You know summer’s over in Richmond when the thousands and thousands of college freshman flock back into the city. All of those parking spaces right in front of your house, well, you can kiss those goodbye. Short lines at your favorite lunch spot, say “adios” to those as well. If the sight of trapper keepers and long boards are giving you headaches, luckily there’s some great music happening tonight in the city.
Head over to The National tonight to catch Pennsylvania’s Dr. Dog as they tour with Cotton Jones. After a one-album sojourn away from their band-built recording studio, the band returned home to Meth Beach to self-produce their latest collection of gloriously ramshackle rock ‘n’ roll reveries. Be The Void showcases the critically adored band’s renewed commitment to cultivating a stripped-down live sound. “This record comes from our pushing toward a rawer, more powerful, somewhat jittery competence,” explains guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken. “We drew a lot of inspiration from soul music and the Rolling Stones and the Velvet Underground—music that’s got its roots in live expression rather than that studio-perfected sort of vibe.”
Dr. Dog – Where’d All The Time Go [download]
Sneak out as soon as the show is over and head up into the fan to a less-freshman-infused night cap at Balliceaux with one of Richmond’s most amazing talents, Black Girls. They’ll be playing with Madam Macadam for just $5, doors at $10, but get there early to grab a few of their insanely delicious cocktails.