After a year-and-a-half hiatus, the Live at Ipanema free concert series returns to Ipanema Cafe on Sunday, Nov. 4, with singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Ryan. His debut album, "Pray for the Rain," which was produced by Daniel Clarke (Dixie Chicks, K.D. Lang) and recorded with several Richmond musicians, is filled with emotional, soul-baring lyrics. The popular series features performances by local and regional artists that are recorded by sound engineer Allen Bergendahl and photographed, then shared online. Future shows will be held the first Sunday of every month at 10 p.m.
Usually known for renditions of songs from other artists, Rosie Soul and the Rock 'n' Roll Cowboys released its first original studio single, "Crimson Society," in September — and has more on the way. Catch the group at Innsbrook's PumpkinPalooza on Oct. 27.
Just out of high school, indie-pop band Herro Sugar quickly has made a name for itself and seems to be playing all over the place. Last month the band released "Smoking General Kills Sturgeon," mastered by Dan-O Deckelman at Snake Oil Recording, which is full of songs guaranteed to get you up and moving. It's evident that the band draws a lot of influences from artists such as Shonen Knife, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Alabama Shakes, but it's the group's lighthearted and innocent style that local crowds love. Herro Sugar opens for Hospitality at Strange Matter on Oct. 28.
Noise rockers the Snowy Owls are about to release their latest EP, "Within Yr Reach," which band member Matt Klimas says is named affectionately after an old Replacements song. The EP is a precursor to a full-length titled "Difficult Loves," which the group is working on releasing sometime next year. "Within Yr Reach" is set to drop in late October or early November.
There's a new name on the local pop-punk scene: Inquiry. The band just finished working on its debut EP, "Invisible Pieces," which was produced and recorded with Robbie Rusbuldt of local band Safety Word Orange. "Invisible Pieces" will be released Oct. 30, but you can head to Kingdom two days earlier to catch the band's album release show with Late Night Habit on Oct. 28.
Jazz group the Larri Branch Agenda will celebrate the release of its new album, "Labragenda, Vol. 2" with a release show at the Camel on Friday, Oct. 19, along with the No BS Brass Band.
The catchy underground pop rock of Wolf//Goat has been gaining momentum. The group just released its debut album, "In Watermelon Sugar," recorded and mixed at Minimum Wage Studios, and it's full of songs reminiscent of acts like the Avett Bros. and Mumford and Sons. Catch Wolf//Goat next at Strange Matter on Nov. 1.
During the last year, alt-country rockers Horsehead have been in the studio recording their fourth full-length record, "Sympathetic Vibrations." That record is now seeing the light of day, thanks to the band's fans raising $2,500 on Kickstarter. "Sympathetic Vibrations" comes out Nov. 13, and the record release show is Nov. 10 at Gallery5.
Inside Track is compiled by Andrew Cothern, who covers local music daily on RVA Playlist, rvaplaylist.com.