MUSIC REVIEW: The Dune Flowers – Tired of Being Nothing
The newest single from The Dune Flowers, a D.C. based project created by songwriter Tyler Drager, may at first seem like a departure from their characteristic sound. Where songs off their self-titled album rely on clean guitar tones and easy going, catchy ear-worms, “Tired of Being Nothing” employs more electronic elements and experimental production. Despite the track’s novel sound, Drager’s succinct and heartfelt songwriting style remains the same.
Music Review: “No More Kim Kelly” – Death Plumes
Death Plumes (formerly known as Rocket Vomit) have taken the opportunity over the past few months to play gigs big and small. From the concrete steps of VCU’s Commons, to DIY home venues, and more traditional settings like the Camel, the three-piece have managed to make a name for themselves with their fervently abrasive punk sound that blends the traditional bluntness of the genre with a refreshingly heartfelt sensibility.
Pop-up Show Spotlight: 12/12 at the Compass
Over the past semester, pop-up shows around campus have served to showcase the diverse range of talent, originality, and passion that exists in Richmond’s music scene. If you haven’t been to any of these shows, you’ve almost certainly seen their promotional posters taped to lamp posts, hanging on bulletin boards, or posted to social media. They have all been completely free, accessible, and have provided a space for artists to share their music in a welcoming environment that fosters creativity and individuality.
The Reemergence of Vivienne Westwood, and Punk Fashion’s Relevancy in 2020
Vivienne Westwood was known as a style icon, specifically having heavily influenced punk fashion in the ‘70s. She was adored by the youths of the time, those who wanted to rebel against the prim and proper “squareness” associated with rule followers and government supporters and find styles that opposed the wide lapels and flared denim they so ferociously despised.
Some People Think Little Girls Should be Seen and Not Heard: X-Ray Spex Poly Styrene
How Poly Styrene rebelled against punk’s whiteness and masculinity in 1970s London.
Beer, Bikes, and Pizza: CTBC’s 6th Annual Pizza Crawl
By Megan Leary, guest columnist A crisp fall night, cyclists at the ready, and stomachs at full attention set the stage as riders prepare for the annual Pizza Crawl, hosted by Carytown Bicycle Company. Now in it’s 6th year, CTBC’s Pizza Crawl is one of the most anticipated events in Richmond, especially by […]
Brighter the Moon at the Canal Club
Written by Cort Olsen, Editor-in-Chief Photos courtesy of hcastenphoto.com Pop punk is like vanilla ice cream, there really is no way to screw it up and pretty much everyone likes vanilla ice cream. The down side of vanilla ice cream is it gets gets boring after a while. Pop punk is like feeling nostalgic […]
Iron Reagan is In Your Mouth
Written and photographed by Cort Olsen, Chief Editor For once Facebook’s recommended events finally paid off. Iron Reagan, War on Women and Prisoner played on October’s First Friday at En Su Boca for the headliner’s record release. The show was not necessarily “free,” the venue was asking for donations at the door, but the opportunity […]
INK vs. The Concussion Theory, Gritter, and Royal Blood
Before anything is said, I have to make it clear that I’ve never been to show featuring bands whose sounds were so radically different (except that one grindcore/witch-house/experimental jazz basement show that I got completely too wasted at during my freshman year of college.) However, Wednesday’s show at the Canal Club featured RVA locals The […]