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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...

Virginia Icon Pharrell Williams is Coming To Town

A musical based on Pharrell Williams' childhood is set to be filmed in Richmond. It's a coming-of-age story set in 1977 Virginia Beach, drawing from Williams' upbringing in the Atlantis Apartments. Williams will produce, and Michel Gondry, known for Eternal Sunshine...

Behind the Rebirth: Inside Story of Harry’s at the Hofheimer

I was strolling down Broad Street on what was an unseasonably beautiful day in March, and as I rounded the corner at Arthur Ashe Boulevard I was greeted by the familiar yet striking architecture of The Hofheimer Building. I was making my way there that day to meet...

Steve Lacy & Fousheé Gave Us the World at The National

When Steve Lacy announced his Fall 22 Tour, “Give You the World,” earlier this summer, Richmond fans were glimmering with excitement to see that The National was one of the venues he and Fousheé were coming to. Walking into this fall’s most anticipated show in the city, fans were met with a gorgeous stage setup and beautiful energy within the...

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Butcher Brown and the NPR Tiny Desk Session

Richmond's Butcher Brown has been on a roll as of late, which is impressive considering the worldwide lockdown, but they kept their music out there and grew their fanbase. Not easy. The guys launched their YouTube series #MothershipMonday and stayed connected during the pandemic. They hit national level news when ESPN reached out to create the...

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RVA Mag Premiere: Butcher Brown’s ‘Cairo’

When you think of Richmond jazz in 2017, Butcher Brown is one of the first names that springs to mind. The group has been making moves and churning out funky grooves in the scene since 2012 and on Nov. 17, the quintet is set to release their latest material, Live at Vagabond, a live performance album via Gearbox Records. The six-track album...

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Kelli Strawbridge drops funky new solo track in “Genuine Animal”

Local funk-king Kelli Strawbridge is back with a new synthy single and its bound to get your feet moving as the weather gets warmer. Strawbridge said he recorded "Genuine Animal" last year in his home studio and it was really more of a vehicle for a new vocal processor he'd just purchased. "It had autotune on it [and] it's ridiculous how much...

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Kelli Strawbridge drops funky new solo track in “Genuine Animal”

Local funk-king Kelli Strawbridge is back with a new synthy single and its bound to get your feet moving as the weather gets warmer. Strawbridge said he recorded "Genuine Animal" last year in his home studio and it was really more of a vehicle for a new vocal processor he'd just purchased. "It had autotune on it [and] it's ridiculous how much...

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