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Mountaintide Rising

Mountaintide Rising

By Tom Robotham If you’ve lived in this area for any length of time, chances are you’ve seen Jim Newsom perform. Over the last three decades he has been a mainstay at local festivals, while also playing frequently at countless smaller events, in both jazz ensembles and pop-rock cover bands. While playing covers can get

MUSIC: Bring on the Sunrise

By Tom Robotham If you listen to NPR, you’re familiar with BJ Leiderman’s work. For nearly 40 years, his theme music has introduced the public-radio network’s signature program, Morning Edition. Subsequently, the longtime Virginia Beach resident—who now lives in Asheville, NC—composed the musical intros to several other popular NPR shows, including Car Talk, Marketplace and

Dreamy New Album from Michael Marquart’s A Bad Think

By Jeff Maisey “The Tragic End of a Dreamer,” the 14-song sixth album from A Bad Think, is a sonic sensation taking the listener on a journey through aural landscapes past and present. A Bad Think is the studio project of Virginia Beach producer/engineer/ musician Michael Marquart. Marquart is know both for his Windmark recording

CD REVIEW: Tempest

Tempest “The Tracks We Leave” (Magna Carta) Tempest, those pirate-clad, swashbuckling progressive Celtic rocking musicians based in the San Francisco Bay area, have set sail with what is arguably the veteran group’s most bountiful collection of tunes. Throughout the 11 “tracks,” Tempest weaves a seamless mixture of traditionally-rooted Irish, Scottish and Norwegian music with ‘70s-era

CD REVIEW: Vinny Peculiar

Vinny Peculiar “Down the Bright Stream” (Shadrack & Duxbury Records) For his 10th studio album, Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) flows “Down The Bright Stream” of life, reflecting on things of the past, set in his homeland of Manchester, England. Aural moods and lyrical whimsy paint an interesting picture through his eyes. The “hit” single

CD REVIEW: Deist Requiem

Deist Requiem “The Happiness Delusion” (Sacrifice Records) Veteran local metal/industrial recording artists Deist Requiem return with a hard-pounding collection of 10 songs powered by the relentless Jodi Joy (drums), Kyzer Kooper (vox/keys), Brance Arnold (guitar) and Brian Powers (bass). Recorded at GWAR’s Slave Pit Studio in RVA and produced by h3 of hERETICS iN tHE

CD Review: Justin Kauflin

Plateaus of Positivity A new documentary and CD highlight the soulful genius of Virginia Beach’s own Justin Kauflin. By Tom Robotham   If you watch only one new documentary this year, let me tell you—without reservation—it should be Keep On Keepin’ On. The gorgeous, lovingly crafted film tells the story of the relationship between jazz

Esbern Snare

Esbern Snare “A Violent Peace” (Self Release) Musically there are numerous similarities between Esbern Snare and Sigur Ros. Nowhere are these comparisons more evident than on “Inside Your Coat,” a brilliantly arranged piece of sonic drama where slow, pulsing piano sets the mood and then builds on a glorious fog of layered keyboard orchestration. At