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RVA Shows You Must See This Week November 23 – November 29

FEATURED SHOW Saturday, November 26, 8 PM Holy Roller (Photo by Joey Wharton), Chris Leggett & The Copper Line, Drew Foust @ The Camel - $12 in advance, $15 day of show (order tickets HERE) That extended end-of-year season known as "The Holidays" has officially...

Noise, Cosplay, and Body Horror: The Rise Of ROTWL

In my role as the general tracker of upcoming shows in and around the Richmond area, I hear about a whole lot of bands that are active in Virginia -- sometimes from the moment they play their very first show. Over the past eight years of show-column-writing, I've seen...

Strumming in the Underground: Richmond’s House Show Scene

Sometime in late 2018 I was at a house show to see one of my favorite local bands, Plastic Nancy. There must have been over a hundred people packed into a tiny living room, with bodies spilling into the kitchen and outside onto the back deck. Sweat and smoke mixed...

Vision Video: 80s Postpunk With A Modern Flair

Anyone who loves post punk or any other kind of alternative music can vividly tell you how it felt the first time that they heard a song written in that vein. The first time that they heard The Cure or Joy Division, or the first time that they heard the end trails of...

Singer Songwriter Casey Graham And Midlife Pilot

Casey Graham continues to evolve as a singer songwriter and his current project Midlife Pilot is one of my favorite things happening in Richmond, VA right now. Throw in the mix in his outstanding concert photography and music video work and you have a creative machine...

RADIO RVA EPISODE 16 | rSUN on Insomniac Radio September 16th

Next up on Radio RVA, a mix from Richmond VA's rSUN, an up & coming artist that just played main stage at Big Dub & Moonrise fest this past year. Played out on multiple stages at Lost Lands and Wakaan Fests by multiple DJs including DJ Diesel aka Shaq. ...

RVA Shows You Must See This Week: November 16 – November 22

FEATURED SHOW Monday, November 21, 7 PM R.O.T.W.L.C.F.T.S.C.B.M.H., Dry Talker, Charger Port, Gull @ Ipanema - $5-10 sliding scale In a typical week, it stands to reason that the most interesting shows that happen will take place on the hottest nights of the week --...

Sun-kissed Australian Punks: The Music of Skegss

I was decidedly nervous to interview Ben Reed, the lead singer and guitar player of the Australian band Skegss. Not only had I become over the last few weeks an enormous fan of their music, but I had never spoken one on one with a member of a band that had achieved...

Photos: Mix and Meet at Manchester Gallery

Mix And Meet is an event created by recording artist Money Makin Campaign, his producer, The Few, and business partner Adolphus Ingram. It’s an industry mixer open to the public, and to any genre of music and arts. Richmond artist Campaign had done some touring with AddVentures Music, a company that provides production and promotion help in...

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Photo Essay: Strange Matter’s RVA Lyricist Lounge (Episode 1)

New life is being breathed into Richmond's rap community with the introduction of the RVA Lyricist Lounge, hosted by Radio B.  The monthly event is meant to be a platform for local rappers and emcees to showcase their lyrical talent on stage and against each other in battles.  Taking inspiration from the classic nature of hip-hop and rap...

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The RVA Videos You Missed in 2017: HIP HOP/RAP/TRAP

For over a decade now, Richmond has had a varied hip hop scene supported by a small group of OGs that took it upon themselves to make a scene. Richmatic at the old Twisters (now Strange Matter) comes to mind as a good example of how it worked in the early 00s -- the creation and trading of cassette mix tapes, pinned up fliers on telephone...

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An inside look to PnB Rock’s hype welcome to RVA

The National’s summer schedule is chock-full of Hip Hop stars, ranging from Method Man to Playboi Carti. This past Sunday kicked off that summer high energy with a headlining tour-stop from PnB Rock, a new voice in the music industry that is doing well on the airwaves. The Freshpack Tour, brought to Richmond via G & G Entertainment, was...

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A chat with the man behind burgeoning RVA hip hop label DFP Vibes

For Ricky Dreamer (above), running a boutique record label means helping local artists reach their own dreams. “I want to help them get their message out,” Dreamer said. “With the artists I work with, there’s a synergy there, and an understanding that I want to use my craft for them.” Dreamer operates Dream for Purpose Vibes in Richmond...

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