Formed from the ashes of Rabbits, the Ripoff and the Key-Ons, Dead Goats play rock 'n' roll straight up. They just finished up their four-song EP in Nashville.
Erin Tobey hasn't stopped playing since moving to Richmond. She picked up the guitar for RVA punks Pink Razors, contributed to the new Antlers record and still finds time to write acoustic gems.
"Songs From a Mean Season" just came out last year, but Tulsa Drone is busy writing and recording for its next record.
If you have yet to witness jazz and funk titans the No BS Brass Band, the group's monthly residency at The Camel should help.
Speaking of No BS Brass, Tulsa Drone, Erin Tobey and Dead Goats, they'll all be helping Richmond Independent Radio celebrate its birthday Feb. 1 at the Renaissance Ballroom (107 W. Broad St.). The third annual WRIR Party for the Rest of Us also will feature your favorite WRIR DJs and slam poetry.
Some Richmond musicians can't get enough. As we mentioned last month, Michael Otley is putting the finishing touches on the new record by Now Sleepyhead. Now he's joined forces with Brandon Whittaker, formerly of the Misled, and Shannon LeCorre of Blacksburg's the Two Funerals to generate some rock as Red Elk. Check them out at Nara Sushi Jan. 19. Otley and Jameson Price of Our Stable Violent Star also have joined the backing band for Matt Seymour's acoustic punk project Pedals on Our Pirate Ships.
The new indie-rock sextet Belles has an extensive Richmond pedigree, including members from Graceland Graverobbers, Moscow Apartment and Hi Ho Six Shooter. Nick Coward and Harris Mendell also pare it down as an acoustic duo in Horn and Tusk.
Allen Thompson's acoustic roots EP "Highway" was recorded at the Sound of Music. For his first full-length, Thompson headed farther south to work with widely acclaimed guitarist Jimmy Nalls (Sea Level, Dr. John) in Nashville. The self-titled CD includes instrumentation from several giants in the fields of soul, Americana, jam and bluegrass.
Brian Simms and Colin Bailey have been playing metal together since 2000, including a stint as Raided I. They then picked up Adam Poison from Your Fellow Rebels and formed Brainlord. Both Brainlord and Poison and Bailey's other band, Robosaur, have new EPs out. Plus, Robosaur will kick out the jams at the 2008 Baltimore Tattoo Convention Feb. 9. -- Compiled by Mike Rutz of "Activate" on 97.3 and Jay Smack of "Studio B" on 102.1.