Really? After last week’s post people are STILL whining about the music scene in RVA? (maybe not to you directly but you know they are out there….). ONCE AGAIN, don’t let anyone tell you there are no good shows going on in Richmond this week. This is only a small selection. Check out these shows and a lot more on the music calendar.
Thurs. April 5 – Real Estate at Strange Matter
If you’re just now hearing about this show, don’t expect to get in. Sorry. It’s been sold out for months and Strange Matter is going to be packed. I’m sure there have to be some extra tickets lying around somewhere, maybe on Facebook. Hit up everyone you know and see if you can find one. This show will be amazing.
Thurs. April 5 – Local X-Posure Finals at the Canal Club
For the past few weeks, local rock bands have competed for the chance to play at the X Chili Cook Off. And this one’s the final showdown. Everyone in attendance at The Canal Club will be able to cast a ballot for their favorite band.
Fri. April 6 – Hackensaw Boys at the National
If you’re looking for a good Americana-filled time, head to the National for the Hackensaw Boys. They combine country and straight up rock and deliver some well crafted and entertaining music. They’ve shared the stage with everyone from the Avett Brothers to the Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse.
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Fri. April 6 – Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys Rosie Soul knows how to throw a party. She and her band the Rock and Roll Cowboys will be playing all your favorite songs from the 80s and 90s. Joining the band for the night are special guests The Bowie Trio and Road Kill Roy.
Fri. April 6 – Goldrush at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Goldrush provides the soundtrack to the 1925 silent film classic “Battleship Potemkin.” Prabir and company rocking out to one of the greatest silent films around? This is going to pretty cool.
Sat. April 7 – Breathe Carolina at the National
You’ve heard electro-pop duo Breathe Carolina all around the place these days. Their single “Blackout” has been grabbing media attention left and right. Expect one big dance party that will overtake the National.
Sat. April 7 – The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble at Gallery 5
This ain’t your grandmother’s chamber music concert. This show is inspired by steampunk, a movement which re-imagines our existence by asking “what might have been.” The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble will present pairs of works, each exploring the re-imagination of musical or artistic features. Steampunk attire is encouraged for this one.
Sat. April 7 – Billy the Kid and the Southside Boys at Poe’s Pub
Billy Pettinger, otherwise known as Billy the Kid, and her band the Southside Boys have a sound in the vein of artists like Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello, but have a style all their own. And they’ll be bringing the party to Poe’s Pub. Openers will be Jon and Kevin from Horsehead with their acoustic side project the Dimmer Twins and kicking things off will be The Mirrors, a psychedelic indy group from Norfolk.
Sun. April 8 – Murphy’s Kids and Kings of Belmont at the Camel
One’s a local ska band with lots of fun tracks and plenty and antics on stage. The other is an energetic group from Charlottesville and always brings the party with them. The Camel’s not going to be able to hold all the excitement.
Sun. April 8 – Frankie Rose at Strange Matter
Frankie Rose has been in numerous indie rock bands including Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls and now she’s doing the solo thing. Her album, “Interstellar,” was released in February and earned a “Best New Music” recognition from Pitchfork. Also joining Frankie will be Richmond’s awesome power rocker White Laces and its newest standout Nelly Kate.
Andrew Cothern is a self-proclaimed music freak, although he prefers the term “connoisseur” and writes about music daily in his blog RVAPlaylist. He loves discovering new music and will gladly make you a mixtape if you ask him. He may even make you two.