Travel/entertainment website Thrillist recently made a list of the cities with the happening mu
Richmond artist Jamie Pocklington passed away last week at the age of 46. RVA Magazine was fortunate to meet and profile this complex and talented individual in our pages back in 2006.
There is no better tool right now than instagram to give you a sense of what a community is doing.
The other night I was walking alone down a dark, one way street in Church Hill towards my house, and you know what happened? Nothing.
When people think of art and culture, most people's minds end to go to bigger places like New York City or Los Angeles or Portland, but just because your city isn't big, doesn't mean it's not rich in
Despite the humidity hanging over Hull Street in Manchester, Lily Lamberta sits hard at work for her ten year retrospective installation, a puppet conte storia show (an ancient form of storytelling),
When I first moved to Richmond, it was a weird time for the city. Streetwear shops like Henry and Hospitality had just closed.
2015 is shaping up to be Dr. Millionaire’s year. This RVA hip hop veteran’s kept a relatively low profile over the past few years; a couple of singles, a few features, but he hasn’t released a project since 2011’s Dr. Hovey And Isaiah The Gentleman, when he was still working with producer Hovey Benjamin as part of the duo Isaiah And Hovey. Over the three and a half years since, the man born Isaiah Clements has evolved into Dr. Millionaire and seen his rap talents blossom. Now the world’s about to learn exactly what Dr. Millionaire has in store for us all.
The career Richmond's own Carbon Leaf has had since the early 90s should really be something of a guidebook for any band out there. They're a true testament to the fact that you can make a long run as band together and make a good living for yourself without having hit songs and records or sacrificing your artistic integrity. All you need is a strong work ethic, a deep appreciation of your fans, and a keen understanding of what they want to hear and do. Doesn't sound so hard on paper, but you just know some bands out there would zone out after the first half of that sentence.
When The Mowgli's first came on the scene, they seemed to be a culmination of everything that the music world had become enamored with over the past five years. Pop music that's still rock with wild percussion, group chants, great harmonies, and cavity-inducing melodies. Basically a perfect soundtrack for a car ride with the windows down on a warm day. All the band needed was a song where the chorus shouts "Hey!" and a synthesizer and they'd be the perfect indie band.
It’s been 10 years. If RVA Mag was a child, he or she would be getting in trouble for scribbling doodles on wooden desks in the back of class.
The Mad Extras are a new RVA band who've been picking up a buzz around town with some excellent live performances around town, and now this fun-loving quartet is about to release their debut EP, cheekily titled Best New Artist. They just sent us the brand new video for EP track "Nevermind The Nevermind," and it's a total blast.
Believe it or not, RVA Mag was not the beginning. Much as we'd love to lay claim to having started it all, the history of independent press in Virginia goes back many years longer than the single decade we've been in operation--and Richmond-based author Dale Brumfield has chronicled a significant portion of that history in his new book, Independent Press In DC and Virginia: An Underground History (History Press).
While Venomspitter have kept a relatively low profile around the RVA scene in the year or so since they got started, this band has clearly been generating a buzz online. We know this because, when they uploaded their new self-titled EP onto Bandcamp last week, they ran out of free downloads in two days.
If you RVA burlesque lovers were pining away over the longer-than-usual five-week wait between monthly installments of Brews & Burlesque at Strangeways Brewing, well, take heart--your wait is almost over!
It's safe to say that Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" makes up the foundation of Poe's reputation as the inventor of the horror genre as we know it today. Having inspired everything from a Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episode to the name of Baltimore's NFL franchise, "The Raven" is a cultural touchstone known to schoolchildren the world over. But visitors to Richmond's Poe Museum over the past 70 years have seen another side to "The Raven," which was brought to life by the terrifying illustrations of 19th century artist James Carling.
After more than ten years of global touring, seven solo albums on labels such as Pretty Lights Music, Old Tacoma Records, Hefty, 1320, and Mush, Eliot Lipp's status as an electronic music pioneer is known to scene experts and weekend warriors alike.
If you're keeping up on the world of jazz, funk, and R&B these days, you're probably aware of Snarky Puppy. This Texas-by-way-of-Brooklyn musical collective has been making waves with its instrumental fusion sound for nearly a decade now, culminating in their winning 2014's Best R&B Performance Grammy. Now Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry has a brand new instrumental side project called The Funk Apostles, and he'll be bringing this group to The Camel Monday night!
If you've wondered what RVA thrashaholic and metal vocalist extraordinaire Andy Horn has been up to since making his exit from Cannabis Corpse a couple years ago, well, wonder no more! Battlemaster, the band that originally brought Horn to the RVA metal scene's attention, has returned, sneaking a new album onto Bandcamp while their foes were napping unawares.