Lean Year

Lean Year is the creative output of singer Emilie Rex and instrumentalist Rick Alverson, two RVA natives who have recently reconnected with their love of music to create moody, Americana-tinged alt-folk.  Rex left behind a career in academia to pursue her passion for music, while Alverson is returning to his old habits, having taken a ten-year hiatus from making music to direct feature films.  The result is an album that retells stories from the duo’s past, cast through a haze of smoldering listlessness.

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Richmond, VA
Mamma Zu’s
"One of Rick's first jobs in Richmond was peeling garlic by hand at Mamma Zu's. He's been an eggplant sauce devotee ever since."  —Lean Year
501 S Pine St, Richmond, VA 23220, United States
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Helen’s Restaurant
"Open since 1935, Helen's is simple and stunning.  I drink a Manhattan."  —  Lean Year
2527 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220, United States
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Sub Rosa Bakery
"Our friends Evrim and Evin make beautiful bread and pastries with heirloom grains and local and organic ingredients. They always try to do things the right way, even if it's the hard way—and it tastes like it."  —  Lean Year
620 North 25th Street, Richmond, VA 23223, United States
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Pump House in Byrd Park
"We like to imagine what it could be like now as a community space, right next to the river and canal."  —  Lean Year Located in Byrd Park, Pump House stands as a Victorian Gothic treasure. West of the Boulevard Bridge and the Kanahwha Canal, it was designed and constructed in the 1880s under the leadership of the great Richmond city engineer Col. Wilfred Emory Cutshaw.
1708 Pump House Drive, Richmond, VA 23221, United States
Black Iris Gallery
"Benjamin does an incredible job bringing interesting minds/voices to Richmond."  —  Lean Year
321 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220, United States
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Babe’s of Carytown
Upbeat lesbian and gay bar with Southern pub fare and a patio, plus drag shows, karaoke, and line dancing.
3166 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221, United States
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Halcyon Vintage Clothing
Halcyon Vintage has  been buying and selling clothing for over 30 years.  This boutique carries all kinds of styles for both men and women.
117 N Robinson St, Richmond, VA 23220, United States
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