Music Park: Sons of Bill @ Union Stage — 8/3/18

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Sam Wilson of Sons of Bill performs at WNRN radio in Charlottesville, Virginia, on May 26, 2016. (Photo by Ashley Travis)

Friday night’s Sons of Bill concert very nearly didn’t come to be. Last year, during the making of their sixth album, Oh God Ma’am, the youngest of the three brothers in the band, James Wilson, fell on a champagne flute, severing five tendons and his median nerve. Doctors feared that he might not be able to play the guitar again. The Sons of Bill had finally tasted some success in 2016 with their critically acclaimed fifth album, Love and Logic, playing sold-out shows in London, and they were thinking about breaking up the band.

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Don’t Miss: Sons of Bill @ Union Stage, 8/3/18

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Sons of Bill (Photo by Anna Webber)

Americana brothers Sons of Bill are literally sons of Bill — Bill Wilson, a professor at the University of Virginia. Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, who hail from nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, released their first album, A Far Cry from Freedom, in 2006 and their most recent, Oh God Ma’am, on June 29 via Loose Music.

The brothers, along with bandmates bassist Seth Green and drummer Todd Wellons, will perform at Union Stage on Friday, Aug. 3.

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Snapshots: Ships in the Night @ Black Cat, 8/19/17

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Ships in the Night performs at Black Cat on Aug. 19, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Wow, Working Order Records certainly hosted quite a few innovative electronic music acts during its House of Ruth benefit show at Black Cat on Aug. 19. In addition to Working Order Records’ own Technophobia, Alethea Leventhal, better known as Ships in the Night, arrived from Charlottesville, Virginia, to bewitch the audience with her breathy vocals and haunting synths.

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Don’t Miss: Xeno and Oaklander @ Black Cat, 8/19/17

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Xeno Oaklander (Photo courtesy the artist)

Xeno and Oaklander, the minimal electronic duo from Brooklyn, are teaming up with DC’s own dark pop outfit Technophobia in a benefit for House of Ruth at Black Cat on Saturday, Aug. 19, to help survivors of domestic abuse and homelessness.

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Snapshots: The Rain Within @ Ivy City Smokehouse — 9/27/16

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The Rain Within performs at Ivy City Smokehouse on Sept. 27, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

The Rain Within is a one-man synthwave project by Andy Deane. If his name sounds familiar, it is probably because Mr. Deane is also the lead vocalist for Charlottesville, Virginia-based gothic rock outfit Bella Morte.

The Rain Within’s new album Dark Drive was released September 23rd through Negative Gain Productions, and it is available from Bandcamp. My early favorite track is Eclipse if you want to give it a try!

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