Music Stories

Riff rush: Party anthems make you smileCD ReviewThe DonnasSpend the Night I'm ashamed to say that The Donna's new album, Spend the Night, (Atlantic) is my latest guilty pleasure. Nobody takes The Donnas seriously, and for good reason....read more Feb 20th, 2003
To the quick: Cave finally finds his placeThe quiet that fills Nocturama, the new release by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, is one of peace, not suffocation. As a teen in his native Australia, Cave was the neighborhood hellion, a boy whose...read more Feb 20th, 2003
Skipping billies: Dave & Tim show bypasses CharlottesvilleWidely thought to be his first solo tour, Dave Matthews' latest performance schedule turns out to be a duo tour with longtime DMB sideman and guitar virtuoso Tim Reynolds. Unfortunately for locals,...read more Feb 20th, 2003
Highlighting the best: Songwriters Showcase II The music was under way by the time I arrived at Starr Hill for the second installment of the Songwriters Showcase. I got there in time to catch the last few tunes from Irishman Paul Kasey, a...read more Feb 13th, 2003
Snoredom: Only an occasional wake-up actUVA's "Fest Full of Rock," as a first-time effort, had a decent roster; I'd heard of most of the bands and looked forward to the chance to see them in action. Even with minimum publicity, the line-up...read more Feb 13th, 2003
LDOM: Organic music with soulThe CD jacket of Inner System Blues, the third album by The Last Days of May, is covered with multihued portraits of sad-faced, weary businessmen. They stand in groups, immobilized by despair, as if...read more Feb 6th, 2003
Stars in the shed: Rapunzel's makes listening easyThe Jan Smith Band and Brady Earnhartat Rapunzel's Coffee & BooksSunday, February 1 Saturday night was my second time ever at Rapunzel's Coffee & Books in Lovingston, and I have to say that I...read more Feb 6th, 2003
Metal lineup rocks the RoseAre You...?, Bonestorm, and Municipal Wasteat Tokyo RoseFriday, January 24   True metal was born in '70s Britain, when Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Co. took the sludge of Black Sabbath and...read more Jan 30th, 2003
More than OK: Afro beat band wins convertsAntibalasat Starr Hill Music HallFriday, January 24 Antibalas first brought afro-beat to Starr Hill in September, 2002. At that time very few people knew of the 12-piece behemoth band out of New...read more Jan 30th, 2003
Divine descendant: Rose line-up not watered downSomer Waters the Others, and Civil War Re-enactorsat Tokyo RoseFriday, January 17 Friday night at Tokyo Rose, despite the absence of the headlining act (the Carlsonics), the rare sound of strings...read more Jan 23rd, 2003
Learning to swing: Boogaloo group fills in the spacesLike Cream, CSN&Y, or The Traveling Wilburys, Phatback Boogaloo is an all-star super-group, although of the homegrown variety. The four members of this jazz act all currently play in other well-...read more Jan 23rd, 2003
Art imitates death: Kool J Muhammad and DJ Malvo "Born To Kill"It all started when DJs Squeeze and Mike Brie (founding members of the Kobra Kai battle DJ crew) came across a hard-to-find record by West Coast gangster rapper Eazy E. Around the same time, the...read more Jan 16th, 2003
Bewitching duende: Flamenco comes to townZamora and Granadaat the Twisted Branch Tea BazaarSaturday, January 11 To put it simply, flamenco is the moody child of Andalusian folk and gypsy form. It's as identifiably Spanish as the running...read more Jan 16th, 2003
Modern magic: Melvin melts the crowdsGeorge Melvinat South Street BreweryMonday, January 6   True entertainers are rare, and George Melvin is one of the few. Enthroned behind his Kurzweil electric baby grand, he shows himself time...read more Jan 9th, 2003
Vinyl mining: Dig deep for classic treasuresA number of my friends received record players over the holiday. Seeing them prodded me to fire up my own turntable after months of disuse. I encourage all music lovers to own a record player. I'm...read more Jan 9th, 2003
New Year's Dave: Solo, shopping, snagging awardsIt was only a matter of time. Dave Matthews is going solo on tour, at least. Matthews isn't digging a grave for his band, just dropping the "B" from DMB for a series of as-yet-unreleased 2003 tour...read more Jan 9th, 2003
Packed with poems: Moving readings provide respiteThe bustling of the holiday season is in full swing. The usual moral virus has infected many people, forcing them to shop, spend, give, and receive. Nothing new, just the same ol' end of the year...read more Dec 26th, 2002
Touring the city: Walking in Jerusalem takes listeners thereThe walls surrounding Jerusalem are pocked with thousands of tiny craters. They're bullet holes, vivid reminders of the volatile frustrations enclosed within this city of ancient conflicts. As for...read more Dec 26th, 2002
Can the Muzak: Oratorio Society delivers the real thingThe Oratorio Society of Charlottesville-AlbemarleSunday, December 15at Old Cabell Hall Auditorium We can't escape them. Certain holiday tunes, once so fun to sing along to when we were kids, now...read more Dec 18th, 2002
It's all here: Jigs, reels, tunes, songsKing Golden Bansheeat Dürty Nelly'sSunday, December 15 I had not been in Dürty Nelly's for about a year before this evening, the usual excuses, time, location, etc., keeping me away, and the bar...read more Dec 18th, 2002