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Thursday, February 27, 2014

What is Psychoacoustics Research & Development?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Last Thursday night, the unclassifiable instrumental band Malt Swagger, who were active around the Triangle in the late ’90s and early ’00s before quietly fading away, played at The Pinhook. But that blast from the past had nothing on a mysterious opening act, a dance-y indie punk band called Psychoacoustics Research & Development. Their web presence amounts to a single live performance video, edited for a video production course at Appalachian State during the 1991–92 school year and uploaded to YouTube in 2008. Scenting the trail of a forgotten band from the glory days of local indie rock, we reached out to...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hip-hop producer 9th Wonder is the subject of another documentary

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Yesterday, director Kenneth Price and Grammy-winning hip-hop producer 9th Wonder released a trailer for a new documentary. The Hip-Hop Fellow chronicles 9th Wonder’s year as a teacher and research fellow at the Hiphop Archive at Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. During the fellowship, 9th Wonder (nè Pat Douthit) was charged with researching the samples and production techniques behind the 10 hip-hop albums that he deemed most influential to his career. The 78-minute documentary features interviews and commentary from Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, DJ Premier, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal and 9th’s former Little Brother bandmates, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh. While being filmed for...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Torch Runner signs with Southern Lord

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Despite its reputation as a stable for slow, pensive, exploratory metal acts such as Earth and Sunn O))), the record label Southern Lord has recently embraced the opposite extreme, signing some of the fastest and most pummeling punk-metal crossover acts around: Nails, Dead in the Dirt, Kromosom and All Pigs Must Die. Southern Lord recently added another punk-metal exemplar to its ranks, signing Greensboro’s Torch Runner. According to a press release, the band is currently finishing its follow-up to 2012’s grimecore—their particularly nasty iteration of grindcore—masterpiece Committed to the Ground at Greensboro studio Legitimate Business with producer Kris Hilbert. The cover...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Art of Cool Music Festival replaces Robert Glasper

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The inaugural Art of Cool Music Festival, which presents jazz artists throughout downtown Durham on April 25 and 26, suffered its first public setback when the Grammy-winning jazz/hip-hop pianist Robert Glasper canceled his scheduled appearance after running into a booking conflict. But Durham’s loss may actually turn out to be a gain, as it didn’t take festival co-founder Cicely Mitchell very long to fill Glasper’s spot. In fact, with today’s addition of four jazz and soul acts, she made good and then some on her promise that Glasper’s replacement “will probably include more than one national act.” Two prior Glasper...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sylvan Esso announces new single; debut LP forthcoming

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Sylvan Esso, one of Durham’s most promising new bands, is the duo of singer Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and electronic producer Nick Sanborn (Megafaun). The folksiness of their established projects gives way to intricate, dynamic electronic pop that mines an unsuspected seam between the experimental vocalism of tUnE-yArDs and the acid house of 808 State. Today, new song “Coffee” premiered on Stereogum. The stately track will appear on a twelve-inch single, backed with “Dress,” on March 25 via Brooklyn’s Partisan Records, which has previously released music by Mountain Man. Sylvan Esso’s 10-song, self-titled album, home-recorded by the band and mixed by...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Hopscotch Music Festival returns to Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM

As was just announced on the festival’s website, the fifth annual Hopscotch Music Festival takes over downtown Raleigh Sept. 4–6. Though the lineup has yet to be announced, the festival promises to spread more than 160 bands from different genres throughout Raleigh nightclubs and performance spaces, surrounding the epicenter of a large outdoor stage in Raleigh City Plaza. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 1, following a presale on Feb. 27 and 28 for Hopscotch email list recipients (sign up here). With tickets going on sale later than in previous years, when they were available...

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sorry State to open record store in downtown Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

"There's four or five different places to buy records in Raleigh, but there's nowhere to hang out and talk about records and look at fliers for the shows that are coming up—just a place to be," Daniel Lupton says. "I want to do that." Of course, he'll want to sell some records, too, when his Sorry State Records storefront opens in a few weeks at 317 W. Morgan St., next to The Borough. "I don't have a date set, but I'm hoping to get it open before Nov. 1," he says. "I've managed to build all the shelves and do...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

IBMA announces its award nominees tonight, watch locally

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

And so it begins: The first official event leading to the International Bluegrass Music Association's conference and music festival in Raleigh in late September happens tonight. Three downtown Raleigh venues will host viewing parties for the announcement of the 2013 IBMA award nominees. Though the awards themselves have moved, this year's announcement ceremonies remain in Nashville, at the Loveless Cafe. North Carolina native Jim Lauderdale and newgrass innovator Sam Bush will host. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., and they'll be shown locally at Irregardless Cafe, Tir Na Nog and the Lincoln Theatre. The Long Rifle Bluegrass band will...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tonight: John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers play in Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Tonight, Raleigh's Kings Barcade will host a pair of extremely literate singer-songwriters. But John Vanderslice and Eric Bachmann—who performs with his Crooked Fingers—have more on their minds than penning pristine verses and strumming a guitar, which makes their well-written words that much more potent. In addition to a slew of evocative, symbol-rich albums, Vanderslice is a respected producer, working closely with North Carolina's own Scott Solter to craft the sound of his last few solo LPs and helming a trio of albums by Durham's The Mountain Goats. Vanderslice's sense of sonic adventure finds one of its greatest expressions on...

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Update: Casbah changes booking agents

Posted By and on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Last week, a blog post about a change in personnel at Durham rock club Casbah got a few key facts wrong. The article incorrectly stated that former talent buyer Steve Gardner had been fired from his position; he was laid off. The article also quotes Gardner’s replacement, Elysse Thebner, saying that she plans to increase the number of local bookings. As Gardner points out, Thebner’s quote incorrectly represents the ratio of local and touring acts booked during his tenure at the Casbah. Attendance records produced by Gardner verify that at least 73 percent of his 2012 bookings came from the...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Despite emergency surgery, American Aquarium's Bill Corbin made Saturday's show

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Photo courtesy of Hear Now PublicityBill Corbin, casualty of rock 'n roll, preps for surgery American Aquarium —Raleigh's favorite whiskey-besot, country-rocking semi-romantics— release their new album, Burn. Flicker. Die., today. Many of you might have had a taste of the record at the band's sold-out CD release show down at the Lincoln Theatre Saturday night. Though it maintains the bitter, boot-stomping intensity of previous American Aquarium efforts, Burn. Flicker. Die. sees the scars of their road-warrior existence wearing a little more heavily than before. In one song, singer BJ Barham longs for the mundane existence of a policeman or a...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sonogram Records: members of Last Year's Men start boutique label

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Jeremy M. LangeMenly menBen Carr and Ian Rose, songwriting guitarist and drummer for the essential Chapel Hill garage punks Last Year's Men, are starting a new limited-run label, Sonogram Records. The business model follows the raison d'etre of many micro-labels: two friends releasing their friends' music to help them out, sure, but also for the fun of it. Yet Carr and Rose have mixed their love of music with a creative approach, and Sonogram may be a different creature—even in a region with multiple such boutique labels. "Hopefully [we'll] work with bands that have already broken up to reissue some...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Bon Iver's local ties

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Revisit our 2011 cover story about Bunny Bear—err, Bon Iver—who took home two Grammys last night, for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. ...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tonight: Tir na nOg hosts 10-band tornado benefit

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Jeremy M. LangeCarpenter Ryan Carlson sits underneath a tree that landed on his roof in the Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh. A record 92 tornadoes tore through North Carolina on April 16. Raleigh is still reeling from the tornado that cut a terrifying line across five counties, tearing into houses and yards and lives. It may still be a hot clip to the Weather Channel, but here the tragedy is palpable. After last week’s benefit with The Rosebuds, Tir na nOg is again stepping up to the plate to help, putting together a last-minute bill to assist families that, suffice to...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The New Pornographers, The Dodos to play UNC

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 1:17 PM

The Canadians and the Californians will bring their tour to UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall Friday, June 25. The Dutchess and The Duke open. Oh, well: You can't win ’em all....

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Miley Cyrus Likes Bob Iver

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Watch this video at 9:48. "I like John Lennon and, like, Bob Iver." Yes....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Durham Police Department to "fuck with this rap game"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Leaning from the window of a gleaming 2009 Cadillac Escalade modified by rapper Xzibit in a process known as "pimping that ride," Durham Chief of Police Jose Lopez announced the Durham Police Department's latest plan for connecting with Durham's troubled youth Wednesday morning. "We've decided to start a hip-hop record label," Lopez said, smiling after he slid the gold grill from his top row of generally white teeth so as to enunciate more clearly. "We've tried all sorts of things to connect with the kids in Durham—after-school programs, Popsicles, multiple arrest warrants. Now it's time we fuck with this...

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Tonight: The Rosebuds at Jackpot

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Last-minute announcement as the day's bell prepares to ring: The Rosebuds will play a few songs at the Jackpot at 1303 Hillsborough St. tonight at 9:30 p.m. The band will play acoustically, and the songs will be videotaped by Merge Records in advance of XX Merge this week. There's no cover, of course, but The Rosebuds aren't going to pick up that dry-cleaning tab....

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Hey! The State of Things! Noon!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM

At noon today, I'll be on WUNC FM's The State of Things with Frank Stasio, talking music in North Carolina with my counterpart from The News & Observer, David Menconi. In case you were wondering, David and I get along just fine these days. The rest of the show, which is the last installment of TSOT's All Music Week, features The Willie Painter Band and the omnipresent Betsy Harris, a Chapel Hill club-goer who was the subject of a fantastic Chapel Hill News story by Jesse James Deconto this week. Also, in stream-of-consciousness-style apologies to 15 newish locals who should...

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Rumor: Mansion 462 closing?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 7:58 AM

While reporting this week’s story on the conversion of Chapel Hill dance hall Players to a part-time rock club, we heard whispers from a few folks that Mansion 462—the West Franklin Street room that opened last January between Chapel Hill anchors Local 506 and The Cave—was closing. Apparently, several bands had been emailing other area clubs to reschedule dates dropped from Mansion 462’s calendar. Co-owner Brad Waycaster confirms that the club did drop several shows, but he says Mansion 462 isn't going anywhere....

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Briefly: The Avetts on NPR, Megafaun on Pitchfork, Roman Candle on Daytrotter

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 3:59 PM

A quick mention of a few local bands with some interesting online features today: —In another early bit of promotion for I and Love and You (now due in September, NPR says), Concord quartet The Avett Brothers recorded a three-song installment of Tiny Desk Concert in the office of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. The unrecorded "Down with the Shine" and the new staple "Bella Donna" make an appearance, but the real reason to watch is the opener, "Laundry Room." A gorgeous song with a dozen slogans for the taking, "Laundry Room" finds the harmonies of the Avetts...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Downtown Live: Better than Ezra added (roflcopter)

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 5:39 PM

BTE joins the August 22 bill with Airiel Down. I can think of a dozen jokes right now, but I'd rather waste my time imagining 10,000 dudes just like this in Moore Square in August. So pitted....

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Briefly: Merge; Merge; Mac McCaughan; Mac McCaughan

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Briefly: Updated XX Merge lineup; Merge documentary; Superchunk and Mac McCaughan on ABC News; Mac McCaughan, MAGNET guest editor...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Briefly: Steve Miller & Girl Talk; U2 & Steely Dan; Bob Sledge & Ben Folds; Natalie Portman & New Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Briefly: Ben Folds, Girl Talk, etc; Lonnie Walker, Annuals & the Coug; big shows; Robert Sledge's new flashlight; no way to Natalie Portman; Mann's World on New Raleigh...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Briefly: Bleeding Hearts on Little Steven comp; Spider Bags, Portastatic help WFMU; Mammoth Records celebration

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

—The Bleeding Hearts & Little Steven, cont.; WFMU marathon benefit; Mammoth Records turns 21...

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