Posts Tagged ‘Richmond’

Party in the [USA] – the ANAMANAGUCHI [USA] Tour

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Boy, 2020 has been a long decade, am I right? It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that just over a month ago, I was attending the Richmond, VA stop of ANAMANAGUCHI’s [USA] tour. As you may have read in the past, I always love checking out them ‘guchi boys when they’re in town, and this was to be no exception. However, unlike in years past, this concert was preceded by something completely unexpected – ANAMANAGUCHI’s press folks apparently read one of my old event reviews and wanted me to interview the guys! Obviously, I wasn’t turning that down.

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Kuma’s Quick Shots #23 ft. Gigibyte, Thorazine Unicorn, and 8-Bit Mullet

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  • Heyo, ChipWINners! Welcome back to Quick Shots! This month, I’ll be reviewing work from three artists across the creative spectrum who have each brought something rather unique to the table. The first is a debut EP from a chiptuner with EDM leanings. The second is an artist I’ve featured in my interview column who has recently put out two new singles. The third is an offering that skews more towards Nerdcore than chiptune, but was too unique to pass up on sharing with all of you. So lets not waste any more time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the works of Gigibyte, Thorazine Unicorn, and 8-Bit Mullet.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes on: 2016 – 3 songs that grew on me!

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2016 has been an truly eventful year, with both positive & negative things happening all around us. Chiptune has been a huge part of this year, especially for me. I have reviewed so much music that I was practically reviewing a new album every other week, so it’s obvious that I would have come across some chiptune music that didn’t quite hit me, but when taking another listen later on down the line, a few gems have blown me away. To sum up, here are 3 songs that have grown on me over the year 2016.

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ChipWIN-tern Spotlight: F1NG3RS, and The Budding Electronic Music Scene of RVA

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As some of you might know, I spent my college years in Richmond, Virginia, toiling away organizing VCU’s nerd community and, eventually, becoming this blog’s first intern in my senior year. While there was the occasional ANAMANAGUCHI show, or that one time Inverse Phase and a_rival came to visit, it always seemed like Richmond had all sorts of independent music happening EXCEPT the electronic kind. Little did I know that had I dug just a little deeper in my final years in that city, I’d have found what I was looking for by way of a few music collectives and one particular guy by the name of Jeremy Belcher, better known as F1NG3RS. Now, you might be wondering why I’m trying to talk to you about people in a city that 97% of you guys will under normal circumstances never visit. If you are, I’d like to point to New York City in the early 00’s, or Philly and Boston over the last decade, or even Los Angeles over the past few years and what started from just a couple shows into what have blossomed into full-blown scenes. If you’ll pardon the extension of the plant metaphor, the only way a scene can take root and thrive is through careful cultivation – and just like a flower that needs more light to live, so too do tiny scenes if they’re going to take off.

Before we get too far into this, I’d like to give a special thanks to Daniel Davis – he put in some real legwork right after I had left Richmond to look into what the city had to offer, so much of the following is thanks to talks we had and people I met because of him. (more…)