Sixty years on, there continues to be no other festival that promises unity and unforgettable moments as well as Newport Folk Festival does.
Lucy Dacus’s Black Cat performance (and her US tour closer) was an impressive display as her parents and family watched from the side of the stage. And what better way to end a tour than that?
Lucy Dacus's debut album No Burden announced the Richmond, Virginia native to the world as a musical force to be reckoned with.
On her sophomore effort, Historian, Lucy and her band haven't just lived up to that expectation, they've created a modern classic.
That's it. That's the pitch. Go listen to the album NOW, then come back to hear Kevin and Eduardo gush.
PS. We're bum ping a rad track from Washington, DC's Stronger Sex after all the gushing.
One of my favorite quotes of all time can be attributed to one Hunter S. Thompson:
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
- Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl, Rolling Stone #155
The simple wisdom of that rallying cry has driven myself and so many other creative people I know for as long as I can remember, but never so much as in 2016, because, let me tell ya: SHIT. GOT. WEIRD.
From the death of David Bowie right out of the gate right up to the potential death of our democracy and all of the outrageous pit-stops along the way, 2016 delivered chaos in a way that no other year has in my forty-four years of existence.
It also delivered music.
So much legitimately great music in fact that it's almost pointless to parse any of this into a list when all of it struck to the core of different parts of what makes us human, and did so in a way that we haven't seen before, and likely won't see again for years to come.
Would I trade any of this awesome for maybe a little less chaos? Not a chance. But man alive, do we have great GREAT music to chew on for the next few decades now.
So here you go. A little order to the chaos. It's ultimately as meaningless as anything else I suppose, but to me, these are the things that meant everything in 2016.
Whatever you want to say about 2016 (and we’ve said plenty), it was a great year for music and Chunky Glasses covered the hell out of it. Well, it was a great year for musical output at least. We lost far too many of our favorite artists but, by fortune or design, we gained some truly extraordinary albums before they passed. More than that, those that remained took up the mantles of the fallen to produce a bounty of sharply observed, deeply felt works. To call it a changing of the guard would be overly simplistic; an artificial narrative created to instill some sense of order on a chaotic year. But, be that as it may, it appears that as the world lurches into an uncertain 2017, at least we’ll still have plenty of exemplary musicians to help us make sense of whatever happens next.
Most years I struggle to find ten albums that I enjoy listening to, from start to finish. This year, I struggled to narrow the list to a mere ten because excellent albums abound. Genre did not limit the excellence, nor did age or visibility. The musical landscape is more diverse than ever. Whether the lack of major label control has led to true creative freedom for all musicians remains to be seen, but it is beginning to look like artists are increasingly willing to make music on their own terms. And, in a year that many considered to be terrible, that is a bright, shiny ray of hope. Celebrate with me by listening to these albums and songs and supporting these artists.
Despite, or maybe because of, everything going on in the world, 2016 has been one of the best years for music in recent memory.
Join us in the basement one last time this year as we count down our favorites, feel out our disappointments, and more.
Way back in February, Richmond, VA's Lucy Dacus released her debut album, No Burden.
No Burden happens to be one of the best albums of 2016 to date.
This is what happened when we talked to Lucy and her band the day after her album came out.*
*we included a sweet track from one of Lucy's fellow Richmonders Clair Morgan too because AWESOME, that's why.
TIDAL, the streaming service that is "for artists, by artists" may be up for sale...to Samsung. Who is not a DJ you haven't heard of.
Lucy Dacus' subtly powerful debut, No Burden, is being hyped far and wide in the music press. For once the hype is real. Believe it.
No BS! Brass Band are a take-no-prisoners party machine carrying on a long tradition of Richmond, VA jazz musicians kicking ass and taking names. Prepare to shake it with their latest single.
Sometimes we have good ideas. Sometimes those ideas are a blaxploitation version of Little Shop of Horrors.