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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Party time: Jamnesia 2014 to take place Saturday in Hillsborough

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

D.L. AndersonCome on, ride the gator: Hammer no More the Fingers in 2011As if Saturday wasn't busy enough already, the 6th Jamnesia takes place Saturday in rural Hillsborough. It's a festival in a field, one with 11 acts and bring-your-own-tent camping, hosted by Durty Durham Art Collective. And some musicians' bios list their set times as "early in the night," "before midnight, but later in the evening," or "after midnight." Sounds like quite the party... Maybe, though, that's what sets Jamnesia apart - it seems squarely focused on fun. Native Durham band-of-buddies Hammer no More the Fingers (set time: "mid-evening")...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Savage Weekend festival announces 2014 dates and lineup

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

For the past three years, Ryan Martin—the musician behind Secret Boyfriend and the proprietor of outsider music label Hot Releases—has curated the Savage Weekend festival at Nightlight, which brings together a downright irresponsible number of noise, electronic and unclassifiable experimental acts to play sequential 15-minute sets over the course of two weird, sweaty, exhilarating days. The savagery continues on May 16 and 17 this year, when the fourth installment somehow crams even more acts than last year—more than 80—into a long Friday night and an even longer Saturday. Though people come from all over the country to perform, North Carolina acts are well-represented. “As usual, there’s...

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Pop Up Chorus launches at Motorco tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Debuting tonight at Motorco, the Community Chorus Project's new Pop Up Chorus is a chance for adults whose busy lives don't allow for rigorous rehearsal rehearsal schedules to test out their pipes, in a motley group setting, on songs drawn from indie rock as well as contemporary and classic pop. Every Monday through St. Patrick’s Day, the ad hoc chorus will assemble to learn and perform two songs selected by theme. The theme for tonight’s event is "Indie Boy/Girl Duets," featuring “Sometimes Always” by the Jesus and Mary Chain with Hope Sandoval and “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John. Singers of...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mykki Blanco represents the new normal

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

A few weeks ago, Mykki Blanco—a hyper-poetic noise-rapper who often dresses like a woman on stage—released a darn-near industrial rap track called “Booty Bamboo” that begins with Blanco slurring, “Y'all know I'm from North Carolina, right?” INDY readers may find that shout-out more heartening than surprising. See, back in 2002, the INDY afforded Blanco—who was then a 15-year-old Enloe student named Michael Quattlebaum Jr.—the superlative of “Performance Art Prodigy.” Quattlebaum was involved in experimental theater in Raleigh, producing a play entitled Paperdoll Psychology that the INDY described as being “based on the fictional diary of a girl named Anna who,...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tonight: The last open mic in Berkeley Cafe’s large music room

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Image by Brian WalsbyAn old poster from a familiar room: The last such jam at Berkeley Cafe, which closes this weekend, happens tonight. After Southern Culture on the Skids leaves the stage Saturday evening, Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe will close its larger music room and scale back to its size of 25 years ago, adding a stage and sound system back to its smaller room while serving food nightly. To honor the Berkeley’s legacy and record some of the stories provided by the funky venue and its colorful inhabitants, we spoke with nearly 30 folks that played, worked, promoted or attended...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Third Expression will roll tape at Marsh Woodwinds

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Photo courtesy of the bandThe Third Expression Concerts at Marsh Woodwinds are too few and far between, given that it’s the best listening room in Raleigh. You can forgive owner Rodney Marsh for the infrequency: His priority is the instrument sales and repair store downstairs, so the shows in his second-floor space—lovingly decorated with a sensory-overload motif—are a bonus, born of his desire to fill the building with warm and radiant sounds when time and circumstances allow. The next such occasion arrives Thursday, May 16, when Durham instrumental band The Third Expression sets up for a live recording in the...

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Today: Donna Ray Norton channels old ballads at the N.C. Museum of History

Posted By on Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Photo Courtesy of Pinecone/Photo by Carol RifkinDonna Ray Norton Jack Spicer wrote that a poet is a “counterpunching radio.” He also could have been talking about Madison County ballad singers. Just as poets are speakers through which the broadcast of language flows, so are ballad singers like Donna Ray Norton, who gives a free performance Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History. They are transmitters of a musical tradition much bigger than any one voice or personality. Norton herself puts this better: “My mom says that she’s passed the torch on to me. Whenever my time’s done, I’ll pass...

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Neu Romance ends its 10-year run in Raleigh this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Chico Scott doesn't remember the exact date, but sometime back in the early '90s, his then-girlfriend returned from an errand at a nearby Eckerd photo lab with some developed prints and a guy named Shaun. "I don't know why," says Scott of the invitation. "I guess to smoke some pot or something. He probably gave her some free prints. I didn't like it at all. And the top of his hair was blonde, so he looked like a freak. Then he started talking about how he loved the Spice Girls, and I was like, ‘Oh hell no, this dude...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Friday night: UNC explores Alan Lomax

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The Southern Folklife Collection puts on a lot of cool events at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill every year, each surveying various aspects of traditional music. Few seem more perfectly suited to its mission, though, than Friday's free program, "The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax." That's also the name of a book published last year by W. W. Norton & Company. The 136 pages document the legendary folklorist's 1959-60 journey through the backcountry of Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Along the way, Lomax captured a wide swath of Southern musicians with photographs and audio recordings. Friday's...

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Jphono1 releases "Know Your Clouds" with two weekend shows

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

John Harrison, guitarist and vocalist for Chapel Hill fuzzy smart-rockers North Elementary, plays two release shows this weekend for his latest solo record. Know Your Clouds, the second LP under the Jphono1 identity, diverges a bit from the finger-picked debut, especially in the addition of hypnotic extended instrumental sections. Harrison's newest gadget, a Roland JUNO synthesizer, features prominently, resulting in textures that range from early Beck abstractions to noisy, homegrown psych-outs. Tonight at 9:30, Jphono1 plays Chapel Hill's Nightlight with Prisms, Ye Olde Shoppe and Wichita Falls. Tomorrow sees a 2 p.m. in-store at Flyleaf Books, alongside Wesley Wolfe and...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tonight in Chapel Hill: A performance of Terry Riley's In C

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

In many ways, Terry Riley’s 1964 composition In C set the bar for musical minimalism. The single-page score collects 53 short melodic motifs, to be played in sequence, though not necessarily simultaneously, by any number of musicians with any variety of instruments. It is, in essence, a series of contradictions subject to the chemistry of whichever ensemble is performing it. “Minimalism began with this apotheosis. You couldn’t come up with something at once simpler and more sparkling than In C, or more relentlessly chugging yet so infinitely slow,” New York Magazine critic Justin Davidson wrote in 2009. “The piece...

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Friday, January 11, 2013

This weekend: At UNC, the fiddle gets its due

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The Fiddle, a production of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Southern Folklife Collection, happens Friday and Saturday on campus. Friday evening at Memorial Hall begins with three performers, each with intriguing backgrounds. Emily Schaad holds a masters degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State; she also studied with late Piedmont legend Joe Thompson and has taken first prize in numerous fiddle and stringband competitions. Matt Glaser was the chairman of the String Department at the famed Berklee College of Music for 28 years. His styles range from jazz to bluegrass—the Boston Herald once called him "possibly...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Frank Fairfield adds second Triangle show

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Fans of Frank Fairfield, rejoice! Frank has added a last-minute show this Saturday evening at Cup 22 at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. So if you can't make his performance tonight at The Pinhook in Durham with Deep Chatham, you'll have another chance. If you are not familiar with Frank Fairfield, he is a phenomenal old-time player. He utilizes fiddle, banjo and guitar in a rough-and-tumble style that harkens back to a more authentic presentation of how these old-timey songs were performed many years ago. See Frank tonight at The Pinhook in Durham with Deep Chatham. Tickets are $8...

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Compass Center benefit: Tonight at Chapel Hill Underground

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Greg HutchinsonBoykiller, Friday at Chapel Hill Underground Friday sees five predominately female acts take the stage at Chapel Hill Underground to benefit the Compass Center for Women and Families. This organization was formed from a merger of the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County and The Women's Center with the goal of preventing domestic violence and helping its victims. No services were dropped in the merger, reads a statement from Women's Center Development Director Marya McNeish. Rather, clients now have access to both organizations' resources and no longer have to tell their stories twice. The bands and DJ on...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tonight: ZZ Top in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM

The temptation is to throw your hands in the air and cry that Rick Rubin has done it again. But while the famed producer has indeed helmed another solid-to-strong return by an out-of-fashion act with ZZ Top’s La Futura, it’s not quite that simple. Beyond quibbles over just how outré a four-decade-old blues band from Texas will ever be, there’s some question about what Rubin added—or didn’t add, actually. It may just be that, after producing all their albums, Billy Gibbons needed a nudge from someone he trusted. However the credit should be apportioned, the Houston trio sounds refreshed;...

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Friday, July 20, 2012

TRKfest headliners Lost Skulls revive The Misfits' gory glory

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It's not wise to talk back to cops, and I'd been speeding, and we both knew it. Dude just couldn't resist, though. Having noticed the crimson ghost sticker leering from my back windshield, the highway patrolman whose name I purposely forgot gave me a sidelong glance when he asked, "Why do you like The Misfits?" I didn't like his tone. "Why don't you?" I shot back. So much for getting off with a warning. But seriously, why wouldn't you like The Misfits? Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Anzalone) and bassist Jerry Only (born Jerry Caiafa) formed The Misfits in Lodi, N.J.,...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Tonight: Lee Ranaldo at Bull City Records

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Courtesy of Matador RecordsWalking into Durham Before his opening performance for M. Ward tomorrow at Duke University’s Page Auditorium, Sonic Youth guitarist and sometimes-singer Lee Ranaldo has a treat for the rest of Durham: He will perform solo material tonight at 6 p.m. at Bull City Records. The event is free. Between the Times and the Tides—arguably Ranaldo’s first proper solo album, released earlier this year by Matador—still pushes pop-rock from the mainstream while keeping it extremely catchy. On Times, he employs eerie vibes to fetch sounds of The Yardbirds, Cream, Captain Beefheart and beyond, ball them up and present...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Documentary offers insight into the life of a folk legend

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Roscoe Holcomb and John Cohen—two names so entwined into the history of folk music that it's tough to overstate their importance. Hailing from Daisy, Ken., Holcomb was a coal miner who also sang with the accompaniment of banjo, harmonica and guitar, unleashing a piercing falsetto that is seen as a definitive example of the "the high lonesome sound" of Appalachia. John Cohen is a producer and filmmaker who has become famous for discovering many hidden gems of traditional American music, including Holcomb, who he introduced to the world in his 1963 documentary The High Lonesome Sound. Tonight in Durham,...

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pinhook improvements Kickstarted; anniversary celebrations begin tonight

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM

It might not seem like it now, but The Pinhook was quite the risky endeavor when it opened its doors just in time for the 2009 Troika Music Festival. At the time, Durham's only other semi-consistent rock clubs were the student-booked Duke Coffeehouse, a multipurpose space on the university's campus, and Broad Street Café, a venue still trying to figure out its musical mix. The market for a Bull City indie rock venue was unclear. They could have been opening to more interest than their 150-capacity room could serve. Three years later, The Pinhook is only an afternoon away from...

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Tonight, a benefit for a late heavy metal fan

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Carrie Martin was a mother of two, a tattoo artist and a lover of local heavy music. She worked at Raleigh’s No Shame Tattoo and “didn't have insurance,” says DIVEbar Raleigh booking agent Robby Rodwell. “So there's a lot of bills that need to be taken care of.” And, though she died in March, Raleigh’s heavy music scene shows that it has not forgotten one of its own. Tonight’s memorial show at that bar may serve the essential function of allowing the late Martin’s friends a chance to honor and keep her memory. But there’s also a practical side. Both...

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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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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Reservoir's run ends this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Jeremy M. LangeColossus plays one of the last shows at the Reservoir tonightThere is a room on the border of downtown Chapel Hill and downtown Carrboro. It's on the side of a car wash, and it has no large windows, just two dark metal doors that open up onto a side street that's appropriately named Brewer Lane. For more than six years this room has played host to the Reservoir, an anything goes mix of rock club and corner bar that's loud, lively and cheap. But after Friday, this room will no longer be the bar's home. In response to...

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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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Monday, November 15, 2010

Interview with Buika

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Concha Buika ravishes with her singing voice, but even in spoken conversation, the sweetly rasping flamenco singer provokes goosebumps, pouring out her ideas in poetic cadences. Her artististic principles are at one with her outlook on life: an open bisexual, a child of African immigrants, a one-time Tina Turner impersonater, an aspiring electronica programmer—nothing's a contradiction for the ever-evolving Buika. In this interview, Buika reveals what "your mother" and Chucho Valdes have in common, and dishes how she got kicked out of Chavela Vargas' dressing room and danced with Antonio Banderas. The Indy spoke with her by phone back in...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hopscotch: Public Enemy, Panda Bear, Broken Social Scene to headline

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 9:30 AM

HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL BRINGS 120 BANDS TO DOWNTOWN RALEIGH SEPT. 9-11, 2010Public Enemy, Panda Bear, Broken Social Scene to headline Twitter Facebook Myspace The Independent Weekly proudly announces the Hopscotch Music Festival, the Triangle’s biggest music festival yet and a strong addition to the country’s festival circuit. Scheduled for Sept. 9-11, 2010, in downtown Raleigh, with 120 bands in 10 venues over three days, Hopscotch offers fans high-quality local, national and international options in just about every genre you can imagine—rock, hip-hop, alt-country, heavy metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday, April...

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