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“Honey, where do you go when you got nowhere to hide,” sings Becca Mancari, an indie-pop artist from Nashville, on the opening track of their recent album “Left Hand.” Mancari’s music exudes transparency and emotional rawness, and their whispering, delicate vocals inspire listeners to follow suit.
Even after touring the nation and gigging coast to coast, there’s no place like home for Charlottesville-based band Kendall Street Company. The talented ensemble — all five of which graduated from the University between 2015 and 2020 — returned to their hometown this past Thursday to play at The Southern Café & Music Hall, kicking off their second annual Kendall Street is For Lovers Tour.
With the fall semester almost in the rearview, students will soon be headed off-Grounds, some traveling hundreds of miles to visit their families for the holidays. Interstate scenery can be monotonous and dull, but luckily, long drives are the ideal setting for new music discovery.
As midterms approach and the fall air gets crisper, music becomes increasingly vital to soothe an aching brain, warm the spirit and offer a cheap vacation from the looming chaos of life.
The toxic lyrics of Brent Faiyaz have taken the world by storm since his breakthrough collaboration with Goldlink in 2016 — cue “Don't act like I'm your man, you just a fan / You don't hold rank.” As Faiyaz’s trademark honesty and alluring harmonies prevailed in EPs such as “Fuck the World” and “Lost,” the music of Faiyaz has taken a personality of its own. As explored in the initial track of “WASTELAND” — titled ”VILLAIN'S THEME” — the 26-year-old Maryland native is well aware of his own destructive tendencies. Faiyaz has accepted playing the villain and “WASTELAND” is a perfect reflection of that.
From bachelor’s degrees to record deals, the endeavors of the University’s vibrant and talented community continue to shape the climate of the world, whether it be through academics or music. Here is a playlist of nine original songs written, performed and released by the Classes of 2022 through 2025.
Four years ago, fourth-year College student Caroline Hullman moved to Charlottesville with a collection of original songs, an affinity for 90’s grunge and an itch to start a band. A former theater kid from Fairfax who yearned for a bigger audience, Hullman now serves as the frontwoman and lead guitarist for the indie-rock project Marti, for which she released her debut EP last year.
“[Music is] going through a rebirthing process, and I found myself being one of the midwives,” said Erykah Badu after the 1997 release of her first album, “Baduizm,” which turned 25 two weeks ago. As Black History Month comes to a close, it becomes increasingly important to remember the contributions of Black artists like Badu — often referred to as the “Godmother of Neo-Soul.” Through her work, she would go on to influence an entire generation of successful, genre-bending artists driven by her experimentation, from Frank Ocean to Ari Lennox.
After the events of 2020 placed a pause button on the music industry, curbing tours and delaying releases, 2021 offered the first glimpse of live music viewership in over a year. Amid a seemingly never-ending pandemic, it is clear that music is essential during times rampant with divisiveness and loneliness.
On game days the low rumble of the Cavalier Marching Band’s drumline can be heard throughout Charlottesville’s hilly landscape, resonating against the brick facades of the University's academic buildings.
Founded in December of 2001, The Charlottesville Salsa Club has hosted the longest-running consecutive salsa dance party in the state of Virginia, located at IX Art Park. Sunday Salsa Night and Bachata Wednesday have recurred weekly, all year round, for 20 years — with the exception of a year-long halt due to COVID-19.
Don Toliver is the king of the hook. The Houston rapper and singer took over the melodic hip-hop scene in 2020 after being featured alongside legends like Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Swae Lee and 21 Savage on “ASTROWORLD,” the Grammy-nominated album by Travis Scott. It takes a certain type of performance to steal the spotlight from this list of features and Scott himself, but Toliver succeeded in doing so on the track “CAN’T SAY,” which is often regarded as the best feature on the album due to Scott's phenomenal songwriting and melodies.
After being introduced to the world in 2015 by two hit singles, “Renegades” and “Unsteady,” it’s no wonder that members of the alternative group X-Ambassadors face overwhelming pressure to recreate their previous success. After being typecast as one-hit wonders, X-Ambassadors’ third studio album, released Sept. 24, expresses themes of powerlessness, self-doubt and anxiety. Lead singer Sam Harris titled “The Beautiful Liar” after what he refers to as the voice in his head that offers unprovoked criticism.