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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Perdue to veto Senate Bill 9, restores Racial Justice Act

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Gov. Beverly Perdue just announced her veto of Senate Bill 9, which essentially repealed the Racial Justice Act. Here is her official statement: “I am—and always will be—a strong supporter of the death penalty. I firmly believe that some crimes are so heinous that no other punishment is adequate. As long as I am Governor, I am committed to ensuring that the death penalty remains a viable punishment option in North Carolina in appropriate cases.” “However, because the death penalty is the ultimate punishment, it is essential that it be carried out fairly and that the process not be infected...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Anoop Desai next charity bartender at Durham's Revolution

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM

American Idol finalist Anoop Desai, a Chapel Hill native, will be the next guest bartender at downtown Durham's Revolution restaurant and bar. Desai will be mixing cocktails for charity from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tues., April 6, according to a news release. Twenty percent of the proceeds during Desai's two-hour shift will go to the Eve Carson Memorial Fund. Desai is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where Carson was student body president when she was killed two years ago. Revolution started its "Guest Mixologist" monthly fundraiser, which has featured Mayor Bill Bell and other local leaders, this year....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Broad Street Cafe gets its permit, gets to keep the rock

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 4:13 PM

From Correspondent Rebekah Cowell, cross-posted from the Indy's Scan blog: In a packed Durham City Hall Committee Room early this morning, the Durham County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously in favor of issuing a special-use permit to The Broad Street Cafe. For the past four years, Broad Street has operated as a nightclub in a district that is zoned so that such a special-use permit is necessary to host music after 10 p.m. Less than one year after the first noise complaint was filed by Clarendon Street neighbor Waldo Fenner, who was not present at this morning’s hearing, Broad Street...

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Downtown Live addition: Joan Jett

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 5:21 PM

She'll play Moore Square Park July 11. I'd make the requisite pun about loving rock 'n' roll here, but Deep South's e-mail blast beat me to it: "I Love Rock N' Roll! Joan Jett Confirmed!" Still holding out for OMC!...

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Ben Folds to play DPAC Feb. 25

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Durham Performing Arts Center announced this afternoon that Ben Folds will perform Wednesday, Feb. 25, on a bill with Miniature Tigers. It's the first of a three-date swing through the Carolinas in support of his new album, Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds, due out Feb. 10. Tickets are a very reasonable, recession-friendly $29.50. The new record is a special two-disk version of his last album, Way to Normal. On his Web site, Folds provides an explanation for the new record's existence: And so we have "Way To Normal: Stems and Seeds" - two disks. One disk is...

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Last-minute BCHQ benefit, early show tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 2:54 PM

 Midtown Dickens, Above Gravity and Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan are playing a Bull City HQ benefit tonight, starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds will help BCHQ pay its rent. And yes, we've heard that BCHQ does have a heater....

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Raleigh Downtown Live announces more bands: Filter, Charlie Daniels Band

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Charlie Daniels Band comes down to Moore Square on July 25. That sounds like fun, actually. But Filter on June 13, two weeks after Candlebox? Again, that's the best we can do? Oh, well: I'm still holding out for a visit from OMC myself....

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Merge Records announces 20th anniversary celebration

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Five days of indie rock from July 22-26, says Merge: "XX Merge will be the label's party to mark this anniversary: five days of music by Merge artists past and present in the summer heat of sunny North Carolina." Full release beyond the break:...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Never mind Kenny Rogers, here's Morrissey

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 9:23 PM

The Durham Performing Arts Center announced today that Morrissey will play March 11, 2009. Short notice to get your money together, though: Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at the DPAC box office, by telephone, on its Web site and at Ticketmaster outlets. Prices are a reasonable $25-$42. This should sell out fast. The official press release is after the jump....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Triangle Band: The Flute Flies

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 8:10 PM

In four notes... 1: Started in order to write songs for CyTunes, the digital music store started to help pay the medical bills of Cy Rawls, the long-time local music booster who died in October. 2: The project of Ivan "Rosebud" Howard, Reid "Schooner" Johnson and Zeno "Pox World Empire" Gill. 3: Your band name is probably not as good as the band name The Fruit Flies. 4: I sorta wish more bands tried to combine the genres the band's MySpace mentions: Electroacoustic, black metal, healing & easy listening....

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Raleigh rock at ... The Bassment?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Raleigh rock band The T's will play The Bassment—the Glenwood South club that splits its space with The Pourch and sits next to Helios—on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The show is sponsored by Red Bull. From The Bassment's Web site: Music that you forgot that you knew the lyrics to including, Air supply and Journey to Beastie Boys De La Sol with a little Aerosmith and Def Leopard thrown in for good measure. At the Bassment they have the best of the past and the current stuff, including: Justin Timberlake, Buck Cherry, Kid Rock, Gwen Stefani and so much more. Our...

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

B.B. King is here

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 3:14 PM

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Did Patterson Hood say anything political last night?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Yesterday afternoon, I sat in on an interview with Drive-By Truckers guitarist Patterson Hood for an upcoming documentary about the broad appeal and influence of AC/DC (more on this later). The producer complimented Hood on his shirt, a blue Barack n' Roll T draped by a jacket. Hood said that, following his show with The Hold Steady at The Lincoln Theatre, the band's two buses would head north, where they'd park and have a block party of sorts to watch election returns tonight: "Hopefully, it'll be a celebration, not a drink-your-beer-and-cry type thing." It surprised me, then, when Hood emerged...

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Monday, November 3, 2008

New Band Alert: Weed Nap is Bowerbirds + Megafaun + Ivan Rosebud

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Saturday night's switch to Daylight Savings Time meant the bars got an extra hour of business. To compensate, Bowerbirds didn't hit the low-sitting Slim's stage until sometime after 11 p.m., followed by a Megafaun set that began on Sunday morning. Though both bands played solid sets for the sardine-ian crowd, the real treat was reserved for those who made it to the end of the night. Weed Nap—all three Bowerbirds and all three Megafauns and Ivan "Rosebud" Howard, plus brief appearances by Birds of Avalon's Craig Tilley and The Bleeding Hearts Joe Yerry—played a five-song set that devolved into a...

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Barr, Nader and Baldwin to debate in Cleveland

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 4:27 PM

Sad the debates--and with them, the winks, shoulder pats, split-screens and refusals to answer questions--are over? There's one more left. Third-party candidates Bob Barr (Libertarian Party), Ralph Nader (independent) and Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party) will debate today at 4:30 p.m. at the City Club of Cleveland. Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney was invited, though is not confirmed for the event. (Her campaign Web site is down.) Watch the live stream here, or later tonight on C-Span (time unconfirmed). An earlier attempt at a debate among the four candidates unraveled, resulting in a last-minute debate (streaming video) between Nader and Baldwin...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Peter Holsapple blogs about new song, Dylan and more in NYT

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Peter Holsapple of dBs fame posts on The New York Times' blog, Measure for Measure, a new song, "All Talk." In addition, he muses on his current band, Luego, his recent forays into songwriting collaboration and his inspiration from Dylan to revive old material in a refreshing way. He writes: "This old plow horse plans to use those cues to make my new tunes more adaptable (if no less personal) and broad. Thank you, Bob, thank you Drew and Patrick, and thanks to everyone who’s been reading my blogs. You all inspire me to do better and do more, which...

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Lil Wayne cancels Oct. 31 RBC Center appearance

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

An RBC Center official could only say the reason for the cancellation was beyond the arena's control. Well, shit. At least Harvey Milk plays Raleigh the same day......

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Rosebuds: Wednesday @ Slim's (surprise!)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 1:45 AM

Vince Carmody over at New Raleigh confirms the rumored Rosebuds show at Slim's tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 22. The gig starts at 10:30 p.m., and we'd expect The Buds—who hit the road for a short CMJ jaunt Thursday, followed by another 20 dates before Christmas—to go on after The Shame Club. For our coverage of The Rosebuds fourth record, Life Like, check the link....

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Sweet Baby James Taylor" sets free concerts for Barack

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Barack Obama, "You've Got a Friend" in Carolina's own James Taylor. He's playing free concerts for the campaign in five locations across the state between Sunday and Tuesday, including one in Chapel Hill (Sunday, October 19) and another in Raleigh (Tuesday, October 21). Details on the locations, times and where to pick up your free, but required tickets, are below the fold -- as supplied to us by the Obama campaign....

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Our thoughts with Cy Rawls and family

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 10:43 AM

UPDATE: From Cy's blog: "Cy Rawls passed away peacefully this morning at 9:51 am in the company of his parents and a few close friends. Please check back for information about the visitation tomorrow night and a memorial service in the future." It was hard to get too far into The Walkmen's set at Cat's Cradle last night after the news began to circulate that Cy Rawls, who has been fighting a brain tumor since July, was to be taken off of his respirator at Duke University this morning. Cy performed briefly with the Cy Rawlstars at The Pour House...

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

(Key) Change we can believe in

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 6:55 PM

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Cat's Cradle to stay put

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 5:21 PM

The Carrboro Board of Alderman uninimously approved the so-called 300 Main Street project Tuesday night, thereby dashing the hopes of Durhamites holding out hope that the Cat's Cradle would relocate to the Bull City. Jimspencerarchitects.com has an artist's rendering of the complex that will replace the Cradle's current home here....

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Annuals Video premieres on MTV2

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Click here for the "Confessor" video, the opening track and lead single from the band's second album, Such Fun, due Oct. 7 on Sony imprint, Canvasback. Drop below the break for some thoughts from director Daniel Auber:...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Clay Aiken on cover of People magazine with new baby

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM

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The Avett Brothers come to UNC. No, you can't go, State student.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 5:10 PM

According to a nicely detailed story in the Daily Tar Heel, Concord, N.C.'s The Avett Brothers will play UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall on Sunday, Nov. 2. The room holds 1,434 people, which, of course, isn't quite sufficient for a band that played for 7,000-plus folks in Cary earlier this year. UNC's solving the problem by paying the band $30,000 anyway and charging $15 for each student seat. Tickets won't be available to the general public. Like, at all. Oh, how things have changed since the band played UNC's student union a few years ago... But if you like The Avett...

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