Finally The National is set to open! Until then, cool you heels with some great (good?) live music this week.
The coming months might just be some of the best for live music in Richmonders’ recent memory. With the opening of The National this month, as well as the recent surge in shows at other venues around town, I can’t wait to see what tours will be hitting our lovely city. Now, if someone would open a nice mid-sized venue (filling the void left by the closing of Nanci Raygun), Richmond could rival some of the best cities for live music.
Need Some New Tunes?
I’m excited to see a lot of cool releases starting to come out. My favorite of this newest batch from today would be the new album by The Mountain Goats, a group that serves as the musical outlet for singer/songwriter John Darnielle. Darnielle and gang, who developed a cult-like following via over ten albums of home recordings, return with their fifth properly recorded full length, Heretic Pride. While maintaining the new elements brought into the sound over recent albums, Heretic Pride recalls the stripped down aesthetic of earlier releases as well. The result is a striking balance that wasn’t fully realized on other recent albums from the group.
Also coming out today is the collection from local hardcore favorites Down To Nothing on Revelation Records. Entitled Unbreakable, the CD gathers previously released material from two now out-of-print CDs into one album. Arguably some of the band’s best songs appear here, making this a very solid CD for any newcomers.
Bands You Like… Sort Of
This week, a number of shows are coming to Richmond that feature well-loved musicians performing in different ways than usual. First up is Randy Blythe (vocalist for Richmond’s metal heroes Lamb Of God) who will be fronting his other band, Halo Of Locusts, opening for controversial right-winger Billy Milano’s M.O.D. and Immortal Avenger tomorrow (Wednesday February 20th) at The Canal Club. Later in the week (Sunday February 24th), Kris Roe of The Ataris will performing his band’s Blue Skies, Broken Hearts album solo and acoustic at Alley Katz. That should be… interesting.