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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Video: Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys Swoop Into Hillsborough

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys RambleRill Farm, Hillsborough Saturday, May 21, 2016 While Moogfest roared one county over, the quiet and serene setting of RambleRill Farm hosted a barn dance with California-based Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys. The concert was presented by Forty Acres, which has been presenting Americana concerts for over fifteen years, primarily at a neighborhood clubhouse on the outskirts of Chapel Hill. A light rain gave way to a cool breeze entering the big Red Barn just as Big Sandy and company stepped past well wishers to play on the makeshift stage. Sandy's trademark voice...

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Maybe Don't Get HB 2?

Posted By on Mon, May 30, 2016 at 8:28 PM

At Friday night's sold-out performance at the N.C. Museum of Art, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros took a stand over HB 2—kind of. As the band played its mega-hit "Home," its production designer Jack Ryan and his husband, Dan Matthews, took the stage to renew their vows; you may have previously seen the Virginia-based couple before in a photo at the N.C. GOP headquarters after the state passed Amendment 1 in 2012. Pretty appropriate at the time, no doubt. In a statement, frontman Alex Ebert says the band was "tempted to cancel the show, but decided at the last minute to rally...

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Live: Without Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Family Carry On at Koka Booth

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 5:02 PM

Willie Nelson & Family, Kris Kristofferson with Ben Haggard, Noel Haggard & The Strangers Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary Sunday, May 22, 2016 In early April, I called my mother and invited her to join me in mid-May to see Willie Nelson play at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. “Sure! Who else is playing?” she asked, perhaps spoiled by Alison Krauss & Union Station providing stellar support when Nelson passed through the same venue two years ago. Hearing my reply of Merle Haggard, she bluntly replied, “Oh. I thought he was dead.” I assured her that Haggard would be there, recent poor health...

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

An Interview with Beloved Binge Before the Duo's Last Show as Durham Residents (For Now)

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 4:45 PM

“Zoe,” the second song on the new EP that longtime Durham duo Beloved Binge will release tonight at The Pinhook, lasts for less than two minutes. But the little ditty quickly expresses the essence of Eleni Binge and Rob Beloved, who have been consistent creative, community, and activist powerhouses in the Triangle since relocating here in 2005. First, there is the beat, a buzzing little electroclash echo, and the accompanying wordless vocals, which suggest a bird call of mating season. At their core a minimal indie rock band with a love of slightly askew harmonies, Beloved Binge has been...

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Beyú Caffé Will Open Its New Spot in Downtown Durham Tonight

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 2:09 PM

The idea that the construction and finishing touches of Beyú Caffé’s new location at 341 West Main St. in Durham would be complete in early May—just in time to act as the only free venue for this year's Art of Cool Fest—always seemed too good to be true. Beyú owner Dorian Bolden had tried to squeeze his cafe’s six-month relocation project into a two-month window. By the time the festival rolled around, Beyú’s unfinished oak facade remained wrapped in a tarp, forcing the festival to improvise by relocating shows to a second-floor space above the nearby Luna Rotisserie. This evening,...

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Live: Blissfully Up, Blissfully Down with Tom Carter in Durham

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Tom Carter The Shed, Durham Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Tom Carter exploits his guitar. Last night, during the first of his two sets at the preternaturally comfortable Durham club and listening room The Shed, Carter conjured a wide world of sounds with only a six-string alabaster Ibanez, a small army of daisy-chained pedals, and two amplifiers to his right. He strummed strings violently or brushed them delicately, pulled them emphatically or plucked them politely. He’d lift his arms off the instrument, revealing a brown patch where his arm had worn away the instrument’s paint, or drape his body over it,...

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A Look Back at Merlefest 2016

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 8:34 AM

Merlefest Wilkes Community College North Wilkesboro, North Carolina Thursday, April 28, 2016—Sunday, May 1, 2016 Thursday night at Merlefest is generally the most difficult portion to attend. If you are not committed to camping for the full four days, it doesn't make much sense to come for an abbreviated day. But as the festival grew closer and the weather report for Thursday night called for clear skies, the pull of seeing John Prine under the stars became too much to resist. Making my way to the festival grounds, the first thing I heard was Nicky Sanders of the Steep...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Groove in the Garden Announces Lineup for August Concert, The Fabulous Knobs to Reunite

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 10:01 AM

For the second year, Groove in the Garden—a joint production between two Raleigh booking forces, Younger Brother Productions and The Pour House—will turn the amphitheater and rose garden near Raleigh Little Theatre into a festival grounds for a day. Durham indie rock revivalists Hammer No More the Fingers and Richmond soul singer Matthew E. White will headline the August 13 concert, with support coming from hip-hop enthusiasts Inflowential, psychedelic brooders Some Army, and two more top-of-the-bill acts to be announced during the next month. Of special note, The Fabulous Knobs—a beloved Raleigh rock band associated with the Cameron Village Underground...

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Moogfest 2016: Thinking About Free Art in the Present and the Future

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Moogfest 2016 Downtown Durham Saturday, May 21, 2016 You may not have have realized it, but there were three distinct music-and-culture festivals—Moogfest, Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival, and the Durham Blues and Brews Festival—happening simultaneously in Durham on Saturday. Somehow, the city made room for all of them. On Saturday afternoon after having attended a South Carolina wedding on Moogfest's second day, I zoomed up Interstate 85 in hopes of making it to American Tobacco Campus with time to catch legendary funkster Bootsy Collins jam with DJ Lance Rock and the Yo Gabba Gabba! crew. But after I got off of my...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Live: Chris Stapleton in Cary, or the Growing Pains of Getting Big

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Chris Stapleton Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary Friday, May 20, 2016 There was a bit of confusion at the pre-show parking lot party on Friday in Cary. “Is he the guy who sang with Justin Timberlake?” asked a young woman outside Koka Booth Amphitheatre, where old-school country music sensation Chris Stapleton was set to perform songs from his solo debut, Traveller, to a sold-out crowd later that night. Of Stapleton’s many musical collaborators—critically acclaimed bluegrass favorites The Steeldrivers, sophisticated radio song-pickers like Josh Turner, George Strait, and Kenny Chesney, and reigning country bro Luke Bryan, who pulled him onstage for a...

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International Bluegrass Music Association Announces its 2016 Wide Open Bluegrass Headliners

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 10:24 AM

The International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass convention has been a boon to Raleigh, and it returns to the city for the final week of September this year. In addition to its business conference, IBMA brings its Wide Open Bluegrass festival downtown, and the institution announced the headliners for this year's big shows at Red Hat Amphitheater on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. On Friday, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band headlines as it continues to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and The Earls of Liecester, the Flatt & Scruggs tribute ensemble...

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Moogfest 2016, Day Three: Lights, Colors, and Good Vibrations

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Moogfeset 2016 Downtown Durham Saturday, May 20, 2016 Janelle Monáe didn’t perform at Moogfest, but she did serve as a powerful, propelling force for much of Saturday nonetheless. Early in the day, she discussed the upcoming movie Hidden Figures with screenwriter Allison Schroeder. Set for release in 2017, the movie explores the lives of three black women who worked for NASA in the late fifties and early sixties as mathematicians to help propel the United States into space. She discussed Afrofuturism with Heiroglyphic Being and Reggie Watts, and then with Nate Wonder and Chuck Lightning and considered the DIY-inspired ethos...

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Moogfest Announces Dates for 2017 Festival in Durham, Drops Ticket Prices

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 3:42 PM

When Moogfest director Marisa Brickman said the festival was here to stay, she meant it.  With four hours officially remaining during its debut weekend in downtown Durham, Moogfest announced the dates for its return to the city in 2017. Moogfest will run from Thursday morning, May 18, until 6 p.m. of Sunday, May 21. Tickets are now on sale for this year's attendees at a $100 discount. General festival passes are $199, while VIP passes are $449 before the early-bird discount. Those tickets are $50 less than those for this year's event.  In a statement accompanying the announcement, Moogfest...

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Moogfest 2016, Day Two: A Call to Keep Using the Durham Armory and PSI Theatre

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Moogfest 2016 Downtown Durham Friday, May 20, 2016 Despite a week of foreboding from area forecasters, the rain has mostly steered clear of Moogfest’s big debut in downtown Durham. It poured ahead of dawn on Saturday morning, but a blanket of low, gray skies and the occasional drizzle were Friday’s only very slight meteorological miscues. For now, at least, the skies are clear, a woefully wet Moogfest thankfully averted. But Friday, in spite of the marquee outdoor sets of Grimes and Odesza, I actually didn’t mind being indoors in two of the city’s underutilized city-owned venues—the PSI Theatre at the...

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Moogfest 2016, Day Two: Grimes in a Parking Lot, Grouper in the Wrong Context, and the Blessed Bass of Bicep in The Armory

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Moogfest Downtown Durham Friday, May 20, 2016 So far, having to hide my empty backpack in a bush behind The Durham Armory to get in may be my least favorite moment of Moogfest 2016. At the end of day two, this festival has largely exceeded the expectations I set. For starters, the distance between venues hasn’t been the issue people made it out to be. As someone who attended Moogfest in 2011, 2012, and 2014, or in the Asheville days, the walk from say, Motorco to The Pinhook, doesn’t feel significantly different than it did from, say, The Orange Peel...

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Live: Up Against Moogfest, Analog Aretha Reigns Supreme in Durham

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Aretha Franklin & Moogfest Durham Performing Arts Center & Downtown Durham Thursday, May 19, 2016 Spend time at a music festival, and your conversations will inevitably turn to, “So what are you going to see later?” On night one of Moogfest, those answers included Gary Numan, Miike Snow, Ryan Hemsworth, and Jlin. But in the tech- and future-focused festival setting, no one expected the response “Aretha Franklin!” She wasn’t a part of the festival, as she held court at the nearby (and sold-out) Durham Performing Arts Center. Still, the Queen of Soul’s arrival offered an intriguing complement to Moogfest. Even...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Video: The Mountain Goats and Loamlands Say F U to HB 2 in Durham

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 11:47 AM

The Mountain Goats, Loamlands The Pinhook, Durham Thursday, May 12, 2016 Last week, the Mountain Goats teamed up with Loamlands for FU HB 2, a sold-out benefit for the Southern Vision Alliance. The Pinhook was packed with a noticeably younger crowd. Between songs, Kym Register—who runs Loamlands as well as The Pinhook—advocated for the full repeal of HB 2 and more funding for groups that support trans youth. Selling "FU HB 2" shirts close-by was Durham City Council member Jillian Johnson, who also serves as the Director of Operations for the Southern Vision Alliance. She received a rousing round of applause...

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Moogfest 2016, Day One: Delight and Disorganization, Protests in the Street and Sleep in the Ballroom

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Downtown Durham has dressed up well for the debut of Moogfest. If you walk along the streets near the city center, looking down without staring at your cell phone’s screen, you’ll spot large orange-and-blue square decals stuck to the sidewalks. They’re branded for Moogfest, but they are in fact marketing propaganda for the city of Durham. “Third best destination in the world to visit,” according to Jetsetter, reads one curious entry; others boast of college graduation rates and start-up investment numbers, area film festival history and university credentials. These are chamber of commerce-style talking points, literally spelled out on the...

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Maroon 5 Canceled Their North Carolina Shows, and You'll Never Guess Why

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Maroon 5, who were supposed to play in Charlotte on September 11 and Raleigh the next night, have canceled their shows in North Carolina because of—wait for it—HB 2. From their website: We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation. This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right AS...

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

UNC School of the Arts Alumni Fight HB 2 Today with a Trans Rights Opera

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 12:35 PM

This afternoon, Ovid—by way of the Afghan War, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and a pair of North Carolina School of the Arts grads—comes to the North Carolina General Assembly. The occasion is a special performance of Leo Hurley and Charles Osborne’s new opera, The Body Politic, commissioned by the Boston-based Juventas New Music Ensemble, in the atrium of the General Assembly Building. The goal is simple and profound: to discuss transgender issues through artistic means in hopes that a few legislators listen. Ovid’s tale of Iphis may very well be one of the first major transgender myths. In it, Iphis,...

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Live: Savage Weekend VI Disrupts, Sans Tech Money

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 8:36 AM

Savage Weekend Nightlight, Chapel Hill Friday, May 13–Saturday, May 14, 2016 Today, Moogfest will roar into the Triangle, importing an impressive roster of headliners like Grimes, Gary Numan, and Sunn O))) alongside a load of niche electronic/experimental talent. While I’m chuffed that Moog’s corporate patronage is providing us with these acts, it felt fitting that I didn’t spend the lead-up weekend revising my tech panel schedule. Instead, I chose to appreciate twenty-plus hours of blistering music and near-unclassifiable performance art at Savage Weekend, Chapel Hill’s independent, small-scale, equally disruptive annual gathering of all things fringe. For the uninitiated, Savage Weekend...

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Carolina Performing Arts Announces 2016-2017 Season With Philip Glass, Sufism in Mind

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Last night, UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina Performing Arts rolled out the roster for its 2016-2017 season. The organization announced three distinct pillars of programming to define much of the year. "Glass at 80"—a large look at perhaps the most famous member of American minimalism's big four, Philip Glass—is the largest and most specific point of interest. The ten-day festival in February will celebrate the life and work of the composer. Of special interest, on February 3, a "Heroes Tribute" will nod to Glass as well as David Bowie and Brian Eno, with a "Merge Records Group" joining the ensemble: Destroyer's Dan Bejar,...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Video: Shooter Jennings Revives Classics and More at Motorco

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Shooter Jennings & Waymore's Outlaws Motorco Music Hall, Durham Wednesday, May 4, 2016 The crowd that arrived at Motorco early on May 4 were treated to a forty-five minute set from Waylon Jennings's former backing band, Waymore's Outlaws. Tommy Townsend provided lead vocals, though the group was actually anchored by longtime Waylon confidant and drummer Richie Albright. Giving the crowd their fill of Waylon hits made a great deal of sense when the time came for Shooter, Waylon's son, who has made a career of veering away from his father's trademark sound. After a brief "Waylon Fucking Rocks Block" (a...

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Art of Cool Fest 2016 Wasn’t the ‘Coachella’ of Jazz, and That Was a Good Thing

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 7:04 AM

One of the only pieces of national coverage for early May's third-annual Art of Cool Festival arrived in the form of a half-baked blog post on The Huffington Post called “This Festival Is Being Called the ‘Coachella’ of Jazz.” A few hours after the post went live, Art of Cool president Cicely Mitchell expressed her elation for the analogy. Her homegrown festival had been “crowned by Huff Po,” she said. This was big promotional bait.  If by crowned, Mitchell meant that AOC had approached major status by being able to book two major acts that matter—Anderson .Paak and Kamasi Washington—from this year’s...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tomorrow's Symphony Concert with Itzhak Perlman Canceled, Transgender Opera to Be Performed at the State Legislature Thursday

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Bad news, symphony lovers: Violinist Itzhak Perlman, who was scheduled to perform with the North Carolina Symphony tomorrow night, has canceled his appearance. The statement that he gave to the symphony and his fans follows:  "I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally. As such, it is only after much deliberation that I have decided to cancel tomorrow’s concert in North Carolina as a stand against House Bill 2.” The symphony, which receives a little more than four million dollars from the state each...

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Thank you so much for these clips; it was a special show.

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Billy Strings was amazing as well!

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