Every month for nearly two years now, we've been joining with Radio Rubber Room to bring you the best in rockin' local sounds at the Tobacco Company! We call these monthly showcases the Richmond Music Review, and this Sunday marks the 19th installment of this always entertaining extravaganza.
Star Trek Into Darkness
(2013, dir. J.J. Abrams)
I never really connected with Star Trek as a kid. I grew up with a Luke Skywalker action figure firmly gripped in one chubby hand and Darth Vader hectoring him from the other. The schism between the two sci-fi camps, Wars vs Trek, has been joked on forever. For me, the dashing heroism, the witty (to an eight-year-old) banter and sense of adventure in the Star Wars films made the stilted pseudo-science committee-meeting blather of Trek seem like a roomful of nerds being nerdy just waiting for their next wedgie.
Local artist Norberto Gomez Jr.‘s latest exhibition, The Occult Nature of Style, will premiere at Gallery A with an opening reception on Thursday, May 16, from 5 to 9 PM. Gomez describes the opening reception as "an inter-geographic rite of style," and has asked patrons of the exhibit to come wearing black, preferring jeans and t-shirts.
Based out of Atlanta, painter and VCU alumnus Dane Jefferson has been working hard to bring his rough brush realism into the gallery world after a long layoff. He stopped by the RVA office on the way to his newest show, “An Ocean Narrative,” at Air & Eau Gallery in Orient, New York. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions.
The French duo Justice were kings of dance music for a time. But, in what must be a smack in the face for their (former?) fans, Justice has released a new live album, Access All Arenas that is so sub-par, it should be considered more of a tribute album to their former selves.
It's that magical time of year when all the VCU students who can't hack it in Richmond for the summer go home to their parents house, until the dorms re-open or their leases start in August. We jest--but seriously, it is kind of nice to be able to walk around the VCU area without being mobbed by oblivious students on cell phones.
Richmond (and Fredericksburg, and Brooklyn)'s own Highness released their debut album, Hold, this week, and for a limited time, it's available for free download at PureVolume.com. In light of each member's formidable musical history, it's easy to let their estimable pedigree become the measure by which the group is judged. However, the group prove on Hold that they are a force to be reckoned with in their own right.
Surely you've heard the rumors going around. No doubt you've wondered--is it really true? Can there really be a convention dedicated to adult entertainment occurring right here within our very own river city? Well, wonder no more, because we're here to confirm that the RVA Adult Expo will indeed be taking place only two weeks from now, on Saturday, June 1. Not only that, but we've got two tickets to give away to one lucky RVA Magazine reader!
Saturday, May 18, 5 p.m.
Titus Andronicus, So So Glos, The Ar-Kaics @ Strange Matter - $14/All Ages
Some of the best quality punk rock with a smidgen of indie will be on display on Grace Street tonight. New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus will shower us with their sharp as a knife sound, which is sure to pack the room.
Calling all RVA hip hop heads! It's been a while since we've done a giveaway for a local hip hop show, but we're making up for it in a big way with this one. Coming off the recent release of his twelfth mixtape, It's The World, this past December, Young Jeezy is bringing his thug motivation to The National next Friday, May 24.