Lots of fresh tunes to compliment some gigantic announcements this week. Bonnaroo dropped a huge lineup with a healthy mix of genre. Radiohead, Phish, and the reincarnated Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining. The biggest surprise in my opinion on the lineup is the Beach Boys, who haven’t toured together in two decades! I mean, I’m most excited for Radiohead but you can bet that I won’t miss this chance to bridge a musical generation gap.
This Sunday at the Tobacco Company is the fourth Richmond Music Review. Anyone who has attended the previous three know that it is a great time, with local bands playing to showcase the musical sounds originating from Richmond. Brought to you by RVA Mag and Radio Rubber Room, this event will bring together several local and near-local bands for the night. And with no cover charge and $2 food and drink specials, Sunday at the Tobacco Company is going to be an explosion.
On Monday, February 6, the English dubstep DJ Rusko hit RVA with his month-long College Tour, which is still in progress, taking him all over the East Coast and Midwestern areas of the United States and Canada. Accompanying him were the Dutch DJ duo Bassjackers, as well as local support acts Beat Down The Kid and MAMMALS. And our own Sam Allen was on the scene as well, capturing photographic evidence of the chaos as it went down.
In the past year Richmond has been seeing two things that are supposed to be outdated, if not dead outright, flourishing and growing within the strange and unpredictable confines of the river city: cassette tapes and rock n' roll.
JEFF the Brotherhood may be the best thing rock music has going for it right now. There is finesse behind their live performance that comes from years of relentless touring, ambitious recording, and finding new homes for their quirky pop jams in the ears of new listeners everywhere. In what has now become a regular touring destination for the group, Richmond greeted the band with a wonderful showing of local support on the bill as well as a general enthusiasm to have them return so soon after their last visit.
Bobby La Beat hits the Deli for his monthly tour bringing the heat that he is known for as well as special guest James Nasty. Bass, bangers and original tracks are always in store as this seasoned vet holds it down for the Audio Ammo Crew.
The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals: a platform for those who shape our musical future. Two groups of 30 selected participants - producers, vocalists, DJs, instrumentalists, and all-round musical mavericks from all around the globe - come together in a new city each year for two weeks worth of recording sessions, lectures by musical luminaries, and unforgettable late night jams. Think of it as a private country club, reserved for the most daring and creative of musical minds.
Singer/guitarist Tonie Joy is a Baltimore music legend, having begun his career 25 years ago with the formation of Moss Icon. That group started out at the tail end of the first wave of American hardcore, but had soon branched out siginficantly from the restrictive boundaries of that genre, mixing Joy's complex single-note guitar riffs with singer Jonathan Vance's lengthy and dramatic vocal narratives. As one of the first punk bands to write songs that stretched past the ten-minute mark, Moss Icon were a divisive band, but in time, their place in history was cemented by the influence their groundbreaking albums, Lyburnum Wit's End Liberation Fly and It Disappears, had on underground music in the 90s and beyond. When Moss Icon broke up in the early 90s, Joy didn't slow down at all, starting a new, heavier but equally experimental and influential group, Universal Order Of Armageddon, and going on to play in other important bands such as Born Against, The Great Unraveling, and The Convocation Of. Throughout his long career, Joy's creative pace has never slowed. Now he brings his latest group, Slow Bull, to Richmond.
Marv's back with us, this mix is a nice hype mix from NYE. As always Marvin puts his all into it with lots of amazing heart felt deep and dirty bangers!
On Thursday, February 16th, 2012 international recording artists Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) are performing LIVE at The Camel, on tour in support of their debut album, Substantial & Marcus D are Bop Alloy. DMV area rapper Substantial, known for his recordings with legendary producer Nujabes, delivers smooth lyrics over the production of Seattle producer Marcus D. Richmond hip-hop heavy hitters Luggage, Ohbliv & Ahnnu will be rocking The Camel tonight alongside Bop Alloy. With the long awaited Sex, Drugs, and Rap album on the verge of release, you don't want to miss the Luggage dudes, Oxen and Ben FM, dropping some new hits. Ohbliv and Ahnnu from the CMLK clique do what they do best, spinning deep, underground, experimental tunes to get you hyped and tap that other 90% of the brain we don't use. The Richmond three day weekend starts tonight!
Limited Edition Luggage tees and Luggacy One Mixtape available at the show!
We are bouncing out of our seats after the announcement that pioneering dance phenomenon, Fatboy Slim will play an intimate club gig at everyone's favorite DC venue, the 9:30 Club! The electronic producer, whose music videos are symbolic of the 'good ol' MTV days' is set to invade the Washington, DC area in late March and we want you to be there!
Candy Hearts - Everything's Amazing And Nobody's Happy (Kind Of Like Records)
Let me start out by saying that any band who name their album after a quote from the brilliant comedian Louis CK wins major points from me. Before I ever listened to this album, I was predisposed toward liking it. And yet, even though I'd had my expectations raised by the awesomeness of their album title, Everything's Amazing And Nobody's Happy still went above and beyond anything I'd foreseen from it.
Last Wednesday, The Tungs joined The Dream Machine at The Republic and sonic-boomed for all in attendance. Hot off the UTR, Ink presses, The Dream Machine gave out several fresh tee's to wanting fans that came out in support of their new weekly gig. This week, Gypsy Healers and The Kindling Kind will be sharing the stage with Dream Machine and they will have more free tee's and gerat drink specials for those of you ballin on a budget. (EVENT PAGE)
Vermapyre/Ides Of Gemini – split LP (Magic Bullet Records)
The problem with split records is that, no matter how good the bands involved may be, one side tends to outdo the other. It's rare enough to find a split between two good bands, and exceedingly so to find one where both sides end up getting the same amount of play.
Last Thursday night, local rapper Joe Threat opened up for A$AP Rocky at The National. Playing for a packed house of local hip-hop heads, this was his chance to blow everyone away and take things to the next level. Well, as you may have heard by now, it didn't exactly go down like that.
It’s already been a tremendous year for Worthless Junk Records. With the releases of Black Girls’ new full-length, Hell Dragon, and the White Laces/Arches split seven-inch, you would think it’s about time to take a break. Think again.
Dope On Plastic got some killer pics from DUB101 RVA that happened last week.
The debut album by this Charlotte, NC, sextet (a quartet at the time of recording) immediately caught my attention due to the involvement of Evan Plante, a former Richmond resident who, during his time in RVA, made an impression on the local scene with his bands Forcefedglass and Light The Fuse And Run, among others [full disclosure: Evan played guitar in my band, Tri State Killing Spree, from early 1999 until late 2000]. However, those of you who come to this album expecting chaotic grindcore or uptempo post-hardcore rock n' roll might be a bit thrown by what you find.