Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for a funky good time? See-I, a long-running reggae band from Washington DC, will be bringing an amazing reggae/funk experience to The Canal Club this Saturday night.
Unfortunate though it may be, if I had a nickel for every time I could describe a punk or hardcore band as possessing a distinct approach, I'd barely have enough for a packet of Ramen. This isn't to say that distinction renders a band wholly unique (nothing exists in a vacuum after all) or that output marked by easy comparison to other artists' work is an inherently bad thing (plenty of amazing bands sounded like some really great amalgam of one or two other things), but the number of bands in any of punk's associated sub-genres that can't be described by easy comparison to some other act becomes increasingly scant as the years go on.
The lineup of the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q has hit the internet, and it's looking like the best one yet for this outstanding summertime event combining metal, barbecue, hot sun, and tons of blood and guts! Our mighty metal alien overlords of GWAR spare no expense to bring us an amazing show every summer by the manmade shores of lovely Hadad's Lake, and if you've had a great time at editions of past years, this year's edition will positively make your head explode!
Brazilian DJ Hugo Castellan, aka Darth & Vader, has been taking the electronic music world by storm over the last few years with his electro-house/dubstep hybrid sound, most famously on his track "Return Of the Jedi." Coming from a rock n roll background, Darth & Vader brings a heavy, headbanging sensibility to his productions, and he'll be cranking the bass and lowering the boom on RVA when he performs this Thursday at Kingdom as part of the inaugural Laserface party, presented by BADASS Raves, the Party Liberation Front, and RVA Magazine.
"Mo' money, mo' problems." Hip hop legend Notorious BIG once said it, and the Public Art Commission are finding out just how true it is. I walked into their most recent meeting and found the group in disarray.
We live in an age of social media. Online platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr have become our ephemeral bookmarks, giving each of us a voice on the internet. People can use these platforms to plan events, protest a cause, and for dating. However, VCU sociology, film, and photography major Mark Strandquist has found a novel way to connect people in a more permanent way--without the internet.
The latest incarnation of COC is a return to their best lineup (the late 80s Animosity trio), and it synthesises the best aspects of their many different sounds over the years. Switching between thick, sludgy riffing and uptempo crossover thrash, this 5-song EP should satisfy COC fans of all eras. (AN)
The rest of the record reviews from the new issue (all 23 of them!) are after the jump.
The idea of bands scoring silent films is not a new idea. Ever since I saw a cello quartet provide an eerie backing to the original Count Of Monte Cristo, I knew the potential for the successful pairing of silent film and music. Richmonder Jameson Price also sees this potential, and has taken it upon himself to make it happen in the form of his Silent Music Revival series.
Recently via a brief introductory video, Black Sabbath revealed 27 seconds of a new song and the artwork for their long-awaited new album featuring their original lineup (minus Bill Ward, plus Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine). Finding the video rather disappointing, I was discussing it with a friend and she commented that most of Sabbath's artwork was utter crap, with the exception being Heaven and Hell's smoking angels (which isn't even from the Ozzy era). I thought, “That can't be true,” and set off to reexamine the situation.
Richmond’s Henley Street Theatre and the Richmond Shakespeare are excited to announce a merger that will bring the two renowned theatre production companies under one roof for a year-round romp of Shakespearean merriment. The two companies decided to make the move after two years of talk, beginning with their 2010-2011 co-production of The Winter’s Tale at Center Stage.