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Friday, February 24, 2012

Duke's Brickside Festival adds Gunn-Truscinski Duo, Royal Baths

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The Brickside Festival, Duke University's spring music celebration, might not appeal to your average college kid, but it's shaping up to be a music nerd's wet dream. The initial lineup for the March 24 event included blissed-out garage star Kurt Vile in addition to Supreme Dicks, Tanlines and The Postelles. Today, the festival added three more names that should make a small number of people very excited—and will likely floor any uninitiated attendees. The Gunn-Truscinski Duo, the stellar pairing of hypnotic blues guitarist Steve Gunn and gifted percussionist John Truscinski, will play alongside Royal Baths and Mark Kozelek, known...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tonight: Lost in the Trees play impromptu set at Local 506

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

This is going to be a big year for Lost in the Trees. They are about to release one of the Triangle's most anticipated 2012 LPs, the dramatic and emotionally fractured A Church That Fits Our Needs, on March 20. As with any group preparing to launch what could be the breakthrough of their career, the Chapel Hill folk orchestra is preparing an extensive tour. Tonight at Local 506, you can witness their impromptu tune-up. This afternoon the band announced that they will open for Islands, giving hometown fans a chance to catch them before they hit the road...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Smile! The Beach Boys to play in Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Fifty years ago a group of young, angel-voiced California boys showed up late for the surf rock craze that had stormed the nation. Against the odds, those Beach Boys became one of the most successful groups of the '60s and one of the most influential pop bands of all time. As unlikely as their accomplishments were, the notion that they would be back together, playing in Raleigh in 2012 may have seemed even more impossible. Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love, the surviving members of the original Beach Boys, are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a world tour, and...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Avett Brothers, The Love Language to headline 21-band benefit for Oliver Gant

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

UPDATE (March 1, 2012): A fourth venue has been added to this show. Tift Merritt, Bombadil, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Small Ponds and Brice Randall Bickford will play The Lincoln Theatre on Friday, March 23. As with all venues, doors open at 7:30 p.m., and wristband pickup will be available at all four venues. Tickets go on sale today at noon via etix.com. These tickets permit access to Kings, Tir Na Nog, The Pour House and The Lincoln Theatre—space, as always, permitting. --- Little more than a year ago, Jed Gant, downtown editor for local news blog New...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Double Barrel announces lineup

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

In the last few years, N.C. State's student radio station WKNC 88.1 FM has become one of the most reliable champions of local music in the Triangle. Their steady stream of N.C. talent—during regular blocks of programming as well as their Local Lunch and Local Beat segments—is a vital resource to area artists. Their annual Double Barrel Benefit has become an extension of that mission, a two-night celebration that exposes local bands to audiences that might otherwise remain ignorant. The lineup for this year's event, which takes place Feb. 3 and 4 at Raleigh's Pour House, continues that tradition. (Here's...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bull City Metal Fest steps up

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM

The Body's tough. Last year’s inaugural Bull City Metal Fest saw sets by some of the best heavy music in the Triangle, from Jenks Miller’s widely praised brainchild Horseback to blues-metal blacksmiths Caltrop. The second is now scheduled to happen Feb. 3-4 at Durham’s Casbah, and it promises a continuation of this theme. With such diverse bands aboard as Braveyoung and The Body (hard to list them separately, considering 2011’s excellent split), Asheville’s Shadow of the Destroyer and Bitter Resolve, there’s little pattern beyond this: It’s heavy, it’s good and it’s all on the same weekend. “I tend to always...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

The Love Language, The Connells and Marcy Playground (?) to headline tornado benefit

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

In the wake of recent Raleigh tornado benefits at Kings and Tir na nOg, and another next week at The Pour House, the city will officially throw its own musical assist next month. The event—dubbed Rise Up Raleigh headlined by The Connells, The Love Language and Marcy Playground, or that band who sang “Sex and Candy”—will take place June 3 at the Raleigh Amphitheater, the outdoor venue the April tornado missed by less than a mile. Also aboard are talented locals like Motor Skills, Kooley High and The Small Ponds. A few questions come to mind, though: Why is the...

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tonight: Andrew Weathers' final N.C. stand

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Drew ValentiAndrew Weathers We’re losing a good one: Greensboro’s Andrew Weathers, an avant-garde composer whose evolution can be traced from his solo guitar-via-laptop work as Pacific Before Tiger to the more recent classical drone-folk of the ensemble that takes his name, is finishing at University of North Carolina-Greensboro and summarily moving to California. Good for him, but otherwise dammit. So if he absolutely has to leave us, at least seeing him complete his degree in Music Composition should be a memorable sendoff. His senior recital happens at 9 p.m. tonight at Greensboro’s CFBG. He will be joined by, for this...

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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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Friday, January 29, 2010

My Morning Jacket coming to Cary

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM

The grizzled bros of My Morning Jacket will play Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary April 30 with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, after a tour-anchoring stop in New Orleans for Jazzfest. MMJ frontman Jim James (Yim Yames?) recently recorded two tracks for PHJB's new album, PRESERVATION: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. The nine-show run starts in Alabama and ends two weeks later in Ohio....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WKNC Double Barrel Benefit: No. VII is smaller, but focused and looking forward

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM

N.C. State's student-run radio station, WKNC 88.1 FM, announced the lineup for its seventh annual Double Barrel Benefit this morning: The vintage pop of Max Indian will headline the first night of the two-show weekend on Friday, Feb. 5, with The Light Pines, Veelee and Bellafea in the opening slots. Ex-Chapel Hill, current-Nashville album rock enthusiasts Roman Candle headline Saturday, Feb. 6, with The Tender Fruit, Midtown Dickens and Spider Bags opening. This year's Double Barrel represents a logical and somewhat necessary shift for the station, away from some of the bigger names that have headlined or opened in recent...

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Raekwon, Elliott Yamin cancel local dates

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Raekwon the Chef was due at Lincoln Theatre Thursday, Jan. 14, while American Idol ex Elliott Yamin was expected at Cat's Cradle on the same date. They've both canceled their appearances. No reason has been given for the missed gigs, but if you've seen Up in the Air, perhaps Raekwon is Vera Farmiga to Yamin's George Clooney? Scandalous....

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Joanna Newsom to Carolina Theatre, Beach House to Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Cat's Cradle announced two big bookings this afternoon: The Carrboro club presents the mighty harpist Joanna Newsom at Carolina Theatre Thursday, March 25, just ahead of her appearance at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tenn. A little more than a month later, Beach House and Washed Out will play the Cradle itself, on May 1. These announcements suggest being patted lightly on the face by tiny, soft kitten paws....

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Wilco World in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The Chicago six-piece Wilco will perform a concert we're hoping they call Wilco (The Show) Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m., at Durham Performing Arts Center. The $35 tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. The show, Wilco's first performance in the Triangle since a stop at the much-larger Koka Booth Amphitheatre in 2008, is not only a major booking score for the starting-to-look-a-lot-less-like-Branson DPAC, but it also represents a promising level of teamwork between regional concert promoters: Cat's Cradle is co-presenting the show. "With the help of legendary club promoter Frank Heath of Cat’s Cradle,...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

David Gray, 41, coming to DPAC

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Durham Performing Arts Center announced this morning that British singer-songwriter David Gray will perform at DPAC Friday, April 9. Tickets ($25-$60) go on sale next Friday, Dec. 11, but, more important than the show itself, is Gray's youth, at least relative to many of the other musical acts booked in the city's 2,700-seat theater. Since opening in December, the core of DPAC's musical bookings has been a stable of aged heroes and icons—B.B. King, Roger Daltrey, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Willie Nelson. There have been exceptions of note (Ben Folds, Maxwell, Indie. Arie), but Gray's youth and my suspicion...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tonight: The Love Language vs. The Foreign Exchange vs. the weather

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 4:54 PM

The word is that Chapel Hill's The Love Language and Durham's The Foreign Exchange have been practicing feverishly (and with many cans of the Bull) this week for tonight's Red Bull Soundclash, during which both bands will cover songs by their counterpart and offer themed rearrangements of their own material. Reggae The Love Language? Cockrock The Foreign Exchange? That's the sort of stuff you can expect from two of the Triangle's best bands at 8 p.m. beside The Hibernian on Glenwood Ave. "Outside?" you might be asking. "But what about this weather?" Don't worry, says Audrey Adair, a communications...

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

UNC gets Fabolous for Homecoming? And now, Anoop?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 12:26 PM

On Monday, UNC's Carolina Union Activities Board made the last-minute announcement that hip-hop artist Fabolous will headline its Homecoming 2009 concert Sunday, Nov. 1, at Memorial Hall. Now, just days later, two members of Student Congress are questioning the decision to bring Fabolous. Last year Gym Class Heroes and The Avett Brothers co-headlined the homecoming concert on separate dates, but this year, after a failed attempt to get Kid Cudi and Girl Talk to co-headline the concert, the CUAB had to "settle" with Fabolous as the only headliner. The night before he performs at UNC, Fabolous will also be...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tonight: Proud Valletta aims for a legacy

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:40 PM

"As my children get older, I started thinking about what I was going to leave behind or pass on to them—how they're going to remember me," says Tofer Moran, graphic designer, father of two and singer/guitarist of Durham's Proud Valletta. "I hoped to leave behind a sort of anthology of music for or inspired by my sons as a kind of patrimony," Moran continues. "Music is something that can live on, hopefully, long after I'm gone, and it's my hope that they'll be able to have some of my music to mark the days we have together." With his wife...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Hood Internet to play Cherry Bounce afterparty at Ahpeele

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

After playing the Cherry Bounce Music Festival finale in front of Raleigh Times Bar Saturday night, Chicago mash-up duo The Hood Internet will head to AhPeele, the design and screenprinting studio of Adam Peele, to play into the late night. Yes! Sputnik will begin the party at midnight, and The Hood Internet will take over around 1 a.m. and go until people ask them to stop. I'll stick around until they sample Sunn O))), for sure. In what we're told is unrelated news, The Hood Internet will now play after the more popular Man Man Saturday, pushing their set...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Annuals to headline First Night Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Raleigh six-piece Annuals will headline the, well, annual First Night Raleigh celebration on Dec. 31. The band will join a roster that, so far, includes Crucial Fiya, Justin David, Barbara Bailey Hutchinson, Bob Margolin, Lenny Marcus Trio, Wayne Henderson and Jeff Little and El Gleno Grande. If Annuals aren't your co-ed indie rock big band of choice (or of the day), The Love Language plays Local 506 on New Year's Eve, too....

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

And They Say Alliteration Is Dead: Big Bang Boom at Broad Street

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Having kids can inspire you to do crazy, amazing things. In the case of power-popping dads Chuck Folds, Steve Williard and Eddie Walker—musicians with over 50 combined years of North Carolina music scene experience—it inspired the parent-friendly kids music (vice versa also accepted) trio Big Bang Boom. First, Chuck reveals the key to making kids music: No secret, just make good music. Kids aren’t as dumb as I think most kid’s music musicians think they are. You can make the production and arrangement of the song (instrumentation, sounds, etc.) fit for contemporary pop radio. You can make the melody worthy...

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cherry Bounce announces year two: OK!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Cherry Bounce, the downtown Raleigh music festival launched in 2008 by local marketing and media consultants Greg Behr and Billy Warden, has unveiled its second annual lineup. Though last year's rain-beleaguered Cherry Bounce put bands on a stage in front of Raleigh Times Bar on Hargett St. for only two days, this year's bill stretches to seven nights and visits six downtown clubs before ending with another free show on Hargett St. The lineups are largely local, with the notable exception of Sunday night's opening night headliner, Atlanta songwriter Angie Aparo, and the final night's headliners, Chicago's mash-up bros The...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Pneurotics, The Rosebuds, more to play BugFest Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM

BugFest—the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' annual day-long celebration and study of all things insect—revolves around butterflies, moths, bees and, well, local bands this year on Saturday, Sept. 12. Talks including Caterpillarology by the museum's Mike Dunn and Sound Strategies: The Bat-Moth Arms Race by Wake Forest University's William Conner accompany movies, kid's activities and a workshop for backyard beekeepers. While the bugs get discussed, six bands will take to a stage on Jones Street: The Sandbox Band (11 a.m.), Gambling the Muse (1:30 p.m.), The Pneurotics (3 p.m.),  The Rosebuds (4:30 p.m.), Graffiti Monkeys (6 p.m.) and The...

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Troika's best year yet?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Troika Music Festival unveiled the first draft of its schedule for its three November days of music in Durham this morning, and it looks like organizers have landed on the most closely curated pool of bands and bills since the festival's inception in 2002: All told, 71 acts will spread over eight venues (two of which remain unannounced) Nov. 5-7, and no more than four bands will play any venue on any night. In other words, lots of great bands will get ample set times. Troika 2009 will begin with a centralized outdoor show on Thursday, Nov. 5, featuring...

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wale, coming to Duke tomorrow: "the biggest event ... since Trajan Langdon."

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

For a dude that has so damn much to say on his records, D.C. rapper Wale stays fairly terse in interviews. Nevertheless, he dropped a reference to King Trajan Langdon to end a chat with Duke's Playground blog, published this morning: "I look forward to coming [to Duke]—this is gonna be the biggest event at Duke since Trajan Langdon," Wale told the paper about his appearance in Duke's East Campus Quad tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Otherwise, he said lots of nothing, but we don't expect that to be the case tomorrow night. Get there early for J.Cole, too, a...

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