Music Reviews

Cough, cough: Solo act chokes
Published on Mar 13th, 2003
0 comments Mike 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...
Transported: Choruses take us to Heaven
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments Bach 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...
Trixie & Ian: Strange narratives set to music
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments Scene 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...
Cheaper than Nikes: APC docks with Shipp
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments The 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,...
Otherworldly: Holst's Planets soothe souls
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments Charlottesville 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...
Riff rush: Party anthems make you smile
Published on Feb 20th, 2003
0 comments CD 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....
To the quick: Cave finally finds his place
Published on Feb 20th, 2003
0 comments The 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...
Highlighting the best: Songwriters Showcase II
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments 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...
Snoredom: Only an occasional wake-up act
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments UVA'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...
LDOM: Organic music with soul
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments The 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...
Stars in the shed: Rapunzel's makes listening easy
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments The 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...
Metal lineup rocks the Rose
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments Are 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...
More than OK: Afro beat band wins converts
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments Antibalasat 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...
Divine descendant: Rose line-up not watered down
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments Somer 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...
Learning to swing: Boogaloo group fills in the spaces
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments Like 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-...
Art imitates death: Kool J Muhammad and DJ Malvo "Born To Kill"
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments 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...
Bewitching duende: Flamenco comes to town
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments Zamora 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...
Modern magic: Melvin melts the crowds
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments George 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...
Vinyl mining: Dig deep for classic treasures
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments A 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...
Packed with poems: Moving readings provide respite
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments The 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...
Touring the city: Walking in Jerusalem takes listeners there
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments The 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...
Can the Muzak: Oratorio Society delivers the real thing
Published on Dec 18th, 2002
0 comments The 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...
It's all here: Jigs, reels, tunes, songs
Published on Dec 18th, 2002
0 comments King 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...
Prodigy: Trucks knew it all by 10
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments Derek Trucks Bandat Starr HillThursday, December 5 As my crew and I stood around waiting for Derek Trucks to take the stage, anticipation was rising for what was a guaranteed to be a killer...
Have yourself a jazzy little...
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments UVA Jazz Ensembleat Old Cabell HallFriday, December 6 The drifts were still deep Friday evening, but a sizeable number braved bitter cold to get to Old Cabell Hall to see John D'earth lead the UVa...
Curb jerky: Local band sounds overdone
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments With most students at an exam or on the road, last week the Corner turned into a barren stretch of empty hang-outs. Monday night, only a handful showed up at Orbit to waste some pre-turkey drag...
Going up: Ted Stryker boys on the move
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments The Civil War Re-Enactors and Ted Stryker's Drinking Problem at Tokyo Rose, Friday, November 29 A large contingent of Charlottesville's rock scene should probably decide to pack up their axes, amps,...
Give 'em some rock dots: Sierra gets down and rocks
Published on Nov 28th, 2002
0 comments Sierraat Dürty Nelly's PubSunday, November 24  It's not often I get to bookend a Sunday in rock dots. But that morning, in a van on I-64 West, drumming Mötley Crüe on the dashboard, I...
Big letdown: Phish's Fishman isn't enough
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments I haven't eaten pork in at least a decade. Not for religious reasons or because of some age-old doctrine on the grossness of swine, but because every time I eat it something in my stomach doesn't...
Pleasant surprise: Maiden gig makes fans smile
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments Post Modal Collectiveat OrbitSunday, November 17 Flipping through this week's calendar, I noticed a newcomer to the Sunday night slot at Orbit: The Post Modal Collective. The name seemed somewhat...