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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY WILL MITCHELL
Richmond is home to a wide variety of musicians, from hardcore to hippy, but it is also home to “the first ever virtual time-travelling rock band,” known as 1UPYO. The forefathers of 1UPYO are the time travelling guitarist/singer Doc B. Wildman, the highly evolved Pleiadian bassist The Messenger, AM91, and the present-day earthborn…
INTERVIEW BY ALEXIS PASCHAL
VIDEO BY CHRIS AVIS
Though little has been known about them until recently, TEEN DEATH have been making music and playing shows together for the past two years, and even longer as their pop punk band HOLD TIGHT!, which includes bassist/vocalist James Goodson, who plays bass in HOLD TIGHT!, and drummer Eric Kelly, who plays…
Happy birthday to our amazing video contributor @stephmck990. For her birthday present, she has asked for a donation or a share of her GoFundMe page, which she is using to raise the money to complete her Senior Seminar project to graduate from George Mason University. Please take the time to visit her page at http://www.gofundme.com/stephmckphoto to find a little bit more about her “Cat Got Your Tongue” photo series and the expenses needed to pay for it. Please help her out if you can.
INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK PHOTOS BY TODD RAVIOTTA
According to Caroline Upshaw of the Richmond Local Music Examiner, if you “take a surf-rock sock hop and add a dash of DINOSAUR JR., you get one of the most catchy, dance-inspiring, psych-rock bands in Richmond, One of the most catchy, dance-inspiring, psych-rock bands in Richmond, Caroline Upshaw / The Richmond Local Music ExaminerTHE…
INTERVIEW BY SHELBY BAKER
It’s been nearly a year since A COLLEGIATE AFFAIR released their debut EP, Out of Place. Since then, the Richmond-based four-piece have been busy. They’ve toured consistently, welcomed a new vocalist, and are preparing to release their follow-up EP, titled Calling Card, in just a few weeks. With all this change and experience came…
Lenclair by LENCLAIR
ALBUM REVIEW BY SHELBY BAKER
Acoustic trio, LENCLAIR, boast a summery, effervescent sound throughout their self-titled debut album. The album clocks in with 12 songs, including an IRON AND WINE and SIMON & GARFUNKEL cover. The first thing listeners cling to is the romantic, yet, bleak lyrics. The album begins with the lighthearted number, “Breezeway”, with lyrics including, “Meet me in my breezeway tonight/We can sit around the Christmas lights/Drown my head at time of ten.” Upon accepting the offer, listeners will be hit with the band’s metaphoric brilliance that makes you yearn for understanding. What’s intriguing about the band is that they play around with their vocals, allowing each member to take the lead interchangeably. Especially in the odd, yet thought-provoking, track “May 23.” The band asks, “Do you remember? Saturday, May 23?” to the muse saying they had to “Put [you] down again” and wondering, “Was I in love with you?” It’s the constant change through romantic soliloquies, to then somber responses that really make the band’s lyrics compelling. The album finishes with “Philosopher’s Wife”; a song that has a similar build and rhyme that of a Shel Silverstein poem; claiming they could “Write a story/With no ending” and “Write a song/With no beginning” although neither would end nor begin. The band further encouraged the listener claiming “How you choose to look at this whole life/Is how you want to” an allows them to think critically. Overall, I found that LENCLAIR created a touching, emotive set of songs that build off each other to create a magnificent piece of work.
The Denzel Washington Mixtape by ARYE QUEST
ALBUM REVIEW BY SHELBY BAKER
Just under a month ago, Norfolk rapper, ARYE QUEST, released his debut mixtape, The Denzel Washington Mixtape. Throughout the EP, QUEST maintains a quick lyrical flow during his freestyling, and an emotive, speaking voice on his spoken word. The first thing I noticed about QUEST’s voice was a strong JAY-Z influence. QUEST’s voice is very similar to the artist; especially on the opening song, “Man on Fire”. In fact, I confused the two upon first listen of the mixtape. The theme of the songs is the titular actor’s movies, with each song being loosely based off the movie it was named after; such as “American Gangster” and “Training Day” to name a few. The prominent distinction between the two artists is that QUEST maintains a more stripped down sound throughout as opposed to JAY-Z’s current crossover to more pop, radio-friendly songs. In addition, QUEST is a socially conscious rap artist; something that isn’t common amongst today’s more popular rap and hip-hop artists. His main purpose is to “win souls for Christ” through his music. All of the songs on The Denzel Washington Mixtape discuss God. His lyrics touch on issues to create an alternative to the “shallow” music currently being played on the radio. This topic is prominent in the song, “Devil in a Blue Dress” where QUEST claims, “the more ignorant the flow, the higher on the chart they go”. Overall, I found The Denzel Washington Mixtape is a decent representation of what’s to come in QUEST’s music career. However, QUEST needs to create a signature sound that will separate him from the other rap artists in the mainstream and on the horizon.