Between Chaos and Melody with Screamo Trio Truman

Truman, a mainstay in Richmond’s DIY heavy music scene, is currently on a month-long tour across the US. With them are copies of their latest cassette, Ma Doi, a 17-minute emotional hardcore excursion released this past April on Middle-Man and …

RVA Shows You Must See This Week: 6/21 – 6/27

FEATURED SHOW Saturday, June 24, 7 PM Third Annual First Time’s The Charm, feat. Dad, Lula, Wow Qwn, Where’s Zach, The Circuits, Jade And Kiev, Lettie Nowhere, Amazing Friends, Synthdicate Slimez @ Strange Matter – $5 Elbow Room returns for …

Commonwealth of Notions VII Returns to Strange Matter

Cover photo by Patrick Moran Flyer by R.M. Livingston Each summer, RVA musician, journalist and promoter Shannon Cleary takes his passion for local music from the airwaves at WRIR to the streets for the annual Commonwealth of Notions festival. In the …

Rainbow Kitten Surprise Rocks Friday Cheers

Friday Cheers returned for the sixth round of their weekly heavy hitting performances on Brown’s Island last Friday featuring Boone, N.C.’s Rainbow Kitten Surprise and RVA’s Sleepwalkers. Catchy hooks, dynamic instrumentation and superb vocal harmonies were abundant from both acts …

Saw Black Releases Split with Dogwood Tales

Saw Black and Dogwood Tales — KOA Split As they prepare to leave for a weeklong tour of the north east, RVA’s Saw Black and Harrisonburg’s Dogwood Tales released a stripped down EP tracked in a KOA Cabin in Peru, Illinois …

A Weekend on the Road with B. Hurtado and gemtone

Ambient/experimental performer Brandon Hurtado and fellow dark ambient/sadpop artist gemtone explored the east coast on a weekend tour in early May which took them from Richmond to Charlottesville, up to Brooklyn through Baltimore and Philadelphia then back again. During the tour, Hurtado …

RVA Bandcamp Of The Week: We Never by We Never

We Never – We Never Familiar and fascinating. Intimate and inquisitive. The new self-titled EP by Carter Burton’s We Never project is a terse collection of pulsating rock songs that create a very special sonic experience for listeners, one highly …

Everybody’s Birthday Celebrates Seven Years of DIY Fun

There’s a long history in the music world of artists coming together and pooling their individual talents to create something that’s bigger than what any one of them could do alone. Through the years, so many amazing musicians and performers …

The Head and The Heart Return Home to Virginia

I’d be lying if I said I was steeped in the matters of The Head & The Heart before attending their show in Charlottesville on Wednesday. I of course knew them by their clout and reputation as indie-folk darlings with …

Against All Odds, Navi Lives

Going to shows 4 or 5 times a week, you get into a rhythm of what to expect. There’s a Facebook event page with some DIY memes, bands show up early and load in their gear and each venue or …