Welcome to the second edition of Circle Pit, Dust Up’s weekly round-up of news, music and more from Richmond, Va. This week students return to VCU and there’s a whole slew of big releases and shows around town, so let’s dive right into it!
- Ice Cream Support Group hosts the Nu Richmond festival on Friday and Saturday of this week. Stay tuned for more preview coverage of the festival coming soon. But for now, you can sign up to help staff the festival here!
- Shockoe Bottom venue/bar 25 Watt is closing on Monday, Aug. 21st. They are currently looking for a new space, but haven’t found one yet. If you have any leads, hit them up!
- Steady Sounds is hosting a Twin Peaks listening party on Saturday to coincide with the Great Southern series of Twin Peaks-related events across town this weekend.
- J Roddy Walston & The Business released a new single, “You Know Me Better,” and hit the road for their fall tour kicking off in Brooklyn, NY August 22nd. Check their US tour schedule here.
- On Friday Christi plays their last show and releases their cassette Christi II at Strange Matter with Sheer Mag, Haram and Birth Defects.
- Don Babylon closes the tour for their debut LP, Babe, at the Camel on Friday, which will also be their last show before they move from Richmond.
- On Saturday Flora hosts a Planned Parenthood benefit show featuring Pete Curry, The Smirks, Foresterr and Neat Sweep.
- The James River Film Society hosts a screening of Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk on Saturday at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
- Minor Poet releases their Egghunt Records debut, And How?, on Saturday at Strange Matter alongside Blush Face, Spooky Cool and Sammi Lanzetta.
- Illiterate Light released a music video for “Growin Down,” and host the album release show for their EP Ego Flora I on Saturday at The Camel.
- Sid Kingsley released a new live video for “Lady in the Wall” filmed by Daniel Bagby and recorded/mixed by Scott Lane of RVATRACK.
- Big No released a new album, Get Over Yourself, recorded at Sound of Music Studios with engineer Alan Weatherhead shortly after the core duo of Nathan Grice and Heather Jerabeck moved from San Francisco to Richmond.
- Powerviolence thrashers Charmer released their split with Amara, available on vinyl via Born Dead Records.
- Folk punk singer/songwriter Mikey Stough released Live in Greensboro, a recording from On Pop Of The World Studio in Greensboro, NC, on June 26th, 2017.
- Easycore group Telltale released the first single, “Floodwall,” from their upcoming EP Good Intentions out on Sept. 22nd.
- Vaporwave artist ｍｅｓｓａｇｅ_ｆａｉｌｅｄreleased a groovy loop and sample-heavy EP, 単なるジョーク.
- Traffic Calming Pattern, aka Phil Ford of Get in the Car, released an ambient, improvisational electronic EP Truth Seeker.
- Industrial synthpunk group SameStory released their first single, “Hell is a Hot and Beautiful Place,” from their sleep paralysis-themed new EP Alive//Paralyzed out on October 5th.
- Electronic/hip hop artist graverobber released, “Codeine Fountain XII (Free Bleeding),” the first single from their upcoming album out on Funeral Home Sounds.
- Post hardcore quartet Inquiry released a new EP, Sensitive Machines: Revisited.
Upcoming Shows Playlist
Our playlist of bands performing in Richmond over the next week. Hopefully there’s a little something to encourage everyone to #gettothegig!
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