"We were recording, and I turned around and the engineer, John Plymale, was just staring," says Chris Stamey of the time he spent with Roman Candle last year readying a re-recorded version of the band's 2001 Says Pop, due for release on Disney's Hollywood Records later this year. "And he just said, 'Are we really getting paid for this?'"
Their immediately addictive, intricately arranged take on laconic power pop causes--as Stamey puts it--"a lot of jaw-dropping" for people new to the Candle experience. --Grayson Currin
The Pour House Music Hall
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 10 p.m.
Weekend Excursion announced they were breaking up as of this month, but frontman Sam Fisher is still trucking. Fisher, makes a Raleigh appearance at The Pour House Music Hall, with a blend of pop, rock and R&B selections, including material from his latest EP, Who are You.
Monday, Feb 2
An acoustic guitarist known for his slide work, odd tunings and finger-picking styles, Sommer, who has toured with Leon Redbone, John Mayall, Dr. John and others, is on his way down from Boston. He got rave reviews during his last visit and promises to tear it up again.
The Pietasters, Murphy's Law, The Antagonizers
Friday, Jan. 30, 8:30 p.m.
This one is for all the young punks out there. Durham hometown punk heroes The Antagonizers are a band of tremendous local pride, sure to please any fans of Oi and street punk alike. They'll be supporting two legendary bands--New York's Murphy's Law, who have been blasting out their own brand of hardcore for almost 20 years, and ska giants The Pietasters. --Jonathan Pattishall