If you know any whiners out there who say Richmond never has any good music, then use this page to thrust in their face and let them know this week is a plethora of great shows, featuring mostly great, homegrown talent. Miss these at your peril. Don’t end up like one of the whiners. Click here for the music calendar.
Wed. March 28 – Dream Machine at the Republic
Local favorites the Dream Machine play at the Republic every Wednesday night and bring some of the best melodic pop rock I’ve heard lately. Expect some great songs.
Thurs. Mar. 29 – Paul Ginder and the Green Hearts at Cous Cous
If Karen puts this on her weekly list as well, it’s a show worth going to. The night will be full of power pop goodness and energetic melodies guaranteed to entertain.
Thurs. Mar. 29 – Guitar Wolf, Milkstains, the Nervous Ticks, Boney Loner & The Sacred Teachers at Kingdom
Japanese garage punk power trio Guitar Wolf bring their brand of screeching noise rock to Kingdom (wear earplugs, just trust me on this one). Plus, local acts the Milkstains, the Nervous Ticks, Boney Loner and the Sacred Teachers will also be playing and all of these groups put on a great show.
Fri. March 30 – Photosynthesizers at On the Rox
One of Richmond’s best hip hop groups around playing at one of Shockoe Bottom’s newest bars make this one a no-brainer. Photosynthesizers are everywhere these days and always draw a crowd. Check them out before they get huge.
Fri. March 30 – Black Girls at Balliceaux
So you missed Richmond’s superstars last week at the National when they opened for the Head and the Heart? Don’t worry, the band hasn’t forgotten about RVA and plan on delivering just as many fun times and turn Balliceaux into a dance riot.
Sat. March 31 – Long Arms at Poe’s Pub
If you haven’t seen this band yet, you are missing out on one of the best alt-country rock bands around. This night will be a non-stop party of music and fun.
Mon. April 2 – The Naked and Famous at the National
Chances are you’ve heard The Naked and Famous’ “Young Blood” with its catchy “ee-yeah-ee-yeah-ee-yeah-ee-yeaahhh” chorus. They have a lot more great songs for you to sing along to.
The ever-impressive Listening Room series is early this month and features the music of singer/songwriters Wes Swing, Ramona Robbins and Stivali Comodi. Remember this starts at 8 p.m. sharp and no talking is allowed during the performance.
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.