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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Video: William Tyler and Jake Xerxes Fussell Team Up in Durham

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM

William Tyler & Jake Xerxes Fussell Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham Wednesday, July 13, 2016 With shared connections to Mississippi, the duo of Jake Xerxes Fussell and William Tyler played a rare show together courtesy of Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens series. Both played short solo sets in the Southern July humidity before convening for a few sweet tunes. The relaxed atmosphere of Duke Gardens paired with the ambient sound of summertime bugs in the vast grounds surrounding the stage made for a wonderful setting for the easygoing pair. The guitarists concluded the evening with a couple of cover...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Listen to Hiss Golden Messenger's "Biloxi," from a New LP Due This Fall

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM

In November of last year, Michael Taylor spoke to the INDY about the forthcoming record with his band, Hiss Golden Messenger. Titled Heart Like a Levee, the record was, at least initially, inspired by photographs taken by William Gedney, many of them depicting Americans living a hardscrabble existence while working in a Kentucky mining camp in 1972. Later that month, Taylor and a full band performed the work as a song cycle at Duke’s “From the Archives” series while Gedney’s photographs were projected around the stage area. Though the album has long been finished, it is now set for an...

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Video: Sarah Shook and Blue Cactus Bring Country to the Cradle

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Blue Cactus Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro Friday, June 17, 2016 A few weeks ago, Cat's Cradle'a Back Room hosted two of the Triangle's more promising roots bands. The first, Blue Cactus, is the latest project from Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez. Inspired by the Flying Burrito Brothers, the group took the stage decked out in fringed western shirts to deliver a handful of songs that adhere to the classic country framework of heartbreak and loneliness. As the crowd began to fill the room, Stewart and company rolled off one impressive tune after another, complemented...

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Watch the New Video for Sarah Shook & the Disarmers' "Heal Me"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 5:09 PM

The fireworks have arrived early for Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, whose in-your-face video for the incendiary single “Heal Me” made its debut today on Rolling Stone Country’s list of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” The high-visibility platform praises Shook not only for her music but also for her outspokenness and repertoire of sailor's curses. It's hard to imagine a first-time watcher being unmoved by the video, which features Shook solo as she puts across this hard-bitten tale of regret with the aid of several cool guitars (including the Rickenbacker that plays on the song’s outro)....

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Video: Skylar Gudasz Moves Oleander into Motorco

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Skylar Gudasz Motorco, Durham Wednesday, June 15, 2016 The mid-June installment of Duke Performance's "Music in the Garden" series was moved indoors to Motorco because of forecasted rainfall. No matter, as Skylar Gudasz still treated the substantial crowd to a complete rendition of her acclaimed album Oleander. With a backing band that reached up to eight members, Gudasz held the audience in the palm of her hand throughout, beginning with a string of piano numbers: "About Great Men," "Aviary," and the mesmerizing "Ships." Shortly thereafter, Gudasz delivered the one-two punch that made this show so memorable. She and frequent collaborator Josh...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kym Register and Endless Endless Discuss the Easygoing New Video for Sam Evian

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 3:50 PM

When Sam Owens launched his solo project, Sam Evian, he called upon Adam Heathcott and Sara Padgett Heathcott for creative direction. The two released Enter Ghost by Owens's band Celestial Shore on their label Hometapes in 2014—the same year the two relocated from Portland to Durham—but this would be a new sort of collaboration. Instead of putting out the future Sam Evian LP (that'll be Saddle Creek's job), the Heathcotts have undertaken Owens's visual aesthetics for the album cycle as a part of their multimedia arm Endless Endless. Their latest effort is the gorgeous new video for Sam Evian's "Sleep Easy,"...

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Video: Tony Joe White Brings His Three Decades of Songs to Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Tony Joe White Southland Ballroom, Raleigh Saturday, June 18, 2016 Tony Joe White is in the middle of a resurgence. Returning to the Southland Ballroom after two years, he brings with him another critically acclaimed album, Rain Crow, released by local record label Yep Roc Records. With his familiar drummer Bryan Ownings, the duo filled the room with about the heaviest groove a two piece band can do. The large crowd inside responded at time adding a gator chomping motion with both arms while dancing throughout the set. Outside of a smile and brief comment here and there, White was all business,...

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Durham's Blackspace Hosts Fundraising Parties Tonight and Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 2:58 PM

The downtown Durham “hub for Afrofuturism, digital media, and social entrepreneurship,” dubbed Blackspace, is just a couple of days out and still several thousand dollars short from reaching its $22,000 Kickstarter goal. In an effort to reach that target, Blackspace is teaming up with two other local businesses—Runaway Clothing and The Parlour—to throw a dance party tonight and a DURM Block Party tomorrow. Tonight, the organization's pan-African dance party goes down at The Vault. It will feature live drummers, plus DJ Skaz on the decks. Admission is on a sliding scale, with a donation of one to twenty dollars suggested;...

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Video: Robbie Fulks Returns to Durham with New Autobiographical Songs

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Robbie Fulks with Shad Cobb and Todd Phillips Motorco, Durham Thursday, June 16, 2016 "Durham, North Carolina ... top of the world" were the first words from Robbie Fulks as he kicked off his show last week at Motorco. Fulks is an alumni of the Carolina Friends School, so many former classmates sat close-by. Fulks's new Bloodshot release, Upland Stories, contains a number of autobiographical songs involving his time in the area. He told the story of his Aunt Peg, who lived around Galax, Virginia. She was a banjo traditionalist who did not care for his three-finger Scruggs style of...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Got Free Ticketmaster Vouchers? Here's the Shows Where You Can Use Them

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Last week, Ticketmaster announced it would grant customers free vouchers for shows, based on a settlement over the company's failure to disclose its often-exorbitant ticketing fees. If you've bought concert tickets through the monolith during the last several years, you probably have at least a few free concert tickets waiting for you in your Ticketmaster account. Below are the Triangle-area shows that are currently eligible for the vouchers. They're all at Walnut Creek, a venue that's suitable of course for a lot of unpaid spectators. You can view the full list of eligible shows (including some in Charlotte), as well as instructions...

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N.C. Music Love Army Returns with a Shot at HB 2

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Three years ago, the North Carolina Music Love Army formed as a musical protest movement against Pat McCrory's government. Since then, the very government they were protesting has only gotten worse, especially in the wake of HB 2. Led by Jon Lindsay, the group has now delivered a new song, "When You Were a Young Man," that directly addresses the bill. The tune features Pierce Freelon, JSWISS, and Topiq the Smooth Prophet. You can listen to it below. The Music Love Army will return to the stage in a few weeks, too, headlining a July 9 benefit at Kings, with...

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Bull City Records Celebrates Eleven Years with an August Blowout

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Durham now has several brick-and-mortar spots for buying records—Carolina Soul, Hunky Dory, Schoolkids—but of all of these, the great Bull City Records has been around the longest. For more than a decade, the shop has served as an essential hub for Durham music-lovers. Now, owner Chaz Martenstein has enlisted a bunch of buddies to help celebrate the success of his store, culminating in two nights of great shows in early August. On August 5, California's Happy Diving and a handful of locals—Solar Halos, Bad Friends, Dirty Little Heaters, and a reunited Dry Heathens—take over The Pinhook. Saturday, August 6, brings an...

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Watch: Kooley High's New "Alone" Video

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 4:16 PM

It’s been about 258 years since Kooley High’s eternally forthcoming 9th Wonder-helmed album was first floated over social media. Last year, sensing that the fans needed something to hold them over, Kooley released Heights, a fantastic seven-track EP that represented, even in the wake of Rapsody's massive departure, some of the group’s strongest work. Now, with a new album release still unannounced, they’re stretching the lifespan of Heights with a string of music videos that are nearly as good. Now, Kooley has offered a new clip for "Alone." I’ve said it before, but Heights offered some of the most well rounded...

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Space Is the Place: Durham Gets a Hub for Afrofuturist Thought with Blackspace

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Last Thursday, Durham musician and activist Pierce Freelon and Chapel Hill puppet master Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins were armed with five hundred handbills and a few string puppets as they crashed Runaway Clothing’s “DURM Night” afterparty at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. They distributed the handbills to boost backing for Freelon’s $22,000 Kickstarter campaign for Blackspace Durham, a “Pan-African-centered social entrepreneurship and digital media” hub in downtown Durham. In somewhat of a guerilla dance performance, the puppets became the stars of the night’s celebration of new Durham pride and optimism. The Blackspace-sponsored surprise puppet appearance, however, could have been interpreted as a reminder that Durham’s fancy...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bridging Past and Present, Duke Performances Announces its Tremendous New Season

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 3:24 PM

The 2016–17 performing arts season in the Triangle is shaping up to be a doozy. Carolina Performing Arts set the bar high with a schedule as broad and deep as anything they’ve had in recent years, with a particularly strong selection of orchestras, dance troupes, and international music. And the North Carolina Symphony continues to dive into the music of the twenty-first century with sympathetic works from the canon. But, somehow, Duke Performances has managed to blow them all away with the season they announced yesterday. It seemed to take me forever just to finish browsing their schedule. Unsurprisingly, the...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Listen to "Shape of the One Thing," a New Track from Horseback

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 2:47 PM

We're not quite halfway through 2016, and Jenks Miller already has his third record on deck for the year. Mount Moriah, the band he co-leads with Heather McEntire, released How to Dance in March, and Miller's new Blues from WHAT, from Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC, isn't even a week old. August will see the release of Dead Ringers, the latest LP from Miller's metal-inclined Horseback. (Also, that cover!) "Shape of the One Thing," the first cut from the record, is a plodding, moderate track that finds Miller sliding back into his signature sludge. You can stream the song...

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Moogfest Director Marisa Brickman Steps Down

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 5:17 PM

By most accounts, Moogfest's debut in downtown Durham last month was a success: The people partied. The press raved. And the festival announced its dates for next year's before this year's festivities had even ended. Between now and then, though, Moogfest will need to do some restructuring, as director Marisa Brickman—a North Carolina expatriate who returned to the state to take the job—announced her resignation late this afternoon. Brickman confirmed the news to the INDY but would not elaborate on the decision, saying that the news was still too recent for much discussion. Officials with Moogfest did not respond to immediate...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

At N.C. State, 9th Wonder Will Set the Record Straight on Early Hip-Hop

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 1:08 PM

9th Wonder’s relationship with N.C. State University began in the late nineties, when he was a full-time Wolfpack student named Patrick Douthit and an upcoming beatmaker. That era soon led to him and more than a dozen other like-minded Triangle artists starting the Justus League hip-hop collective. It would soon become the springboard for 9th’s industry success as a member of the trio Little Brother; the label head of Jamla Records; and the Grammy-winning producer for artists such as Jay Z, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, and many more. His brief time at N.C. State may have also informed the last several...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Live: Dan Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman Offer the Hits at Lil John's

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Dan Tyminski & Ronnie Bowman at Lil John's Mountain Music Festival Cane Creek Campground, Snow Camp Saturday, May 21, 2016 Cane Creek Campground in Snow Camp hosted the thirty-eighth installment of Lil' John's Mountain Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend. I arrived late to the festival grounds Saturday, just in time to catch the young, quite comedic stylings of Salt & Light, a group featuring impressive instrumentation and a bassist who's outsized by his instrument. Next up came the driving sounds of Sideline, quickly becoming one of North Carolina's best bluegrass groups. In a sea of contemporary acts, Sideline...

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Deep Listen: Jenks Miller & Elysse Thebner Miller Discuss the New Blues from WHAT—Listen to It, Too

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC's new Blues from WHAT might be only four songs long, but Miller dives deep into meditative jams here. Together, they offer thoughtful escapes from the everyday hustle. Along with his chief Rose Cross collaborator and wife Elysse Thebner Miller, Jenks sat down to discuss the record's gradual development in a cozy, record-filled corner of their home. Listen to the record below in an exclusive preview as you read their thoughts on the process. ON SIDE A INDY: How long have you been working on this record? Jenks Miller: It’s hard to say, because some...

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Squirrel Nut Zippers to Reissue Hot, the LP that Blew Up the Band

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Saturday marked a big anniversary for a former local institution: on June 4, 1996, Chapel Hill's Squirrel Nut Zippers released Hot, the record that would propel them toward stardom with "Hell." In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the record, the band has announced that a remastered reissue will arrive on vinyl July 29. This version will include a previously unreleased song, "The Puffer." The track was written by Stacy Guess, the band's trumpet player who broke from the outfit shortly before the band recorded Hot in October 1995. It appears on the reissue as a tribute to the late trumpeter. The...

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Durham Gets a New Online Radio Station in Troon, Which Will Focus on Recordings from Area Clubs

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Starting this Saturday at noon, Troon Radio will begin broadcasting out of Durham at Troonradio.com. The brainchild of Bob Donaghey, the station is focused around “the lively arts,” and the plan is to emphasize Durham’s talent pool through live performances collected from the city’s venues. Donaghey, who named the station after his north Durham address on Troon Lane, has gotten a great response so far. “The clubs that we’ve spoken to are wild about the idea," he says, mentioning The Blue Note Grill and The Shed. "Just coming in, setting up mics, paying their union fees, and going at it with...

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Death Cab For Cutie, Chvrches Turn Their Asheville and Charlotte Shows into Anti-HB 2 Benefits

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Death Cab for Cutie and Chvrches are the latest artists to throw their hats into the ring over HB 2, following the Dead & Company and a long string of others. The bands mutually announced this morning that they would not cancel their June 11 and 16 shows in Asheville and Charlotte, respectively. Instead, the concerts will benefit Southerners on New Ground and Charlotte's Freedom Center for Social Justice. Both bands are donating the entirety of their profits from the shows. Though both shows are still on, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard said that these two concerts will...

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dead & Company Will Play in Charlotte, Donate $100,000 to Equality NC/HRC

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Dead & Company—the band of Grateful Dead alums Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, plus John Mayer— announced today in a Facebook post that they'll go ahead and play their scheduled show in Charlotte on June 10 as a protest against HB 2. They also announced that they'll donate $100,000 to Equality NC and Human Rights Campaign and will host a "participation row" section of "local organizations fighting discrimination and national organizations dedicated to voter registration and protecting the planet." "Dead shows have always been a safe place for all of our audience to come together through music no...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Live: Heritage Awards Celebrate North Carolina Craftsmanship

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 4:10 PM

North Carolina Heritage Awards Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh Wednesday, May 25, 2016 On a balmy Wednesday evening, a newly minted high school graduate yelled, “Can we take a picture with the boat?!” to his confused parents. Indeed, among the capped-and-gowned grads, a fishing boat made for an odd sight in the plaza of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. But the boat was there for good reason: My Lady Pat, the watercraft in question, was on display for the North Carolina Heritage Awards, a celebration of Tar Heels who have made lasting contributions to the state’s culture....

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