PUBLICATIONS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC
9x is published by Plan 9 Music, an independent music store based in Richmond, VA. The magazine is free and is distributed at each of Plan 9's five locations throughout central Virginia. Available monthly, the magazine features several record reviews in each edition from the rock, jazz, country/folk, blues, urban, electronica, classical, and local genres. 9 Times also features an event calendar of live music each month throughout Virginia and Washington DC and a venue guide. Each month, there are feature articles and interviews. Unfortunately the only way to get 9 Times is by picking it up at one of the five Plan 9 locations. Only certain articles are featured online, such as the following:
PUNCHLiNE is a somewhat eccentric Richmond, VA publication that is published weekly and distributed at various locations throughout Central Virginia. Punchline comments on just about everything, including pop culture, films, art, books, and music. The articles sometimes border the ridiculous but are nonetheless quite amusing. Check out the music archives link on this site for some entertainingly blunt articles.
Snap Pop! is a monthly music zine headquartered in Sterling, VA. It can be found free in clubs, colleges, record stores, book stores, coffee houses, video stores and specialty stores throughout the US. Snap Pop! has fantastic music reviews, interviews, and general commentaries about (mostly) independent music. Luckily, you can find a good number of its articles online in case you can't pick up a copy. Here are some of my favorites:
Nine Volt is the only Tidewater free music zine worth mentioning, as far as I know. Published bi-weekly, Nine Volt is distributed at various "hip" places in the Tidewater area. It includes a calendar of live events as well as some pretty good feature articles. It also attempts to highlight local artists, however Nine Volt doesn't concentrate enough on the local scene--I've even seen Papa Roach and Stevie Nicks on past issues' front covers! But don't let it keep you from looking inside. Sometimes you'll find a Cowboy Mouth interview or a review of the Nixons CD--you just have to look for it!
Unsung Hero is actually a Gettysburg, PA based magazine. The music and art covered in this magazine span the Mid-Atlantic, focusing in New York, Washington DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
VIER Magazine is published bi-monthly and is distributed free throughout the US and select portions of Europe. Goth & hardcore focus with lots of reviews in each issue.
Loose Screws is a Virginia local punk zine started back in 1996.
More publications to be featured soon
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