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.
It's difficult to suggest that an album successfully replicates a specific era of bygone music without the implicit suggestion that it's some sort of pale imitation. No matter how good it may be, that its influences are worn so proudly on the sleeve can often suggest a lack of creativity.
RVA Noise Fest II, Day One
Friday, April 26 at Sound Of Music
Last year, the RVA Noise Fest consisted of two days at Strange Matter, and featured a who’s who of everything that no square would ever give a chance. Good thing RVA is a hotbed of the hip.
The 2nd Annual MidAtlantic Beard and ‘Stache Championships, hosted by the RVA Beard League, made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and out. Held at the Canal Club on Saturday April 27, the event drew a crowd of over 700, with 212 competitors.
Stephen Frost is a musical man of many hats. The first song on his website, “Fire & Ice,” is an electronic dance-pop song that hits on par with any top 40 radio hit of today. This may throw some listeners astray, but if you decide to skip to the next song in hopes of something different, you will be gladly rewarded with “This Is A Cry For Help”, a folky, poppy song about trying to take a girl home.
On Tuesday, May 7, Chicago's Moonrises will be playing live at Steady Sounds. Fasten your Van Allen belt. On their second LP, Frozen Altars, Moonrises effortlessly imagines a unique flight path for their gravity-defying, spellbinding space-rock.