with something decent, it gives me hope. Musicians like Fiona Apple and St. Vincent have proved that girls can still rock.
You guys are in for a treat this week--one of my personal favorite indie-rock bands of the past two decades, Nada Surf, is bringing their excellent emotionally-driven alternative rock to the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, December 11. First achieving fame with their hit single "Popular," off their 1996 debut album High/Low, Nada Surf survived the alt-rock implosion of the late 90s and emerged during the past decade as one of the most consistent indie rock groups on the scene.
It had been a while since I'd seen a quality noise show. Never having seen Deerhoof before, i was very excited to finally get a chance to hear the eclectic indie-rockers in person.
2012 has been a momentous year for White Laces. With a prolific set of releases and growing reputation for their live performances, they've put all of their cards on the table and it’s working wonders for the band. “Heavy Nights,” the second video released from their debut full-length, Moves, on Speakertree Records, proves to be a proper assessment of the song’s subject matter, while also engaging the viewer in a vignette from the group’s past.
Nelly Kate and Dave Watkins weren't the only local musicians to participate in 1708 Gallery's 2012 edition of InLight Richmond. Local power-pop heroes The Trillions were on the scene as well, and they made themselves and their music the triggers for the extensive light display that they set up onstage.
90s-era space-rock cult heroes FUXA (pronounced fyoo-sha, like the color) have recently returned from a several-year absence with a new album, Electric Sounds Of Summer (Rocket Girl Records), and a US tour that brings them to Strange Matter this Wednesday night!
RVA Magazine is proud to present the world premiere of the latest video from The Trillions. "Ctrl-X Ctrl-V" (aka "Cut And Paste") is the second single from the RVA indie-rock band's debut full-length, Tritones, released earlier this year on Worthless Junk Records.
RVA residents who are aware of MAD Dragon Records and Motion City Soundtrack's collaborative series of EPs, collectively known as Making Moves, have no doubt heard about it mainly in connection with Volume 4 in the series, which features Richmond's own classically-infused power-pop quartet, Goldrush. However, there are 5 other volumes in the series, and with today's release of Volume 6 in the Making Moves series, Motion City Soundtrack finally gets to contribute their own voice to the series that they've curated over the course of the past six months.
Here's a seasonally-appropriate set of jams by RVA's favorite avant-garde indie-jazz quintet, Glows In The Dark. Recorded live back in 2010, it was released this week in honor of the holiday.
Blacksburg's Wild Nothing just released a great new video for the song "Paradise," from their latest album, Nocturne. The video stars actress Michelle Williams, whom you may remember from Brokeback Mountain, Shutter Island, or, um, Dawson's Creek (what is it about her and things named after geographical locations?).
If you’ve talked to anyone who regularly sees live local music, one name seems to come up quite a bit. The self-declared cabin-fi acid surf outfit Warren Hixson has left quite the impression on everyone. It could be seen early on that the group had promise when they astounded WRIR listeners during their live performance on Paul’s Boutique.
The supposed year of our Earth’s demise has proven to be a fruitful one for Goldrush. In linking up with MAD Dragon Records, they have achieved prominence beyond the local level, and they’re all the merrier for it. Between their upcoming 7 inch vinyl EP and their frequent recent tours, Goldrush are yet another of the many Richmond bands that have brought positive attention to our local scene. “We've met a lot of bands on the road that are constantly asking about coming to play in Richmond because we describe it with such fondness,” says Goldrush frontman Prabir Mehta.
You have to hand it to Big East. Picking up right where Amazing Ghost left off, the Richmond-based group really seem to be setting their sights for greatness early in the game. With the release of Fone Store Volume One on 10K Islands, Edward Prendergast and company are showing off quite a few chops.
Before I made my way to The National last Saturday, I dropped by the Richmond Folk Festival to catch the festivities. It was a good time until one particular moment--a friend of mine had run into an acquaintance that provided him with a stack of tickets to the Jens Lekman show. It turned out that Lekman’s appearance at The National had undersold tremendously. This bothered me as a fan. It also bothered me in terms of whether Lekman would ever return to Richmond ever again. That was when my newfound mission dawned on me.
Herro Sugar have been generating quite the buzz around the RVA indie rock scene lately. Their catchy indie rock tunes and tight live performances win over new fans on a regular basis. They are clearly a band on the rise--which makes their young ages all the more noteworthy. “We’re all going to be juniors in high school when school starts,” they inform me recently, collectively responding by email to my barrage of questions. Lead guitarist Tristan Fisher recently turned 17, while the other members of the band--singer/guitarist Jack Mayock, bassist Noma Illmensee, and drummer Jack Oliver--are all 16. Taking inspiration from “a collective love of Wilco and The Smiths,” early 2000s garage rock revival groups like The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and of course, plenty of local music (they cite The Trillions, Black Girls, White Laces, and The Milkstains as local favorites), Herro Sugar have integrated their influences into a strong, original sound that is quick to capture the attention of listeners.