Welcome to the first edition of Circle Pit, Dust Up’s weekly round-up of news, new music and more from Richmond, Va. With this column we hope to help keep everyone in the loop and celebrate the prolific output of our creative community.
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- Reginald Chapman (Foxygen, No BS! Brass Band, Pressure Fit) says goodbye to RVA (for now) at his going away show at Cary St. Cafe on Monday, Aug. 14th. He’s headed back to Chicago to finish his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We’re sad to see him go, but super excited and proud of him for doing the thing! Good luck!!
- Keep joined Citrus City Records and Black Naked Wings joined Trrrash Records. EggHunt Records also announced the addition of Toronto-based trio Little Coyote. Their debut full length The Trouble With Teeth comes out October 13th.
- Friends for Equality raised over $800 for Nationz Foundation during benefit show and afternoon market at Strange Matter with Dave Watkins, Sammi Lanzetta, Private Cry, The Skin and Womajich Dialyseiz. Bravo!!
- Jet Trails Media changed their name to Jet Trails Music. Check back later this month for a feature story exploring the history of Jet Trails, the reasoning behind the name change and more!
- Dazeases returned to their lo-fi roots in a new video for “Low Battery.”
- McKinley Dixon re-released his debut album, Who Taught You To Hate Yourself, on vinyl via Wadada Records and HHV Records. You can order a copy of your own now, or you can wait a few weeks and grab a copy at one of McKinley’s upcoming shows. But don’t wait long as these are already moving quick!
- Kenneka Cook recorded a live performance with RVATRACK for their August episode (shown in the banner photo by Craig Zirpolo). Her debut LP tracked and mixed by Scott Lane and is due out soon via American Paradox Records.
- Ahead of their 12-day residency in Bandung, Java, Indonesia, Rumput released their self-titled album which we featured as our Bandcamp of the Week. In another bittersweet farewell, bandleader Hannah Standiford, bassist Natalie Quick, and puppeteer Edward Breitner will stay on for a year of immersive study — Hannah as a Fulbright scholar studying kroncong, and Natalie and Edward as Darmasiswa scholars studying gamelan and wayang (shadow theater), respectively.
- Christi premiered “Say My Name” from their upcoming tape, Christi 2. The release arrives just in time for their final show with Sheer Mag, Haram and Birth Defects at Strange Matter on August 25th.
- Headless Mantis and Vvuumm (formerly known as Ashes) released a split called Trrrash Crystal Radio via Trrrash Records and Crystal Pistol Records. The bands leave town for a weekender run of the northeast starting August 16th.
- VV released their debut EP, Don’t Look at Me, on Trrrash Records and embarked on their first tour.
- Dave Watkins released a new piece called Respite on Bandcamp. He also had limited edition CD copies of the piece at the Friends for Equality benefit; be sure to grab a copy while you can!
- Starsick released an EP on Bandcamp called Collections that totally caught us by surprise but has us all excited to see what they have planned for this fall. We’ll follow up on that and keep everyone in the loop!
- And a personal shout-out: Dust Up released our Good Day RVA Live Audio Vol. 1 compilation which is available for free on Bandcamp and $5 on limited edition cassettes.
Upcoming Shows Playlist
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