October’s RVA music shows

White Laces releases its new album, a few boy band members get together and dead bands rise from the grave on Halloween.

It’s October and that means fall is here and people are getting costumes and treats ready. On top of that, there are a lot of great shows hitting the Richmond area this month. Yes, I know that the Richmond Folk Festival is also happening this month (October 10th – 12th), but since that event is such a behemoth in music shows, it’ll get its own article and not take up a spot on this list.

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

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Original — October 01, 2014

White Laces LP Release

The Broadberry – October 24th

After what seems like forever, White Laces’ eagerly-anticipated second LP Trance hits everywhere October 7th. And what better way to celebrate the fuzzy post rockers’ new music than with a big party? The LP is already getting national attention after its lead track “Nothing Clicks” premiered on Noisey. The Diamond Center, Sundials, and Heavy Midgets will also be playing.

First Aid Kit

The National – October 26th

The Swedish Söderberg Sisters (how’s that for alliteration?) took the indie music world by storm with the release of 2012’s The Lion’s Roar. That year, the lead single “Emmylou” was chosen by Rolling Stone as its No. 10 “Single of the Year.” Now the ladies are back with another equally amazing album called Stay Gold, which is already making its way up the charts.

Matt Stillwell

Canal Club – October 28th

Country music artist Matt Stillwell is a good ‘ole country boy from the mountains of North Carolina. In 2008, his debut single, “Shine” debuted at #25 on iTunes country chart and broke into the Top 10 on Great American Country’s Top 20 Country Countdown, which led him to open for the likes of Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, and Blake Shelton. His latest album Right On Time was released in March.

The Return of the Living Dead Bands

Strange Matter – October 31st

Every year on Halloween, dead musical acts come back from the grave for “Return of the Living Dead Bands,” a show featuring members of Richmond’s punk and underground community resurrecting dead or forgotten punk bands. Now in its sixth year, band members will channel performances from bands like The Germs, Minutemen, Sepultura, Celtic Frost, Sex Pistols, and the Stooges. This event is free and because it’s Halloween, costumes are highly encouraged.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck with Black Liquid and Noah-O

The Broadberry – October 3rd

As a member of the critically-acclaimed Wu-Tang Clan, Inspectah Deck kept the beats going throughout many of the group’s popular songs. But it wasn’t until he went solo that his true talent began to shine and he could flex his MC muscles. After a slew of solo albums and a few more new Wu-Tang albums, Inspectah Deck is back with a new album in the works titled Uncontrolled Substance II–a sequel to his debut album.

JEFF the Brotherhood

The Broadberry – October 9th

JEFF the Brotherhood is a two-piece rock band consisting of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, and their music is described as a mix of psychedelic, garage rock, and punk. Their live shows are known for delivering a mind-bending experience, which has brought on a legion of rabid fans and collaborations with acts like Insane Clown Posse and Best Coast. 2012’s Hypnotic Nights–the band’s seventh album–received critical acclaim from the likes of SPIN Magazine, CMJ, and plenty of others.

Brand New

The National – October 12th

Bad news, first: this show sold out faster than the collective freak out of Richmond’s dining community when a new restaurant is announced. BUT you might be able to find a ticket on Craigslist that won’t cost you your first born child, or if you know a guy who knows a guy, harass the daylights out of them. If you are lucky enough to go, enjoy it. These guys put on an amazing show; there’s no way I would leave them off this list.

No BS! Brass Band & Landlady

Strange Matter – October 14th

I know what you’re thinking. You missed out on seeing Landlady at this year’s Fall Line Fest, and you’re kicking yourself for not experiencing what was an incredible show. Well you’re in the luck, my friends! The indie darlings are coming back with a show at Strange Matter where they can cut loose and have a great time. And RVA’s own No BS! Brass Band will be joining them, which already means a party.

Jordan Knight & Nick Carter

The National – October 18th

OK, just shut up. This is a must-see show for someone. Just not for me. The former New Kid on the Block and the former Backstreet Boy have joined forces on a collaboration album entitled “Nick & Knight,” which will make the teen girls (and the teen girls who grew up with them) squeal and lose their minds.

Instant Pleasure Fest featuring Futurebirds, Avers, The Young Sinclairs, The Diamond Center

The Broadberry – October 18th

For one night, the Broadberry will play host to some of the finest psychedelic pop and fuzzy shoegaze bands. Athens, Georgia’s Futurebirds will play as well as local acts Avers, The Young Sinclairs, and the Diamond Center. Lady God, Dave Watkins, DJ Harrison, Revolt of the Apes, and Stimulator Jones are also on the bill. It’s going to be loud so bring your earplugs. $2 from each ticket purchase will go towards Amy Black’s Pink Ink Fund.

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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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