RVA Shows You Must See This Week: December 28 – January 3
, 2022-12-28 08:15:27,
Saturday, December 31, 7 PM
Shotclock (Photo by Jeramie Bailey), Dead Format, Madison Turner, Cyber Twin @ Lakeside Tavern – $10
2022 is drawing to a close, and there are a lot of different ways you might feel about it. Some depressing things happened in the world of politics, but it wasn’t entirely terrible, I guess. Right? Oh, don’t ask me, I’m too tired from dragging across the finish line of a long, long year to even tell you. What I can tell you is that it’s been a good year for Richmond music, with the local scene steadily ramping up in activity throughout the past twelve months, even as different subgenres shuffled and resettled into new configurations that proved normal in the post-pandemic world was decidedly different from what it had been before we all went into quarantine back in March 2020 (nearly three years ago? Has it really been that long? Don’t answer that).
One of my personal highlights from Richmond music in 2022 was the two-song single by Shotclock, the melodic punk trio led by veteran Richmond guitar-slinger Pedro Aida. The A side, “Can’t Explain,” is one of the catchiest pop-punk tunes I’ve heard since back in the mid-90s when Down By Law was still cranking out a killer new record once every year or two. That’s not an idle comparison, either — Aida’s vocally a dead ringer for Dave Smalley circa the third Down By Law album, and he writes killer tunes that could easily stand alongside the…
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