In less than two months, Shannon Cleary will be presenting the third annual installment of WRIR And The Commonwealth Of Notions Presents, the annual live music series in which he presents a variety of local bands that have caught his fancy over the past year. He's got big things planned for this year, so without further ado, here is Shannon to tell you all about it!
Everyone thinks of Memorial Day weekend as the awesome start to a fun-filled summer; the three-day weekend where you are obligated to go to a music festival, the beach, the mountains... just generally get out of town and have fun. It's almost like if you don't go out and have fun this weekend, you are branded as a boring stick-in-the-mud who's entire summer is going to be spent sitting on the couch eating Cheetos after work.
Thursday, May 23, 8 p.m.
of Montreal, Wild Moccasins @ Canal Club - $15/All Ages
I do love Athens, Gee Aye. This town full of dawgs has given us R.E.M, B-52’s, Lets Active, Widespread Panic, Herschel Walker and of Montreal.
Sara Bohannon has a graduate degree in poetry, and goes to a lot of local shows. She was writing show reviews for us for a while, until she got bored with the format. But recently she came up with a new spin on the old formula, so we hereby present the inaugural installment of Sara's haiku show review column, which we will hopefully be running every couple of weeks. Enjoy!
I recently ran across an image of the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing Shafer Court in the late 80s and followed the link to VintageRVA. This site is an absolute goldmine of Richmond history.
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.
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.
There are so many things going on this weekend, but you may want to find yourself wandering to Bogart's in the Fan on Cary Street on Saturday, 5/18. The Sounds of RVA Showcase @ Bogart's begins its first installment this week, and we couldn't be more stoked.
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.
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.
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 legendary Tokyo String Quartet is on its final tour after 43 prestigious seasons and over a hundred concerts worldwide each season. One of the quartet’s last U.S. stops will be here in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University’s W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday May 4 at 8 PM, in which they will perform pieces by historic composers, Beethoven, Bartók, and Mendelssohn.
This weekend marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of James Brown, the self-proclaimed Godfather of Soul. As such, this is a great weekend to celebrate the power of the soul by checking out some sweet local events, from the soul dance parties that will be going on throughout the weekend to the heart-warming Love Exhibition children's art show presented by Art 180. Whatever you do this weekend, remember to let loose and have fun!
Sunday, May 5, 10 p.m.
Ulan Bator, Caves Caverns, R-Complex, projections by Lord Candy Dish @ Strange Matter - $7/18+
Featuring members of the band Faust, the French band Ulan Bator are a journey into the third consciousness. This harsh heavy industrial rock band is one not to be missed.
There is a ton of awesome stuff happening this weekend in the lovely RVA, from instagram parties and punk shows to, well, other awesome shows! There's not too much going on on Saturday, but there's a lot of awesome stuff happening on Sunday, so come on out, support your local music scene, and see some awesome art and music. Awesome!
Sunday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Chris Corsano, Jason Lescalleet, Corsano-Lescalleet Duo @ Forinstance Gallery (107 E. Cary St.) - $7/All Ages
Although this isn’t officially part of the RVA Noise Fest, having Chris Corsano and Jason Lescalleet in Monroe Ward at Forinstance Gallery on day three of the RVA Noise Fest is a perfect combination.
With the run-up to Record Store Day this Saturday, we've been having a lot of conversations around the office about records we've loved over the years. The High Fidelity-style arguments that ensued inspired us to share some of our own top 5 lists with you--and we decided to get some local record store owners in on the fun.
I promised myself that this week I would not write a lame intro about the weather, because that's what I've been falling back on, week after week. But then I checked the weather and saw that the temperature this weekend was finally going to fall on an a nice moderate 70-75 degrees, a vast improvement over the hot-and-cold days we've been having for the past few weeks. So, here it is, another lame intro about the weather.
Friday, April 19, 9 p.m.
Sugarcube & EQ Produktions (Upstairs Live Bands) featuring See-I, The Polychrons, Antero, Hubble Bash; (Downstairs DJ Lounge) featuring Congo Sanchez, Reinhold, Akasha @ Canal Club - $12 Advance - http://sugarcube.eventbrite.com / $18 Door/18+
Holly smokes! And, I do mean smokes, of all kinds. Forget about all the destruction this date in history brings, let alone what seems to always happen this week in history. Let’s celebrate life and sure fire incredible music made for a lion.