From the press release: April 20th in 2012 will signal a shift in how people view drug policy. With a majority 50% of Americans favoring marijuana legalization last year for the first time, it is evident that the War on Drugs should end.
The failures of the war on drugs stretch deep into various sectors of our society. From the 40,000 dead in Mexico since 2006, to the arrest of medical marijuana patients for using their medicine, the war on drugs affects us all.
From police shot down on the job by cartels that generate revenue from prohibition, to college students who are stripped of financial aid for having possessed a drug, the war on drugs hurts our ability to live prosperously.
If you haven’t yet checked out The Horn RVA, a VCU student-run website dedicated to covering local Richmond music culture, then you’re missing out on some great reads and insights from many different music lovers (I knew others were out there somewhere). Seriously, there are some great new music finds, interviews, videos and interesting op/eds on here. Take some time to check it out.
For its first formal release, “The Horn RVA Presents: Vol. 1,” the members of the Horn have compiled 17 local artists ranging from metal to folk to math rock, to showcase the versatility and depth of talent of the Richmond music scene.
The release show features six of the acts from the sampler performing, as well as free merchandise from many of the artists and other giveaways.
Great bands all night at Gallery5 including the Druthers, Kid Is Qual, Goldrush, the Trillions, Horsehead, Young Adult Fiction and My Old Ways. Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. I will be celebrating my birthday at this event, so come say hi, buy me a drink and enjoy this great show.
Emperor X, the noise/folk project of C. R. Matheny, has a wonderfully delightful new album out called “Western Teleport” that I’ve have not stopped listening to since I got it. Emperor X mainly uses an acoustic guitar and a dynamic microphone, but also uses a lot of percussive and electronic instruments. The diversity of the subject matter of the songs goes all over the place from plate tectonics to fixing broken air conditioners.
But the coolest part is that he decided to make a scavenger hunt with his fans by making plastic containers or “nodes” that contain a cassette with b-sides and outtakes from the album, and hiding them in various cities across North America. westernteleport.com lists the geolocation of where every node has been placed. The one in Richmond is supposedly in Paradise Park, but after searching twice, I have not been able to find it. Whoever finds it needs to activate the code so the rest of us can hear it.
It’s always great finding a new band to get into only to find out that they are playing in town in just a few days. That’s the case when I first heard the music from Springfield, Missouri natives Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Aside from the awesome (if not long) band name, these guys know how to put together a fun indie pop rock song. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is playing at Current on Friday, Oct. 28 with The Absent Center, The Trillions and Young Adult Fiction.
There’s also a promotional giveaway in conjunction with the upcoming show. The prize is a signed copy of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s new album “Tape Club” and free tickets to the show. Click on the poster for more details.
Strange Matter is apparently the place to be the next two nights.
First up, retro psychedelic pop outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be performing Tuesday, Oct. 18 with Canary Oh Canary and Young Adult Fiction. If you haven’t heard of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, check them out. They’d be right at home in Richmond’s underground pop shoegaze rock scene. Very catchy stuff these guys are putting together.
North Carolina’s indie-pop rockers The Black Rabbits will be stopping in Richmond on their current tour supporting their full Length album “Hypno Switch.” This is one of those albums that I had to do a double take with. I was surprised at how much and how quickly I was enjoying it.
Tonight, two of my favorite local bands, The Diamond Center and Marionette, are performing at Strange Matter and Balliceaux, respectively. The Diamond Center burst onto the scene not long ago (for me anyway) and captured everyone’s attention with their blend of amazing melodies. I’m always amazed every time I hear them. And Marionette is one of those local bands that are so under appreciated. I can’t say enough good things about how incredible this eclectic group of musicians are.
The Diamond Center – Dos Fridas
Marionette – Orchid
I will fully admit my love for folk group Jonathan Vassar & the Speckled Bird. They are hands down one of the best and hardest working music acts in Richmond today and I can’t wait to see the places this group goes. On Saturday, they’re releasing their first full length record “Signs and Wonders” with a party at the Camel with the Low Branches and Zac Hryciak & the Jungle Beat. They’ll be playing their new album, which I have been eagerly waiting to hear. And as a special offer that night, the $5 admission goes towards the purchase of either the new record, or a screen printed show poster for Speckled Bird’s email list.
I’ve heard the song “Fault Line Blues,” an outtake from the album and I’m in love with it. If THIS was not included, then you know the actual record will be nothing less than amazing.
Jonathan Vassar & the Speckled Bird – Fault Line Blues
Also that evening is the Ghost of Pop Festival. This annual music event is now in its sixth year and a bunch of great local bands get together and play pop songs as well as their own stuff. This year’s crew includes Young Adult Fiction, Orioles, Rocktopussy, The Trillions, Fuzzy Baby, Prabir/Goldrush and David Shultz & the Skyline. This show is always a fun time and it’s always nice to see a different collective of bands each year. Prabir/Goldrush even have a new song to debut at the Festival.
Prabir/Goldrush – It’s Too Late
Finally on Sunday, Kentucky natives Englishman hit the “Live at Ipanema” series with a show that will make you fall in love with their music. Plus, they will have their brand new album available to buy. This band is one of the best acts I’ve seen in a very long time. Spend a nice, quiet Sunday evening with them.
Englishman – Pet Cactus (Live on Daytrotter Session)
For all you drunk people who shouldn’t be driving, To The Bottom and Back bus is just the thing for you. Leave the bar trashed and always have a safe ride home. Eliminate drunk driving. It’s a good thing. But good things aren’t free.
That’s where a benefit concert comes in nicely.
“Rock the Bottom” is a benefit show at the Hat Factory where the majority of proceeds will go to support 2BNB. The show looks to be a decent line up that features Charlotessville-based The Sometime Favorites, The Atkinsons, Young Adult Fiction and Sludge’s Build A Band. The show starts tonight at 7 p.m. and there’s even a free 2BNB shuttle service for students on Floyd Ave. on the Commons.
I’ve heard the Sometime Favorites numerous times and know for a fact they will put on a good show with Maroon 5/Ra Ra Riot fusion, so go and see them at least.
See some bands. Support a good cause. And if you get too drunk, take the bus home.