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Illiterate Light, PBGRenegade w/ Téy Renae & 4la7la: Sound Check

I'm keeping it local this week, because once again the local talent here is just so powerful and concentrated in Richmond that I can't help but talk about every artist at length. On this week's SOUND CHECK, you might actually be able to get tickets to an Illiterate...

Congrats 821 Cafe! A Favorite Richmond Hang Out Turns Twenty

821 Cafe, the unassuming diner/restaurant/bar on the corner of Cherry and Cary streets - where Oregon Hill and the Fan meet - turns 20 years old in its current incarnation. Andrew Clarke and Chip Cooke bought the place from its previous owners back in 2004, and have...

The Motet, Low Phase & Erin & The Wildfire: Sound Check

I know you're itching to get back outside as much as I am, but while the rain clears up we'll have to wait just a little while longer. We're almost in festival season where outside concerts seemingly never end, with sunshine and tunes galore. Until then, we've got an...

Chandler Has Gone Viral, Again

When your friend from far away Portugal hits you up with a message like, "Have you seen this? Do you know this guy? He's from Richmond and he is all over TikTok!" you can't help but check it out. And when you discover it's Chandler Matkins, it's almost a given—of...

The Descendents & Circle Jerks Show is Sold Out…

It’s 1978 and Los Angeles is mic-checking and clearing its throat before unleashing its answer to New York City and London punk rock. It’s about to birth two of the most influential punk bands of all time. Descendents and Circle Jerks, titans of the sun-drenched and...

King Kaiju, Lockedinkee & Nickelus F: Yo! Hip Hop RVA

Hey y’all! I know it’s been a few months since my last YO! HIP HOP RVA write-up, but the hiatus was necessary because wedding planning was consuming my life. As of a few weeks ago, I’m off the market! Now, without further ado… this week’s edition of YO! HIP HOP RVA...

Macrock XXVII, Circle Jerks & The Mitras: Sound Check

Well don't go looking for a lot of local acts this weekend in Richmond, as many of them will be trekking to Harrisonburg to participate in Macrock XXVVII. A two day affair that will span much of downtown Harrisonburg where dozens of acts will be gracing numerous...

Sammy Rae, The Hurricane Party & DJ Harrison: Sound Check

Some legends will be walking the streets, one of the most underrated and exciting vocal talents of her generation will grace a Richmond stage, and the local musicians keep rocking away in the clubs and alleys of our fair city. On this week's SOUND CHECK, EDM powerhouse Darude will be at Ember Music Hall, Sammy Rae and her group of friends will...

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Sammie Rae_photo by Mia Isabella Photography 2024_Sound Check RVA Magazine

You Voted And Here We Go! the Richmond Music of Right Now in 2024

Thank you to everyone who participated in our voting this year. It's our first time compiling such a catalog, and it's truly been great to see the enthusiastic response with so many votes and shares. Also, we can't help but admire the incredible talent in our community. Musicians and artists are not only showcasing their own work but are also...

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The Richmond Music of Right Now 2024, photo by Duncan Shaffer

Grimalkin Records and The Richmond Trans & Queer Community

We delve into the world of Grimalkin Records, a Richmond, Virginia-based collective with a mission that goes beyond music. In this interview, you'll meet Eli Owens and Grim, the driving forces behind this nonprofit endeavor, and explore their inspiring journey from humble beginnings to a certified 501(c)(3) organization. They're amplifying...

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Grimakin Festival 2023 interview

Richmond’s Underground EDM Scene Gains New Ground

For those already hip to electronic dance music, and all it's extreme sub-genres, we know that there aren't that many venues around town hopping on to host your shows. With the addition of Ember Music Hall to the lineup of performance spots in town who have been hosting a few, prospects are looking better, but traditionally there have been few...

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Richmond’s Underground EDM Scene 2023

In The Heat Of The Night Vol. 9: The Dog Days Of Summer

As we nosedive into the sultry sizzle of summer, the city's asphalt starts to offer a small breath of relief but, let me tell you, Richmond's nightlife doesn't know the meaning of chill. This week, our shutterbug in residence, Jody Adams, was beating the pavement, venturing everywhere from the ear-bleedingly loud metal shows deep in the...

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In The Heat Of The Night Vol. 5: Midnight Marauders

The cosmos of hops has harmoniously intertwined as we unite with the audacious brew masters at Bingo! Beer Co. Our team of city voyagers, equipped with cameras, embarks on an imaginative journey every weekend. They’re plunging into the rabbit hole to explore the pulsating veins of the city that reverberates like an endless nocturnal...

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In The Heat Of The Night Vol. 4: Midnight Marauders by CJ Payne

OTAKU PARTY! It’s Anime Night In Richmond

Grab your comfiest dancing shoes, anime fans; Anime Night is coming to town to help you dance the night away to your favorite jams from your favorite series. Founded by Evan Tuccarello, who also works as a concert promoter, Anime Night is a touring dance party. It's in the same vein as the popular Emo Night and Taylor Swift Night dance parties...

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Anime Night party at Canal Club by Ash Griffith