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Jax, the Shadowbox, Guerrilla Playhouse and more!

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day! Here’s a few of the things going on this week starting with our Top 3….

On Friday (7/8) Blacksburg label/ promotion company Flannel Gurl Records hosts a great (and rather long) line-up at Jax. Two of the names on the bill (the Emotron & the Bastards of Fate) should be worth for going alone! Combine those two with the weirdo-folk of Andy the Doorbum, Rotting Obscene’s own blend of death metal along with more weirdo-folk from Deral Fenderson and this looks to be as eclectic of a show as it is entertaining. Come out to Jax in Blacksburg and check out this show starting at 8pm, running til midnight. $5 for five bands.


On Saturday (7/9) Roanoke microcinema the Shadowbox throws its second sweded film fest. This go around the theme is the great decade of the 80’s! To “swede” a film is to make a really low-budget under ten minute version of an entire movie. This idea was taken from the Michel Gondry film “Be Kind Rewind”. So come out to the Shadowbox on Saturday to check out some hilarious footage and maybe see a friend or two on the screen as well! This starts at 8pm, $5.

On Sunday (7/10) Studio Roanoke’s Guerrilla Playhouse hosts a short play followed by a folk show. “Kong: A Goddamn 30Ft Gorilla” is a play by local Adam Hahn. I haven’t heard much about this play but I can tell you because of the title and poster alone, I’m going. What I do know more about is who’s playing after Hahn’s play. Local folk acts the Delta Function will be playing with fellow Roanokers and friends the John Barry Conception and the Polfelt Three. The play starts at 7pm with the show following at 8pm. $5 gets you in to both shows.

Here’s some other great things happening this week…

7/7 – the Shadowbox Etiquette Night @ the Shadowbox. Kirk Ave., Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/7 – Savannah Shoulders w/ Nate Currin @ the Bazaar. Brandon Ave., Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/7 – Rivermont Rave w/ Feral Youth @ Rivermont Pizza. Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg. 11pm.
7/8 – Watershed Conspiracy @ Schooners. Williamson Rd., Roanoke. 6pm.
7/8 – Uncle Mountain @ Sun Music Hall. S. Locust St., Floyd. 8pm.

While checking out this post you should also check out the new facebook page for an upcoming free print ‘zine called Local Heroes. Local Heroes will cover music events happening around town with a focus on monthly articles about “local heroes” in our city. Check it out and “like” it on facebook HERE!!! Do it now or the local terrorists win.

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Rubber @ the Shadowbox, the Situationist @ the Bazaar, My Radio @ Kirk Avenue Music Hall

This past weekend’s show were quite a blast and we hope you got a chance to get out to a few of them! Here’s what’s going on this week starting with our Top 3…


This Sundayy (7/3) the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave. will be showing the comedy/horror film “Rubber”. Following the story of a telepathic killer tire named Robert this film has been hailed by critics all over the country. Come and see what this odd storyline is all about this Sunday at 8pm!

Also this Friday the Bazaar on Brandon hosts the Situationist fresh off their tour! Playing with the Situationist will be Charlottesville band the Virgo 9 and Heevahava’s own Mark Perry doing a set of solo songs. This show is set to start at 9pm and will only cost $5. Check out our review of the Situationist’s newest E.P. under our Music Reviews page.

On Thursday (6/30) 101.5 the (not so local) Music Place hosts a night at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Roanoke rockers My Radio share the evening with English modern rock outfit, Scars on 45. Doors open at 7:30pm with Scars on 45 opening at 8pm. Half price tickets are offered with student ID.

Here’s a few other great things happening this week around town!!!

6/29 – Craft Night @ Freckles, Kirk Ave. Roanoke. 7pm.
6/30 – Mafia Track Suit w/ the Woody Nelsons & Lance Smith @ the Bazaar, Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/1 – Mandolin Orange @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. 8pm.
7/1 & 2 – Message to You: A Mini-Musical for the Internet & Stage @ Studio Roanoke. 9pm (Fri) and 7pm (Sat).
7/1 – Bob Wayne “Outlaw Carnie” @ the Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. 9pm.
7/2 & 3 – Floyd Fandango, Floyd.
7/3 – “Not All Roads Lead to Home: a Film by Noelle Lane @ the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. 6pm.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July everyone!!!

Bazaar Presents @ Kirk Ave, the Sad Cobras @ the Bazaar, Blind Photographers & Mirror Kisses @ She-Sha, Bazaar Commercial

With a lot of stuff going on this week its hard to choose between them all. Here’s a listing of just a few great happenings starting with the Top 3!


On Thursday (6/23) Magic Twig Community flagship band the Sad Cobras play at the Bazaar. Opening for the Cobras will be Birmingham, Alabama band, the Grenadines. Come out, pick up a Cobras/ Hot Lava 7″ and introduce yourself to another great new band making their way through Roanoke! This show starts at 8pm and costs $5!


In Blacksburg on Friday (6/24) She-Sha will host a fond farewell to the Blind Photographers. AK Kanode’s brand of dance pop has built quite the popular following in Blacksburg over the past couple of years. Now Amy plans to head to the Northwest but doesn’t want to leave without one last show. Playing with her will be Harrisonburg dance duo, Mirror Kisses. Fronted by a former band member of Amy’s (George Clanton) Mirror Kisses is new wave the way it was intended and is one of our favorites! Above is a video for Mirror Kisses “Haunt Me”.

On Saturday (6/25) the Bazaar will host its 3rd installment of “the Bazaar Presents” at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Richmond band and Triple Stamp Records flagship Homemade Knives will be headlining. Providing support will be Roanoke bands Red Clay River and Magic Twig Community outfit, the Missionaries. This is an important show not only for the Bazaar but also for Red Clay River who will be performing for the last time. Come and bid Red Clay River a proper farewell and enjoy an evening with friends! This show starts at 8pm and costs $7!

Here’s a list of other great happenings this week….

  • Wednesday (6/22) Twin Killers! w/ Life in a Foxhole, KURU and Loser Yesterday @ Jax, Blacksburg. 8pm, $5.
  • Thursday (6/23) Mirror Kisses w/ Double Hive Five @ Blue Nile, Harrisonburg. 8:30pm, $3.
  • Friday (6/24) Godard film “Masculine Feminine” @ the Shadowbox, Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
  • Friday (6/24) Johnson’s Crossroad @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. 8pm, $5.
  • Friday (6/24) Heavy Cream w/ No Brainer @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Charlottesville. 9pm, $5.
  • Friday (6/24) Ol’ Spatch, Sharayah Spears, PJ Bond and Brian McGee @ Bazaar Consignments, Roanoke. 9pm, $5.
  • Saturday (6/25) Artimus Pyle (of Lynrd Skynrd) @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.
  • Saturday (6/25) Summer Solstice Power Jam 2011 featuring Hot Lava, Diamond Center, Peace Beast, Nick Coward & the Last Battle, White Laces and more! @ Belle Isle, Richmond. 1pm-8pm, Free.
  • Sunday (6/26) Vanguard: the Worst Movie Ever Made @ Guerrilla Cinema (Studio Roanoke), Roanoke. 8pm, $5.

Lastly check out the new web commercial for Bazaar Consignments below! Shot and directed by Cory Greer and music provided by Doug Cheatwood! Cameos by a few local musicians in the commercial! Below is the commercial!

Mid March Events…

We hope everybody had a good week. Whether it was celebrating all things Marginal Arts related or just having a fun weekend around town. Now that the majority of the Marginal Arts Festival is over check out what’s happening in the week to follow…

 

This Wednesday (3/9) local vintage clothing store Freckles will host “Crafting for a Cause”! This craft night will be focused on decorating shoes in support of Planned Parenthood’s “Right to Shoes” auction taking place on March 31st. Freckles encourages you to submit a pair of decorated shoes for the Planned Parenthood sponsored evening. Anyone who does submit a pair will receive two tickets to the auction and recognition at the event. So come on down to Freckles on Wednesday at 7pm, BYOB, a pair of shoes and have some fun! Freckles is located in the back of GET, the new coffee shop on Kirk Avenue.


Later that evening on Wednesday the Bazaar brings you one of the most anticipated pairings of the year! The hard rocking six sons of Randy Newman known as Death Newman pair with a mysterious new band. PLUGGGG will be making their debut performance and will hopefully be performing a few of those hits I’ve had the pleasure of hearing recently. Come on down to the Bazaar on Wednesday the 9th at 8pm to celebrate THE BAZAAR’S 100TH SHOW! This show is FREE for everyone!


On Thursday (3/10) the Roanoke Public Library downtown presents An Island, a film by Vincent Moon. Film maker Vincent Moon is known for his Take Away Shows series which features prominent bands and artists within the independent music community performing in intimate settings all throughout the world. This full-length feature focuses on the band Efterklang performing in various parts of an island off the Danish coast. Brought to you in partnership with the Shadowbox this film is to start at 6:30pm on the mezzanine of the library. There will also be free Shadowbox ticket giveaways at the showing. Come out to this and see an amazing group perform in the most intimate of settings.

On Friday (3/11) the Awful Arthur’s at Towers Shopping Center presents rapper Bubba Sparxxx. Continuing their reputation of bringing us great music to the Roanoke area this show will also feature local comedy-rap legends the Illbotz. Also playing the show will be the Soul Elements. Starting at 9pm this show should not be missed!

Also on Friday the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. hosts the Bastards of Fate with the Situationist and North Carolina band, Minor Stars. This will be one hell of a show featuring two incredible Roanoke acts and a great traveling band. Starting at 9pm this show will cost you only $5.

Rounding out the list of things going on Friday is Paleface with Mo at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd. The Americana duo will be bringing their own blend of melody with an added percussive element, Monica “Mo” Salamot. Taking place at the Sun Music Hall in Dogtown this show starts at 9pm.

On Saturday (3/12) the Just Embrace Love Please (JELP) Gallery and Studio will throw what looks to be their last event. The Dub Step Party will feature DJ RahBee, MachineMadeMan, TheExit, MurdaSound, Daniel Noell and Castiel. Starting at 7:30pm and going til late, come out!

On Sunday (3/13) at Studio Roanoke the John Barry Conception will play with local singer/songwriter Sharayah Spears as a part of the Guerrilla Playhouse series . This show will start at 7:30pm and will cost you $5. Make sure to come out and support Studio Roanoke and two great local acts!


Ending our list of things to do this week is the Shadowbox’s premiere of the Parking Lot Movie. This documentary tells the story of the infamous Corner Parking Lot in Charlottesville, VA and the employees who have worked there. If you’ve ever been to the former Satellite Ballroom or surrounding area chances are you’ve parked there. Very funny and entertaining this documentary features interviews from current and former employees including Yo La Tengo member James McNew (yes, he was a former employee there). This film starts at 8pm on Tuesday the 15th.

Mid February Events

We hope everybody had a great/terrible/okay/lonely/lovely Valentine’s Day! Now that its past us let’s look forward to the future, say this week?…

 

 

Kicking off our list of Friday happenings is the Shortwave Society performing at Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd! Part electronic, part acoustic, part orchestral and all pop this eclectic group from Knoxville put on quite a show. I saw them at last year’s Floyd Fest and thought they were one of the better acts to play the bigger stage. The string arrangements are worth going for alone! Make it a point to head out to Floyd on Friday night, catch the Jamboree, head to Dogtown, grab a great wood fire oven pizza and enjoy the sounds of the Shortwave Society. Show starts at 8pm.

 

The Circus Practice

Also on Friday (2/18) at the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. the Circus Practice and local magician Nelson Oliver put on a special birthday bash! The Great Aquarius Birthday Bash will be celebrating the birthdays of Bazaar owner Jamie Booker, Circus Practice member Sarah Garrison and local craft maker/lover of music Cat Conover. The admission is $3 for Aquarius people and $5 for the rest of us. I hear there may be a Scorpio revolt in the parking lot! Starts at 9:30pm.

 

To round up what’s happening on Friday is Another Roadside Attraction playing at Village Grill. Starting at 9pm and running late these folks have enough material to keep you entertained and rocking all night. One of the most eclectic and original bands in Roanoke and worth stopping by for a while if not the whole performance. Go to the Grill and grab one of their wraps (I suggest the SouthWest with Buffalo Chips) with a Roanoke Railhouse and check out Another Roadside Attraction! Its FREE!!!

 

On Saturday the Bazaar hosts yet another awesome show of the weekend with the Bastards of Fate and Mount Pleasant/D.C. band Frau Eva. Frau Eva is an orchestrated folk rock band which has been playing shows since 2008. Come and welcome them to their first show in Roanoke! Stick around for Roanoke’s own Bastards of Fate! This show starts at 9pm and is $5 at the door.

 

That same Saturday in Floyd at Dogtown Roadhouse/ Sun Music Hall is Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun. Combing elements of folk, jazz and funk the duo have been playing together since their college years. Graduates of Berklee College of Music and classmates of Esperanza Spalding, St. Vincent and Elizabeth & the Catapult this duo will play starting at 9pm and run late with the cover being $10.

 

On Monday at the Shadowbox 1986 cult classic horror Maximum Overdrive will show at 8pm. This movie was written and directed by Stephen King based on his book of the same name. Starring Emilio Estavez and… others this film tells a story of 18-wheelers that come to life to destroy humankind under the influence of a comet. Check out the hilarious trailer above and notice the Green Goblin grill on the truck towards the end of the trailer! 8pm sharp!

 

Also on Monday in Charlottesville one of my favorite New York bands comes to the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. The Beets headline the show while getting support from Junk Culture and Teen Dreams. This show looks to be a good line up and is worth the drive to Charlottesville. Presented by local radio station WTJU 91.1 and booking agency Holy Smokes. This show is set to start at 9pm, $7.

 

We’ll see you next week!!!

The Bastards Of Fate on tour with Joe Jack Talcum

This Monday (August 9th) resurrected Floyd venue, the Sun Music Hall will host a killer show not to be missed! Joe Jack Talcum, founding member of legendary punk rockers the Dead Milkmen will be playing a solo set of acoustic songs. Opening for him will be Roanoke favorites, the Bastards of Fate! Doors open at 6pm with the show soon to follow. This show will kick off a short tour for the Bastards and Talcum starting in Floyd and ending in Columbia, South Carolina. On the tour the gang will be stopping in Athens, Georgia for the city’s well known Athens Popfest. Athens Popfest will not only host the Bastards of Fate and Joe Jack but also Mission of Burma, Apples In Stereo, Circulatory System and many more. So come out Monday to Sun Music Hall to say hello to Joe Jack and wish the Bastards safe travel. While you’re there grab a wood fire oven baked pizza from Dogtown Roadhouse!