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Hometown favorites: This Parachute floats upward

Arguably the most successful ensemble to break out of Charlottesville since Dave Matthews Band, Parachute– aka the group formerly known as Sparky's Flaw– returns home with friends in high places, international tours under their belt, and a sophomore album released with enough buzz and fanfare to hint at a future as mainstream pop stars.

Their transformation from high school kids making music in the basement to the love-song crooning stars they are today– starring in Nivea commercials, touring in Europe with Kelly Clarkson– wasn't an easy road, but it was one they took to like pros, according to lead singer Will Anderson. Long gone are the days where the guys flew to L.A. to record their debut album, rushing back on Monday morning for classes at UVA, but the link to Charlottesville– and to each other– remains strong.

"We're just the same guys, with the same friendship," Anderson says. "Not much has changed since we were in high school in terms of our relationship with each other. It keeps you grounded, it keeps you accountable."

The work the five C'ville boys have poured into their music hasn't been easy, and while Anderson understands the opportunity that comes from befriending...

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The week in review

Worst spate of females allegedly deliberately running down people: A Louisa teen is in custody after allegedly driving her car into a crowd outside a party just after midnight May 22. According to NBC29, the 17-year-old girl was in an argument, went to her car, and plowed into partygoers outside the Pine Ridge Apartments in Louisa, injuring four people. Her family says it was an accident. And Crozetian Janice Highlander, 28, is arrested on two counts of felonious assault May 21 for allegedly hitting two people in her car in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue.

Most gruesome discovery: A VDOT worker mowing May 23 finds a decomposing body off U.S. 29 in Nelson County. State Police later ID him as Sean P. Daly, 42, of Lovingston. Not seen since last Tuesday, May 17; his mom reported him missing.

Most troubled waters: Last week's heavy rains overwhelm the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority's sewer system, dumping 5.3 million gallons of sewage in Moores Creek, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow, which cites an email from RWSA director Tom Frederick.

Least funded roads: The Charlottesville Albemarle metropolitan region ranks last among the 14 areas in th...

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Side balk: Install of ped-stopping fence begins

Pedestrians got their first look at the black-painted aluminum structure that will keep them off the eastern sidewalk of the Belmont Bridge, as a crew from Howardsville-base Orme Fence Company began raising the 620-foot-long structure on Wednesday, May 25. The project began a day earlier as a workers began drilling anchor holes into the allegedly dangerous sidewalk. On April 4, a 3-2 majority on City Council decided to pay Orme $14,530 for the fence. However, a Hook investigation found that repairing the sidewalk might cost less than building the blockade.

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So much to write: New DMB book debuts

About a year ago, Boston-based author Nikki Van Noy called to ask questions about the early days of Dave Matthews Band in Charlottesville, based on a story we did in 2004 about the band's connection with Haines Fullerton, an early Matthews mentor who just missed rock stardom himself in the early 1980s with another local band called The Deal.

Now Simon & Schuster is releasing Van Noy's new book, So Much To Say: Dave Matthews Band, 20 Years On The Road on June 7. The Hook also had a chance to catch up with Van Noy.

The Hook: What did you set out to achieve?

Van Noy: It's part biography, part oral history. I wanted to tell the story of DMB’s first twenty years, but I wanted it to somehow convey the unique sort of energy and intensity that surrounds the band and its fan base.

Hook: That must have been difficult.

Van Noy: I spent the better part of two years reading through submissions and extensively interviewing a wide range of DMB fans. The final number of people quoted in the book doesn’t come even close to capturing the number of people I spoke with. In 2010 alone, I attended shows all over, including everywhere from Washington State to I...

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