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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Carrboro band Henbrain goes hi-fi with producer Mitch Easter

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

If there’s such a thing as a lucky break, this might count: In February, Fidelitorium Recordings, Mitch Easter’s Kernersville studio, offered a free weekend of recording with Easter at the helm to “somebody awesome.” That somebody had to respond to a Facebook post requesting a description of “who you are and what you want to do and an mp3 of your current idea or something you've done in the past.” The winner is Carrboro’s Henbrain, a self-proclaimed “post-metal, psychedelic rock band with two basses and female vocals.” “Their bass-heavy organ freak out prog rock demo just made our jaws drop...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

New ReverbNation initiative Music For Good helps bands direct money to charity

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Three clicks are all it takes for a musician to sign up and sell a song on ReverbNation. Now the Durham based music-marketing platform is making it just as easy for artists to donate to charity, too. Music For Good, a new e-commerce spinoff of the site, allows musicians to sell songs directly to their fan base while directing half the proceeds to a nonprofit of their choice. Pre-approved charities include those working toward clean water, funding cancer research, righting injustice and poverty and spreading music education. UNC-Chapel Hill’s own Beat Making Lab, which fosters music creation internationally, is...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tess Mangum Ocaña, former ArtsCenter booking agent, lands job with new downtown Durham concert series

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

When Tess Mangum Ocaña left The ArtsCenter last December after a 10-year tenure there, many wondered if she’d land on her feet in a way that allowed her to stay in the Triangle and maintain her stellar track record as a music programmer. Wonder no more: As Downtown Durham Inc.’s new special events coordinator, Ocaña is already at work planning a summer music series for the CCB Plaza. The series, to begin May 9, will run Thursdays through August from 7–8:30 p.m. and feature “live, free music that reflects Durham’s funky, cool diversity, and all entirely local bands,” Ocaña...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pet-Tich-Eye brings together Triangle all-stars, but to what end?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

When it's used correctly, Kickstarter is a magnificent tool to get a project off the ground. The website allows users to post campaigns for stuff they would really like to create—new electronic devices, a Bicycle Bus, animated comics backed by big-time directors—and for the makers to solicit donations using rewards, which often include copies of the finished product. One catch: Each campaign chooses a set period of time to reach their fundraising goal; if they don't make it, they get nothing. Obviously, this has been a boon for independent recording artists. Just yesterday, Chapel Hill's Some Army found success...

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Midtown Dickens enter indefinite hiatus as members pursue other projects

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Photo courtesy of Trekky RecordsMidtown Dickens, all together In eight years, Durham's Midtown Dickens transformed from a lovably amateur duo into one of the most purposeful and refined folk outfits in North Carolina. It was one of the more impressive transitions made by any local band in that time. But now, after three albums and a recent rise to some national recognition, Midtown Dickens is more than likely finished, taking an indefinite hiatus as its members move on to different projects. "I'm really proud of us and what we accomplished last year with Midtown Dickens," says founding singer and songwriter...

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Friday, February 8, 2013

HELP WANTED: PineCone and Old Hat's campaign to restore ancient recordings from WPTF ends today

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Last month, PineCone, or the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and Raleigh archival folk label Old Hat Records joined forces to launch a campaign to crowd fund an anthology of bluegrass and country music from artists that performed on the Depression-era North Carolina radio program “Crazy Barn Dance.” The show took its name from Crazy Water Crystals, the snake oil elixir served as a sponsor, and aired Saturday nights on Raleigh’s WPTF and Charlotte’s WBT. During its time, it showcased roots pioneers like the Monroe Brothers, the Dixon Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys and Snuffy Jenkins. Old Hat founder...

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Saturday: Hear music to build a home

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Kids these days: They’re always code-talking with their LOLs and HMUs and starting their fundraisers for good causes. For this last bit, thank the kind people at Durham’s Habitat for Humanity Youth United. The program empowers youth ages 5–25 to fully fund and build a home. This year’s project will be the seventh such house the program has funded. Youth United’s Got Talent is just one of many fundraising and advocacy events that feature a few of the folks participating in that endeavor. The night will showcase talent that participated in Youth United’s yearly talent show last fall. Performers for...

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Raleigh's Lazy Janes change name to Barren Girls, sign to Merge

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Photo courtesy of the bandIn the dark: Barren Girls have signed to Merge Raleigh rock club regulars might already be acquainted with the garage-punk foursome Barren Girls, even if they don't know it yet. And with a Merge Records stamp on the band's debut 7-inch, Hell Hymns, due April 2, it's likely a lot more people will meet the Barren Girls soon. The band formerly known as Lazy Janes impressed Merge Records co-owner Mac McCaughan so much at last year's Hopscotch Music Festival that he decided to release the band's debut. Judging by the recorded result, it's not hard to...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Some Army to Kickstart new LP

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Some Army: why so blue? Carrboro Southern psych-rockers Some Army are aiming to fund their debut LP via—you guessed it—popular crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter. Early February will see the start of a 30-day campaign, with the band setting its sights on respected North Carolina producer, musician, and sound engineer Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium Studio. "It's going to be a dark, soulful, psych-pop record," says songwriter Russell Baggett. "We hope to raise $7,000 to make it. Yikes." Some Army has gathered a pool of some 15 songs, which will be tightened and narrowed down to 10 or 11 tracks before the band goes...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Mobile Merge: The Durham label launches its own app

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Pocket Win The label name already graces record packaging, baby onesies, posters, slipmats, an oral history book, totes and T-shirts. And now, Durham's Merge Records has gone mobile. Part artist-update hub and part streaming service, the new app is the perfect vehicle for exclusive content and streamlined information from the label. After a free download from the Apple or Android App store, fans can access news articles, tour dates and a glut of multimedia. Each artist pod includes tracks for stream or purchase and a music video section with more than 200 videos, including live footage from the label’s 20th...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

WKNC unveils the line-up for its 10th Double Barrel Benefit

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Taking place each year in February, WKNC's Double Barrel Benefit serves as a sort of state-of-affairs showcase for local music. The best bills at this two-night event highlight headliners who are garnering a great deal of regional and national attention while also including up-and-comers poised to make noise in the coming year. This year's shows—Feb. 1 and 2 at Raleigh's Pour House Music Hall—fulfill this function as well as any Double Barrel has, a fitting achievement as the event enters its 10th year. JKutchma & The Five Fifths top the bill on Friday. The folk-rock outfit is led by...

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Eve: Four Foreign Exchange jams to bring in 2013

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Get a kiss on NYE. The New Year’s Jazzin’ Eve with Art of Cool celebration at Durham’s The Cotton Room will be Monday night’s most gratifying greeting to 2013. This will mark the first time that Phonte Coleman and Nicolay Rook have performed together, in Durham, as the globe-trotting, Grammy-nominated soul outfit The Foreign Exchange. They’ll be sharing the stage with other Triangle notables, including Bull City emcees Toon and The Real Laww, vocalist Yolanda Rabun, the Al Strong Quintet, DJ Apple Juice Kid. But when the clock strikes 12 a.m., it’ll just be The Foreign Exchange on stage, leading...

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New Year's Eve: Peter Lamb and the Wolves prepare a big year

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Image courtesy of the band Big things are afoot for Peter Lamb and the Wolves. Raleigh reedman Lamb recently recited a litany of good news, from recent developments to upcoming events—including top billing at Durham’s Casbah New Year’s Eve, and the North Carolina Democratic Party’s Inaugural Ball in Arlington, Va., on January 21. "Certainly the Casbah show we're excited about, but then there's the inauguration for the President, which is a big deal. We're playing across from Arlington Cemetery,” Lamb says. "The other interesting thing is, we're getting a lot of play in New Orleans recently, on the major jazz...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Why Raleigh's Volume 11 Tavern is closing

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

When Volume 11 Tavern, the metal-centric Maywood Avenue music venue in Raleigh, closes its doors for the last time on January 1, the bands that served as the venue’s talent pool will lose more than just a room; they’ll lose a sanctuary for decibels. Motrendus is one such unapologetically hard rock band. “We’re not a low-volume band; we’re a loud band,” says bassist Steve Msarsa. “We’re a band that has Marshall stacks. If we were playing in 1973, ‘74, ‘75, you’d get it.” Having logged 49 shows at various venues across the state in the past 18 months, Motrendus...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Some Army releases video, works on LP for 2013

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM

SOME ARMY, 2013 from Adam Graetz on Vimeo. Some Army—the new songwriting outlet of The Honored Guests' Russell Baggett—debuted with a strong 2012. Starting with a three-song 7-inch early in the year, the outfit expanded it into a seven-song EP of striking, melancholic folk-rock. Lush, reverb-heavy textures deepen the bleary-eyed heartbreak that powers Baggett's richly understated lyrics. The results resound with refined clarity, revelations of a struggling musician confronting new phases of adulthood. Next year, the band plans to complete work on its debut full-length. The video above features part of a song destined for that release. "To Keep the...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Raleigh's DIVEbar is closing, but they're already on the hunt for a new space

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Photo by Karen MannRighteous Fool, playing Raleigh's DIVEbar in 2009 When word began circulating on Facebook last week about the impending demise of DIVEbar, reaction on the Glenwood South music club's page was swift and appropriately doomy. Many voiced outrage and sadness, often sharing memories of the club and ending their comments with "\m/", web-speak for metal horns. Some were upset that the club is suddenly closing the same month as Volume 11, Raleigh's only other dedicated heavy-music venue. But local metal fan and regular DIVEbar patron David Askew succinctly summed up what many feel about the venue's closing: "This...

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The ArtsCenter lays off its longtime concerts director

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Photo by D.L. AndersonIn July, Indy Week gave Tess Mangum Ocaña one of its 2012 Indies Arts Awards for her work at The ArtsCenter; earlier this week, she was laid off. Late Tuesday afternoon, Tess Mangum Ocaña—the concerts director and facility rental coordinator at Carrboro's The ArtsCenter—announced that she had been laid off. She had held the position for 10 years. "That Tess had maintained this position for more than a decade demonstrates how incredibly skilled she is, what an amazing job she's done," explained The ArtsCenter's Executive Director, Art Menius. "The underlying business model in which she had to...

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Mount Moriah's Merge debut, Miracle Temple, due Feb. 26

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Just two months ago, the Indy reported that Mount Moriah—the smoldering folk-rock intersection of Bellafea's Heather McEntire and Horseback mastermind Jenks Miller—had signed to Durham-based indie power, Merge Records. A few weeks later, the label reissued the outfit's sterling 2011 debut on vinyl. And now, right on cue, comes news that Mount Moriah's sophomore effort and proper Merge debut will be released on Feb. 26. The record is called Miracle Temple. That's the barn-burning album art above. In keeping with the band's momentum, Miracle Temple is a more up-tempo affair than its predecessor, filling some of the group's tension-inducing...

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ryan Gustafson returns as The Dead Tongues

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It's been almost two years since Ryan Gustafson performed his own songs with a full band. At the time, he was rolling with the Drughorse Collective, a mostly defunct collection of Triangle artists with a knack for reinvigorating classic pop and rock styles, and supporting his Donkey LP, a colorful assemblage of old-school rock, soul and folk unified by Gustafson's emotionally devastating songwriting. It was a style that seemed certain to make Gustafson one of the area's newest stars. But it didn't turn out that way. Gustafson drifted from writing songs and playing with a band, instead oping to...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Back in the studio: Last Year's Men to record new LP in December

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Last Year's Men play behind Slim's at Hopscotch 2012. Image courtesy of the band. Chapel Hill garage rockers Last Year's Men are going into the studio in December to record the follow-up to 2010's Sunny Down Snuff. With regular local shows, a delightfully bizarre Twitter feed, and unhinged, catchy songwriting, they have become a fun band to follow. And with the next LP taking a different, potentially more refined tack, this four-piece should remain one to watch. "All the songs on this record could be played on acoustic guitars," says guitarist and songwriter Ben Carr. "We're essentially going to make...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Video: Delta Rae succumbs to the Southern Lord, dances in a graveyard

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

In honor of Halloween, Delta Rae—Durham's Forever 21 version of a roots-rock band—has released a new music video for the song "Dance in the Graveyards," from its major-label debut, Carry the Fire. In said video, the band—clad in ghastly face paint and holding torches of fire—actually dances around a graveyard, as if to summon the great Baphomet himself. As best as we can tell, neither Gaahl nor the ghost of Euronymous were involved in the production. Though Indy Week has historically had its problems with Delta Rae, we hereby embrace their embrace of the darkness. Forget the Fleetwood Mac...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Durham's Casbah hires new talent buyer (UPDATED)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The Durham rock club Casbah changed direction Tuesday by firing talent buyer Steve Gardner and hiring Elysse Thebner as his replacement. Thebner is a fixture in the local music community, playing with bands such as Some Army and JKutchma & The Five Fifths and promoting shows with Ampersand Booking. Gardner had been at the Casbah since it opened two years ago. "We took a long look at our operational model and decided that we realized we needed to make some changes," explains co-owner Jana Bradley, adding that she and partner Fergus Bradley thought that the venue would be more...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

9th Wonder remixes Robert Glasper

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Back in March, we interviewed the hip-hop-influenced jazz pianist Robert Glasper. His group, Robert Glasper Experiment, was headed to Durham for a two-night residency at the Casbah in support of their new album, Black Radio. During our chat, Glasper spoke of his fondness for local Grammy-winning producer, 9th Wonder: "Doesn't he live out there? I'm trying to reach him. I want him to do a remix. Put it in the paper," said Glasper. We followed Glasper's instructions, and maybe that's what led to 9th Wonder contributing to Glasper's upcoming Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP. The short offering features...

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Double Negative announce upcoming EP, tour

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:16 PM

It’s been several months, a national tour and more than a few local gigs since Double Negative settled into its current lineup after replacing original drummer Brian Walsby with Brain F≠’s Bobby Michaud and original singer Kevin Collins with Logic Problem’s Cameron Craig. (May’s Hits EP memorialized the short-lived formation with guitarist Scott Williams, bassist Justin Gray, Michaud and Collins.) This Fall, that now-stable roster will make its vinyl debut on two 7-inch EPs — volumes 3 and 4 of the band’s Hardcore Confusion series. Double Negative recorded five new songs with producer Will Evans and sent them off to...

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Pour House changes hands, absorbs Shakedown Street

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Why do these things always come in threes? Not only have Chapel Hill's The Cave and this very paper announced new owners this week, but another long-standing Triangle institution has also been sold. Eric Mullen, The Pour House's original owner, has entered into an even partnership with new owner Adam Lindstaedt. Mullen will slowly phase out of the business until the The Pour House is entirely Lindstaedt's. "We haven't really told a lot of people outside our circle," says Mullen of the deal, which was finalized earlier this month. He hadn't even considered selling the room, he says. "It didn’t...

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