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Deep in the Cut with Hip Hop Henry & Billy Crystal Fingers

In this laid-back interview, I caught up with Richmond party scene vets Hip Hop Henry and Billy Crystal Fingers about their weekly Wednesday night event, Acid's Groove at Get Tight Lounge. They discuss the origins of the name, their love for acid jazz and rare...

Valient Himself Sings Again

Soooo Herbie Abernethy. Valient Himself, Valient Thorr. There are many things one could expect of you. HEMI engine-roaring rock and roll, spitting hot oil and sweat? Sure. Loud guitars fucking louder drums, on festival stages with the gods of American angst?...

VCU to Make West Grace into “Campus Main Street”

To start off, we already knew this was happening The plans have been out there for years, but a recent article from the VCU student paper, The Commonwealth Times, highlighted by Axios yesterday, has brought it back into the conversation this week. Virginia...

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...

A Guide to The Perfect Goth Date in Richmond

For those who dare to embrace the darker side of love, writer Lauren Vincelli unveils an array of gothic date spots across the city in time for Valentine's Day. From eerie matinees at Dracula ballets to sultry nights filled with sugar baby shopping sprees and...

Ostraca, Gusher & Ivy Creep: PUNK PRESS RVA

We're back, baby! It's been a little over a month since our last article, and we've been using that downtime to compile a massive list of bands from the Richmond underground. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and I'm here to offer you a fine assortment of...

Willie Williams Shares the Real Deal on Being a Musician

In this laid-back chat, we caught up with Willie Williams, a seasoned mix of country, pop, Americana, blues and hard rock deeply rooted in Richmond's bustling music scene as a solo musician and with Allman Brothers tribute band Skydog. We dive into the world of...

Falling in Love with Big Fancy

According to Big Fancy’s Instagram bio, they’re “kind of like a milkshake with all of your favorite things.” Sounds a bit too good to be true, but if your favorite things include smooth, sweet R&B, soul and pop sounds, you might be pleasantly surprised. Their Jan. 5 show at Gallery 5 sold me, and likely many other audience members, judging...

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Big Fancy article by Haley Bartel, photos by Lila Jones 2024

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

Teddy Swims, Benét & Kidz At Play: This Week’s Sound Check

I'm really feeling all the r&b and hip hop out in the city these days, and there's enough of it across the spectrum to satisfy anybody with the hint of a craving to check some out. On this week's SOUND CHECK we take a look at Tuesday at The National, where rising superstar Teddy Swims will be blasting his passionate and varied new record...

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804 Day, Shakey Graves & REIN: This Week’s Sound Check

There are lots of celebrations in the Richmond music world coming up, and what could be a more fitting way for musicians to commemorate milestones and successes then by having a day filled with music. If you’re overwhelmed by all the exciting things happening around town, then look no further because I will be giving you the full run down on...

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Local Music In The Spotlight at First Ever Richmond Music Week

Hey, Richmond, ready for a shot in the arm? Well, next week, prepare for the maiden voyage of Richmond Music Week, a coordinated strike from some of the city's stalwart music institutions — HearRVA, Ignited, The Auricular, RVA Playlist, Shockoe Records, and Virginia is for Music Lovers. It's a bold move, attempting to bottle the lightning that...

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Richmond Music Week 2023

Flipturn, Landon Elliott & SMYTH: This Week’s Sound Check

As summer settles into the city with its lazy dog days and a peaceful hush descends with students on holiday and families on vacation, it's time for RVA Mag to lend you a helping hand in making the most of this laid-back season. Whether you're basking in the sun's freedom on the shores of the James River or seeking some quiet debauchery in the...

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