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RVA MAGAZINE HISTORY

From day one (April 2005) we set out to lend voice to a subdued creative class of Richmond. RVA has succeeded in creating a brand that searches out the best artists, ideas, events, bands, photographers and culture-jammers Richmond has to offer and gives them a platform for exhibition that "gets" them.

Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking. --Richard Florida, economist and author

In a city best known for it's role in the Civil War (insert eye-rolling here,) the battle to be bigger than our past has been formidable. For generations, city leaders have banked on the faded silver of dubious honors - Capital of the Confederacy etc, and ignored the 21st (and 20th) centuries.

With world-class schools such as VCU growing organically on their own record of excellence, media giants like the Martin Agency cementing their footprint in our cobblestones, and Fortune 100 companies relocating to attract the hordes of creatives emerging here, Richmond is exploding. New construction and development is rampant in heretofore decaying downtown retail and nightlife centers.

City government has aligned itself to a more liberal, open-minded culture of inclusion and exploration. Much like Brooklyn in the late nineties and Silverlake/Echo Park in the early aughties, entire neighborhoods are being overhauled to keep up with the influx of wealthy young professionals with entertainment and fashion needs. Lofts, marinas, from-scratch entertainment districts, clubs, music venues and galleries have been sprouting like weeds, offering the promise of a sustainable population more likely to relocate to New York or Los Angeles in years past. Cultural optimism is at a high and only growing more intense.

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RVA #25

SUMMER 2016

After a wildly celebrated issue in April, RVA Magazine returns this July with our 25th issue that will cement our place as the leader in coverage of Richmond’s vibrant cultural scene, from art and libations all the way down to photography and music.

As always, our coverage comes from hawk-eyed members of the scenes themselves giving you a first-hand look at what is truly going down in Richmond direct from the people themselves making the waves.

Heading up our next issue is a great look at the Dali exhibit that captured a great deal of Richmond’s attention during its stay at Chasen Galleries and the curator who made it all possible, the much exalted Madame Argillet. We also have a look at local photographer Joey Wharton before he heads out on the road with local band Sleepwalker’s national supporting tour with The Lumineers. It’s a perfect look into the creativity and drive that fuels one of the city’s most sought after photographers. Over on the music side, this issue will take you behind the scenes with the lyrical acrobatics of rapper Fly Anakin and bombastic Mikrowaves’s lofty ambitions.

We bring this all to you in RVA #25, as well as our wonted and astute coverage of craft beer, recording news, album reviews, and local artists that readers and businesses have come to anticipate from us. Hitting the stands in July 2016, this is one RVA Magazine issue no one in town is going to want to miss.

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RVA #24

SPRING 2016

After a cold, crappy, and thoroughly depressing winter, spring has finally arrived, and RVA Magazine is ready to catch spring fever with our first issue of the new year! RVA #24 leads off with an exclusive guide to the music festivals happening here in Richmond and all over Virginia throughout the year. From MACRoCk to GWAR-B-Q to the Richmond Folk Festival, there are a ton of live music extravaganzas taking place within 100 miles or so of our fair city this year, and we’re bringing you the lowdown on all of it! That’s not to mention the coverage of everything happening in the always-popping-off local music and art scenes, which you have come to rely on RVA Mag to bring to you! We haven’t let you down yet, and we don’t intend to start now! This issue will bring you coverage of psychedelic indie rockers Lady God, metallic hardcore ragers Ostraca, and The Cheats Movement Podcast’s hard work to take RVA hip hop to the next level.

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RVA #23

WINTER 2015

The weather is growing colder, the year is drawing to a close, and the time approaches for the release of RVA Magazine’s final issue of 2015. We’re ending the year with yet another awesome issue to wrap up our ten year anniversary in fine fashion. We’ll be covering the arts, music, and culture of our fair city as only RVA Mag can do! It all starts with an in-depth investigation into the work of artist Darryl Starr, who gained fame as an artist in NYC but has recently returned to his roots here in RVA. We’ll also talk to Lamb Of God vocalist D. Randall Blythe on the occasion of his new memoir, Dark Days. That’s not all we’ve got for you, though; we’ll also be looking at a great deal of local music from all sorts of different genres, from buzzworthy singer-songwriter Natalie Prass to upand- coming young talent Lucy Dacus. We’ll be profiling the peripatetic, experimental duo Lobo Marino, and getting a closer look at RVA hip hop’s next big thing, Divine Council!

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RVA #22

FALL 2015

As the summer draws to a close and students head back to school, the entire city quivers with anticipation, because it knows the new issue of RVA Magazine is on its way. Sure enough, we’ve got a great slate of articles lined up to present to you this fall--so get stoked! At the top of the list is our usual wall-to-wall coverage of this summer’s Richmond Mural Project. Presented by Art Whino for the fourth year in a row, this year’s model is bigger and more beautiful than ever, and we’ll have plentiful visual evidence of all the delightful (or, depending on who you ask, “demonic” and “freaky”) murals that graced our city this summer by artists from all over the world. We’ve got an exclusive interview with English artist D*Face as well as imagery by pop culture-absorbing NYC artist Jerkface, local mural sensation Nils Westergard, and many more!

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RVA #21

Summer 2015

The days are getting longer, the sun is warming up the RVA streets, and summer is fast approaching! And all the while, RVA Magazine’s ten year anniversary rolls on, with our Summer 2015 issue heading your way just in time for the July 4th holiday! We’ve got yet another great 10 year anniversary section, this time bringing you a look back at the past decade of Richmond’s cultural highlights through the unique lens RVA Magazine has always provided. And speaking of local cultural highlights, the Richmond Mural Project is gearing up for its fourth year of local beautification through street art, so we’ll be speaking to English street/skate artist D*Face on the occasion of his arrival in RVA. We’ve also got plenty of the locally-focused coverage of music that you always look to RVA Magazine for. This time around we’ll be speaking to rockers Sea Of Storms, rapper Dr. Millionaire, and funk-punks Toxic Moxie. We also investigate the happenings with a collective of Manchester-based street poets.

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RVA #20

Spring 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, the year is 2015, and here at RVA Magazine we are ecstatic to be celebrating our first decade of publication! Our Spring 2015 issue kicks off our Ten Year Anniversary with the first of several different looks back over our publishing history, which will be featured in each of the issues we release this year. This time around, we're showcasing some of the musicians that have made the RVA music scene what it was over the past decade; from Avail to Lamb Of God, we've got some great full-color poster-size images to remind you why Richmond just might be the best city for music in the entire world!

We've also got plenty of the forward-looking coverage of this city's arts, music, and culture that you've come to know and love over the past decade! We'll give you a behind-the-scenes look at prolific local hip hop collective Gritty City Records, as well as some insight into up-and-coming indie rockers Positive No. We've also got an interview with local tattoo artist Amy Black, whose artistic talent and charity work with breast cancer survivors combine to make her one of the most sought-after tattooists on the East Coast.

Plus we'll be catching up with music/video production collective Good Day RVA and visual artist Earl Mack, along with plenty more of the arts, music, fashion, and cultural observation you've been getting from RVA Magazine for the past decade!

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RVA #19

Winter 2014

2014 is drawing to a close, and here at RVA Magazine, we're looking forward to 2015, when we'll celebrate our tenth anniversary! However, before we get there, we've got one more issue to lay on this city, and it'll be filled with all the great art, music, and culture you've come to expect from RVA Mag over the past decade.

For starters, we'll be taking an in-depth look at the history and future of the Richmond Comedy Coalition, who have taken things to the next level over the past year with the opening of their very own Coalition Theater. On the musical side of things, we're digging into exactly what's going on with Jellowstone Records, a new label founded by Reggie Pace (No BS! Brass/Bon Iver) and Devonne Harris (Butcher Brown/DJ Harrison) that's uniting the worlds of jazz, funk, hip hop, soul, and more under their RVA-centric banner. Plus, we'll get the latest from Those Manic Seas, the energetic alt-rockers with the television-headed mannequin singer.

We haven't even mentioned all the great art that you'll find in the upcoming issue of RVA Mag--so let's get to that now! Local artist Jacob Eveland has grabbed some attention lately with his artistic prints and his visually arresting murals--we talk to him to get the scoop on what makes him tick. We also present an interview with David Flores, the California muralist who contributed giant Snoopy and Woodstock figures to 2014's edition of the Richmond Mural Project. On top of all this, you can expect the latest news in the world of local fashion, craft beer, and all sorts of additional esoteric knowledge you'll only obtain from between the covers of RVA Magazine's Winter 2014 issue--don't miss it!

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RVA #18

Fall 2014

Here in RVA, when the leaves begin to change color, thoughts begin to turn towards the two classic flavors of October: beer and Halloween! RVA Magazine #18, our Fall 2014 issue, celebrates both of these phenomena in fine fashion, as well as providing our usual unparalleled coverage of all the art, music, fashion, and culture this city has to offer! For starters, we bring you an expanded version of our RVA On Tap section, featuring interviews with Strangeways, Hardywood Park, and Wild Wolf breweries, along with a local's eye view of everything happening in the local craft beer scene. And for Halloween, a truly special treat--we catch up with new GWAR vocalist Vulvatron, who fills us in on all of the Halloween traditions celebrated on her home planet of Scumdogia!

And don't worry, all the locally-focused artistic and musical coverage you look for in every issue of RVA Magazine is waiting for you just like always. We're bringing you interviews with Richmond Mural Project artist Meggs, as well as a spotlight on new work from local photographer Mr. Fili. Where music is concerned, we've profiled up-and-coming RVA bands Lightfields and Sleepwalkers. Plus, we'll wrap up the whole issue with the results of our latest Readers Poll, letting you know what the RVA Magazine readership thinks about local food, beverages, fashions, and businesses!

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RVA #17

Summer 2014

RVA Magazine is back to help you beat the heat this summer! This issue features in-depth coverage of this year's Richmond Mural Project, in words and pictures. That’s not all you’ll find within, though. This issue will give you the lowdown on Avers, the hot new RVA indie supergroup featuring members of The Head And The Heart! We’ll also tell you about local noise rockers Hoax Hunters and speedy hardcore/metal crossover sensations Iron Reagan. We talk to Canadian party-disco kingpins Chromeo, who are riding high on the success of their latest album. And one of our writers finds herself in a backstage hot tub with the members of Nashville garage-rock sensations Natural Child. All this and more, including plenty of art, music, and fashion coverage you won’t find anywhere else, is waiting for you in the summer issue of RVA Magazine!

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RVA #16

Spring 2014

Hey everyone, spring is here and the brand new issue of RVA Magazine is winging its way to you! We're focusing on a number of topics this issue, with extensive coverage devoted to local and national music. We scored a couple of great interviews with the Pixies and The Arctic Monkeys when they played The National a few months back, and we're bringing those to you! We've also been digging deep into the local scene, as always, and you can look forward to learning about those shoegaze-y guitar slingers The Snowy Owls and the bedroom electronic project turned full-on rock band, Way Shape Or Form. Plus, we meet some new faces on the RVA scene--experimental indie-jazz quartet Dumb Waiter, and noisy bass-drum rock duo New Turks.

But that's not all we have for you this time around. We've also got an interview with Lloyd Kaufman, celebrated low-budget horror director and founder of Troma Pictures, who recently participated in the RVA independent sci-fi/horror film, Science Team. Plus, we spoke to Kathleen Hanna, frontwoman for The Julie Ruin/Bikini Kill/Le Tigre, pioneer of the 90s Riot Grrrl movement, and subject of recent documentary The Punk Singer, about her fascinating career.

All of this, plus an in-depth look at the local performers coming together to bring you the 2014 Richmond Dance Festival, which is sure to be the event of the year in Richmond's alternative dance scene.

It's a fiesta of amazing sights and sounds, and it comes to you just in time for spring. So catch the fever, get outside in the sun, and grab yourself a copy of the new issue of RVA Magazine!