Thursday, November 29, 2018

John Maus Performing at Broadberry Feb. 10

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 12:40 PM


John Maus, wildman vocalist and vintage synth freak, will be performing at the Broadberry on Sunday, Feb. 10 for his first Richmond show.

A Minnesota native, Maus is a former teacher of philosophy at the University of Hawaii whose music is sometimes described as a “goth-pop,” probably due to its use of medieval church modes, as well as his dramatic baritone vocals.

He’s known for emotional and energetic live shows and for albums with titles such as “We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves” which has a little ditty called “Cop Killer” that didn’t create nearly the controversy that Ice-T’s song by the same name did (with the group Body Count).

Maus went to school at Cal Arts with musician Ariel Pink and the two have performed together and have plans to collaborate on an album.

The artist has announced that this upcoming tour will be solo. Sadly, his younger brother Joseph recently died at the age of 30 while on tour with Maus last July in Latvia, due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

The John Maus show takes place at the Broadberry on Sunday, Feb. 10 with a special guest to be announced. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 day of show. They go on sale Nov. 30 at 10 a.m.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Paste Magazine Places Richmonder Lucy Dacus Atop 2018 Album Poll

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:30 PM


Georgia-based Paste Magazine has named the second album by Richmond-based singer and songwriter Lucy Dacus as its number one record of the year. Congrats to Lucy!

Here's what they wrote about the album "Historian" by the Matador recording artist, Style Weekly Top 40 under 40 winner, and proud graduate of Maggie L. Walker's Governor School:

"Historian is at once tightly focused and musically expansive, 10 new songs that sidestep any notion of a sophomore slump. While her 2016 debut, No Burden, had its tentative moments, Dacus displays remarkable poise here. She never sounds less than supremely confident on lyrics that make the personal political, and vice versa, accompanied by musical arrangements that are sometimes downright majestic. It wasn’t a secret that Dacus is a strong lyricist, but she’s become subtler, too, with turns of phrase that gleam, and sometimes devastate: “I’m just calling ’cause I’m used to it / And you’ll pick up ’cause you’re not a quitter,” she sings on “Addictions.” She’s just as skilled at describing a scene as delivering one-liners: Dacus wrote “Yours and Mine” after participating in the 2017 Women’s March, and she evokes the feeling of camaraderie and, simultaneously, the excitement and trepidation of standing on a precipice: “For those of you who told me I should stay indoors / Take care of you and yours,” she warns over a big, thumping beat and jangling guitar. “But me and mine…we’ve got a long way to go until we get home.” It’s a rare artist who has a voice so compelling, and rarer still are the ones who learn so early on how to use it. At 23, Dacus has already made a career album with Historian, and she’s really only just getting started." —Eric R. Danton

Dacus is currently on tour in California. She has only two 2019 dates scheduled, both of them festival stops in Georgia.

Mayor Stoney Receives Letter of Support for Renaming Boulevard From Former New York City Mayor

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has shared on social media that he received a letter from former New York City Mayor David Dinkins on Nov. 21 "in support of renaming the Boulevard for Richmond great Arthur Ashe."

The proposed ordinance to rename the Boulevard, from Second District Councilwoman Kim Gray, was continued until the Dec. 18 meeting of the Land Use, Housing and Transportation standing committee. According to a Richmond Magazine article on this subject, "if the body votes to forward the proposal to the full council, it would not be considered until after the new year when the full chamber reconvenes for its Jan. 14, 2019, meeting."

On Facebook, Stoney first quoted from the Dinkins letter (see image below) and then shared his approval: “(Arthur) Ashe became a citizen of the world, and made unique contributions in the struggle for justice and equality for all people.” "For that we should do everything in our power to honor his legacy," Stoney wrote.

The letter from New York did misspell Stoney's name, though.

The letter sent to Richmond's mayor from David Dinkins, the mayor of New York City.
  • The letter sent to Richmond's mayor from David Dinkins, the mayor of New York City.

Style ran an opinion piece by Carol A.O. Wolf in favor of the renaming last month. You can read that here.

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Rolling Stones Announce Fed Ex Show on May 31

Tickets for Washington, D.C. gig on-sale Nov. 30

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 4:55 PM

The Rolling Stones will be bringing their No Filter tour to American stadiums in the coming new year, and Washington, D.C. made the cut with a show at FedExField on Friday, May 31, 2019.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m., according to the website. For ticketing information, please visit rollingstones.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. local time.

Washington's pro football team season ticket members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets prior to the general public sale as part of their right of first refusal. So far, there are only 13 dates on the tour.

“We’re thrilled to be able to host such an iconic and historic band for one of their 13 stops across the U.S.,” said Brian Lafemina, Redskins President of Business Operations and COO in a release. “The Rolling Stones provide an incredible experience for fans, and to have them perform at FedExField shows the demand for high-quality entertainment we’re able to provide in the D.C. area.”

AEG Presents’ Concerts West is the promoter for this tour.

The Stones 2019 Tour Dates

04/20 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium

04/24 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field

04/28 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium

05/07 – Glendale, AZ @ State Farm Stadium

05/11 – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose Bowl

05/18 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium

05/22 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field

05/26 – Denver, CO @ Broncos Stadium at Mile High

05/31 – Washington, DC @ FedExField

06/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field

06/08 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium

06/13 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium

06/21 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field

"Big Lebowski" Fans: Black Heath Meadery Offering Lebowski Character Glasses Every Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Dude. Remember back in the day, when a cool movie or television show would blow up and fast food chains would jump onboard with signature glasses?

As a kid, I can recall having "Empire Strikes Back" ones, maybe a Smurf or Spider Man here or there. It was kind of fun watching them fade over heavy use. And nowadays, they're hot items in thrift stores.

Here in Richmond, Black Heath Meadery, at 1313 Altamont Ave. in Scott's Addition, is offering a signature glass from the cult Coen Brothers comedy, "The Big Lebowski" as part of their 12 Weeks of Dudemas promotion. You can stop by and score one every Tuesday through January. The Bunny Lebowski glass was released on Nov. 13.

All glasses except The Dude (sold out), Brandt (releases tomorrow), and Donny (releases 11/27) are available at the meadery for $20 each. They're limited to 48 of each glass, according to the meadery's founder, Bill Cavender.

"The 12 weeks of Dudemas celebrates all things Lebowski, and really helps tie the holidays together," says Cavender, also the chief mead maker for the shop. "Because 12 days would be very un-Dude, we are celebrating with Lebowski-inspired meads and glassware through January."

Also, Black Heath Meadery recently announced that it had outgrown its current operation and was "preparing to open a 4,400-square-foot [production] facility at 2004 Dabney Road," according to a Richmond BizSense article. The Scott's Addition location will continue to serve as a tasting room.

Since basic mead begins with fermented honey and water, Black Heath's mission is to support Virginia beekeepers to help establish hives for sustaining the bee population and Virginia agriculture, according to its website.

"Our commitment is to re-create the world’s oldest fermented beverage by taking advantage of modern techniques and local ingredients," it reads. Sounds like a beverage the Dude could get behind.

So you can feel good about their mission, too. If you're a Lebowski fan, this is a no-brainer. This week it's all about Brandt, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Oh how we miss you, Phil. How we miss you. Heroin is a helluva drug.

Monday, November 12, 2018

VIDEO: Watch Actress Claire Danes' Promotional Video for Richmond

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 11:55 PM

Part of the partnership deal for filming season seven of the Showtime series "Homeland" in Richmond required the studio behind the Emmy-winning show (Fox21) to create a promotional video for the city.

So here you go. I feel like actress Claire Danes really puts a little extra lovin' into this, she clearly was feeling Richmond during her six months living here. Oh, and she was feeling that Proper Pie, boy. No doubt. She describes our restaurant scene as "unbelievably great."

But the key highlight comes a little later. Just imagine this bumper sticker on cars everywhere: "Richmond, Va: "Don't Even Get Us Started on the Yarn Stores!"

Danes has reportedly said that Season 8 of "Homeland" will be her last. She made no mention of ever giving up Proper Pie, though.

PICK: Trey Pollard with opening set by Matthew E. White at the Hof, Nov. 13

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 12:33 PM

It’s no surprise that Trey Pollard would eventually get around to releasing an album on his own. He’s established a growing reputation for his cinematic work with artists like Foxygen and Natalie Prass, as well as playing jazz guitar on Rex Richardson’s “Blue Shift” and his co-led but non-eponymous “Old New Things."

Pollard was the arranger for most of the selections in the September 2017 RVA Live concert, featuring local artists accompanied by the Richmond Symphony. Maybe given the latter, and his affinity for string arrangements starting with Matthew E. White’s “Big Inner” and reaching an early apotheosis with Natalie Prass’ ravishing, album-closing “It Is You,” it should not be a surprise that “Antiphone” is an ambitious, classical chamber collection.

The recording consists of “Eight Pairs,” six preludes and seven fugues for string quintet, each clocking in at around two minutes. These are bookended by “Fixed Ideas,” a longer, two-part piece for piano and string orchestra. Some of the pieces are moodily introspective, others propulsive and upbeat. There are hints of Charles Ives Americana and Stravinsky rhythms, a whiff of melodic minimalism, and a bit of avant-garde spice. In all, it is a very approachable listening experience. The short running times ensure a concise, accessible focus.

The RVA launch of the recording, featuring members of Classical Revolution RVA, with an opening solo set by Spacebomb mastermind Matthew E. White, is at the Hof on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Strange Matter Announces It Is Closing In December

Posted By on Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Well, this sucks. Very sad news for fans of punk and underground music: Strange Matter, formerly the Back Door, Twisters and Nanci Raygun, is closing.

The small and gritty venue at 929 W. Grace Street announced on social media it will be shutting down in mid-December. So many great bands have played there over the decades, from Bruce Springsteen's early groups to '90s noise rock legends, the Cows, to current acts such as Kurt Vile, Ty Segall and The Oh Sees.

And that's to say nothing of the hundreds of local bands who got their start there, or made this a home venue of sorts.

We'll update with new information when people respond. But for now, this was posted on their social media:

It is with a very heavy heart that after nearly a decade in operation, STRANGE MATTER will be closing the doors at 929 W. Grace Street in mid-December. All good things must come to an end, and the time is now for the owners to start new chapters in their lives and send the business out on a high note. Please respect the privacy of our hard-working staff while everybody processes this in their own way (unless, of course, you'd like to offer them work).

TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS: It has been a pleasure to continue the 929 tradition of showcasing local, regional, national, and international acts of every genre. It's been a pleasure to feed, inebriate, and provide you, the Richmond creative community, with a place to feel at home, to let loose, or simply to be yourself. It has been a pleasure to forge relationships with many of you on personal levels. It's humbling how many of you have wanted to have your wedding, reception, company party, anniversary dinners, and birthdays here, as well as the number of you who have met your life partners or your all-time favorite artists here. We wouldn't trade the last 9 years of experiences for the world and are happy you were here for a part of it.

TO THE BANDS AND ARTISTS WHO PERFORMED HERE: Without you, this pipe dream wouldn't have made a bit of sense. The creative energy you brought here, the amount of people you familiarized with the space, and the folks who continue to come because they wanted to support you helped keep this place going for what we believe is the third longest stint at 929 W. Grace (behind the legendary Back Door and Twisters incarnations). We can only hope that the building will again be a home for creatives and used for what we feel it should be, but only time will tell. For now, the Richmond music landscape couldn't be stronger, with more new venues than ever and more killer locals than ever before--please continue to support this community!


-As of Sunday 11/10, we will be opening on limited hours. Bar and kitchen will be open starting at 6pm nightly (unless we have an early show). Our kitchen will be operating on a reduced menu--delivery of this menu will happen only through the Quickness RVA website.

-Our talent buyer of 8 years, Mark Osborne, will still continue to book talent of all varieties in a number of rooms and can still be reached at strangematterbooking@gmail.com for the foreseeable future.

-If you have a show on the books, you should have already gotten an e-mail or phone call explaining the status of your event. If not, you should follow up with the email address in the prior section.

-Our head sound tech JK will still be doing live sound at a number of places around town and can be reached at strangemattersound@gmail.com for the time being.

-If your band has played here a lot and has strong ties to the room, we'd love to include you in the closing month going-out-of-business party series. Please e-mail stangematterbooking@gmail.com with ALL DATES you are available for between 11/15 and 12/13, and we will try our best to get you one final performance here. That being said, please understand that tens of thousands of performances have happened here and we're gonna fill in as much as we can, but first-serve must be given to those with long-standing relationship with the club and underplays from some of our favorite local and regional acts. Subscribe to our Facebook events to watch the closing series announcements!

-The final event is currently planned for 12/15 with Punks for Presents--make it count!

If you've read this far, know that we appreciate you more than a quick closing statement could begin to summarize. Please POST IN THE COMMENTS with your favorite memories of Strange Matter. Let's make this next month a celebration of life and not a funeral! STRANGE MATTER LOVES YOU!!!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Richmond Native's Book Snatched Up By Reese Witherspoon For Film

Update: Author says exhibit which inspired the book is coming to Richmond.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 3:20 PM

According to the Hollywood Reporter, actress Reese Witherspoon's shop Hello Sunshine has optioned the film rights to an upcoming book "The League of Wives" written by Richmond-raised author Heath Lee.

Lee, who graduated from St. Catherine's School and the University of Virginia, wrote the book about a collective of women who came together as lobbyists after their husbands were captured in Vietnam. It is scheduled to be published by St. Martin's Press in April 2019.

According to her bio, Lee has worked as a museum educator around the country and now lives in Roanoke with her family. In fact, the book was inspired by a League of Wives museum exhibit that Lee says is coming to Richmond.

“I’m so thrilled and pleased that Reese and Hello Sunshine saw the value in this story," Lee says by e-mail to Style. "These ladies in the 'League of Wives' need their place in the history books! Between the book and the film and the museum exhibit I can give them the biggest platform possible so everyone is aware of their amazing story.” She adds that hometown girl Phyllis Galanti is involved as well as Jane Deton and Louise Mulligan of Virginia Beach.

Lee notes that the League of Wives museum exhibit will premiere at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on March 2.

Here's some more from the Hollywood Reporter on what's it about.

The book tells of a group of women — wives of military men who would never describe themselves as feminists — that banded together to save their husbands. When their fighter pilot husbands were shot down, captured and imprisoned for years under deplorable conditions during the Vietnam War, the group of well-educated military wives transformed into a league of take-charge lobbyists, human rights activists and even spies determined to do everything in their power to bring their POW and MIA spouses home. By 1973, the group had brought back 115 men.

“At Hello Sunshine, we strive to showcase brave, brilliant female characters, and the women of League of Wives are all of that and more,” Witherspoon, who will produce with Hello Sunshine exec Lauren Levy Neustadter, said Wednesday in a statement. “From the minute I heard about this inspiring true story, I knew it was a perfect fit for us. I’m excited to be partnering with the team at Fox 2000 to bring this special book to life onscreen, and to be giving audiences a glimpse at this meaningful moment in American history.”

The complete title of the book is "The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the President, the Pentagon and the Rest of the US Government to Bring Their Husbands Home."

Thursday, November 8, 2018

PICK: David Dominique at Little Dumbo

Richmond-based composer and trumpeter's "Mask" is a surprise-laden blast.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 12:45 PM

“Mask,” the new release by RVA-based composer/trumpeter David Dominique, is a surprise-laden, humorous, and occasionally pensive blast.

There are straight-ahead Mingus-inflected sections, fluidly changing time, and spicy bits of acerbic punkish cacophony, all integrated into an almost classically discipline architecture.

The marketing narrative explains that these pieces were created in a period of tragedy and loss, which explains the cathartic intensity although it short-changes the frequently almost goofy cheeriness of the result. There is no way to reverse-engineer this music back to grief.

In the time that he has been in Richmond, Dominique has been a regular presence, not only at jazz performances, but at punk and noise shows. His omnivorous taste is reflected in the music, which has the energy and range of NYCs ‘90s downtown music scene, albeit with a bit more Zappa-esque rock and roll muscle.

He’ll be performing this music with a stellar band, including RVA stalwarts, guitarist Scott Burton and trumpeter Victor Haskins at Little Dumbo, the new South 15th Street club that is a promising semi-expansion of the Black Iris’s adventurous approach.

David Dominique Ensemble and Rural Tourniquet perform Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at Little Dumbo, 13 S 15th St Ste A. $10

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