Music Stories

Pumpin': Circulatory System run through the RoseThe Parlor Scouts, The Instruments, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't, and Circulatory Systemat Tokyo RoseSaturday, April 26. I missed the indie-rock barrage that is Circulatory System when they...read more May 1st, 2003
Crowe-ing: Big time rockers plant the seeds Hookah Brownat the Outback LodgeWednesday, April 16 Aaron Hawkins Exhibit / Snap! at the Starr Hill Music HallFriday, April 18 What exactly is "underground?" Some folks think the term means...read more Apr 24th, 2003
Story time: Indie rock with a plotRobots Can't Fall In LoveSERP fraternity houseFriday, April 18 The rock opera, often decried as one of the foulest instruments of the prog-rock devil, has recently started to make a comeback-­ but...read more Apr 24th, 2003
Close to home: Pointed melodies mirror talesGreasy BeansAt Prism CoffeehouseSaturday, April 12  I've always wondered about those mega-clubs on Ibiza, where tourists go to thump under suds and colored lights. Even the arena rock...read more Apr 17th, 2003
Singular vision: Short set, long songsFountainheadAt JabberwockyFriday, April 11  Clothes appeared to be on the outs at Jabberwocky last Friday night: Awash in a sea of tight pants, midriff-bearing tops, and arched backs, I found...read more Apr 17th, 2003
Soft, so soft: No help here for ho-hum tunesShape of Shade South Street BreweryWednesday, April 2, 2003 I first heard the name Shape of Shade while having coffee with a friend. He recently worked with the group to record a short album over at...read more Apr 10th, 2003
Ups and downs: MACRoCk full of surprisesMACRoCk Harrisonburg's Court Square TheaterFriday, April 4 "I've got a Twizzler, that man's a tree!" one of my companions screamed, holding his candy delight high above his head like a fan with a...read more Apr 10th, 2003
Still alive: Inches to Flood, inches from fame?Inches to Flood debuted on Tokyo Rose's subterranean stage several years ago. I remember them as being pretty good, with promise. But I wondered at the time if they would survive... or get trampled,...read more Apr 3rd, 2003
The best: Local group shows how it's done Ted Stryker's Drinking Problem is, in my estimation, the best live group in Charlottesville. I say that without hesitation, or need for further qualification– and I have no problem providing...read more Apr 3rd, 2003
Contradiction? Dark Little Rooms go outside in the lightLittle Dark Roomsat Plan 9Saturday, March 22 Most of my Saturdays and Sundays look about the same: get up, work on Hook, slowly, until it gets dark, and then– like a music-addicted vampire (...read more Mar 27th, 2003
Cut a rug: Chasing the elusive two-stepKimystryDürty Nelly's and Tragic ThievesJaberwokeFriday, March 21, 2003 Dancing is dead. People don't dance no 'mo. Why is it that there is so much music, but so little dancing? I hear homophobes...read more Mar 27th, 2003
Fiddlin' around: Irish fans dance and jamRyegrass Rollersat Miller'sSunday, March 16   Sunday night was St. Patty's Eve, a night usually reserved for anti-pinch prep talks and little else. But despite the lack of green beer, the folks...read more Mar 20th, 2003
Smartrock: Music to think byMarzaks with Stephen Barlingat the MudhouseFriday, March 14   "Smartrock," that genre defined by catchy songs with erudite lyrics, was alive and kicking Friday night at the Mudhouse on the...read more Mar 20th, 2003
Number 3, and counting $-- DMB hits the roadIt would be news if the Dave Matthews Band were not planning a summer tour. That story isn't going to happen and no one seems happier than Matthews himself. "I'm always fired up to go out with the...read more Mar 20th, 2003
Color us happy: Jumpin' acts keep audience movingPalomar, 63 Crayons, and VHS and the Babiesat Tokyo RoseMarch 6 Spring Break! Yes, fellow residents of Charlottesville, last week signaled the yearly migration of many of this town's young and...read more Mar 13th, 2003
Cough, cough: Solo act chokesMike Doughty at Starr Hill218 Water Street March MadnessSam Wilson Quartet at Orbit Billiards   It's been a while since I made the scene, and even longer since I produced a string of words for...read more Mar 13th, 2003
Transported: Choruses take us to HeavenBach Motet: Festival Chorus, the Virginia Consort, and the Youth Choraleat Cabell HallMarch 2 Pictures of Johannes Brahms tend to show him in his later years, disguised from the nose down by a dark...read more Mar 6th, 2003
Trixie & Ian: Strange narratives set to musicScene Creamers with Trixie Deliciousat Tokyo RoseFriday, February 28   Ian Svenonius, singer with Scene Creamers, began his inter-song dialogues with a comment that set the tone for the rest of...read more Mar 6th, 2003
Cheaper than Nikes: APC docks with ShippThe collaboration of Anti-Pop Consortium and Matthew Shipp has easily twin-peaked their respective careers. Hip-hop, modern classical, free jazz, and glitch (music centered on unpredictable,...read more Feb 27th, 2003
Otherworldly: Holst's Planets soothe soulsCharlottesville and University Symphony Orchestraat Cabell HallSunday, February 23 I made it two minutes too late. By the time I reached Old Cabell, panting from my parking lot sprint, auditorium...read more Feb 27th, 2003