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.
It’s no secret that VCU attracts kids from all over the state and beyond. The constant influx of new students keeps the local artistic community thriving, with new scenes popping up in the vicinity of the university campus all the time. One recent musical movement, known to some as the "art punk" scene, features bands who've applied the DIY principles of punk rock to a style that is far from the traditional punk sound.
Touring DIY theater project The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act is headed to Richmond. The show is the brainchild of Donna Oblongata, who, along with Patrick Costello, makes up Der Vorführeffekt Theatre (the name is a German idiom meaning "it works except when someone is watching"). Oblongata and Costello are the only two actors involved in the entire performance; they also designed and assembled all the sets used in the play.
Take the speed and aggression of 80’s punk, plus the gloom, doom, and fuzz of 70’s metal bands, and bless it in the blood of a virgin sacrifice to Lucifer. The result is Satan’s Satyrs, a three-piece metal band based in Herndon, Virginia, who will be bringing their blasphemous onslaught to Strange Matter on Tuesday, May 28.
The Stone Soul Music and Food Festival, which bills itself as Richmond’s “largest R&B, Gospel and Hip Hop festival,” is back, taking place this year on Saturday, June 1st 2013. This year will mark the ninth annual occurrence of this local event, which is presented by Radio One.
There was a time when a listener could purchase anything affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan without worrying whether the level of quality would hold up to that of their larger body of work. For several years after their inception, the group's output, alongside that of its component members and collaborators, defined itself by experimental tendencies and raw darkness unparalleled in anything that was going on in hip hop, especially the genre's more popular strata.