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Ian Randall Thornton Produces Folk Music Gem

Ian Randall Thornton Produces Folk Music Gem

By Jim Morrison Ian Randall Thornton likes to let the songs flow naturally, following whatever is inspiring him at the moment. But he also doesn’t want his albums to just be a collection of unrelated songs. So when he started working on the tunes that would become his new album, “Lineage,” about three years ago,

Norfolk Chamber Consort Opens 2017-18 Season with Baroque Drama

By Jeff Maisey The duels and competition of ideas among some of America’s early political leaders are famously documented in historical written accounts, but it is perhaps even more fascinating to think of composers from the Baroque period nearly impaling the other. Such is the background for Norfolk Chamber Consort’s 2017-18 season opener, “George Frederick

CONCERT PREVIEW: The Black Lillies

By Ron Wray Cruz and Sam, it felt like we could go on for hours, and we almost did. I had a great talk with these guys who are in great part the centerpiece of the salty-sweet band, The Black Lillies. They’re coming to Jim Morrison’s North Shore Point House Concert Series, in conjunction with

ALBUM REVIEWS: Galaxy Dynamite, Skip Friel, Uglyography, Astral

Uglyography “Evil Rays” (Steamy Attic Records) If the producers of the TV sitcom “Bang Bang Theory” are looking for new soundtrack material in future I’d suggest giving Newport News-based Uglyography a listen. My first impression of the quirky 18-song album is they’ve really tapped into the sounds of Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants and

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

Meet the Monbacks

Norfolk band makes national debut on Yep Roc Records on June 17 By Jim Morrison “It started as a half joke,” Neal Friedman says. Major and the Monbacks, the Norfolk-based band of high school buddies, were starting to think about recording their second album. They were listening to an album by Virginia Beach’s Natalie Prass

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