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)
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.
Todd Feldman of The Rocket Factory, organizer of SparkJam 2020 talks about the upcoming event. SparkJam 2020 is a virtual online event being held Friday June 26 from 8am to 6pm to benefit the Virginia 30 Day Fund. It will feature speakers, music performances and will address challenges facing small businesses in 2020.
Performers include Saw Black and Landon Elliott with a panel of speakers including:
Andy McGraw – Moderator, University of Richmond/Rumput
Reggie Pace, No BS Brass /Hustle Season Podcast/Bon Iver
David Judson Clemmons joins me live from Germany via Skype. He’s a Richmond guy who moved to L.A. to play music and ended up moving to Germany where he’s been ever since. His new album “Tribe and Throne” is out now and available everywhere. We talk about his travels, his time in Richmond, what he’s up to in Germany, connecting with fellow RVA music Greta Brinkman and more. This episode is also on YouTube in 2 parts.
Doug Nunnally from the Richmond music website The Auricular is in-studio to talk local music and spin some recent tracks he’s digging. We pay special attention to The Auricular’s Feb 1 – 8 Richmond Roundup.
Andrew Godfrey does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to his musical projects Transylvania Stud and Navaeh, with a little help from his friends. He’s been in bands and had some help with instrumentation, but on the latest TS release “White Witch”, he wrote and plays everything. We hang out for a meandering conversation that includes making records and shooting videos on a budget (having talented friends with great gear helps), his time in Nashville, underrated bands, lost civilizations and conspiracy theories.
Todd Murray and Chip Hale of Sincerely, Iris are in-studio today at Red Amp Audio performing a few songs and talking about some upcoming gigs, recording and some of their other collaborations. See Sincerely, Iris at The Dark Room Wed. Feb 5.