July’s RVA music shows

Check out up and comers like Broods and Royal Blood, go back to the 90s at Innsbrook, sing along with Gordon Lightfoot, and celebrate a million Richmond bands in one weekend.

Original — July 10, 2014

As always, check out the RVANews events calendar or RVA Playlist to see all the great music going on in town.

Curren$y w/ Friends

Hat Factory/RVA Theatre • July 25th

Hip hop artist Curren$y released his newest mixtape, The Drive In Theatre, in February. On his latest track “A Lil’ Sumthin,'” the New Orleans native rides the beat about how he rolls.

Under the Sun Tour with Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, and Smash Mouth

Innsbrook After Hours • July 30th

Do you want to experience 90s hits like “Run-Around,” “All Star,” and “Every Morning” all in one evening? Look no further than Innsbrook’s Under the Sun Tour with the bands that flooded all the radio stations and defined all of our lives at that time. Yeah, don’t act like you don’t know all the words to that one song by Smash Mouth.

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The National • July 11th

New Zealand pop duo Broods, composed of Georgia Nott on lead vocals and older brother and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott on production, are already gaining momentum after releasing its self-titled EP in January. The single “Bridges” skyrocketed up the New Zealand charts, and the groups is now getting the buzz over on our side of the world. Broods’ full-length album, Evergreen, will be released later this year. Catch them first at the National and say you saw them first when they get big.

Royal Blood

Canal Club • July 16th

British rock band Royal Blood may have only been around for a short time, but the group is already catching the attention of other groups like Arctic Monkeys, who the band shared the stage with this year. They’ve also performed to rave reviews at this year’s South By Southwest. Their single “Out of the Black” earned a top spot on the US Charts, and they’re likely to get huge in the next year. This is part of XL102’s Discovery Series.

WRIR and the Commonwealth of Notions
Presents Vol. 4

Balliceaux, Strange Matter, Gallery 5, Steady Sounds, Ipanema • July 17th-20th

Shannon Cleary of local independent radio station WRIR’s Commonwealth of Notions is presents the fourth installment of “Commonwealth of Notions Presents,” a multi-night event featuring numerous local bands performing unique and intriguing sets. This year, Cleary will be hosting five nights of live performances spread across the city at five different venues.

On July 17th, the event will kick things off at Balliceaux with Todd Herrington’s Things and Microwaves. July 18th features Avers, Sundials, Lightfields, Hot Dolphin, and Clair Morgan performing at Strange Matter. On July 19th, Steady Sounds will host Photosynthsizers, Close Talker, and Patrick Bates. Later that night, Commonwealth of Notions will be returning to Gallery 5 with The Snowy Owls, Heavy Midgets, The Awesome Few, MUTWAWA, Anousheh, Nick Woods, and Tarrant. And to close things out on July 20th, Commonwealth of Notions takes over the Live at Ipanema series with Hypercolor and My Sister My Daughter. Go support this show when it comes. Every year, Shannon Cleary brings together some incredible local talent, and it just gets better every year.

Gordon Lightfoot

Richmond CenterStage • July 20th

Legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot comes to Richmond with his eloquent songs of love and longing. The folk-rock icon will play all his classic songs like “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Early Morning Ran,” “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” and more.

New Politics

The Broadberry • July 20th

Love to dance? Love Denmark? Then the Broadberry is where you need to be to catch Danish electronic dance rockers New Politics. The band’s single “Harlem” flew up the alternative rock charts last year and they’re currently opening for Paramore and Fall Out Boy.

Mates of State

Capital Ale House • July 22nd

Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, better known as Mates of State, are a rock-making staple in my music collection. They haven’t released anything since 2011’s amazing album, Mountaintops, but their sound evokes enough of a sense of pop nostalgia and general all-around fun that you still love all the songs just as much years later. Their live shows are always over the top. Last time the two played Richmond, they turned the venue into a absolute circus with nonstop danceable songs and elaborate stage setups.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires

Strange Matter • July 22nd

My god, why aren’t more people listening to these guys? Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires are playing at Strange Matter in support of their new album Dereconstructed. And if you have a minute, go ahead and listen to their insanely amazing debut album There Is a Bomb in Gilead. I swear you’ll love it. If nothing else, Lee Bains is a super nice guy you can’t help but like.

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Andrew Cothern

Andrew Cothern is the founder and editor of RVA Playlist, a music site that showcases events, concerts, album, show reviews, and opinion pieces that focus on the vibrant local music scene in Richmond.

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