Live Music in February: The New Pornographers, Natalie Prass, and more

Love is in the air and there’s a lot of lovely music to check out including Natalie Prass, Anousheh, The New Pornographers, and WRIR’s Black Valentine’s Day.

It’s February! Love is in the air and there’s a lot of lovely music to check out this month. Whether you’re making your brand new crush a mixtape or hating the month because your heart has been broken, make sure to check out the RVANews events calendar or RVA Playlist to see all the great music going on in town.

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Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

The Broadberry • February 22nd, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: His new album Medicine is getting rave reviews from all the major outlets. This guy is incredible live. And, he’s super nice! I met him in Charlottesville last year, and he gave me a high five, so… ($13 – $15)

Diamond Heist: A Tribute to Neil Diamond

The Camel • February 23rd, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: Selections from the king of sappy love songs performed by some of RVA best musicians. They’ve been packing the house everywhere they play and Valentine’s is the perfect time to show some Diamond love. (Free!)

Sturgill Simpson

The Broadberry • February 24th, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: Sorry, folks. This one’s sold out. That’s because Sturgill Simpson skyrocketed through the country and indie rock worlds thanks to his debut Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Find a guy who knows a guy or check Craigslist for ridiculously priced tickets. (Whatever someone on Craigslist will charge you).

Justin Townes Earle

Modlin Center for the Arts at University of Richmond • February 25th, 7:30 PM

Why You Should Go: Folk rocker Justin Townes Earle hits you in all right places with his music. A favorite among indie-folk circles, Earle released Absent Fathers, the companion album to his critically-acclaimed album, Single Mothers. This will be a show full of feels. ($25 – $28)

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Natalie Prass

The Broadberry • February 3rd, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: Because she’s amazing. No, seriously, her debut self-titled album has been getting all sorts of love from the likes of Pitchfork, TIME, The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Stereogum, and more. There’s a lot of love for Richmond’s own Spacebomb Records for putting this out, and you’ll be seeing Prass on many “Best of 2015” lists. Go see her now and be cool later. ($10 – $12)


The Broadberry • February 11th, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: It’s the album release party for her new full-length Make Noise, which is an incredible album that I can’t stop listening to, after I heard the pre-release (thanks, Anousheh!). After experiencing major success overseas with EDM DJ group Deep Dish (she was nominated for Grammy, people!), Anousheh is focusing on a solo career as an indie pop artist. And she puts on an amazing live show. Just go. ($8 -$12)

Get Laid: RVA (V-Day Rave)

The Canal Club • February 13th, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: Let’s be honest, this month, people are going to be doing it a lot. Get into the mood as the longest running Valentine’s Day Rave takes a trip to Richmond for the very first time with an all-star lineup featuring Breaks, Dubstep, Trap, Drum & Bass, Electro, and House. There will also be humping polar bears, according to the event invite. ($20)

WRIR presents: Black Valentine’s Day

Gallery5 • February 13th, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: It’s the night before Valentine’s Day, and those that hate the holiday will need a night out without having to deal with all those couples in love. WRIR DJ Charlie from The Creepy Side of Love will spin some appropriate records for the occasion, and musical guests Adam Eubank, Vexine, and Imaginary Sons will perform cover songs of love gone bad. This year, there’s also a live date auction with all proceeds benefiting WRIR. (Free!)

The New Pornographers

The National • February 14th, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: Because you’ll be dancing all night, for real–it’s going to be one of those shows. With names like A.C. Newman and Neko Case among your ranks, it’s safe to safe that the New Pornographers will put on an amazing show. ($22 – $25)


The National • February 17th, 8:00 PM

Why You Should Go: You may remember Wale’s hit songs “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “No Hands.” He’s on his Simply Nothing Tour in support of his upcoming 2015 album The Album About Nothing. ($30 – $35)

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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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