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.
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.
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.
By Nicolas DeSouza Photos by Nicolas DeSouza “Reality is thin.” – Charlie Ross Over ten local artists packed the Depot with their artwork in a spontaneous effort to expose VCU students to their creative visions. Among the many facets of this gallery that set itself apart from previous art shows, the magical stylings of Charlie […]
By Liz Bruce The underground music scene in Richmond is blowing up and bringing true talent to the surface within the subculture of house parties. Richmond has a rich history of underground music with unique local hip-hop artists like Fan Ran (Randolf) and Satellite Syndicate. Richmonders, like Shaheed Chambers are committed to providing a stage […]
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 […]
Written and photographed by James Saulsky, guest columnist “This is a song about bathroom stalls and cocaine. When you combine those things a lot of things can happen…and they’re all fucking awesome.” That was the introduction Cherub guitarist and vocalist Jordan Kelley gave for their song Heartbreaker. As the crowd at the 9:30 Club in D.C. […]