Quentin Rice, Staff Writer
Autumn has finally arrived. Gone are the days of sweltering heat; cool days and colder nights are the new reality. But you don’t have to stay home with Netflix and a warm cup of tea. Here are some upcoming indoor shows in Richmond that can keep you busy as the days get shorter.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Harrisonburg locals Illiterate Light and Grayling Skyy are coming to Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House with Twen, a guest from Nashville, Tennessee. Illiterate Light recently dropped their debut self-titled album, ant it sounds more optimistic than it reads. The lyrics take a somber and honest look at the sad state of politics and regular life in modern America, while the music just wants to have a bouncy, folky, Beatles-y party. Grayling Skyy delivers raspy bars over smooth and jazzy hip-hop production.
Friday, Oct. 25
Richmond locals Camp Howard, Night Idea and Alfred take to Gallery 5 to play a show to celebrate the release of Camp Howard’s newest album, “Cañón.” If Camp Howard’s track record of delivering slick, groovy bass lines under sinister surf-rock guitars and airy vocals is anything to go by, then “Cañón” should be a treat. Night Idea’s lengthy and disorienting math-rock odysseys are always a much more impressive experience when witnessed live, and Alfred’s weird, otherworldly production and delivery full of swagger should grace a stage with little effort.
Monday, Oct. 28
Mt. Joy returns to The National to perform their brand of contemporary lighthearted, and hopeful soulful folk tunes. Their brand new single, “Rearrange Us,” will almost certainly be heard, and it reprises the familiar organ-driven funk with a fresh coat of paint and wiggly, overdriven guitars. With luck, more of their inevitable sophomore record will be teased as well.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Spunky Canadian rock band Wine Lips will bring their sassy, gritty tunes and their “try-not-to-dance” attitude to The Camel, a Saturday night band that’s perfect for a chilly Tuesday night. Richmond local girl group Captain Scrunchie will complement Wine Lips with their nonchalant, conversational vocals and intricately designed guitar tones.
Are grit and shoegaze not your thing? Catch some pink aesthetics and celebration of queerness with Adult Mom at Gallery 5. Adult Mom’s sleepy bedroom pop gives off a unique charm in its vocal harmonies and bubbly distorted guitars.
Friday, Nov. 1
Rapper Kevin Gates brings his gruff bravado delivery of personal and honest lyrics to The National for his “I’m Him” tour, playing tracks from his newest album of the same name. Gates’ openness about his emotions and pain set him apart from other similar sounding gangster rappers. Gates brings YK Osiris, Rod Wave and SDoT Fresh to support him on the tour.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Toward Space, a Richmond punk band with a penchant for boundary pushing stage theatrics (including full frontal nudity), will take that energy to Gallery 5 for a night of wired and neurotic blues and cult film references. Their warmly received 2018 album “Gently With a Chainsaw” will likely take up most of the set, but it has been about a year since the release of that record, so it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Toward Space will tease some new tunes at the show.
Tickets and more info for each of these shows can be found at these sites: