Near the Potomac, community has three names and two qualities: Peace and quiet

Village Green at Elysian Heights goes by many names.

Nestled among farms, wineries and breweries in the gentle hills of northeastern Loudoun County, the community is commonly associated with the village of Lucketts, about two miles away. The mailing address is Leesburg. The neighborhood’s entrance signs say Village Green, but real estate listings fall under Elysian Heights. And, according to the community manager, the official name is Potomia.

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The Washington Post, September 16, 2020

For young families yearning to own, Fairfax’s London Towne beckons

When Anita Ramos was growing up near Falls Church in the 1960s, her father would occasionally drive into the country to watch the construction of London Towne, a community of 665 townhouses west of Centreville in Fairfax County.

“My relatives would ask, ‘Why are people building rowhouses out in the middle of nowhere?’ ” Ramos said.

The answer became evident by 1985…

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The Washington Post, Aug. 5, 2020

In Loudoun County, ‘village of Oz’ turns into an amenity-rich, family-friendly neighborhood

When Shirley Barber moved with her young family to Ashburn Farm in 1989, “it was like the village of Oz dropped down into this country area — one road coming in and out, no buildings,” she said. “There was nothing here.”

Barber and her husband, David Tabor, were the original owners of a house in the eastern Loudoun County community of 3,863 homes, most of which were built between 1988 and 1993. A few smaller neighborhoods were annexed into Ashburn Farm during the ensuing decade.

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The Washington Post, July 8, 2020

Car Seat Headrest in the news – June 2020

“Frontman and songwriter for the indie rock giants Car Seat Headrest, Will Toledo is an avid user of Fender Telecasters.”

ultimate-guitar.com, June 22, 2020

“The sum total of their efforts is a thrilling left turn from a deeply consistent yet wildly unpredictable band.”

–Chris DeVille on Stereogum, “The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far,” June 10, 2020

“Singer-songwriter Will Toledo discusses new album ‘Making A Door Less Open'”

–Kyle Meredith on Consequence of Sound, June 5, 2020

In eastern Loudoun, CountrySide lives up to its bucolic name

Pat Bour described it as “scary” in 1983 when she and her young family moved from suburban Maryland to CountrySide in eastern Loudoun County.

“There was nothing when we moved out here — no malls, no other HOAs, nothing. But once I got here, I loved it,” Bour said. “We’re retired now. We have no plans to move. I’m going to stay here until I’m taken out feet first.”

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The Washington Post, June 10, 2020

In Loudoun County, you can live on Opportunity, Laughter or Understanding

In 2009, looking for good schools for their children, Christa and Brian Geno moved from Herndon to Kirkpatrick Farms, a new development in a then-remote corner of southern Loudoun County. Braddock Road, which bisects the community, was gravel in that segment, and shopping and other amenities were miles away.

They are happy with their decision, Christa Geno said.

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The Washington Post, May 6, 2020

Car Seat Headrest in the news – May 2020

Making A Door Less Open is unpredictable, ambitious, and unapologetic—and that’s a good thing.”

–Darren DeVivo on WFUV (New York), May 25, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest’s new album, ‘Making a Door Less Open,’ debuted to the biggest sales of the band’s career when it was released earlier this month.”

–Allison Stewart in The Washington Post, May 14, 2020

“Album of the Week: Car Seat Headrest, ‘Making A Door Less Open'”

–Mac Wilson on the current, May 11, 2020

“Nine Songs: Car Seat Headrest”

–Alex Wisgard on The Line of Best Fit, May 8, 2020

“Making A Door Less Open is an album of reflection and one that looks at the choices and desires we encounter over our lives.”

–Matty Pywell on Gigwise, May 7, 2020

“The Restless, Stressed-Out Genius of Car Seat Headrest”

–Simon Vosick-Levinson in Rolling Stone, May 6, 2020

“It seems that going forward each project will not always be for everyone, but it will always be brave, and always be worth a listen.”

–Alex Crowley on Underscore Part 3, May 2, 2020

Making a Door Less Open is his breakout moment.”

–Will Hodgkinson in The Times, May 1, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest have delivered a collection of songs on ‘Making A Door Less Open’ that show that you can leap a chasm in one jump as long as you are brave enough to imagine it.”

–Mark Gannon on Backseat Mafia, May 1, 2020

“It is somehow a perfect mix of all the things you might love from past Car Seat Headrest albums and some wild new stuff that they are doing for the first time.”

–Steven on 107.7 the end, May 1, 2020

“The Story Behind Every Song On Car Seat Headrest’s New Album Making A Door Less Open”

–Michael Tedder on Stereogum, May 1, 2020

“A weird and wonderful new offering…”

–Elly Watson on DIY, May 1, 2020

“It’s another Toledo-driven performance that is accurately conceived, perfectly delivered and flecked with enough nooks and crannies for their fans to get lost in.”

–Jack Whatley on Far Out, May 1, 2020

“…on the band’s latest album, Making a Door Less Open, frontman Will Toledo turns his trademark sound upside down by building sometimes spare earworms with synths, drum machines and samples.”

–Robin Hilton on NPR’s All Songs Considered, May 1, 2020

“Toledo has realised that he can take the band’s sound anywhere he can imagine – and that’s exactly what he’s done on Making A Door Less Open.”

–Rob Hakimian on Beats Per Minute, May 1, 2020

“Lo-fi indie heroes take an ambitious left turn on twelfth album.”

–Lucy O’Toole on Hot Press, May 1, 2020

“Making a Door Less Open, at its best recalls Talking Heads.”

–Steven Ovadia on Northern Transmissions, May 1, 2020

“Lyrically, it’s more of the sharp wit and cynicism that’s come to characterise his songwriting – exhaustion quickly reveals itself as the record’s thematic anchor – but its overall sound is somewhat beguiling, with Toledo welcoming in a whole new range of textures and electronics from outside of the usual Car Seat Headrest sphere.”

–Niall Flynn on Huck, May 1, 2020

“Die-hard fans will find enough new sounds and ideas to keep them occupied, while casual listeners will be relieved to learn that, despite everything, this is still a Car Seat Headrest record, which is usually good news.”

–Nils Heutehaus on Nothing But Hope and Passion, May 1, 2020

“The new album runs rife with experimentation.”

–James Crowley in Newsweek, May 1, 2020

“…the simple yet effective melodies that buoyed Car Seat Headrest‘s earlier work are still recognizable, and the sincere, foggy tone of Toledo‘s voice adds a humanity that makes his uncertainty cut even deeper.”

–Mark Deming on AllMusic, May 1, 2020

“It’s a statement on the way people consume music today, the individual energy of songs wrapped in the illusion of an album.”

–Marianne Gallagher on Clash, May 1, 2020