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James Cassar

A look ahead to the Virginia Film Festival

The film schedule for the 27th Annual Virginia Film Festival was released Tuesday afternoon. It promises a broad range of features from the star-studded to the underground when the festival comes to Charlottesville.

A&E takes a trip with Vacationer

Vacationer ? the dreamy, island-minded indie brainchild of Kenny Vasoli and group Body Language ? has been steadily climbing the ladder to success after the release of their 2012 full-length “Gone” and this summer’s sunny “Relief.” Creating a hybrid genre they brand as “nu-hula,” the band brought their peace of mind to The Southern to dazzle up a dreary Monday.

Modern Baseball hits home run

Earlier this year, I came across a tweet from emo-rock duo Dads, forecasting Philadelphia indie-punk group Modern Baseball ““will be the blink 182 of our time”:” With blink-182 ranking as my all-time favorite band, I found the comparison bold — and surprisingly, ultimately true.

In 'Deep' trouble

Don’t get me wrong, Man Overboard rules, and pop-punk’s so-called rebirth has had some incredible offerings. But the first full-length LP from the U.K.‘s Neck Deep, “Wishful Thinking,” is nothing special.

Burr fits the 'bill'

Comedian Bill Burr has far outgrown amateur night. He’s had a handful of comedy tours explode in popularity, with standout stops including sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

The hip(ster) albums of 2013

I’ll probably be one of the first journalists to go ahead and confirm that no, the usual suspects on 2013 best albums lists won’t be making a return appearance in this article.

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