Music Reviews

DJ Duo: Spinners banish the cold
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments DJ Third Degree and DJ Bovay at Atomic Burrito Saturday, January 22 The cold has come. Personally, I can't stand it. Any weather below 60 degrees is too chilly for my bones. Conversely, I was...
Singular sermon: Looking both back and ahead
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments Published January 27, 2004, in issue 0404 of the Hook The Arcade Fire: Funeral (Merge) BY MARK GRABOWSKI TUNES@READTHEHOOK.COM Mixing lo-fi beauty with the pains and pleasures of living on their full...
Deep purple: Station goes 'members' only
Published on Jan 20th, 2005
0 comments American Dumpster  StationJanuary 16 "I think he's playing your theme song." She leaned in and spoke the words with a sly grin. I could barely hear her through the muffled music coming from the...
Bluesy introduction: Only one #9
Published on Jan 20th, 2005
0 comments Fulton Patrick and the Fulltones with guitarist Arik VanBrocklin  Fellini's No. 9January 14 Last Friday night was my first trip to the beautifully renovated Fellini's No. 9, and although I didn...
Dynamic duo: Sweet infection from northern twins
Published on Jan 13th, 2005
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Ghetto Jamiroquai: Cooling tea, smokin' tunes
Published on Jan 13th, 2005
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Family Affair: A Hunter gathering
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments Blake Hunter, Peter Hunter, Debbie Hunter, Tom O'Connor, Paul Rosner, Teswar Wood at Twisted Branch Tea BazaarJanuary 1 There was this house, a huge log cabin with various rooms and inlets, an...
Slim pickings: Rasta la vista, baby
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments Shayar and Krooshal Forceat Miller'sJanuary 1 Options were quite slim last Saturday night– the exodus of students for the holidays, the hangovers being nursed from the New Year's celebrations...
Pure grandeur: Spellbinding sound-scapes
Published on Dec 23rd, 2004
0 comments >>Ostinato: Left Too Far Behind  (Exile On Mainstream Records) F**k Phil Spector. Ostinato's Left Too Far Behind has the real Wall of Sound. The distortion on the group's second album,...
Seasonal mix: Ho-ho-ho'ing around the town
Published on Dec 23rd, 2004
0 comments Jeff Decker Quartet at Miller'sJamal Millner at the OutbackJay Pun at Michael's BistroWednesday, December 15 On December 15 at Miller's the smoke was pretty damn bad. Luckily, the music was pretty...
Worldly: Zap Mama does it right
Published on Dec 16th, 2004
0 comments >>Zap Mama: Ancestry In Progress  (Luaka Bop) In a strange twist on the spirit of the season, I ran into a friend last week who invited me to boycott big spending this holiday season in...
Ain't gonna fall: A low-key sort of evening
Published on Dec 16th, 2004
0 comments Hard Rainat Dürty Nelly'sSaturday, December 11 Saturday night, December 11, was a bleak one, where even the usual drunken revelers who lunge by my car window as I make my way toward the University...
King of the Corner?: A room right for rockin'
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments The Vacationers, Travis Elliott, and the New Jenkins at the Satellite BallroomFriday, December 3 Located in what must be one of the best locations for live music in Charlottesville, the Satellite...
Such a deal: Six bands rock on Ridge
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments Benvolio, Among The Fallen, The Wave, Faith In Failure, Body For Karate, Bad Karmaat the Music Resource Center Saturday, December 4  "If I had one of these to go to when I was younger, I...
The little things: Impromptu jams unleash magic
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments Greg Howard, John D'earth, Matt Weiss, Jamal Milner at Gravity LoungeSunday, November 28 It's the little things in life that bring one joy. Things like the squirting sound of cheese popping out of...
Timeless tunes: Just one big good time
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments Lester Bowers and Shelton Sprouseat Miller'sFriday, November 26 Summer would be my favorite time to be in Charlottesville, except I hate the heat. The streets are clear, the crowds dispersed, and...
Empty Fields: Working on a weekday-- yawn
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments Dean Fieldsat OrbitTuesday, November 16 Thanks to work, the necessity of sleep, and attempting to keep interpersonal relations at least a stage away from iceberg, I usually review musical events...
Sparkly: 30 million fans can't be wrong
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments EminemEncore  (Shady/Aftermath) Why Eminem? The answer is easy. The man has gone diamond. I'm sure you've all heard of platinum plaques. When an artist reaches platinum status he has sold at...
Loopy: Jazzy noodling casts a spell
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments Bill Frisellat Starr Hill Music HallTuesday, November 9 Bill Frisell coming to Starr Hill was an occasion special enough to draw me out of the warmth of my house on a chilly fall evening. Frisell is...
Shed show: Amy, Mongrel leave audience panting
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments Getting to Rapunzel's Coffee & Books in Lovingston is a bit of a drive down Route 29, but whenever I go, the trip proves well worth it. This time the old packing shed where Rapunzel has made her...
Price of freedom: Rock for a reason
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments The Treatment, the Fingerpainters, and Races to Aprilat the Outback LodgeSaturday, November 6 Students for a Free Tibet at UVA held their annual benefit concert Saturday, November 6, at Outback...
Rat-a-tat: Drummer makes the show
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments The Steve Kimock BandStarr Hill Music HallSunday, November 7 Sunday shows at Starr Hill always start earlier than usual. In the past I've sometimes forgotten that. I usually arrive an hour late,...
All covers eve: Getting them just right
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments Sierra atDürty Nelly'sSaturday, October 30 To me, the country-rock band Sierra seemed like a strange choice for Dürty Nelly's Halloween show, but what do I know? The turnout for the show was better...
Seeing double: Del, Zion 1, Opio mix it up
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments Bukue One, Zion I, Haiku D'tat, Del Tha Funkee HomosapienThursday, October 28at Starr Hill Music Hall It was Eric who showed up in a long-ago early December with the first Souls of Mischief album, '...
An improvement: Nowhere to go but up
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments Particle Starr Hill Music HallSunday, October 25 This Particle wasn't the same Particle I saw before. There was more than a particle of difference. This Particle was more focused and controlled,...
Hip-hop split: Two groups, two (wild) views
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments Mos Def The New Danger  (Geffen) Mobb DeepAmerica's Nightmare  (Geffen) The election's coming soon, and to tell you the truth, I'm a little bit nervous. Last week at a friend's going-away...
Like old times: In the black at the Rose
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments Published October 21, 2004, in issue 0342 of the Hook Fallout Countdown, Finger Painters, and The Great White Jenkinsat Tokyo Rose Saturday, October 16 BY MARK GRABOWSKI TUNES@READTHEHOOK.COM Living...
Big hair lives! Morphing from cover to cover
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments Aquanett atOutback LodgeSaturday, October 9 I've been meaning to check out '80s hair metal cover band Aquanett ever since they first started playing at Outback Lodge a short while ago, but last...
Virtuoso: Look, Ma, both hands!
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments Greg Howardat Miller'sMonday, October 11 In music, ambidexterity can be found everywhere– or at least I have noticed a valiant quest for acquiring the skill in the art of making music....
Fridays farewell: End of an era of Mall rockin'
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments Jimmy O BandFinal Fridays at the grassy amphitheaterOctober 1 Perhaps it was the weather– which since the afternoon had been threatening a colossal downpour– or perhaps it was the fact...