It's the last weekend in March and the weather's still cold, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great events around town to fit in before Easter Sunday. From rap battles and dance parties to bluegrass and girl punk, there's something for everyone this weekend. Let's just hope another freak snowstorm doesn't spoil it.
Last Wednesday at The Republic, Radio Rubber Room presented an evening with The Dream Machine and The Kindling Kind - two bands whose development I’ve had a keen eye on over the last four years, notably the ever-solidifying rhythmic element of The Kindling Kind.
Monday, April 1, 8 p.m.
James River Benefit Concert featuring Black Girls, The Northerners, People's Blues of Richmond @ The Camel – Donations please - ALL PROCEEDS donated to the James River Park System and The Chesapeake Bay Foundation/18+
No April fool’s joke here. This event is as serious as a Belle Isle cleanup. What an incredible lineup--for an incredible cause.
In their everyday lives not many people are affected by international copyright law. When Marcus Hyde took the above photo in 2012, he never considered that it would one day be used by a pirate in another country.
As I walk into the Church of Abraham--a house in The Fan that serves as a show and practice space for local punk bands--to interview Sundials, one thing becomes abundantly clear. Despite their casual nature during conversation, their work ethic is anything but. With a seemingly endless assortment of releases under their belt and the growing acclaim of punk communities around the world, Sundials have been in constant forward motion since their beginning in the summer of 2009.
Henley Street Theater will be presenting William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar on March 28th at Gottwald Playhouse. The show’s Director, James Ricks, has set Shakespeare’s best known tragedy is in a contemporary world, presenting an exciting interpretation that grapples with the universal themes of betrayal, patriotism and honor, asking the question: Who decides what is best for their country?
New photos from our friend and photographer Nick Ghobashi.
Nestled in the back of a city neighborhood, next to a graveyard, this little slab of paradise gets its name from the nearby trail that leads to the beach. It's not really much of a beach, more like a lil sand on the shore of the river where you can have some fun, get chased by snakes and train kids, and swim in the sewage. Anyhow, thanks to some good dudes, the DIY spot is getting better every day, consisting mostly of concrete transitions, nowadays covered some lovely artwork. The following is a basic photo narrative of an afternoon at the beach. Pretty much every local ripper was present, and much fun ensued--minus the part where an 8 year old kid stole my phone.
After our post last week about a youtube video showing a fight between police and event attendees at the 10th annual Shamrock The Block festival, held March 16 on 18th St in Shockoe Bottom, a vigorous discussion erupted, both in the comments section of the article and on our facebook page.
Slutever is a two-piece punk rock band from Philadelphia comprised of Nicole Snyder and Rachel Gagliardi. Both play guitar, drums and sing interchangeably. Listening to Slutever is like taking a shot made up of equal parts Courtney Love, Beavis and Butthead, cheeseburgers, weed, and rock and roll. In other words, they wail.
If there were ever an EDM video game (which actually doesn’t seem too implausible these days), Lotus would most likely provide the soundtrack. Their distinct sound reminds me of the fast paced, dark electronic dungeons of Super Mario, the jamminess of Sonic The Hedgehog, and even the chilled out bliss of Donkey Kong Country.