DEBUT EP BETTER “BELATED.” THAN NEVER

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WORDS BY JOE FITZPATRICK AND TIM FOGG

PHOTOS BY JESSICA BRYCE AND BILLY SOURS

How do you take your emo pop? BELATED. prefers it “acoustic driven.”

In the driver’s seat is Jordon Ronan, the former vocalist of SHARP SLEEVES, a Blacksburg-based pop punk band previously known as HERO TO HUMAN.  In February 2016, in between college classes and writing music, Ronan drafted Tim Fogg from the Richmond punk band A COLLEGIATE AFFAIR to play lead guitar.

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MULTIMEDIA COLLECTIVE BUILDS NETWORK OF ARTISTS

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY WILL FISHER

While their home base isn’t exactly the “Fortress of Solitude,” located in the middle of the Arctic Tundra, The Cold Collective, headquartered in Richmond, Va., is no longer a secret society. On July 16, 2016, the brand will launch its debut projects and shine some light on the rising talents in this growing  digital community.

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RICHMONDERS LANCE BANGS PREP TO PARTY ON THE ROAD

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY HENRY ARCHER AND YONEL BEAULIEU

Formerly known as COLLIN THIBODEAUXX (CTXX), named after guitarist and vocalist Collin Thibodeau, the Richmond, Va. trio now recognized as LANCE BANGS love to party, especially in a house or basement — the dirtier, the better. The  band recently rebranded to reflect the focus on the band as a collaborative effort rather than a solo project when drummer Drew Lanzafama and bassist Joel Alicea took a more active role in the band’s creative process.

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SWIMMING UPSTREAM: THE VIDEO FAN FIGHTS THE RISING DIGITAL TIDE

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INTERVIEW BY ALEX ALOISE

PHOTOS BY SCOTT ELMQUIST AND JULIAN MAY

I grew up in video stores. My movie-obsessed path started with Erol’s Video, which was founded by a Turkish immigrant to Virginia named Erol Onaran and sold to Blockbuster Video for $40 million in 1990. Blockbusters came and went, and never had what I wanted, but they gave me the Bruce Lee and Mel Brooks fixes I never knew I needed. For an entire generation, video stores were the gateways to new worlds, characters, and stories. Yet, as vital as they were to the social and cultural fabric, they couldn’’t last forever. But one video store in Richmond still stands, despite today’s increasing demand for digital content.

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RICHMOND’S RED STATES TO RECORD A NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER

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INTERVIEW BY BETH AUSTIN

PHOTOS BY NISHA MEHTA AND BETH AUSTIN

With grinding, driving guitar, heavy drums, and personal lyrics, Richmond, Va.’s RED STATES have mastered the ability to rock your face, while hitting you square in the heart at the same time. Their current release, High Bison,  on Richmond’s EggHunt Records is a collection of six songs with plenty of hooks wrapped up in an grungy, indie-pop blanket.

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SURE HAND SIGNS SUPPORTS LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH PAINT AND SOCIAL MEDIA

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPARICK

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY TOM WOODWARD, RACHEL WYSE, ROSS TRIMMER, SUBURBIA, AND BROOKE MARSH

When most people look at signs, they don’t see art. Ross Trimmer, founder and CEO of Sure Hand Signs, is starting to change that. Based out of Richmond, Va., Trimmer got his start as a tattoo artist and applied his traditional skills to sign painting when he saw the market changing away from custom work. Putting down his tattoo gun and picking up a paintbrush has provided him more opportunities to express his artistic side both on the signs and walls of Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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SLEEPY BROTHER OFFER A “GLIMPSE” FROM NEW ALBUM

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INTERVIEW BY SHAUNA CROWLEY

PHOTOS AND VIDEO BY PAUL WIEDERHOLT, NICHOLAS KLECZEWSKI, AND ERIN KLING

Releasing their new album Let in the Light on July 14, 2015, SLEEPY BROTHER is a two-piece band from Richmond, Va. Both of the members, Heather Wiederholt and Nathan Burns, work full-time jobs but also focus their free time on being full-time musicians, as well as breaking their way into the music scene with their down to earth roots. They are a band that is more focused on their songwriting rather than becoming famous.

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RICHMOND’S BOMBSHELL ON THE VERGE OF RELEASING EXPLOSIVE DEBUT ALBUM

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INTERVIEW BY MATT WALKER

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER LOTTIE

On April 30, 2015, one of Richmond’s latest bands riding the pop punk party wave dropped their debut single on the scene. Collectively known as BOMBSHELL, their sound on “You Wanted Honesty” is as explosive with energy as their name implies. Individually, they are comprised of vocalist Gregory, guitarists Rory and Hugo, and drummer Jacob. They are on the verge of releasing their debut album, and they will be performing at The National on July 11. We spoke with Gregory and Hugo about how their band fits into the growing pop punk scene in Virginia.

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SHINE CRAFT VESSEL CO. ENHANCES THE CRAFT BEER MARKET THROUGH COLLABORATION

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JORDAN CHILDS

Founded in early 2014 by Jordan Childs, Shine Craft Vessel Co. embraced the rise of the craft beverage industry in the U.S. with aspirations to diversify the market in more ways than brewing beer or cider. According to the company’s website, Childs started this journey to make “something that dramatically differentiated itself from the standard glass growlers and brought beauty to a product category that was lacking.” Since then, his Richmond-based company has grown exponentially through social media exposure and the help of investors interested in making Shine a household name, at least in homes that choose craft beer.

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END YEAR PREPARE NEW SONGS FOR JAMCAMP MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

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INTERVIEW BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTOS BY ARIE MORTON AND RON AKINS

Though post-rock isn’t typically found in the commonwealth, the members of END YEAR are bringing their somber instrumental rock to the masses this June at the JamCamp Music and Arts Festival, which will feature musicians of all types from Virginia, Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. Fitting nicely in the festivals diverse lineup is END YEAR, whose members are currently split between Richmond and Manassas, Va. Their lineup includes James Wells and Ryad Chaoui, drummer Evan Frolov, and bassist Mike Collier. Last year, the band released their debut EP Kursk, and they are currently writing on new emotive tunes to premiere this summer.

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