I hosted River City Limits on WRIR on Saturday April 23rd. It’s two hours of RVA-area music every Saturday from 5-7pm at 97.3fm or listen online here. We’re in the middle of the Spring Fund Drive and your support of Richmond’s Independent Radio Station is greatly appreciated.
Mike Rutz’s show Activate! on WRIR is known around the station as one of the most challenging shows to do, especially since you’re sitting in for Mike who does it every week. He’s used to it. It’s an audio music calendar featuring music from bands and artists who will be playing in the Richmond area over the next week. So you have to do a lot of research for it in a short amount of time and also find music to play which should represent the artists appropriately. Do you play the new single? Or do you play an old favorite? What do you play by local artists who listeners may or may not know? It’s fun, but you want to do it justice.
I sat in for Mike on Thursday and even though it’s a relief to find plenty of music to play and plenty of live dates to promote, there is always so much more that you could play and highlight. And that speaks highly of Richmond’s live music scene which is pretty cool.
2022 0414 Activate! – Host Jay Smack (in for Mike)
FM SKYLINE – Astral Baths (local)
Black Iris; April 16 @ 8:30pm (w/ Alfred; FM Skyline; DHEMO; DJ Bedspread Radio)
HOTSPIT – Epitaph (local) SIPPER – Party (NYC)
Hotspit (w/ Loving; Sipper) @ The Broadberry; April 21 @ 7pm
LUCY IN BATTLE ARMOR – Funk Jedi (local) JJ SPEAKS – Sneaky Little Wizards (local) – news of a special show in Sept later BABY BUGS – Hey Bunny
Bandito’s; April 16 @ 9pm (Lucy In Battle Armor, JJ Speaks; Baby Bugs)
.GIF FROM GOD – take the flesh; make it stretchy (local)
Benefit for Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project at Ask a punk; April 20 @ 8pm (w/ Prisoner; Terror Cell; Cimitir) PRISONER – Tyrant (local)
Benefit for Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project at Ask a punk; April 20 @ 8pm (w/ .gif from god; Terror Cell; Cimitir)
CIRCLE JERKS – Coup d’Etat (live) 7 SECONDS – Here’s Your Warning
The Broadberry; April 18 @ 7pm (w/ Negative Approach; 7 Seconds)
SEA OF STORMS – Gentleman’s Jam (local) DARK WATERS – Mazy (local)
Cobra Cabana; April 15 (w/ Dark Waters; NC 17)
SUPERCHUNK – Endless Summer (Chapel Hill)
Richmond Music Hall; April 16 @ 7pm (w/ Torres)
Doug Nunally runs the online Richmond-area music magazine The Auricular and has spearheaded the creation of the new Newlin Music Prize, “an award given to the best full-length album from the Richmond-Petersburg, VA metropolitan area based solely on artistic merit without regard to style or popularity.
Named after musical prodigy, VCU professor, and performer Dika Newlin (1923-2006), the prize launched in 2022 to award its first ever award for albums released in the previous calendar year. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize in the hope of fostering future recordings and performances.”
Thunderchief – King of the Pleistocene
-dedicated to Curtis Payne
Rik Surly, Erik Larson
“Synanthrope” is the latest THUNDERCHIEF album to be released straight to Digital on Friday, December 3, 2021 (The Last 2021 Bandcamp Friday!).
Physical media release is planned for early 2022.
The band took a different direction in writing “Synanthrope”, almost as a direct response to artists who feel they have to belong in a particular “box” when writing/releasing music. By no means does this mean it’s better, it’s just a more relaxed approach to staying in the now.
StudioB is starting to roll back into form after many months of spotty releases. The last year was hard on everyone, and the creative community was gut punched as venues closed and artists did whatever they could to remain productive and inspired. This episode features new music from these Richmond-area artists, all released in 2021, much of it worked on during lockdown in 2020.
Ink To Spill is what has been described as a “virtual band”, with songwriter Bob Sauer living in the Tidewater area of Virginia and the rest of the band spread out around the country including areas such as Seattle and Chicago. But they all come together to make music. And they work with the RVA-based Marketing Mixtape . Bob talks about getting the band together, dealing with the pandemic when they were already something of a virtual band separated by geography, inspiration and the creative process. Also hear Ink To Spill songs Hyd’n (latest single), Lenny and Chalk Lines
Ryan Kent is a published poet, writer and former vocalist for the band Gritter. His poetry collections include “Hit Me When I’m Pretty”, “This Is Why I Am Insane” and “Poems For Dead People” and “Tomorrow Ruined Today” – a collaboration with his Dead Books Publishing co-owner Brett Lloyd. Gritter releases on which he is lead vocalist include “Welcome To The Sinkhole”, “Nobody Cares” and a self-titled EP when they were known as “Rube”. He’s currently working on several projects performing spoken word readings of his work with musical accompaniment.
Cover image: “Cha Cha Palace” by Angelica Garcia. Designed by Angelica Garcia, Marissa Alper, Mariela Gavino. Photography by Marissa Alper.
Angelica Garcia is an artist from Richmond who is starting to light the world on fire. Originally from the L.A. area, her music is absolutely intoxicating, always with a heavy groove, thick beats, and musical elements from her Mexican and Salvadoran roots providing the foundation. The video for her single “Lucifer Waiting” was released a few months ago (April ’20) and like everything else she releases, it’s catchy, captivating and totally addictive. After hearing it once, you won’t find yourself wanting to hear it again so much as NEEDING to experience it again. There’s no real chorus, but her mischievous, sultry, trilling vocals return to the title refrain “Lucifer Waiting In The Corner” over and over and over again until, like the song itself, you eagerly await its return. The kick drum pounds reliably along underneath to a steady 4 that feels like it wants to be coaxed into something faster as the snare shuffles and sways and drags the listener along. I promise you, as you listen something in you or on you will start moving, if not both. There’s a darkness to the bass-driven melody which bubbles slowly in a mysterious, smoky E minor vamp, (it actually reminded me of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” which I love) but it also has a celebratory quality to it reminiscent of a street party, something often present in her music. Enough rambling breakdown. Watch the video and enjoy the song. And good luck getting it out of your head.
It should be noted that on this video her RVA-area label Spacebomb Records worked with RVA-area marketing agency and design firm Arts and Letters to create the animation and graphics.