“Kill The Wabbit,” a new track from Richmond, Virginia trio Manzara’s LP “Hello My Name is … Friend” just the shot of straight up dooooooooom you need to brighten up your week.
A road trip to Richmond may seem like a long way to go just to see a band, but when it’s The New Pornographers, you know the show will be worth the drive. The group brought their distinctive power pop riffs and vocal harmonies to The National this past Saturday on their second leg of US touring for their latest album, Brill Bruisers. Like their shows in DC back in November, their lengthy 23-song setlist leaned heavily on tracks from the new release, but also featured several pulled from each of their earlier albums.
Anyone who has seen The New Pornographers before knows how the shows go, and perhaps marvels that something that could so easily erupt into chaos, given so many members with such strong personalities, comes together so well every time.
Last year when the members of the Richmond, Virginia six piece AVERS got together to jam, they had no expectations for anything except to have a good time and make some noise. All members of already well established bands, J.L. Hodges (Farm Vegas), Alexandra Spalding (Hypercolor), Tyler Williams (The Head And The Heart), Adrian Olson (Hypercolor), James Mason (The Mason Brothers), and Charlie Glenn (The Trillions quickly realized off-the-charts creative chemistry between them, and inside a month they had knocked out the material for what would become one of 2014’s best releases, Empty Light.
Before their recent show in Washington, DC at the Rock & Roll Hotel, Kevin and Quinn sat down with this “super group” to talk about the creation of that album, their accelerated creative process, what the future holds for this nascent powerhouse of a band and more.
BONUS EPISODE! Richmond, Virginia has always been a hotbed of music activity, and now a new crop of artists is starting to rise up to make their mark on the musical landscape. Leading that charge is My Darling Fury, a four piece whose sound is as much grounded in the vibrant punk and jazz scenes that have flourished there for years as it is in the dreamier sounds of modern indie giants going by names like Sigur Ros and Radiohead.
Female-fronted, ivories-driven, dance-friendly indie, with a side of sweet cello.
Why You Should Care:
Because their awesomeness literally cannot be contained to just one continent.