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Circle Pit Vol. 1: A Week in RVA Music

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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Rumput by Joey Wharton

New Releases

  • 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.
Buddy List by Craig Zirpolo

Upcoming Shows Playlist

We’re on Spotify! Every week we’ll compile a playlist of bands performing in Richmond. It’s a heck of a listen, so hopefully there’s a little something to encourage everyone to #gettothegig!

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