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Thursday, June 23, 2016

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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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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