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Prabir Mehta (Long Arms, Prabir/Goldrush) isn't the only player from Prabir and the Substitutes who's moved on. Charlie Glenn, Robbie King and Chris Smith have recruited Joe Ferguson from the Awesome Few to round out the Trillions. This new quartet promises to mix fiery rock with Bach. Serving up pop instrumentation and punk volume steeped in Baroque-era composition and vocalization, the Trillions make their debut in Richmond on March 26 at Gallery5, with openers Shart Attack and Zac Hryciak and the Jungle Beat.

Although they've kept nimble playing in other projects like Miramar and Amazing Ghost, members of Richmond's salsa machine, Bio Ritmo, have found time to lay down a couple of new tracks with Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios. It's hoped that a new full-length, the follow-up to 2008's “Bionico” and the first release since last year's 7-inch, will be out later this year.

You have to wonder if the Diamond Center anticipated such a fertile music scene when it moved here from Lubbock, Texas. Now part of the family tree, Kyle Harris, Brandi Price and Tim Falen recently hooked up with Allison Apperson and Jared Sosa from Hot Lava to rotate instruments in the quirky Jan & Dan. Sosa was involved with guitarist-vocalist Chaz Proietti in the lo-fi punk duo Nervous Ticks, but recently passed drumming duties to Ben Shepherd. Shepherd and Proietti also have formed the Veins with members of experimental indie-rockers Mr. W. The Veins, along with Hot Lava, the Color Kittens and the Milkstains will perform at the second annual sock hop April 3 at Gallery5.

The folks at Aunt Mary Records love music but they also love helping people. Their annual “Cause & Effect” compilations help raise money and awareness for charities serving the Richmond community. Last year it benefited Ring Dog Rescue. This year, 21 artists have donated music for “Cause & Effect Vol. 2,” and the proceeds will be donated to WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio. Information can be found online at amrrva.com. Three of those artists have their own CDs on the way. Punk band In Circles is set to release its first full-length on Philadelphia's Evil Weevil Records. Americana artist Clint Maul was backed by John Neff and Brad Morgan of the Drive-By Truckers on his latest, “Know You Know,” produced by Cracker's David Lowery.

And Aunt Mary just gave us an EP of folk goodness from singer and songwriter Harris Mendell (Horn and Tusk, Sundials). It features instrumentation by Nick Coward and Adam Tsai from Nick Coward and the Last Battle, who have their own EP almost ready, the tentatively titled “Kings.”

Erik Larson is like the Chuck Norris of metal: He does not sleep, he waits. It seems Larson hasn't slept a wink since Alabama Thunderpussy, killing time in Parasytic, Birds of Prey and Hail Hornet. Started by drummer Ryan Wolfe, Larson's latest endeavor, Might Could, should appeal to fans of ATP's Southern drawl and classic metal leads. Plus, Larson duels guitars with local metal's other busy bee, TJ Childers, who pulls duty in Lord By Fire, Inter Arma and War Graves.

Since last month's column, we've heard that Bubba Farmer has another new band in the works. After playing covers in At Random with guitarist Beau Powell and bassist Chelsea Kerwath of Ominotago, the trio has decided to write some original rock tunes as the Killing Daylights.

A while back, we reported that instrumental rockers Souvenir's Young America were finishing up a new album. “Name of the Snake” was recorded with John Morand at Sound of Music and then the band had it mastered by James Plotkin, the extreme music purveyor who has remixed Pelican, Isis and Sunn O))). The CD version will include three bonus tracks from the “September Songs” 12-inch and will be available early next month from Init Records.




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