Music Stories

Too cool: BC strums, plucks, wows! BCat Miller'sDecember 9  Published December 11, 2003 in issue 30249 of the HOok It's always amusing when people I talk to, hip people, the kind who are in on every inside joke, know all the...read more Dec 11th, 2003
In perspective: Telling the apartheid storyVusi Mahlasela at Starr HillNovember 25 The day after Thanksgiving has transformed into consumer day. People who wouldn't consider getting out of bed at the crack of dawn to attend a peace rally or...read more Dec 4th, 2003
Locked out: Luck of the pop music draw Josh MayoAt Miller'sNovember 29 Camera? Check. Notebook? Check. Wallet? Check. Phone? Check. Scarf? Check. Pen? Check. I didn't have a particular plan in mind when I stepped out of my motor vehicle...read more Dec 4th, 2003
Gillian's return: Welch and Rawlings rock CenterGillian Welchat the Performing Arts Centeron Wednesday, November 19 Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have played together since the mid-'90s. This show at the Performing Arts Center was their...read more Nov 27th, 2003
Happy haze: Three bands and surprises all around All of 15, Retisonic, and Bishop Allenat Tokyo Rose November 20 The basement of Tokyo Rose, that blood-colored musical refuge from the cares of modern life, was fairly well stocked Thursday night...read more Nov 27th, 2003
Bring earplugs: Hardcore bands crank it upPreston, Forensics, and Ultra Dolphins at Tokyo RoseNovember 14  It was an eardrum ripping, scream-intensive, and all in all pretty fabulous evening last Friday at the Tokyo Rose. Billed as "...read more Nov 20th, 2003
Clubby club club: New dance space gets 'em movingRapture 2 OpeningDJs Bob Mould and Richard MorelNovember 14 Just in case you've had your head up somewhere dark for the last two weeks, Charlottesville just welcomed its second official full-fledged...read more Nov 20th, 2003
Poised to fly: Nothing "Small town" about new CDSmall Town Workers:The Right of Way, Rampaging out of your speakers like some kind of mutant '70s riff-rock goliath, Small Town Workers' new album, The Right of Way, takes you to a place where the...read more Nov 13th, 2003
Secret dioramas: Casiotones specific, if not newCasiotone for the Painfully Alone Twinkle Echo Twinkle Echo, the new CD by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (on the Tomlab label), is a self-contained world. Its heart is its own sleeve, and its...read more Nov 13th, 2003
Bring it on: Dancin' through the revolutionSoldiers of Jah Armyat Garden of ShebaNovember 1 Soldiers of Jah Army are, by far, some of the best contemporary reggae songwriters I have encountered in a long time. Their debut album, Peace in a...read more Nov 6th, 2003
Phishy business: Acoustic-jam a crowd-pleaser Left Foot Brakingat Miller'sNovember 1 It was beautiful out last Saturday night, just cool enough for a light jacket, but still warm enough to make outside seating on the Downtown Mall comfortable,...read more Nov 6th, 2003
Analog wonders: Cool kids still mixing tapesMix Tape #1Compiled by Kornhauser, Purdy, and Fritz The mix tape, that savior of long car rides, defender of the single, and final cementer of nascent hip love, has not had a smooth ride of late....read more Oct 30th, 2003
Mindlessness: Pleasures and pretense of a mechanical manThe New Deal at Starr Hill Music Hall Sunday, October 26, 2003 When The New Deal's drummer Darren Shearer beatboxed Sunday night, October 26, he nearly replicated the actual sounds of drums being...read more Oct 30th, 2003
Interested: Two keep audience enthralledTom Proutt with Billy Gessner at Mountain View Grill, CrozetOctober 18, 2003 I had never been to Crozet's Mountain View Grill until last Saturday night, but time will most likely see me coming back...read more Oct 23rd, 2003
Surprising: Dub reggae makes trip worth itAkshun and Dubfire at the Garden of ShebaOctober 18, 2003 To tell the truth, I really haven't felt the urge to see a great deal of live music recently. I couldn't tell you whether it's the lack of...read more Oct 23rd, 2003
Musical bashing: Bands rock to sock BushBands Against BushOld Michie BuildingOctober 11, 2003 Though intersections of politics and music have always left a bad taste in my mouth, a free, multi-band show is an opportunity I can't pass up,...read more Oct 16th, 2003
Throwing fits: Dando's star power flickersEvan Dando Starr Hill Music HallOctober 12, 2003 One fleeting moment Sunday night, as the stage lights shone especially white and hot upon Evan Dando's face and he looked up into them intently, his...read more Oct 16th, 2003
MUSIC REVIEW- Cool Jacket: <I>Moves</I> will move youMy Morning JacketIt Still Moves , ATO Records The title of My Morning Jacket's latest LP is certainly apropos. Upon first listen, even an ardent music fan could find the seemingly listless,...read more Oct 9th, 2003
Let down: Searching for a purpose?Built To Spillat Starr HillOctober 5 Maybe it was because I had something in the back of my mind, looming like a ghost ship on a foggy night, but I didn't enjoy Built To Spill's show at Starr Hill...read more Oct 9th, 2003
Local accident: Two brilliantly unique EPsThe Id Quadraped Ultra Dolphins Ultra Dolphins Ever since punk became a vampire, the genre's great bands have replaced broad salvos with homemade sounds-­ cookies! And here now are two CDs that...read more Oct 2nd, 2003