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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Before their second benefit concert, Be Loud! Sophie's founders discuss the positive impact of their daughter's death

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 8:50 AM

When Niklaus and Lucy Steiner’s 14-year-old daughter, Sophie, underwent treatment for germ-cell cancer at UNC Hospitals, they discovered a system that, despite the best intentions, was woefully unprepared to meet the needs of a teenage patient. After Sophie’s death two years ago, they formed Be Loud! Sophie, a start-up fund that kept growing. This weekend, a bunch of bands converge on Cat’s Cradle for a weekend of fun and music that will help support the organization that bears Sophie’s name. We spoke with the Steiners about the group's work, why it’s going to stay locally focused and how Triangle music...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Live: Camila bridges generations in Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Camila The Ritz, Raleigh Sunday, August 23, 2015 Camila is a very, very famous group in Latin America—so famous, in fact, that the night before the Ritz's almost-sold-out Sunday night show, they played to a crowd of 4,000 at Greensboro Coliseum with singer Marco Antonio Solís. The tour, dubbed "La Experiencia," aims to bring together two generations of die-hard romantics: Camila's audience, and their parents. Camila's status helped The Ritz rise to the occasion on a work night, but The Ritz put forth a great effort in its own right to make the audience comfortable and safe. From the top:...

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Raleigh's Animalweapon, the latest victim of Undisclosed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 9:56 AM

Serial is a big deal. It's a podcast fans follow with the fervor typically associated with binge-watched dramas like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. All at once, it's a true crime tale, a postmodern murder mystery, an indictment of the American legal system and a look back at teenage life, circa 1999. Its success has spawned the spinoff Undisclosed. Made by a wholly different production team, the show takes an in-depth look at the facts of the case covered by Serial. If you listen closely to this week's 10th episode, "Crimestoppers," you'll hear music by Raleigh electronica artist Patrick Cortes, or Animalweapon....

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Video: Jorma Kaukonen settles at the Lincoln Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 6:51 AM

Jorma Kaukonen Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen stopped at the Lincoln Theatre recently to promote his new Ain't in No Hurry with an intimate acoustic show. Kaukonen captivated the partially seated crowd, as he leaned heavily on a blues-based set and referenced the influence that Reverend Gary Davis had throughout his career. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and "Samson and Delilah" showcased Kaukonen's masterful acoustic style. Similar to the title track from his new work, "New Song (for the Morning)" explored themes of rebirth and questioning a higher purpose. Kaukonen almost whispered...

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Spend the weekend with two charming new Bombadil remixes

Posted By on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 1:20 PM

One especially satisfying element of Bombadil’s recent efforts with a slimmer lineup has been the emergence of drummer James Phillips as a real creative force. He’s previously shown himself to be a savvy producer and adventurous electronic musician, but with the departure of Stuart Robinson earlier this year, his talents have been thrown into even sharper relief. To fulfill a fundraising commitment, Phillips and remaining full-time member Daniel Michalak cut a quick duo EP called Still Bombadil shortly after Robinson parted. Those tight electro-pop tunes are brisk and charming, recasting Bombadil's innate appeal without damaging it.The same applies to two...

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Friday, August 21, 2015

20 bands that might have replaced Deerhunter at Hopscotch

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Earlier this week, Raleigh's Hopscotch announced that one of 2015’s scheduled headliners, the Atlanta psych-rock band Deerhunter, had canceled their upcoming dates for “personal reasons.” This included their Hopscotch appearance. Yesterday, the festival revealed that Montreal post-punk band Ought would fill the slot. Ought are a good band, and I won't disparage them here. But I also think few festivalgoers would choose Ought first as a replacement for an established national act like Deerhunter. (Some are very excited, though!) So, as people who don't know much at all about band fees or booking politics do, I made a list of...

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The show must not go on: Does The ArtsCenter have a cancellation problem?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 9:12 AM

So, you missed the RighteousGIRLS show at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro last Wednesday? Everybody did, actually: The venue canceled the flute-and-piano duo’s appearance 48 hours before showtime. Despite a price point of just $5, ArtsCenter Managing Director Brad Porter says they had not sold a single advance ticket as of last Monday. Rather than risk the New York-based duo playing to an empty room, Porter made the call to skip show. For the nonprofit venue, says Porter, it’s a simple numbers game.  “For something like RighteousGIRLS, 15 presales would have been plenty for me to say ‘Let’s do this,' even...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Video: Daddy Issues says goodbye to the Triangle at The Pinhook

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Daddy Issues The Pinhook, Durham Friday, August 7, 2015 ...and just like that, they're gone. After a 30-minute set at The Pinhook in Durham, the garage-pop quartet Daddy Issues signed off for the last time in the Triangle. Nearly two years into their rise from an informal gathering of friends into a formidable quartet, the members' lives took a  turn, causing the group to split. The week before, at least, the group was in Kernersville at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium, recording their last testament. As the packed crowd applauded one new song after another, the group kicked into their final...

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Live: Finding myself—or at least my tolerance—at my first Phish show

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 7:57 AM

Phish Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh Friday, August 14, 2015 It’s Friday night. I am a confident, single young woman preparing to leave the house for an outing. But I’m not going on a date, like a lot of other people my age. It's not even a gal-pal hang, spent cackling over cocktails. No, I am donning my second-cleanest cutoffs and spending an hour in traffic to go to a Phish show—my first—alone. Here, flying solo at this Phish show, I will confront the very personality traits that have probably led me to attending a Phish show by myself. I...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Festival update: The Art of Cool Festival announces (some) 2016 headliners, plus Hopscotch day parties

Posted By and on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 5:37 PM

During the Sunday morning VIP brunch finale of April’s Art of Cool Music Fest in Durham, Art of Cool Project board member Susan Scott announced the dates for next year’s festival: May 6–8. Technically, the festival hadn’t even ended, but its organizers had already moved on to the next one. On Monday, AOCFEST got another lead in the festival announcement game when one of its official venues for Art of Cool Music Fest 2016, the Carolina Theatre, added prolific New Orleans jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard (Friday, May 6) and Detroit soul-strutter Dwele (Saturday, May 7) to its concert listings as...

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PopUp Chorus' new fragments prepare to launch

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM

Call it PopUp Chorus 2.0. At the end of May, the group’s conductor and co-founder, Seamus Kenney, announced that he was leaving to start a choir of his own. The split wasn’t entirely unexpected: PopUp Chorus became a hit despite the competing aesthetics of its founders. Lauren Bromley Hodge, the group’s owner and co-founder, wanted to involve as much of the community as possible; Kenney balked at the idea of playing to the crowd and stoking its numbers with familiar favorites. But in May, a people’s choice-themed event demonstrated to Hodge the value of letting the masses have their say....

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Live: DFA 1979 doesn't miss the old energy at The Ritz

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Death From Above 1979 The Ritz, Raleigh Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 Growing older, of course, means changing. But when you’re a wild rock ’n’ roll band, that process isn’t necessarily easy or graceful. It can be hard to fight that current, to stay wild, like you once were. That’s what made you edgy, cool; to some of us, the crazy stuff we did as a young adult now seems legitimately insane. Some of us have real jobs and kids, mortgages and partners. That was on my mind Monday night, when the power duo Death From Above 1979 played a...

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Live: The mysterious Miss Lauryn Hill swoops down on Durham

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Miss Lauryn Hill, Raury Carolina Theatre, Durham Monday, August 10, 2015 One could argue that hip-hop has not been loyal to Miss Lauryn Hill. After she crafted The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which became the manifesto of an entire hip-hop generation and collected five Grammys, we almost allowed her to dissolve into the depths of black-woman-artist-turned-caricature. We don’t really know where Lauryn went after her emotional three-chord performance at MTV Unplugged. Only thing we truly know is that hip-hop wholeheartedly felt her absence. She re-emerged in 2008, visibly shaken by various episodes of life. Six kids and trouble with the...

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The long, slow burn of Neurosis, at Cat's Cradle tonight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 4:54 PM

There are still plenty of people who want to make music their life. Even in the face of shitty Spotify payments, the dream of “making it” hasn't really waned. (As someone who wants to subsist on music writing, I can relate...) Most artists never find significant, if any, commercial success. Some bands, however, tap into something that persists longer, even if big paydays never come. In many ways, it's more honorable than the pop stars and lucky bar bands who blow up suddenly, only to fade into obscurity until the music media runs a story about them playing a nostalgia...

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Hear the latest from Negative Fun's NC Tape Series, featuring The Wyrms and Pink Flag

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 12:51 PM

On September 18, Raleigh’s Negative Fun Records will release two cassettes from two local bands: one, a debut from a new group of veteran players, and the other, a once-shelved swan song for a band that regained its footing after a lineup change. The Wyrms’ At Wizard Island boasts a classicist bent behind its distorted vocals and murky production. Featuring members of Some Army, Schooner and Rogue Band of Youth, the new outfit is heavy on texture and melody, though they find a sense of garage-rock vigor not far removed from the tantrums of Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin. The ominous...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Live: Hum’s unlikely cult of distortion

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Hum Kings, Raleigh Monday, August 10, 2015 Hum occupy an intriguing space in the '90s rock canon. The cerebral Illinois alt-rock band played to a packed house at Kings Monday night—surprising for an act best known to most for one 1995 radio hit, “Stars.” The crowd encompassed a variety of types of fans, the more bearded of whom excitedly opined about bands such as Quicksand and God Lives Underwater when not trying to predict the night’s setlist. An older concertgoer told me a story about walking several miles to a record store just to purchase Hum’s last record as a teenager....

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Live: North Carolina raises up in Oregon at Pickathon

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Pickathon Pendarvis Farm, Happy Valley, Oregon Thursday, July 30–Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 I can’t recall the time I first heard of Pickathon, a now-ecletic summertime festival that just wrapped its 17th-annual installment outside Portland, Oregon. I at least know how I heard about what began as a gathering of less than 100 people with mostly local roots-based artists. Some of my favorite “underground” country bands like The Weary Boys, Bad Livers, Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock and many others kept turning up on the festival’s live compilation CDs. Much like the event itself, the discs were well-curated and produced. But it wasn’t until years later...

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Kaze's "Hillmatic" will celebrate Chapel Hill music that's not indie rock

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Veteran Chapel Hill emcee and My Carolina Today entertainment contributor KAZE announced  "Hillmatic," a mini-festival set for Saturday, Aug. 22, at Local 506, on Wednesday. The one-night event sports the tagline “Celebrating Chapel Hill Hip Hop Culture” and will feature performances by some of the Tar Heel town’s current hip-hop torch carriers, such as J Swiss, Well$, Fluent and Skyblew. KAZE performs, too   While Hillmatic is not being advertised as a festival, it surely has the feel and look of one in the making. Its announcement also comes on the, well, “heels” of the DURM Hip Hop Summit finally releasing...

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Live: Jill Scott owns up to her womanhood in Durham

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Jill Scott Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Thursday, July 30, 2015  43 years seems like a decent time period in which to judge whether you have become or are still on your journey to becoming the person you want to be—to becoming your own hero, an exemplar of your species. But as Jill Scott pointed out from DPAC’s stage on Thursday night, between hits tapped from her deep catalogue and her latest LP, Woman, there’s levels to this shit. Sometimes we have no one to blame for our situations but ourselves. “I’m holding myself to another level of accountability,” Scott...

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

American Roots Music & Arts Festival lineup is here, with Willie Nelson, The Roots, Modest Mouse and more

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM

This morning, the American Roots Music & Arts Festival announced its lineup for its first two-night stand at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Saturday, Oct. 18–Sunday, Oct. 19. And, yes, it's pretty pale. Country star Eric Church headlines both nights, with Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson serving as the weekend's other biggest names. Modest Mouse and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will ostensibly appeal to the more hip indie crowd. Surprisingly, The Roots, who led Hopscotch 2012 in downtown Raleigh, are also among the headliners, derailing the guess that the festival's token non-white booking would be Darius Rucker. The Tedeschi...

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Benji Hughes announces a pair of 7"s with Merge

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Charlotte's Benji Hughes has long been a local favorite; you can even read our 2009 interview with him (and download his excellent "Tight Tee Shirt") here. But at last, he's caught the attention of a particularly prominent Triangle institution: Merge Records. The label will release two singles—"Shark Attack" backed with "Mama, I'm a Zombie" and "Freaky Feedback Blues" backed with "Jazz x 10"—in early October. These singles arrive just short of the year anniversary of Hughes' release of three LPs last November: OXOXOXOXOX, XXOXOXX and Songs in the Key of Animals. While Hughes' solo material leans toward tender Americana and soul, his work...

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Durm Hip Hop Summit finally releases festival lineup with Deniro Farrar

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 7:04 AM

The cart must come before the horse when it comes to selling tickets to Triangle music festivals, meaning that festival organizers expect for supporters to buy into their lineups before knowing who, exactly, even fills those lineups. Hopscotch did it. Moog has done it. And this year, Durm Hip Hop Summit went for the stunt, too. Organizers Toon and The Real Laww announced the summit’s lineup Friday, just two weeks away from its August 14–15 return. The lineup’s local highlights include the comeback of award-winning slam poet and emcee G. Yamazawa; the premiere of the reinvented Danny Blaze (formerly of...

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Monday, August 3, 2015

King Mez lands several spots on Dr. Dre's new album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 2:06 PM

We already knew that Raleigh’s King Mez had packed his bags, left the Triangle and settled on the West Coast, where, almost immediately, he began working on something huge with legendary producer Dr. Dre. We had no idea that the fruits of that labor would be this monumental. On Saturday afternoon, during Dr. Dre’s Beats 1 radio show “The Pharmacy,” the six-time Grammy-winning producer, rapper and mogul announced that on August , Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, will be released via iTunes’ Apple Music. Inspired by the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, the 16-track LP will be Dr....

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Video: The Weather Station lands comfortably at The Pinhook

Posted By and on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 1:37 PM

The Weather Station The Pinhook, Durham Saturday, July 18, 2015 The first time I saw The Weather Station was on a farm in Hillsborough, almost three years ago. It was a magical late summer evening. Tamara Lindeman's captivating voice and gentle acoustic guitar spilled out of a barn and hooked me. She's still got her incredible voice, but Lindeman's songs have reached an astonishing level of elegance and confidence, not always evident on the earlier Weather Station material, including the charming All of it Was Mine. The Weather Station released an EP last fall, What Am I Going To Do With...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Video: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams tip their hats to tradition—and Levon Helm

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Larry Campbell & Teresa Wiliams Southland Ballroom, Raleigh Saturday, July 25, 2015 Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Justin Guip and Jeff Hill came to the Southland Ballroom in Raleigh on Saturday. They made it look too easy. By the time the final notes rang out from the group's encore of The Band's "Chest Fever," it felt like the 90-minute set had lasted for but a flash. The group was tight. The song selections were thoughtful. The technical prowess seemed effortless. The group, touring on the recently released self-titled Campbell and Williams project, played a handful of numbers off the disc, including...

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Samson and Delilah is a Rev Gary Davis song, not in the set list though.

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