On June 11, Strange Matter will be visited by Iceage and Lower. Both of these punk bands hail from Denmark, and are touring much of the United States together.
It can be interesting to observe the manner in which certain strains of throwback aesthetics can evolve past their literalist boundaries into something more soundly realized and less regressive. For instance, the glut of 80s-style hardcore that popped up in the early aughts was at first a welcome breath of fresh air in a scene that was becoming ever more aligned with increasingly commercial metalcore and youth crew that seemed to get dumber and more regressive with the year.
Science Team, the feature length indie horror film from some of the makers of The Taint, is looking for extras. The filmmakers are shooting right here in Richmond, and if you're free this weekend, you could be part of the fun!
North Carolina indie rocker Darwin Deez will be playing Strange Matter on Saturday June 8th. His Richmond performance will conclude a brief nine-day stint on the road touring behind his second album, Songs For Imaginative People, which was released earlier this year by Lucky Number Music. These will be the last few shows Deez will be playing this summer in the US before playing a handful of festivals abroad in the UK and in Australia.
Dreamscapes: Art and Design, a group exhibition featuring work by fine and decorative artists with a surrealist slant, opens at Ghostprint Gallery on Thursday, June 6th. The aim of surrealism, as described by Andre Breton in the first Surrealist Manifesto, was “the future resolution of ... dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality.” To this end, surrealist works often incorporate bizarre juxtapositions between objects that seemingly have no relationship to each other.
Dust off your bow ties and prepare to get classy for the 11th Annual Moonlight Magic presented by Hunton & Williams, Saturday June 8 at James River Cellars. “We offer wine tastings, craft beer donated by Lost Rhino Brewery, and a whole catered dinner,” said Lauren Kiger, Assistant Director of Development Events for the Massey Cancer Center.
Here it is, folks--your chance to catch an indie star on the rise. Already the pride of the LA music scene, Local Natives have been making waves all over the USA with the release earlier this year of their second LP, Hummingbird, which reached #12 on the Billboard album charts.
It may be getting hotter and hotter outside by the minute, but Richmond refuses to slow down, and in fact retaliates by having more and more awesome events as the summer drags on. There is plenty of fun stuff going on this weekend, from brutal metal shows and bacon festivals to First Fridays art openings, punk shows, and old-school soul dance parties. So read bellow, check out our calendar, and get out there!
I’ll admit I kind of freaked out when I found out I’d have the chance to interview Nile when they played at Kingdom in March. I’ve been a fan forever, especially in my high school days when I swore a very heavy allegiance to death metal and listened to almost nothing else. These days, I listen to all manner of punk, metal, and other forms of music, but there is something about the mysticism of Nile’s lyrical concepts and the melodic brutality of their music, juxtaposed with their goofy physical appearances and demeanor, that make me feel like a giggling sixteen-year-old again.
Thursday, June 6, 5 p.m.
Andrew W.K., Strike the Chord and Burn, Of Want and Misery @ Kingdom - $16/All Ages
Andrew W.K. is bigger than ever, and to have this man draped in white appearing in the intimate confines of Kingdom has the makings of a strong and solid evening. Andrew Wilkes-Krier, aka Andrew W.K., is an immensely talented musician and vocalist who took over the world 12 years ago.