Local Scene News

We have new feeds added From Charleston Underground and The Defintley Loud Podcast!!

These two cover much of the local art and music scene and if you are from out of town this will give you a great heads up on what goes on in Charleston and the Rest of WV.
You can Read it here on the Empty Glass site or click on the Links and read if on the on the original Site.

Marvel Statues Return From Diamond Select 

The PopCult Toybox

After a seven-year break, Diamond Select Toys has announced that they are re-launching their Marvel Comics resin statue line. The Marvel Premier Collection, a line of high-end statues that completed its original run in 2008, will return in early 2016, and will spotlight the many stars of the Marvel Universe through regular releases.

Additionally, DST’s Femme Fatales line of PVC statues will introduce an all-new series, focusing on Marvel’s many powerful female characters, with a… Read more

RFC’s Streaming Show 

It’s not streaming at the moment. We are still working out technical bugs and trying to get everything sorted out for a big Voices of Appalachia relaunch, but right now it’s like playing Whack-A-Mole. So we hope to be up and running again very soon.

In the meantime, you can still enjoy our archives. Might we suggest episode 21, where we roared out of March like a lion, with an hour of hard rock and heavy metal? You can listen to it HERE, right now!

Or perhaps you’d prefer our Headache Show, episode 30Read more

Farnsworth On The RFC MINI SHOW 

The first-ever repeat guest on The RFC MINI SHOW, Farnsworth has recently added bassist extraordinaire, Aaron Fisher to their line-up. Aaron joins Chris Vance and Jason Reese in a performance captured July 18, 2015 at The Empty Glass.

When I first started The RFC MINI SHOW back in 2013 as a way to post fresh music in the weeks when we didn’t do a full episode of Radio Free Charleston, my goal was to do fifty shows without repeating a single guest. We managed to hold out until episode 63. We chose a band… Read more

Monday Morning Art: Friendly Robots 

Today’s art is one of the pieces that was included in Ann Magnuson’s show, SurRURALism, last month. It’s a photo, taken from a moving car, of one of the coal processing facilities around Marmet. They looked sort of like robots to me. I ran it through some filters and did some digital surgery to it. Click to see it bigger.

Check PopCult later Monday morning for The RFC MINI SHOW starring Farnsworth!

Festival marks 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric 


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — On the night of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan strode onto a stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar and gave the music world a shock.

Wearing a black leather jacket, the darling of the folk movement and singer of protest songs launched into a searing, distortion-filled, three-song electric set that brought boos from folk purists but thrilled others.

Fifty years later, it's considered one of the most important… Read more

Sunday Evening Videos: Saturday Morning Nostalgia 

Tonight it’s a nifty half-hour compilation of brief clips from Saturday Morning Cartoons and Commercials of the 1960s and 70s.  Just think of it as the TV equivalent of sucking down a bag of sugar, all at once.

This is pretty much the quintessential PopCult post.

If you’re old enough to get every reference in PopCult, you’ll enjoy the heck out of this rapid-fire array of clips. If you’re too young, this is a sample of what you were missing. Kids today have an almost endless supply of high-quality animated… Read more

RFC Flashback: Episode 108 

RFC 108 "To The Batmobile Shirt" from Rudy Panucci on Vimeo.

This week we go back just a little less than five years ago for episode 108 of Radio Free Charleston, “To The Batmobile Shirt.” Note that this shirt depicts the Batmobile that George Barris created for the Batman TV show, and not some cheesy knockoff that might be failing to meet its reserve on eBay right now.

Aside from our title shirt, this is one of our strongest shows, with great live music, a killer animated music video and two really… Read more

High School Confidential 

The PopCulteer
July 17, 2015

After a week of chaotic computer craziness, all is back to normal at sprawling PopCult Manor.  This week, we have a little essay and some items for you along with highlights of Stuff To Do this weekend and some news on upcoming Radio Free Charleston stuff.  But first, we’ll kick it off with some wordiness.

Reunion Time Blues

We are smack dab in the middle of summer and it’s high school reunion season.  This year, for the first time in a long time, I enjoyed a pleasant, blissful… Read more

'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nominations 

By LYNN ELBERThe Associated Press

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The elaborate fantasy saga "Game of Thrones" received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday, its stature apparently untouched by backlash over a female character's rape scene.

The series is a contender again for top drama honors, an award that has eluded it since it debuted in 2011. TV academy voters rarely give shows in the sci-fi or other genres the ultimate accolade, with "Lost" among the rare exceptions.

The TV academy took a… Read more

There’s Still Time To Pass The Salt 

The PopCult Bookshelf

Your PopCulteer is neck-deep in computer repair and production of the upcoming audio and video episodes of Radio Free Charleston today, and we barely had time to compose a PopCult post for today. However, we are in the home stretch for Danny Boyd’s fundraising campaign for SALT, his follow-up to CARBON, the eco-thriller/sci-fi graphic novel that we told you about last year. We didn’t want to let that pass without a last-minute reminder.

Danny Boyd is an old friend, and he has started… Read more

Arts and Culture briefs for July 16, 2015 

Snowshoe Mountain Resort presents Rise and Shine Festival, the inaugural country music event, July 17 to 19. Musician Josh Thompson will headline, with additional performances by Waterloo Revival, Paul Gold Band, The Joseph Sisters, Steele Country, Jimmy Nelson and The Cimarron Outlaw Country Band. The event will also feature a whiskey and moonshine tasting. For more information, visit www.snowshoemtn.com.

Bill Mills, a landscape designer from TerraSalis, will be giving a talk at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m… Read more

Marvel takes new direction in 'Ant-Man'  


BURBANK, Calif. - At long last, "Ant-Man" is here.

After assembling the Avengers - twice - and traveling to space with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios' latest endeavor seems like a decidedly small affair, yet it took the studio longer to bring the incredible shrinking superhero to the big screen than it did to boot up Iron Man, enlist Captain America or nail down Thor for their cinematic debuts.

The storied history of the "Ant-Man" film goes back… Read more

West Virginians list quirky rentals online for worldwide travelers 

By Billy Wolfe

When Will Sutherland found a 1997 school bus for sale online for $1,000, he knew he had to have it.

Since he was a kid, Sutherland, 31, had a fascination with buses. He wasn't sure what to do with it, but he couldn't pass up the deal.

After some work, the bus would become one of the more than 250 properties available for rent in West Virginia on Airbnb, an increasingly popular website from a San Francisco-based company that allows property owners to rent out lodging.

Sutherland, a… Read more

'Streetfest' to turn Capitol Street into pedestrian mall this Saturday 

By Matt Murphy

A portion of Capitol Street will be transformed into a pedestrian mall Saturday as part of the first "Downtown Streetfest" event that afternoon.

Headed by the Charleston Area Alliance, Streetfest will feature live entertainment and retail vendors representing downtown stores along the closed part of Capitol Street between Quarrier and Lee streets.

Tables and chairs will be arranged on the closed street, allowing event-goers to get take-out meals from downtown restaurants and eat outside… Read more

Adult coloring books become best-sellers 

By BETH J. HARPAZThe Associated Press

NEW YORK - Adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer.

Dover Publications has sold more than 3 million adult coloring books with titles like "Flower Fashion Fantasies." Quarto Publishing will have 1.3 million in print this year ranging from mandalas to fairies. "Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt," by one of the genre's most popular illustrators, Johanna Basford, remains a top seller on Amazon two years… Read more

Photo: Controversial book hits shelves 

Harper Lee's much-hyped and controversial follow-up to her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" hit bookstores nationwide on Tuesday, including Charleston's Taylor Books. According to the Wall Street Journal, sales of "Go Set a Watchman" set a one-day sales record at national retailer Barnes & Noble.

While the book-selling behemoth was tight-lipped about how many copies of the novel it moved, which included digital and pre-orders, employees at the Capitol Street store say 20… Read more

National public radio show to feature W.Va. composer 

By Lexi Browning

When West Virginia Public Broadcasting host Matt Jackfert picked up a trumpet in sixth grade, he had no idea that he would someday become a composer.

In high school, he traded his instruments for his band director's music notation software, Finale.

With a deep love of music - and a bit of leisure time - he used the program to begin a body of work.

"I started playing with it and making my own melodies and little short pieces and arrangements, and it just kept growing from there," he… Read more

Tiny Cities Come To Life via 3D Printing 

The PopCult Toybox

Train lovers have model railroads, car fans have Dinky Toys, and now architecture fanatics have Ittyblox. Often described as “SimCity in real life,” the 1/1000 scale miniatures of Ittyblox allow everyone in the world to compose their own miniature city using houses, offices, hotels, street blocks, waterways, parks and much more.

A tiny cityscape

Just as fascinating as the highly detailed miniatures themselves is their production process: the buildings are produced on an on-demand… Read more

'Mockingbird' fans flock to bookstores for 'Go Set a Watchman' 

By HILLEL ITALIEThe Associated Press

NEW YORK - Shortly after sunrise Tuesday, the doors opened at the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, Alabama, and a bell tolled.

In the hometown and residence of Harper Lee, it was time to start a marathon reading of "Go Set a Watchman," the second book no one ever thought they would see from the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Lee fans worldwide stayed up late, awakened early and dashed off during meal breaks to pick up a copy of the year's most… Read more

Technical Difficulties 

New Appalachian Radio at Voices of Appalachia is still working out some lingering computer bugs, so it’s looking doubtful that this week’s episode of Radio Free Charleston will make it on the air this morning. If things get straightened out by this evening, we will post the playlist here and give you plenty of time to get ready to listen.

In the meantime, you can get your Radio Free Charleston audio fix by listening to our archives. Once we get back up and running you are in for a real treat, as we’ve… Read more