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Reggae guitarist and vocalist Greg Ward played at Boylan Heights last Friday.

Greg Ward brings Cville together with homemade rhythms

Friday afternoons are a sort of limbo time for University students ? it's too early to go out, the motivation to do work was lost somewhere closer to Tuesday and the call of Netflix is stronger than ever.Boylan Heights on the Corner may have found a solution to Friday fatigue: reggae guitarist and vocalist Greg Ward.

Bon Cafe's September Open Mic Night featured performances by several local musicians, as well as writers from the area.

Bon Cafe Open Mic Night is a uniting and enriching experience

Just one block from the Downtown Mall, by the train tracks off South Street West, lies a small gem: Bon Café, a colorful hole-in-the-wall that functions as café, bar, art marketplace and small concert venue.Bon's website says the venue aims to promote “the creativity of the human spirit” within the Charlottesville community ? and from its weekly art marketplace, drum workshops and classes on meditation and yoga, it succeeds in doing just that.

“Red Band Society” proves that writing a comedy-drama about cancer — balancing humor, emotion and plot alongside the hell that is chemotherapy — is downright impossible.

“Red Band Society” is a pre-packaged failure

Fox’s latest comedy-drama, “Red Band Society,” lumps every known cliché together, adds a smattering of humor and a pinch of originality for a show which, though not terrible, is hardly entertaining.“Red Band Society” premiered last Wednesday and, like the “Dead Poets Society” (1989), follows a group of young, carefree teenagers as they romp through their quirky lives.

FOX's popular sitcom "The Mindy Project" returns for it's third season. 

The return of “The Mindy Project”

FOX’s “The Mindy Project” debuted its third season last Tuesday. If anything, the premiere reassured viewers this fresh and innovative sitcom isn’t growing old anytime soon.In season two’s finale, Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) and Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) found themselves at the top of the Empire State Building in a Nora Ephron-esque conclusion.


Spectrum Theatre brings ‘Voices of the Class’ to life

“I consider my legs my most redeeming physical quality. ? If the skies are out, my thighs are out.”This fantastic line, written by a current first year in his application essay to the University, is just a glimpse into the hilarity found in Spectrum Theatre’s “Voices of the Class” during their performances this past weekend.To create this comical performance, the troupe took lines from current first years’ admission essays and transformed them into more than 20 original comedy sketches.During the summer, co-directors Cherise Pack and Lou Garcia, both third-year College students, sampled hundreds of essays to find material for the show.


Jeff Tweedy’s first true solo album lacks variety

“Sukierae” might best be described as the Jeff Tweedy fan’s ultimate Jeff Tweedy album. It is 20 tracks of Tweedy exploring his various musical styles, from the progressive rock style of his main project, Wilco, to the acoustic sound he displays at live solo shows.

The Kooks' latest album disappoints 

Hard to “Listen” to The Kooks

It’s been a long time since the world has heard something new from The Kooks.Their indie rock significance came about with songs like “Naïve,” “Seaside” and “She Moves in Her Own Way” ? a throwback to when frontman Luke Pritchard first won a million girls’ hearts with his loving lyrics and strong vocal range.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue came to The Jefferson last Thursday night

Come party with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

The Jefferson website describes The Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue band as a “funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band.” But even that description fails to capture the true spirit of their concert: party.The entire crowd danced to the music Thursday night — fans as young as high school students and as old as grandparents were busting a move to the New Orleans sound.

Robert Plant keeps his music fresh on his latest album "lullaby and...the Ceaseless Roar." 

Robert Plant’s career isn’t rocked to sleep with new full-length

“I'm lost inside America / I'm turning inside out / I'm turning into someone else / I heard so much about,” Robert Plant sings on “Turn It Up,” the fifth song on his 10th solo album, “lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar.”These lyrics embody the complexity of Plant’s 48-year-long career, during which the British singer has seemingly explored every facet of American music: psychedelic blues (with Band of Joy), early hard rock and metal (with Led Zeppelin), 1950s-throwback R&B rock (with the Honeydrippers) and stripped down folk and blues in his solo projects.