Music Features

Viral video: Somehow Mann has succeeded without one
Published on Apr 11th, 2011
3 comments Former Richmonder Aimee Mann started out in a new-wave band and indulged a few solid alt-rock tendencies on her 1993 solo debut, but she had started down the long road of maturing into a folk-pop...
Interview: Itzhak Perlman on love and excellence
Published on Apr 4th, 2011
0 comments We run interviews with musicians in this space pretty regularly, but Itzhak Perlman is in a very different class from most. At this point in his career, the Israeli violinist's mastery of his...
Old 97's: Now actually older, and accordingly wiser
Published on Apr 2nd, 2011
1 comments The Old 97's were early leaders in the alt-country scene during the '90s, mixing country twang and punkish attitude with literate pop songwriting. After 17 years together, the Dallas-based band is...
Unsmug Pug: Sometimes, nice guys do finish first
Published on Apr 1st, 2011
2 comments Joe Pug is a nice guy. No, really. For as much as critics and reviewers like to roll their eyes at the prospect of a genuinely nice guy making waves in the music industry, we at The Hook can say,...
INTERVIEW- Slaid! Ditching roots for pop philosophy
Published on May 8th, 2008
0 comments   Cleaves: "I want to take a stab at being more relevant to the general culture, instead of stuck in a dusty museum. That's  what I fear for folk music."PUBLICITY PHOTO   Slaid...
Chieftains: Iconic band offers all Irish all the time
Published on Feb 22nd, 2007
0 comments Even though the Chieftains have more than earned their keep as the world's top traditional Irish ensemble– their website is irish.com, and the government even gave them a state-sanctioned...
Bomb buzz: Threat doesn't slow Stones
Published on Oct 17th, 2005
0 comments When the Rolling Stones came to Scott Stadium on October 6, many expected the concert would be the bomb. But no one expected a bomb threat would take the Stones off the stage for nearly an hour and...
Concert FAQs: Questions and conundra
Published on Oct 17th, 2005
0 comments Where did the Stones stay? Richmond's Hotel Jefferson for the duration of the D.C.-Charlottesville-Durham leg of the tour. But Mick spent concert night and one more at Keswick Hall. What's with Mick'...
Concert pix
Published on Oct 17th, 2005
0 comments   The Stones shattered many expectations   Mick and Keith start it up (8:55pm)   230 VIPs and lottery winners perched over the band   Michael Philip Jagger was born July 26...
Getting through: Stones confront traffic, lingerie
Published on Oct 17th, 2005
0 comments For hundreds and perhaps thousands of concert-goers, the bomb scare wasn't the biggest beast of burden. It was the traffic, and if it hadn't been for quick thinking by some local officers, even the...
Setting up: Big crew for a big task
Published on Oct 17th, 2005
0 comments About 235 locals joined 265 roadies to put on this show   Dale Skjerseth, the production manager for the Rolling Stones and Tres Thomas, the promoter   It took 35 trucks for the...
Stone groove: Fanfare for the uncommon fan
Published on Oct 17th, 2005
0 comments   "I'm in that rock and roll spirit," declares C.J. Bell (right) who flew in to the Charlottesville Airport from Boca Raton. She, however, was here not for the Stones, but for a four-day...
Town sugar: Stones smite Charlottesville
Published on Oct 17th, 2005
0 comments "Beatles or Stones?" goes the celebrity death-match, the age-old battle for rock supremacy. It's a rare fan who'd contend that Mick and Keith are better composers than Lennon and McCartney. But what...
Stoned: The setlist
Published on Oct 13th, 2005
0 comments Start: 8:48pm 1. Start Me Up - "Welcome, Charlottesville," Mick yelled out after this standard but classic concert opener. He then ticked off a list of places concert-goers had come from: Richmond,...
Da bomb: Promoter sez Stones dug us
Published on Oct 13th, 2005
0 comments The World's Greatest Rock Band comes to Charlottesville and is greeted with– a bomb threat. The unusual part wasn't the threat, it's that it stopped the show. "We get bomb threats every two or...
How was it? Tiny reviews from the floor and tailgates
Published on Oct 13th, 2005
0 comments "Except for getting stuck with this bomb scare," says Jake Sullivan of McLean, "this guy rocked and rolled. I'd seen it inside at the MCI, but this was better."   Morgan Woodyard, 18: "These...
How many licks? A discography
Published on Sep 30th, 2005
0 comments A BIGGER BANG  compiled by HOOK STAFF 1964  The Rolling Stones England's Newest Hitmakers - The Rolling Stones (US) Five By Five 12 x 5 (US)    1965  The Rolling...
All access: Each generation claims the Stones
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments Not counting illnesses and a forced three-day exile for stink-bombing the lunchroom, the only time I missed class in high school was one fall day in 1981 when the Stones announced they'd play the now...
Another Capshaw production - not!
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments He has his finger in so many pies in town that some folks might think C'ville stands for Capshawville. Coran Capshaw is the manager of the local-boys-make-good Dave Matthews Band. He has his own...
Banged up: New album bangs
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments ROLLING STONES: A BIGGER BANG (EMI) This is the Stones' first studio album since 1997's Bridges to Babylon. Release dates: Europe on September 5. US/Canada on September 6 Producers: Don Was and the...
Question: Are you gonna get Stoned?
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments "I am going to the Rolling Stones show," says Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine art director Travis Searcy. "It's my birthday, and my girlfriend got me the tickets as a present."   Ceiling and...
A bigger lot: Concert parking tips for U
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments   Tow trucks lurking: Thinking that a local business won't mind your car for "just a few hours" may be your ticket to a tow.   Friends in near places: Until City zoning officials clamped...
Concert factoids for October 6, 2005
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments THE SHOW Headliner: The Rolling Stones Opener: Trey Anastasio   THE HOURS Doors open: 5:30pm Show begins: 7pm   THE WORD Announced: May 10, 2005 Via: live video-feed from New York's...
Heartbreak motel: Ticket fraud could ruin your day
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments Ticket scalping isn't new. In fact, it's been around since most of the ticket holders for this October's Rolling Stones concert were born. Reps for Ticketmaster, the official ticketing agent for most...
Rolling in: Hotels booked and business booming
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments When tickets for the October 6 Rolling Stones show went on sale on May 20, seats for the biggest rock show in Charlottesville's history weren't the only thing snapped up. "We were full the day it was...
A Stones glossary: Or... how to smarm your way backstage
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments Glimmer Twins. Pseudonym for the duo of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, usually found in the liner notes preceded by the words "produced by." Don't confuse that moniker with the Toxic Twins (Steven...
Please allow me to introduce myself...' Meet the Rolling Stones
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments MICK JAGGER: Time is on his side  When the 22-year-old lead singer of the Rolling Stones first strutted across British and American television screens performing his band's first #1 hit "(I Can...
Testing, testing: UVA's wild rockin' history
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments As best we can determine, Duke Ellington in 1956 was the first concert in Scott Stadium. Then came Dave Matthews in 2001. But if you think you know the history of rockin' shows at UVA, you might get...
Stone crazy! Scott show creates local frenzy
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments It's Friday, May 20, about 30 minutes before the magic hour of 10am, when ticket buyers all over America are ready to let their fingers do the rockin'. Here at Scott Stadium, the rain and drizzle...
70 jolt?: Anastasio opens for the Stones
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments For their 31st tour, the Rolling Stones are playing more than 60 venues in 30 states, but ticket-holders for the Scott Stadium performance will be attending a rare performance. The October 6 show in...