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The Melvins Return to Richmond

Legendary doom/punk/experimental rock trio The Melvins returned to Richmond for the first time in over twenty years on August 8th alongside sludge duo Stoplights.

The seminal group began in Washington in early 1983 and jumpstarted sludge metal and grunge in the early 90s. They released their 27th LP, A Walk with Love and Death, in July via Ipecac Recordings. The psychedelic double album features the score a short film produced by The Melvins called Love, as well as a complimentary LP called Death.

The current lineup boasts longtime collaborators guitarist Buzz Osborne, drummer Dale Crover and a somewhat new bassist, Steven McDonald of Red Kross. At the Broadberry they ripped through a long set of new and old songs for the sold out crowd.

While we’re pretty spoiled in terms of music in Richmond, but Tuesday it was a real treat to see a legendary band in an intimate venue playing a top-tier set. While those in attendance won’t soon forget, we hope it doesn’t take another twenty years to get King Buzzo and crew back to town.

Check out photos from the show by Craig Zirpolo below:


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