Hey everyone! Just finished a new mix...this one's a departure in style for me. It's mostly what's being called "swing house" or "electro swing" I received my first exposure to this music from the good peeps at PLF http://plf.podomatic.com and my girl Memory http://www.memory-movement.com and have REALLY been enjoying it. I hope you'll enjoy it too :)
Photos from the sold out show at The National in Richmond, VA by Todd Raviotta. Special thanks to Head And The Heart drummer Tyler for getting us press photos. They put on an amazing show...
Midnight Soulstice is a Richmond Soul and Funk radio show, hosted by Mr. Felty & DJ Pari, featuring guest artists and DJs.The show airs every Friday from 11pm-1am EST. Listen live at 97.3fm or WRIR.org
Here's some pretty ferocious metal for all of you out there who constantly clamor for all things heavy and brutal. Christian Mistress are not a totally new band, but they've been getting a lot of buzz based on the strength of their second LP and Relapse Records debut, Possession. The first video from the album is for their song "Pentagram And Crucifix," and it displays all of their strengths in one excellent four-minute clip.
This is like a blast from the past, in more ways than one. Blacksburg's The Black Twig Pickers play old-time music straight out of the woods, swamps, and hollows of Virginia, keeping a traditional style that dates back over a century alive in the living, breathing present. Fans of bluegrass, alt-country, and all sorts of old-time music will really enjoy what's in store here. But there's more to it than that. You see, Mike Gangloff (fiddle) and Nathan Bowles (banjo) are also members of Pelt, a long-running experimental underground group from right here in RVA.
Long Jawns & Billy The Gent of Audio Ammo have been invited to share the stage with some of the biggest names in EDM this weekend at Moombahton Massive. Check out the mix and if you are lucky enough to be in Miami, go to the show!
When we last checked in on the shape-shifting, convention-defying, mighty, musical mystery that is Datura Blues, we had been shaken by the seismic sonics emanating from their Pacific Northwest locale, shaken in particular by their commanding EP entitled Damn These Shackles of Gravity! At the time, we were at a loss to properly describe the collective’s controlled chaos – moving as nimbly as it does from moment to moment within song after song, never resting in one area too long, as if its sound is propelled not only by amplification, but also by the fear of becoming sonically complacent, a fear the band keeps at bay with absurd consistency.
In the nascent years of most artists' development, the tendency is to define one's aesthetic through direct homage to predecessors. Some subsequently refine their sound into something more individual, some act as a passable tribute, and some remain mired in mediocrity. But it's extremely heartening when an artist's initial offerings can possess an assured unwillingness to remain blatantly beholden to their influences. Such is the case with Atwater, the debut release from Clint Heidorn, an album that is laden with familiar aesthetic signifiers and sonic reference points, but none so direct that they would align the album too squarely with any other artist's work.
In a tale that has been relayed my way on several occasions, The Men played a show at Strange Matter after the RVA Music Fest last September. A majority of the concertgoers from the festival were a bit too exhausted to make it. It could have been the long day of music endured, or the Okkervil River/Wye Oak show that was happening at the National. It could have even been the amount everyone had to drink. Despite this, The Men destroyed it that evening and proved to the relatively small audience that they are one of the best bands to emerge from Brooklyn in recent memory.
Upon meeting Bryan Reyes, drummer for Silo Effect, the awkward grin and hello I dished out was countered warmly with a hug and smile. His talent for drums preceeded him and at the time I didn't know I'd be interviewing him, but the first impression was certainly disarming. After some word of mouth about the band, some brushing up on their youtube videos, and a quick peak at siloeffect.com, I took the opportunity to learn more about Bryan, the band, and where they see themselves as musicians in the future.
Greetings! This is Sarah from Sounds of RVA, and welcome to my new column here at RVA Mag. Each week I will fill this space with upcoming releases and shows to look out for, new videos, hot tracks, interviews with RVA bands, and show photos. Basically, I'm saving some of the sweetest stuff to release on RVA Mag, so check back weekly.
The award for show of the year so far goes to The Casualties at Strange Matter. How often does Every. Single. Band. At one show kick so much ass? Everyone was absolutely on point tonight and I've got nothing shitty to say about anything! Hurray.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day EDM fam! Finally, after two reclusive weeks, the site is back up and the Bass Bulletin has returned to RVAmag. Perfect timing with some big news and much to catch up on with you all.
Todd Raviotta's been taking his camera to a lot of awesome happenings around RVA lately, and all of us have been the benificiary! Most recently, he hit up Gallery 5 on Wednesday, March 7 to catch local indie rock buzz bands The Trillions and Canary Oh Canary, who split the bill with two hot young Northeastern bands: Brooklyn's Happy New Year, and Philly's Cheers Elephant.
A new favorite trend to behold when March arrives: bands that are venturing to Austin, Texas for SXSW dropping by Richmond on their way there. This was the situation that allowed the stars to align and bring Titus Andronicus together on the same bill with Screaming Females. These New Jersey rock sensations showed a varied approach to their particular sounds.
Cold Cuts is back, and we're not talkin your mom's lunch meat! Long and Doddie return to NY Deli with more bass, bangers and that thing kids these days like to call, "swaggggggg." Don't miss out!
There are those who believe that heaven isn’t too far away, that heaven is the whole of the heart, that heaven is a place on earth, perhaps purchased by a Lady who's sure all that glitters is gold. And then there is The Band In Heaven. How heavenly you find the sounds of The Band in Heaven is directly proportional to your belief in the healing power of hooks both sleazy and sludgy, buried but breathing beneath mountains of steady beats and screaming guitars.