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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 #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!

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RVA #15

Winter 2013

As the Stark family from Game Of Thrones will tell you, winter is coming. And what better way is there to celebrate the coming of colder temperatures than with a nice tall glass of craft beer? Answer: an issue of RVA Magazine dedicated to the wonders of regional craft beer in Richmond and beyond! It's true--we've put our heads together and come up with our best special issue yet. From an article documenting the history of brewing and consuming beer in the river city to a rundown of all the best local craft breweries, we're digging deep to bring you the unique local culture surrounding everyone's favorite amber liquid! We'll also be featuring a talk with charitable graphic design organization Screens n' Suds, and a fashion spread mixing the best local beers with Richmond's most epic beards. Oh yes, we're 100% serious.

But if beer's not your bag, no worries! We've also got a double dose of the unique art, music, and cultural content you turn to RVA Magazine for year after year. From a look at the work of graphic novelist and illustrator Bizhan Khodabandeh to the paintings of Toobz Muir, we're dipping into every facet of the central Virginia art scene. And our interviews with RVA hardcore veterans Down To Nothing, hip hop artist Swordplay, and up-and-coming alt-country/blues-rockers The Southern Belles show that our musical coverage continues to be second to none. And of course, there's lots more waiting for you inside this issue as well!

RVA Magazine continues to strive to bring this amazingly creative city the kind of in-depth journalistic coverage it deserves; from music and art to fashion and film, Richmond is a city whose constant hum of activity belies its relatively modest size. The rich culture and history of craft brewing is just one of many great aspects about living here in RVA, and our new issue will serve as a powerful reminder of what a great city Richmond truly is.

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RVA #14

Fall 2013

Just in time for the best September ever, the Fall 2013 issue of RVA Magazine is here! The Richmond Mural Project took over this whole city this summer, and we've got full coverage of the whole affair. Featuring exclusive interviews with muralists from all over the world and high-quality, full color photographs of the many murals that popped up around town during a whirlwind four-week period this summer, our special section on the Richmond Mural Project is the last word where documentation of the momentous local event is concerned. Make sure you grab a copy for yourself!

And don't worry, we've got plenty more in store for you in the new issue as well. We've got an update on life in the bigtime from the Richmond natives in The Head And The Heart, an extended conversation with Virginia grindcore kings Pig Destroyer, and profiles of up-and-coming RVA bands Wolf//Goat and Navi. Where local art is concerned, we've got you covered--Brandi Strickland brings us collage artistry from Floyd County, while Christian Hewett shows us his unique worldview through the lens of his camera. Plus, we catch up with pop-punk troubadours Pedals On Our Pirate Ships, bring you a lovely fashion spread from RVA photographer Matt Licari, and tons more about the happenings on the arts, music, and culture scene in and around our wonderful city! It's all here in the new issue of RVA Magazine, so be sure to check it out!

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RVA #13

Summer 2013

Yes, it's here! Our fashion issue has hit the streets. The fashion community is on the rise here in RVA, and we're here to help you get in on the ground floor! With a lengthy pictorial section displaying the work of Richmond's many excellent fashion photographers, we've given you plenty of amazing imagery (and gorgeous boys and girls) to look at. We've also got in-depth interviews with Ledbury and Shockoe Denim, plus profiles of some of RVA's leading jewelry designers, and the up-and-coming writers that are part of the RVA Fashion Bloggers network. With 18 pages devoted to the burgeoning RVA fashion community, we cover the scene from every angle.

But that's not all this issue has in store for you--oh, far from it! Glass sculptor Kristi Totoritis gives an inside look at her experience of an often-neglected section of the art world, while the pop culture-damaged paintings of Dave McDowell offer an entirely new perspective on famous figures like Richard Pryor and Willy Wonka. As usual, our coverage of local music is second to none--talks with hard-working rapper So !lla and garage-rockers The Young Sinclairs are joined by a new column updating you on new releases local artists will be putting out in the coming months. Plus, we talked to multiple nationally-known artists who've made RVA a stop on their itineraries, including veteran soul singer Charles Bradley and death metal Egyptologists Nile.

All this plus much more is in store for you in the latest issue of RVA Magazine, so make sure you grab yourself a copy!

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RVA #12

Spring 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, it's finally here--the Spring 2013 issue of RVA Magazine is out today! This issue will reveal the long-awaited results of our End Of The World Readers Poll, in which YOU voted to determine your favorite local bands, artists, bars, pizza places, and much more. Hunt down a copy and find out whether the RVA massive validated your own personal opinions. Rejoice at the results you agree with or complain about the ones you hate, but once you're done debating with your friends over the relative merits of the results, remember that there's plenty more to still read in your brand new copy of RVA #12.

As usual, we've got everything you need to know about the latest goings-on in the world of RVA arts, music, and culture crammed between our glossy covers. From profiles of melodic punk band Sundials and the wild, raw, and primitive sounds of garage rockers Nervous Ticks to conversations with blazing metal torchbearers Humungus and experimental indie-punks Heavy Midgets, we're spanning the considerable breadth of Richmond's underground music scene in this issue. Add our interviews with illustrator Chris Visions, tattoo artist Charles Berger, and the folks behind DIY printmaking facility Studio Two Three to the equation, and you'll find insight into many different corners of the local art world.

But wait, there's more! We've also got an in-depth look into the recent experiences of Richmond native and former American Idol contestant Elliott Yamin--find out what's been happening with him since he finished third on Idol back in 2006, and what he's up to now. You'll also learn about documentary director Bryce Wagoner, and his 2010 film looking into the current lives of former adult film stars. Plus we speak with fashion photographer Marcus Hyde about his diligent pursuit of his career goals, and how that's paid off for him in recent months. You'll find all of this and more in the brand new issue of RVA Magazine, so pick one up today!

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RVA #11

Winter 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, just in time for Christmas, RVA Magazine brings our latest gift to you! RVA #11, our Winter 2012 issue, is out today, and it's crammed full of artistic goodness for you to enjoy by the fire during this holiday season. We say this every time, but once again, we feel like this just might be our best issue yet. Featuring RVA's rising superstar of indie-soul, Matthew E. White, recently arrived piano-pounding rocker J. Roddy Walston, and reunited legendary pop-punkers Fun Size, the issue has you covered on all the most important goings-on in the local music scene. And that's not all! We also take an in-depth look into the local art scene through our interview with photo/video artist Josiah Marroquin (whose work with Richard Perkins and John Vitale on the short film Magick Margaritasville provides the source for the cover of this issue) as well as a roundtable discussion between RVA-based artists Sara Gossett, Eliza Childress, and Mary Silcox. Plus, we take a look at the unusual fashion-oriented work of Angela Bacskocky, whose recent Nest collection straddles the line between commercial fashion and high art. But wait, there's more! From English metal veterans Napalm Death to Roanoke shoegazers Eternal Summers and hardcore troublemakers Unholy Thoughts, we've got tons of other things for you to read about over your holiday week. So when you head back to your parents house to swap gifts and deal with your more awkward relatives over Christmas dinner, bring along a copy of the latest issue of RVA Magazine, and keep yourself entertained while everyone else is watching It's A Wonderful Life for the 158th time.

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RVA #10

Fall 2012

Summer's over, everyone's home from the beach and headed back to school, and along with your textbooks, laptop, pens and looseleaf paper, you're going to want to make sure your backpack contains a copy of the brand new issue of RVA Magazine! Filled to bursting with all the best in local art, music, and creative activity, our new issue has plenty of great articles to keep you awake and interested when the air inside the classrooms starts feeling positively narcotic. From Skinner's colorful, eye-popping visuals to legendary graffiti artist Futura2000's articulate thoughts on the state of the art world in 2012, from Ohbliv's contemplative hip hop instrumentals to The Catalyst's epic metal fury, from the latest exploits of local indie heroes Goldrush to the groundbreaking electronic creations of unstoppable local DJ Long Jawns, this issue covers the full spectrum of what's happening in every corner of RVA's constantly percolating hometown scene. And there's so much more than even that to be had in our new issue--we profile up-and-coming local musicians of every stripe, from the punk/metal brutality of Occultist and the powerful alternative rock n' roll of Herro Sugar to the passionate post-hardcore of Worn In Red and the eclectic grooves of Proverbial. Honestly, I could go on all day, but suffice it to say that I've still only given you a taste of what we've got in store for you with our new issue.

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RVA #9

Summer 2012

The latest issue of RVA Magazine has hit the streets of this fair city, and it's packed full of outstanding articles for you to enjoy! Featuring a beautiful cover painting by Jeff Soto, our latest issue contains an in-depth interview with Soto, as well as a fascinating conversation with artist Nick Kuszyk, both of which were conducted when the artists were in town for the RVA Street Art Festival. We've also got plenty of music-related content, ranging from the hard-partying thrash of Municipal Waste to the party-starting hip hop of Suburban District.

But that's not all--not even close. Also in the issue are groove-rockers Downbeat Switch, psychedelic trailblazers The Diamond Center, and wild and crazy rock n' rollers The Milkstains. Then there's an exclusive interview with Philadelphia metallers A Life Once Lost, who recorded their first album since 2007 here in Richmond, and gave us a preview of their excellent new sound. All of that, plus much more, can be found within the pages of RVA #9, our Summer 2012 issue!

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Street Heat

MINI MAG #4 SUMMER 2012

Street art exploded in RVA this spring! With the near-simultaneous arrival of Art Whino's 2012 G40 Art Festival, and Ed Trask and Jon Baliles' RVA Street Art Festival, this spring saw murals popping up all over town. We here at RVA Magazine were very excited to see this development occurring, and we figured there'd be no better way to celebrate it than to document this street art explosion in the latest edition of our ongoing mini-mag series. With our photographers patrolling the streets and stopping in at all of the developing sites, we were able to capture these murals in the process of being created, as well as in their finished form. You'll see all of those in our brand new mini-mag, Street Heat, a pocket-sized collector's item full of amazing RVA street art. Throughout the mini-mag, we've interspersed conversations with the artists themselves (including Chris Milk, Mark Jenkins, Dalek, and more), in which they share their thoughts about the events and what they could mean for the future of art here in RVA. The future's looking bright to us, and this new mini-mag is even brighter, so pick up a copy and delight in the amazing images that RVA has to offer!