Near Leesburg’s downtown, an older neighborhood with a live-and-let-live spirit

Virginia Davies knew she and her husband, George, would have to compromise when they were house-hunting in 2014. She liked country living, and George preferred the city.

They settled on a house in Leesburg Country Club, a residential community with tall trees, wide streets and cul de sacs on the south side of Leesburg, Va.

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The Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2019

In Lake Ridge, Va., a planned community comes into its leafy glory

When developer Ken Thompson conceived the Lake Ridge community in the 1960s, he envisioned a place where suburban homes would coexist with nature, where active individuals and families would enjoy spending time outdoors.

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Car Seat Headrest in the news – Nov. 2019

A Conversation with Will Toledo and An Appreciation for Car Seat Headrest

–Katie Ingegneri on medium.com, November 22, 2019

“Making such a poignant point out of such disparate concepts — all tucked into such a rollicking track — takes some fascinating genius.”

–Ben Kaye on Consequence of Sound, “Top 25 Rock Songs of the 2010s,” Nov. 12, 2019

“Few indie rock bands of this type have ever sounded this good wherever they go.”

–Steven Edelstone in Paste Magazine’s “20 Best Live Acts of the 2010s,” November 12, 2019

… “[Commit Yourself Completely’s] quality could just come down to the fact that CSH are a wonderful live band that are exceptional at what they do.”

liamthemusicreviewer, Nov. 11, 2019

Car Seat Headrest in the News – Sept. 2019

“Indie prince Will Toledo leads a performance that combines the scale, sensitivity, and sense of theatre that have propelled his project beyond their indie niche into the mainstream. “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” is the evening’s anthem, with a singalong that continues well into the next day.”

Drunkenwerewolf review of 2019 Green Man Festival in Wales, Sept. 16, 2019

Car Seat Headrest in the news – July 2019

“The short film follows the creative arc of completing a new song…The track in question is the brilliant ‘Stop Lying to Me’ which has a whole heap of power to it. “

–Jack Whatley in Far Out Magazine, July 9, 2019

“…Toledo is returning to his more collaborative roots; today…TIDAL is premiering the third and final episode of Car Seat Headrest’s documentary, I Haven’t Done Shit This Year — and it features an in-progress song titled ‘Stop Lying to Me,’ likely slated for the band’s next album.”

–Brenna Ehrlich on tidal.com, July 8, 2019

“Car Seat Headrest have shared the final installment of ‘I Haven’t Done Shit This Year,’ their behind-the-scenes documentary made in partnership with Tidal.

–Sam Sodomsky on Pitchfork, July 8, 2019

Car Seat Headrest in the news – June 2019

“Seattle-via-Virginia indie outfit Car Seat Headrest seemed prime for some afternoon sunburn (they surely had the SPF30 in full effect) and rocked their way through jammers like ‘Bodys’ from last year’s new / old Twin Fantasy and an excellent ‘Fill In The Blank’ from their 2016 album Teens of Denial.”

–Maureen Walsh on The Key, June 24, 2019

“Car Seat Headrest have released a striking filmed live version of ‘Fill In The Blank’ on YouTube, the first cut from the band’s newly announced digital live album, Commit Yourself Completely, set for release June 17.”

–Savannah Sicurella in Paste Magazine, June 12, 2019 

“‘Commit Yourself Completely’ is due to arrive on June 17 and will be a digital only release.”

–Laura Johnson on stereoboard.com, June 12, 2019

“This isn’t necessarily the best possible version of each track, but it’s some of the most fun we’ve had on stage.”

–Will Toledo quoted on Pitchfork, June 12, 2019

“I had never collaborated with anyone and I really trusted Will [Toledo], he has a sense for how songs go.”

–Stef Chura quoted by Trish Connelly on  Northern Transmissions, June 7, 2019

Car Seat Headrest in the news – May 2019

“Produced by Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo, [Stef Chura’s Midnight]features a sonic depth echoed in his own dynamic LPs: thrilling guitar riffs, exhilarating choruses and jagged nuances.”

–Ilana Kaplan on NPR, May 30, 2019 

“Produced entirely by Car Seat Headrest mastermind Will Toledo, an early admirer who invited Chura out on tour before her first album even came out, Midnight sharpens and focuses the shaggy ’90s indie of her debut into the kind of lean, mean, classic garage-rock that Toledo does so well without losing any of Chura’s unique voice.”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, May 30, 2019

“From Amigos Invisibles to Car Seat Headrest, check out all of the free con certs this summer at Millennium Park”

WTTW (Chicago), May 24, 2019

“Stef Chura and Will Toledo duet on the nocturnal rocker ‘Sweet Sweet Midnight'”

–Rob Hakimian on The 405, May 15, 2019

Toledo produced and recorded the entirety of Midnight, and his sonic influence is distinctly felt on “Sweet Sweet Midnight.”

–Connor Duffey on Stereogum, May 15, 2019

Blackburn Inn gives new life to a site with a dark past

A weekend stay last month at the Blackburn Inn in Staunton, Va., gave my wife Juli and me an appreciation for a freedom we usually take for granted — the ability to come and go as we please.

After checking in, we were free to leave the premises to stroll around Staunton’s bustling downtown and enjoy an hour of virtuoso performances at a Bach festival. Later, after dinner in the hotel’s bistro, we returned downtown to enjoy some local brews.

This freedom to leave the grounds was something that thousands of people who had once inhabited the historic hotel and neighboring buildings did not enjoy.

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