#Bearstorm #metal #rva (at Gallery5)

#strikethechordandburn (at Gallery5)

Matt Conner - “Crazy Man”

Singer/songwriter Matt Conner (RPG) has released a new tune recorded by Bob Rupe called “Crazy Man.”  The acoustic folk/Americana song aches with emotion, his raw vocals out there for everyone to hear and judge. It looks like Conner is planning on releasing more songs from this session in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.

The two-minute stunner will leave you exhausted and sullen, but it’s cool to wallow in that stuff sometimes. 

The Ar-Kaics - “Can’t Keep Waiting”

The Ar-Kaics have released a 12” LP on vinyl via Windian Records!  Here are a couple of tracks which appear on the record. Check out the blurb from the label’s website:

" FROM THE PUMMELING PRIMAL BEATS ON "CANT’ KEEP WAITING" TO THE SPACEMEN 3 FLAVORED "THIS TIME TONIGHT", THIS RECORD IS THE ONE YOU’LL PUT ON WHEN YOUR FRIENDS START THE CLASSIC CONVERSATION THAT "THERE’S JUST NO GOOD MUSIC ANYMORE…"
IF YOU’VE SEEN THE BAND’S MULTIPLE SINGLES COMING OUT MONTHLY, IF YOU’VE SEEN THEM COME BLAZIN’ THROUGH YOUR TOWN, YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS SLAB WILL NOT DISAPPOINT. IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY TO CALL IT A THROWBACK THAT’S JUST FINE WITH US, AS LONG AS YOU RECOGNIZE THE AR-KAICS ARE CRAFTING SOLID SONGS TO STOMP AND SWING TO, AND THAT OUR WORD IS TRUTH - THIS IS AN LP NOT TO BE MISSED.” - Windian Records

"This Time Tonight":

This Saturday (6/21) @ Gallery 5! (7:00 pm, $5)

Come get brutal in Jackson Ward on Saturday at Gallery 5!  Rumor is that there might be some thunderstorms, but that will only make the evening more epic!  All Richmond bands will come together for an intense night of metal that ends at midnight! Come on out!

Bearstorm (blackened death metal)

Abandon Earth (melodic death metal, pictured below)

Sight Obscene (heavy metal)

Violent Spectrums (deathcore)

Strike the Chord and Burn (metalcore)

This Friday (6/20) @ The Camel! (9:00 pm, $7)

Join The Trillions (RVA “shred pop”)

Y’all (C’ville psych rock, former Invisible Hand, pictured below)

J. Flax & The Heart Attacks (Norfolk psych/garage pop, former Vermillions)

photo by Tom Daly Photography

Scuffletown at Sundown - Samuel Dixon Photography

Samuel Dixon Photography captured the essence of The Trillions' impromptu performance at Scuffletown (Park) at Sundown yesterday evening.  Click along in the gallery to see the full set of photos, and pretty much feel like you were there.  You can practically hear the music.  Plus you ALWAYS need to have dog shots, and Sam Dixon delivers.

The Milkstains - Gored, Kicked, Beaten

Summer can officially start now because The Milkstains have released a 3-song EP just in time for their 10 year anniversary.  A few lineup changes later, the super-hip trio went out to the country to record Gored, Kicked, Beaten with Russell Lacy of the Virginia Moonwalker.  Lacy’s special reel-to-reel Tascam 388 enables him to capture the rawest, most lo-fi sounds straight to tape. 

Spaghetti western and surf find a hazy middle ground as “Harold’s Lament” begins the album.  The dark, almost swamp rock of the dismal tune fills the bones with sultry southwestern flavors.  Is that a baritone guitar?  The answer is nope, but there’s an omnichord in there played by vocalist/guitarist Jon Sizemore

Don’t get too zoned out, because “Australia” will kick your tuchus into a higher gear. Their music is just plain fun with otherworldly influences injected into some kinetic garage rock. 

Catch the Milkstains this Saturday, 6/21 @ Hardywood Brewery along with Red Hot Lava Men. Free.

photo by Ron Rogers

New Turks - New Turks

Noisy neo-hardcore New Turks released a self-titled EP recently, and it’s bombtastic. You may recognize Ethan Gensurowsky from other bands on the Subterranea Collective label like Midair and Yefim.  Also available in cassette via Hand to Mouth Records, the 4-song EP sounds much larger than something a duo might produce. Sludge gets a grimy, heavy finish in tracks like “Blurred.” Low end as the melody hits some really major preference points with this reviewer, so keep that bass rattling.  Not sure if this is true or not, but perhaps “Spector” could be named after the kind of bass that practically rips some drum tracks into pieces. It’s also the shortest track, so savor it or enjoy on repeat. 

photo by Alex Criqui

#Crenshaw recording a tune the other day #AbsoluteFutureStudios