Inside Track 

Welcome to the Richmond music scene. What do you need to know?


Even with their jam-packed summer tour schedule — including appearances at South by Southwest, Music City Roots in Nashville and Floydfest — contemporary jug band the Hot Seats found time to record a new four-song EP. Veering even farther into traditional music territory, “EP 2010” will be released as a 7-inch record, along with a seven-song download. The band will be joined by Pokey Lafarge and the South City Trio and JP Harris and the Tough Choices for the record release show Oct. 21 at the Camel.

Even though the Jim O'Ferrell Band has landed two songs on the national charts this year one from its first album, “Back to the World,” and one from the follow-up, “231 (two thirty one),” it has no plans for a vacation. Singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist O'Ferrell and lead guitarist Jason Crawford soon will refit the Americana alt-rock group with a new rhythm section in order to complete a new EP. In the meantime, you can hear unplugged versions of two J.O.B. songs at soundcloud.com/thejoband.

After obsessing about the music of Thelonious Monk for years, guitarist Chris Vasi (Hotel X, Sambaosis) decided to tackle the tunes of the bebop king. His latest quartet, Monk's Playground, incorporates Latin, New Orleans, funk and rock influences into Monk's piano-based compositions. With saxophonist Jonathan Gibson, formerly of Southside Funk, and Virginia Commonwealth University students Jonathan Wheelock on bass and Abinette Berhanu on drums, Monk's Playground will enter Minimum Wage Studios to cut its first CD this fall.

If you're a regular at Richmond hardcore shows, then get stoked. Two new groups with championship-caliber lineups have entered the fray. Real Talk reunites Cole Hutchinson and Graham Scala from early 2000s band Operation Latte Thunder, on vocals and bass respectively. They're joined by Joe Hunt, formerly the drummer of Brainworms, on guitar, and Kevin Broderick of the Catalyst on drums. Plucked from bands such as Mouthbreather, Race the Sun, Murphy's Kids and Brain Damage, the members of Deep China have plenty of volume on their rAcsumAcs. Their first demo is available at myspace.com/deepchina.

The mysterious new-world-electronics outfit Mutwawa has cast its first musical spell, entitled “Necro Zulu,” available digitally and on cassette from CNP Records. The duo, Gary Stevens from Head Molt and Jason Hodges of Bermuda Triangles and Amoeba Men, will perform Nov. 8 at Strange Matter. Prior to that engagement, Head Molt will curate a Halloween weekend noise fest on Oct. 30 at Strange Matter, featuring brief performances from more than 20 acts, including Diamond Black Hearted Boy, Positivland, featuring members of Flesh Control and Antlers, Florist aka Trevor Thomas of Hex Machine, Megalodon and Caustic Castle.

The latest project from Brian Landis and Bret Payne, who brought you More Fire for Burning People and ADA Doom, is called Lorem Ipsum. This heavy indie-rock band also claims Jon Bone, formerly of Lazycain and Vellum, and Andrew Crislip. Lorum Ipsum has a gig Nov. 12 at Strange Matter with Meat Cleaver and Chris Farmer, a former member of Breadwinner, Mao Tse Helen, Eggs, and many other bands, who's lately been accompanying himself on drums, synthesizers and electronics.

Inside Track is compiled by Mike Rutz of “Activate!” on 97.3-FM WRIR.



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