Charles Bradley wears his soul on his sleeve. The next rising star at Daptone Records has found his place in the spotlight, but he's going to be humble about it. The road for Charles Bradley was not without its trials and tribulations. The man has, to put it lightly, overcome some hardships. But with his faith and his perseverance, Bradley kept going long beyond the point when others would curse the world and give up. The man oozes his emotions from his skin, displaying both his struggles and his inner strength. The coolest part: he makes you feel like you can do it, too.
Virginia resident, photographer, video director, and man-about-town Richard Perkins has released a new zine entitled Titanic. The 32-page zine of new photographs was released last month by Blood of the Young Zine, an independent publishing house based in Toronto.
This weekend will mark the first year of the Virginia Burlesque and Sideshow Festival, a weekend-long event featuring panels, a film viewing, and performers from around the world. The festival will combine entertainment with historical education about the Burlesque arts.
This Friday at Friday Cheers on Brown's Island, RVA's own Black Girls is opening for Seattle alt-folk sensations The Head and the Heart. This is not the first encounter that Black Girls, who've spent the past few years earning a huge bear hug from the Richmond music scene with their soulful indie sound (nicknamed "snuff rock"), have had with The Head And The Heart. In March of 2012, they opened for The Head and the Heart on a month-long leg of their full United States tour.
Just because it's not a three-day weekend doesn't mean there won't be a ton of excellent stuff going on this weekend that everyone can enjoy. From punk, metal, and female-powered country to an anniversary party at Hadad's Lake for two of Richmond's premier establishments, there is plenty going on to make this weekend awesome. So rest up from last week's debauchery while you can--there's much more to come!
Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to dance? Australian combo Cut Copy are bringing the party to the Jefferson Theater next week, and you are all invited! This quartet's incredible mixture of synth waves, banging beats, and catchy choruses combines everything you love about 80s Anglophile pop and modern EDM into an unstoppable wave of dance power.
Saturday, June 1, 10 p.m.
The Resignators, Bucket, Hotel X @ Strange Matter - $10/18+
Holy City of Monuments! Look who is back in town! Tonight will be a big time homecoming for ex-Richmonder Steve Douglas.
A clash of childhood dreams and the reality of adulthood takes place in every image that Dave MacDowell produces. Battles between ideals, icons, and wild drugged-out scenarios fill in his canvases, and it can be disturbing. But his paintings are more statements than resolutions; they present no particular message, merely offering a glimpse into the madness that comes from being alive in a media driven, consumer driven world. We spoke to Dave recently and got a glimpse into his own personal madness.
"Indie rock royalty" is a phrase thrown around about a lot of bands these days. Whether it be in an album review, a press release, or by some overzealous fans, the term is pretty widespread, and almost meaningless by now. It also makes it extremely hard to distinguish those bands that truly do stand above all the rest. Getting a consensus of those bands that truly deserve the honor of being labeled "indie rock royalty" might be as difficult as finding a mass amount of people willing to admit they're fans of Creed. But I think there are a few bands out there that the music community would be in complete agreement on for this.
The first immediately noticeable facet of anything involving Mark Lanegan is the voice at the songs' core – the disconsolate yet stoic rasp, granite hard yet frayed as an old blanket. His voice's raggedness, sounding half fallen apart and half adhered only through stubborn force of will, anchors the music that underpins it, in whatever form that may take.