Really glad that record store in the Triangle are thriving (even if the wonderful Offbeat is unfortunately closing). I live in the UK but love my trips to the Triangle's enviable selection of record stores - Bull City and Schollkids in particular always have an excellent selection to get stuck into. Keep it up folks.
This article is weak and mean-spirited. Today's hip hop acts have taken hip hop back to 3rd grade, with their over-simplistic and boring beats, mother goose level of skill, and complete lack of substance or innovation. But let's pick on the "ancient acts" and compare them to Cheech and Chong. Gary, you're pathetic.
>But in 2012, for reasons he still doesn't understand, sales all but vanished.
I would suspect Spotify which arrived in late 2011. I think the early adoptors of Spotify were the people who consumed the most music. I know I started taking less chances of my music purchases afterward (whereas before it was not uncommon to buy an album just to hear what it sounded like.)
Saw this last night. Powerful, intense, and unique. The world sounded different to me afterward. I'm sure cynics would find the libretto cornball, but for me it was a life-affirming recalibration of the kind that live music--and great art in general--only produces at its very best.
Miss that man more than any other musician and person I've liked or known EVER!!!
I didn't know Kelly like some on here did. He lived in the USA, I live in the UK. I did my bit for his music years ago with an online fan page. We talked a little, now and then, laughed, joked. He gave me some tips, I remember them to this day.
Love and miss you, Brother!
It's Postal address if in Durham County but physically it's in Orange County. My grandmother used to work in the cafeteria in either the 30s of 40s maybe both. All my aunts and uncles went to school there. I know Charlie Monroe, Bill's brother played there. My mother and aunt who live nearby on Murphy School and Mt. Herman Church roads know much more. Thank you Jay Miller for your efforts.
Way to go Clint Bowman!
Is that Arcade Fire split from Merge official? It seemed like Reflektor was released jointly by Merge and Virgin EMI, I guessed mostly to handle the high profile release, but that Merge was still their "official" US label? I did notice less promotional fervor for it on Merge's end, compared to The Suburbs...
Nevertheless, I'm interested to see what Merge does in this next era, with fewer high profile bands (She & Him split for the majors as well) and what seems to be a new artist roster of smaller acts with devoted fanbases primed for a little more exposure (Waxahatchee, Spider Bags, Reigning Sound, Hiss Golden Messenger).
Mea culpa: On the day this was published, I realized that I'd left out Lud's wonderful Defenestration Boulevard after convincing myself, somehow, that it was issued in 2013. It's one of my favorite local records of 2014, but rather than throw off the order of what's above, I'll simply admit the mistake here and link you to my February review of the LP. Sorry, Lud! http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/luds-pers…
I was surprised that there was no mention of The International Bluegrass Music Association but was also elated to see the Band Together nod. Thanks for all you guys do for the music community. These are two grandiose lists - thanks Grayson and The Indy!
A very interesting article. As someone who played in two bands in the Triangle in the late 80s and early 90s that really never graduated beyond playing places like the Berkeley Cafe, Skylight Exchange, 9th Street Bakery and other such venues, it is interesting to read that someone does not have any idea of what goes on in Raleigh's music scene. I remain in contact with folks like Kim Hale, Jeff Hart, Mike Gardner, two former members of Cry Of Love, and a lot of other artists in the area. There is a thriving music scene there. I now reside in Asheville NC, which is another of those places where people wonder about a local music scene that is here but seems ignored outside the area. The fact does remain - local club bands don't make a lot of money. The market is competitive and you have to be able to stand out to get noticed. But for someone to live in Chapel Hill and be oblivious to the local scene there - or anywhere else, for that matter - is sad.
Or, as my dad used to tell me, LISTEN LOUDER.
Hey Remo, you can find audible tastes--as well as entire portions--of the above by searching by album title/band name on YouTube, among other places.
Yo Remo, there's this thing called Google. You should Google it.
I live for live music and with a few notable exceptions have not heard a note from most of these artists. Even someone like me who can't get enough of local musicians can't possibly see them all, especially without any lure other than words from y'all at the Indy. You need to give us an audible taste of this stuff so we can not only truly dig it but measure your, thus far, vague and abstract descriptions. Words mean nothing without the SOUND. You want to help the music community? let us hear them a la what the Pour House does weekly with the brief presentations they do on weekly emails.
Good Job Indy, you completely left out a local member of the band.
Hey, what about the trombone player?
You really hit a nerve on this one Grayson. The talent on the local scene and it's tentacles have spread far and wide but still turns on the acceptance graced upon it by your not so humble weekly. And this guy is bypassing the whole thing and shitting on it to boot. wow. Makes you wanna rethink it all doesn't it? I have to admit I've never heard of him and hope I don't. Music without musicians is an appalling atrocity and I hope it dies a quick death. This scene is resplendent with more sheer humanity and voice than could be devised by the most diabolical of producers. Pay attention to it.
Check out soul singer LaTasha Lee
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