Music Stories

FunStuff: Charlottesville events October 18 and beyond Nizer in 4DWhat's that old saying about a prophet not finding honor in his hometown? Well, the Downtown Mall's biggest theater is giving props to Albemarle's own world-famous one-man juggling and...read more Oct 15th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events October 11 and beyondUVA HomecomingsHomecomings at UVA is an event-packed weekend every fall surrounding a home football game. Should be a good one this year, as Virginia and Maryland are ranked pretty closely in the ACC...read more Oct 7th, 2012
Blue Pavilion: Photos from last night's Jack White concertThe critically acclaimed musician, Jack White, often frowns on photography at his shows, but he allowed access for acclaimed Central Virginia photographer Milo Farineau for the Thursday, September 27...read more Sep 28th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events September 27 and beyondMap the dark or calligraphy?We're never quite sure where Rosamond Casey's art is going to take us– whether it's a Rorschach game like Catch the Baby, or the creation of imaginary characters...read more Sep 23rd, 2012
Remember six things: New DMB album makes rock historyBack in February, L.A. Weekly ranked the Dave Matthews Band #1 on a list of the "20 Worst Bands of All Time," saying "Dave Matthews croons like Kermit with a hangover, for a presumed intended...read more Sep 21st, 2012
Retro arts: Arthur fuses tune and tome in 'Heart'Leave it to a guy who spent his youth in Charlottesville to find a way to bring new life to two art forms most critics have written off as unpopular or dying: the concept album and the American...read more Sep 10th, 2012
Need a myth? Okkervil River's Sheff probably has one"There's an aspect to religion and stuff like that," says songwriter and vocalist Will Sheff, "that simply is just really beautiful stories that tell some kind of truth that's so deep and cloudy that...read more Aug 17th, 2012
Born to run again: The Boss returns to Charlottesville Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will make their third appearance at John Paul Jones Arena this fall. It happens on October 23rd as part of the ongoing globe-spanning tour in support of...read more Jul 27th, 2012
Posthumous pieces: Music offers healing after son's deathA posthumous album by a prodigious local guitarist debuted July 6 at the Crozet Baptist Church thanks to a chance discovery and some help from local musicians. The jam band-influenced jazz-rock...read more Jul 23rd, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events July 26 and beyond Don't raze my mountainThe secret to tales of environmental heroism is to make nonfiction read like a novel, much as Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood. And that, apparently, is what non-practicing...read more Jul 23rd, 2012
Interview: Philly band brings 60s-loving rock to the Jefferson Philadelphia-based band Dr. Dog has won much praise during it's 10-plus year career for fusing rock's tie-dyed era– the Beatles, Cream, the Band– with 90s and 2000s indie pop...read more Jul 20th, 2012
Exterior outlets: Stirratt explains why Wilco rocks onOver the past couple decades, few bands have been as consistently successful as Wilco, who have managed without a steady lineup or even a regular sound. Starting off as an alt-country act, Wilco...read more Jul 7th, 2012
Mix and run: Death Cab finds new formula in Codes and KeysDeath Cab for Cutie has one of indie rock's great success stories. The act started in the late 1990s as Ben Gibbard and a cassette recorder but soon became a full band signed to the young and nearby...read more Jun 29th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 28 and beyondBee gone Even more frightening than the invasion of the killer bees is the still-unexplained disappearance around the globe of the honeybee, whose presence is critical if you like eating fruits and...read more Jun 25th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events June 14 and beyond SuperCLAWThis ain't your mama's PTO fundraiser. Sweaty, loud-mouthed, garishly dressed women with names like The Homewrecker, Pain-Fonda, Cop-ophelia, and Ze Dirty Butcher (pictured) arm wrestling...read more Jun 10th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 31 and beyond Final First Friday at the GalleryThe accounting firm of Hampton and Everett has doubled as a gallery and opened its sweet office space at 107 5th Street SE for the past seven years, showing artists...read more May 27th, 2012
Image-unconcious: tUnE-yArDs moves past the bodyIn 2011, tUnE-yArDs received the album of the year award for w h o k i l l  in the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop poll, which compiles the votes of about 700 music writers. Primary figure...read more May 23rd, 2012
Indie artist: Musical Oldham finally tackles film actingLocal musician Ned Oldham's artistic journey has been a quirky and interesting one–- punk rocker, psychedelic groove maker, college and middle school teacher, writing center director, folk...read more May 21st, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 17 and beyondBatesville Day Now that Batesville got its country store back, or "café-market" as the owners of the recently opened Plank Road Exchange are calling it, there will again be some tasty food at this...read more May 12th, 2012
They boogied... before midnightSkip Castro entertained a massive crowd at Fridays After Five on May 4, and the crowd seemed to know the words to the songs to which they were dancing. The band, which got its start in...read more May 4th, 2012