SwampTrees - “Moonrise, Moonset”

SwampTrees released a new live video of lead singer Mica Whitney playing her ukulele at Dogwood Haven Camp Ground in Upper Black Eddy, PA.  Perched on a felled tree (perhaps during a storm since it’s been uprooted), she croons about the moon. 

The band is currently on tour, and you can keep up with their hijinks on their tumblr

Interview: Hot Dolphin from Richmond, Virginia

Hot Dolphin are making the news left and right, and here is a new Q&A with the garage rockers from the Examiner in Norfolk.  Even if we didn’t already know one or two of these guys, we’d probably want to hang out with them. 

Catch Hot Dolphin on 5/19 @ Strange Matter with Ex-Cult (Memphis punk), The Ar-Kaics (RVA garage punk), and Gunboat (RVA noise punk). 10:00 pm, 18+, $8.

photos by Beth Austin

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - “One”

Canada’s Yamantaka // Sonic Titan will stop by Gallery 5 on 4/27.  Yamantaka is the Buddhist godlike representation of “terminating death” and appears in war-like poses.  You should definitely check out the Virginia Museum (VMFA)’s statue (partially pictured below).  The video for “One” celebrates the band’s indigenous upbringing and includes the chant of the Mohawk tribe.

Joining them will be: Perfect Pussy (Syracuse noise) and Green Dreams (Rochester garage noise). 5:30, $10 adv/$12 door.

LADRS - “Worries With Mace”

LADRS is a music project by Danny Carrillo, and he has released a few tracks in anticipation of a larger release this year.  The above track is the most recent and is a potent concoction of electronic vibes and chillwave tones. 

Catch LADRS on 5/17 @ The National for On the Verge: Best of 804 Locals along with Classic Monkey Shine (Enon, VA jam rock), Oh No & The Disappointments (Newport News/RVA synthpop), Track Jacket (Lynchburg psych rock), and Celtic Panda (RVA jam rock).

J Roddy Walston & the Business - “Same Days”

J Roddy Walston & The Business have released a new video for their song “Same Days” on Esquire.com.  The music is the same awesome garage rock that we love from J Rod.  The video depicts different scenes of very different types of people enjoying the same beat. 

J Roddy Walston & The Business are playing on 5/10 @ The National at the sold-out Cage the Elephant and Foals show.  Can we get some more hometown love and maybe another local show could get announced? Pretty please?

photo just above by Rich Tarbell



Hell yeah! This baby was waiting on my porch when I got home today. #tchelicon #voiceliveplay

Hell yeah! This baby was waiting on my porch when I got home today. #tchelicon #voiceliveplay

Victor Haskins & Lonnie Liston Smith - “Invitation” (composed by Bronislau Kaper)

Richmond’s up-and-coming cornetist, Victor Haskins, has released part one of a collaboration with legendary pianist Lonnie Liston Smith.  With video production by Craig Zirpolo of The Horn RVA/VCU and assistance from Mike Edmonds, Mackenzie Werner,Charlie Couch, and PJ Desutter, the performance took place at Sound of Music Studios.  Some post-bop and swing styles find their way into the jazz number, and the timbres are warm and fill the room. Rounding out the sound are drummer Tony Martucci and bassist Matt Hall

There are two more episodes in addition to this, and the makers are waiting for 1,000 views to release the next one!  Get to viewing!

photo by Suzette Niess Photography

Mammoth Indigo - Mammoth Indigo

Harrisonburg’s Mammoth Indigo (pictured below) recently released their debut self-titled album, and its sound is lush and folk-friendly. Check out “Nightmare” for soaring vocals and dreamy, sparkly instrumentation.

Catch Mammoth Indigo on Wednesday, 4/16 @ The Camel with Tall Tall Trees (NYC space banjo), Heideman (NY/Nawleans singer/songwriter), Ocean Vs Daughter (RVA piano driven rock), and Todd Matthews (RVA bassist, My Darling Fury). 7:00, FREE!

photo by Jake Saxman Photography

Cinncinnati’s Cadaver Dogs (psych & roll duo, pictured below) stop by Gallery 5 on 4/18 WITH:

Don Babylon (RVA party garage rock)

North Broad (Philly punk rock)

Imaginary Sons (RVA good times)

7:00 pm, all ages, $7!