Richmond music critics: Charlottesville shows rock!
As you may have noticed, every magazine or newspaper you pick up this week is running their Ã¢â?¬Ë?06 almanac issue. The news, the people, the trends, and the events that shaped another year past. Of course, The Hook is no exception. However, imagine our surprise as we browsed Richmond-based Style Weekly’s Ã¢â?¬Ë?06 music round-up, only to discover that it’s all about Charlottesville...well, sort of.
Style Weekly asked its regular music critics to pick their top five albums, favorite single, and favorite Virginia live performance for the year. While their artist choices traversed the musical landscape, the venues for Virginia live performances were awfully familiar.
As SW’s music editors put it, "To the capital city’s shame, nearly every favorite live show occurred in Charlottesville. But don’t think of music critics as pompous windbags, elitists or music snobs. Instead, think of them as lovers in a state whose motto welcomes them."
Wow, talk about sour grapes! Indeed, three of SW's four critics chose Charlottesville shows. And so,Â to this city’s delight (and our snobdom?),we list them here...Â
Art Brut at Satellite Ballroom, Charlottesville
This show flat-out rocked. The lovable English crew led by charismatic front man Eddie Argos played every song from its acclaimed debut, "Bang Bang Rock & Roll," with electrifying verve for a small crowd that was enraptured throughout. Like a fun pep rally for U.K. alternative rock freaks.–- Brent Baldwin
Dungen at Satellite Ballroom, Charlottesville
These kids from Sweden are a time-machine-as-band, evoking perfectly the hazy psychedelia in full flower as the ’60s came to a close. Their terrifically catchy songs and leader (and Robert Plant clone) Gustav Ejstes’ crazy instrumental chops – soloing on guitar, flute, Fender Rhodes and percussion – elevate them beyond a nostalgia act.–Mark Richardson
Neko Case at Starr Hill Music Hall, Charlottesville
Flanked by a handful of brilliant musicians on a tiny stage, Neko Case and Kelly Hogan mesmerized the sold-out crowd with hearty vocals and well-timed comic relief. If you’ve never heard Neko recount stories of cutting bubble gum out of her dog’s hair on the tour bus or other roadside adventures, you are missing out.–Hilary Langford