Music Reviews

Interested: Two keep audience enthralled
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments Tom 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...
Musical bashing: Bands rock to sock Bush
Published on Oct 16th, 2003
0 comments Bands 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,...
Throwing fits: Dando's star power flickers
Published on Oct 16th, 2003
0 comments Evan 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...
MUSIC REVIEW- Cool Jacket: <I>Moves</I> will move you
Published on Oct 9th, 2003
0 comments My 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,...
Let down: Searching for a purpose?
Published on Oct 9th, 2003
0 comments 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...
Local accident: Two brilliantly unique EPs
Published on Oct 2nd, 2003
0 comments The 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...
What a night: Packed house roars for Rufus
Published on Oct 2nd, 2003
0 comments Rufus Wainwrightat Old Cabell HallSeptember 26 "I'm a gay-making machine!" said Rufus Wainwright Friday night at his concert in Old Cabell Hall. The comment was in reference to his blatant love-song...
Happenin': Zaireeka must be experienced
Published on Sep 25th, 2003
0 comments MUSIC REVIEW- Happenin': Zaireeka must be experienced   Zaireeka happening by Flaming Lips on CDat Brown CollegeFriday, September 19 "Happenings" just don't seem to happen much anymore....
Say what? Label manifests El-P's vision
Published on Sep 25th, 2003
0 comments Label review Def Jux may just be the 'prog-rap' label A while back, I had the privilege of watching the DVD documentary Revenge of the Robots, put out by independent label Definitive Juxtaposition (...
Cartoon planet: TTC's road to nowhere
Published on Sep 18th, 2003
0 comments MUSIC REVIEW- Cartoon planet: TTC's road to nowhere   Tom Tom Club  at Starr Hill Music Hall Sunday, September 14, 2003 BY ANDY MILLER ANDY@READTHEHOOK.COM. Perhaps the best song you'll...
MUSIC REVIEW- Tonal shift: <I>You</I> bring new crowd to Corner
Published on Sep 18th, 2003
0 comments BY MARK GRABOWSKI TUNES@READTHEHOOK.COM You (formerly Airmail) and Ted Stryker's Drinking Problemat JabberwockySeptember 11, 2003 Thursday, September 11, marked the meeting of two worlds, two...
Alignment: Bands respond to planets' vibes
Published on Sep 11th, 2003
0 comments Foundation Stoneat Garden of Sheba Homemade Breadat OrbitSaturday, September 6 Mars is closer to earth than it has been in a long time. I don't believe in a lot of the new age gibberish about...
Dulcet tones: Ezra's voice steals the show
Published on Sep 11th, 2003
0 comments Ezra Hamiltonat Michael's Bistro Wednesday, September 3 "It's sweet music to make love to"– or so said one particular art student in my vicinity as Ezra Hamilton and his group laid down song...
No tomorrow: Oregon Hill's groovy fallback
Published on Sep 4th, 2003
0 comments Oregon Hill Funk All-Stars at Outback Lodge Friday, August 29 It felt like a party for someone you don't know very well; listening to the jazzy, loose funk of the Oregon Hill Funk All-Stars...
Pigging out: Hogs rule the Mall
Published on Sep 4th, 2003
0 comments Hogwaller Ramblers at Escafé Sunday, August 31 It can strike people as a little odd that the Hogwaller Ramblers, one of the best old-time/bluegrass/rootsy rock n' roll acts in town, has had a...
Part and Particle: Being at the show makes it better
Published on Aug 28th, 2003
0 comments Particle and Rock Star Showdownat Starr HillAugust 22 and 23   Friday night's plan to check out Particle at Starr Hill came to a halt when my two-year-old daughter kept waking up with an upset...
Winning combo: Hot Lunch satisfies the crowd
Published on Aug 28th, 2003
0 comments Rock Star Showdownat Starr HillAugust 23 I like the anonymity of being a writer– almost no one knows your name and almost no one is glad you came. That's why it was certainly out of character...
Direct hit: Revved up roots rock rules
Published on Aug 21st, 2003
0 comments Former NYC punk band D-Generation put out three of the best records of the '90s that didn't get heard by nearly enough folks. As a result, the band did the usual: faced pressure from inside and out,...
High Strung: And loving that energy!
Published on Aug 21st, 2003
0 comments The High Strungat Miller'sAugust 17   It's 12:56 in the morning, I'm hopped up on coke (a cola) and nicotine, hopped down on beer, and need sleep more than any time in recent memory. But before...
Twist and shout: Teahouse rocks, Outback rolls
Published on Aug 14th, 2003
0 comments Tanakhat Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar; The Brown Notesat Outback LodgeThursday, August 7 The Twisted Branch is slowly becoming one of my favorite places to see music. The environment is chill, and...
Comfortable: Originals, covers vie on the Corner
Published on Jul 31st, 2003
0 comments Travis Elliotat the VirginianSaturday, July 26   I arrived at the Virginian at about 10pm, fresh from a Hook cookout, where much meat was eaten and many beverages were consumed. My current...
No hair: Hip-hop, drums, and "Racists"
Published on Jul 31st, 2003
0 comments Old School Hip Hop Jam at the Monticello Event CenterAfrican Drum Festival on the MallRacists of Farmville and Atomatron at Tokyo RoseSaturday July 26, 2003   A friend of mine was just...
Space travel: '60s CD takes a UFO ride
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments Some girls like mink. Some like diamonds. I like the Troggs. A few years ago, my mom handed over her coveted breadbox of '60s singles. As a kid, I'd tried to sneak in a few scratches with my Fisher...
Welcome Break: Local stars glitter at party
Published on Jul 24th, 2003
0 comments A pair of free tickets is enough to get me to go almost anywhere– including, but not limited to, rock shows, peep shows, sorority mixers, musicals, and demolition derbies. And if the tickets in...
Thanks, physics! Babies CD a keeper
Published on Jul 17th, 2003
0 comments Some albums take their time growing on you, requiring many listens for their final grandeur and worth to shine through. Some hit you right away, akin to being hit in the throat by a gold brick. Of...
Hoots and hollers: New groups get big howdy
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments Los Cranios and Karma BumsRapunzel's Coffee & BooksSaturday, July 5 I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Rapunzel's Coffee & Books in Lovingston is one of my favorite venues in the...
Happenstance: Out of the rain, into excitement
Published on Jul 10th, 2003
0 comments Civil War Re-enactors, Corndawg, Ground Monkeys, and Adam Taberat the PudhouseWednesday, July 2 Not surprisingly, thunderheads materialized again this past Wednesday night, and the downpour soaked...
Bonnaroo II: Hacks and Indecision play with legends
Published on Jul 3rd, 2003
0 comments Indecision, Hackensaw Boys, Neil Young, et al.June 13-15Manchester, Tennessee What happens when you clear roads through a muddy old 500-acre Tennessee farm, miles from any major interstate, book 75...
Groovephobia? Emphasize the bad-ass
Published on Jul 3rd, 2003
0 comments Skyline Awake atat Tokyo RoseThursday, June 26 I've always been fond of the underground venue. I'm not talking "We suck so we're underground." I'm talking actual subsurface locations. When we're...
Richmond riches: Bands swamp the Rose
Published on Jun 26th, 2003
0 comments Circuit Halo, el Presidente, Kojakat Tokyo RoseFriday, June 20   At five on Friday, the tennis court basin of University Ave. pooled with a freakish burst of heavy, pelting rain. As I sat...