Music Stories

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 more May 4th, 2012
Café-market: Batesville gets its store backThe historic structure that previously housed the beloved Batesville Store has reopened, and its new incarnation is Plank Road Exchange, which its foodie proprietors describe as a "café-market." more May 1st, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events May 3 and beyond  First stop for First FridaysWith its artist studios and monthly receptions, McGuffey Art Center is the headquarters for the local art scene, the place you're going to find some art that more Apr 29th, 2012
Big lessons: Candid Doughty offers sa-sa-somethingThe man who sings about his reticence in "Na Na Nothing" turns out to have plenty to say– or at least write about. If fans haven't always been privy to intimate stories from Mike Doughty, they' more Apr 28th, 2012
Mr. Tom Tom: Beyer sees bands and innovation togetherAs far as music festivals go, certain regions of the country have it covered: Chicago has Lollapalooza, Tennessee has Bonnaroo, and Austin has South-by-Southwest. What more do we need? According more Apr 26th, 2012
Mayer Hawthorne breaks hearts at the JeffersonMayer Hawthorne, a crooning white guy in a dinner jacket whose music echoes the Stylistics and other soulful sounds of the 1960s, performed for an appreciative Monday night crowd at the more Apr 23rd, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events April 19 and beyond From windows to wisteriaIf you're a do-it-yourselfer, have a green thumb, or just get excited about home renovation projects, this three-day event is probably the most fun you can have without more Apr 15th, 2012
Tom Tom beat: McGuffey block party kicks off month-long festPaul Beyer's ambitious vision for Charlottesville's own South by Southwest– the Tom Tom Founders Festival– debuts April 13, a kick-off to 30 days of music, art, and innovation on more Apr 10th, 2012
Super 'Tramp': Van Etten laughs a lot more than you'd think"I’m not trying to fancy things up too much," says Sharon Van Etten with a laugh. “I’m just a girl in a sweater and jeans playing songs with my friends." It’s a humble understatement for a more Apr 10th, 2012
Fridays kicks off: Free concert series features lots o' localsIt's been warm so long it might look like summer to you, but in fact, spring is just now sprung, and there's no surer sign than the kick-off of Fridays After Five. The free concert series that more Apr 10th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events April 12 and beyond TJ's b-day Happy birthday to youuuuuu. Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuu! Happy Birthday, dear TJ... It's Thomas Jefferson's 269th birthday! Even if America's third president can't be here more Apr 8th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 29 and beyondThe scent of a neighborhoodOne of Charlottesville's oldest neighborhoods, Belmont is known as one of its most colorful places as well. Now comes photographer Peter Krebs, a recent transplant more Mar 26th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 22 and beyond Book feteThe Virginia Festival of the Book gets underway March 21, but there's still time to catch some bookish talks and readings, especially those off the beaten path. For instance, how has more Mar 18th, 2012
Alt approach: Sons throw a change-up in SirensFor a band rooted in tradition, Charlottesville-based alt-country act Sons of Bill have taken an unusual path to their new album and upcoming set of shows. Not only did they change their approach more Mar 14th, 2012
American picker: Renaissance man Martin to play PavilionLocal news outlets seem to have ignored Monday's press release about an impending Charlottesville concert by a musical act called Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. It's may not always be more Mar 13th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 15 and beyond Funny stuffTimes may be tough, and gas prices may be high, but that's no reason to stop laughing. This week, Bent Theatre Improv comedy troupe gives you plenty of opportunity to do just that more Mar 11th, 2012
FunStuff: Charlottesville events March 8 and beyondPinter Fest There's something irresistible about seeing the edginess of Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter performed in the warmth of an Afton-area theater named for The more Mar 4th, 2012
Straight shootin’ with the Heartless Bastards“Some people call what I create alt-country,” says Heartless Bastards front woman Erika Wennerstrom. “I don’t think I’d label us exactly that,” she adds. The singer, whose strapping vocals more Feb 24th, 2012
New fest: SXSW inspires TTFFLast year, Paul Beyer ran for City Council. This year, he's starting a music/art festival modeled on Austin's South by Southwest. With film, book and photo festivals already well-established, it' more Feb 17th, 2012
Free show: Sons of Bill give it away at ParamountJust for buying the new album, fans of Charlottesville-based rock band Sons of Bill not only get the disc– but a free show at the Paramount Theater. It happens on Thursday, March 22, part more Feb 1st, 2012