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Friday, February 13, 2009

Live: Chatham County Line & Jonas Fjeld

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 2:05 PM

The Norway and Nord Cack ensemble of Chatham County Line and Jonas Fjeld made its debut Raleigh appearance last night at the Berkeley Cafe before heading to Europe for a tour behind their new collaborative album, Brother of Song....

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Tonight, go, come: 1969

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Tonight marks the world premiere of 1969, the new piece from modern classical ensemble Alarm Will Sound. After sitting in on the piece's rehearsals for the past four days, I've realized I undersold the piece dramatically in our print preview. While Alarm Will Sound is a dexterous, dynamic ensemble that can play most anything you put in front of it, this show offers much more than that. It shouldn't be missed: A multimedia exploration of the cultural turmoil and creative triumphs between 1968 and 1971, 1969 pushes the boundaries of Alarm Will Sounds's two-dozen-plus musicians, directors and assistants until they—by...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

KAZE gets paid

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 6:28 PM

A few weeks ago, I ran across a picture of long-time Chapel Hill emcee KAZE and HOT 97's Peter Rosenberg sitting down in what looked like some sort of closed business meeting with another rapper guy named Knonam. It turns out that the little sit-down was one of the final meetings in the SRC/Loud.com $100,000 rapper challenge, in which KAZE and Philadelphia emcee LF Daze split the winnings. Along with the dough, Steve Rifkind's SRC Records rewarded both emcees with contracts. Maybe that explains KAZE's ostensible absence on the Triangle hip-hop circuit of late. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Kaze, left,...

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Techno standard-bearer charts FrequeNC

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> FrequeNC Records’ name clearly states their allegiance to two things: electronic music and the North Cack. In the last few months, the vinyl-only Chapel Hill label's profile has risen domestically and internationally, busting its rep well beyond state lines. Just a few days ago, legendary Dutch dance music label Clone heaped praise on the label by including it in its highly regarded staff favorites top ten list. In fact, FrequeNC claimed four of the ten spots. FrequeNC has been trying to sell records overseas for a while, but the process can...

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Adams + Moore 4EVA

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 9:33 AM

According to E! Online, N.C. ex-pat Ryan Adams and actress/singer Mandy Moore are engaged. I suppose this has something to do with the second paragraph of the foreword to Adams' poetry book, Infinity Blues, due  April 1: "I no longer know the author of this book, for simply stopping long enough and writing it down was where I changed from a boy with his eyes squeezed shut to a man with his eyes wide open so that the sunlight might reach my  heart despite all that darkness." In related news, several members of the e-mail group Guitartown just called in...

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Live: Jayhawks Vs. the Tar Heels

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Mark Olson & Gary Louris The ArtsCenter, Carrboro Wednesday, Feb. 11 The Jayhawks once again competed against Carolina tonight. Luckily for Tar Heel fans, it wasn’t a repeat of last year’s Final Four drubbing. Though most Carolina fans were suiting up for the big Duke-Carolina basketball game, an early set at Carrboro’s The ArtsCenter by Mark Olson and Gary Louris—founders of alt.country father figures The Jayhawks—drew a solid crowd. Louris and Olson mixed old and new material, setting their jangly folk rock with acoustic guitars and Ingrid Ringvold’s djembe....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Live: Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Duke Performances Presents Akoka: After Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time Page Auditorium, Durham Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, a work of apocalyptic beauty inspired by the book of Revelation, employs a spare and slightly unusual chamber ensemble: piano, clarinet, cello and violin. This was a matter of necessity, as Messiaen composed and premiered Quatuor in a German POW camp during World War II. He used what was available. New Yorker classical critic Alex Ross wrote that it “stops time with each performance,” and perhaps this is a matter of necessity as...

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Live: Double Barrel Benefit Night One

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Double Barrel Benefit Night One: Bowerbirds, Lost in the Trees The Pour House, Raleigh Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 A couple songs into his band’s headlining set at The Pour House Friday, Bowerbirds’ Phil Moore said, “This is what we call a party.” A few cheers followed. “Just continue to party,” he said. “Maybe in a more subdued way,” Moore’s bandmate, Beth Tacular, pleaded from across the stage. The vibe was happy for the first night of WKNC’s sixth-annual Double Barrel Benefit, but people seemed more interested in hanging out than hearing Bowerbirds. Constant conversation filled the air, delicate vocal harmonies...

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Briefly: The Foreign Exchange Live, Loners' Release, BOA Studio Blog

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 7:24 AM

Foreign Exchange, Cat's Cradle, April 17; The Loners, Tir Na Nog, March 6; New Birds of Avalon tunes...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In the Studio: Bombadil learns 10 things with Scott Solter

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM

My band Bombadil has spent the last week and a half in the Monroe, N.C. studio of analog guru Scott Solter, recording the follow up to our first LP, A Buzz, A Buzz. We’re recording fourteen songs for the new album, which should be out in the early summer on Ramseur Records. While living and working in the studio, I have learned a number of important things....

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John Darnielle, Anne Gomez to join Jandek in Chapel Hill

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Enigmatic Texas songwriter and improviser Jandek will play the 42nd show of his 31-year recording career in Chapel Hill’s Gerrard Hall Sunday, Feb. 22. Jandek didn’t make a public appearance between 1978 and 2004, finally appearing at a Glasgow festival in October 2004. Since, he’s played sporadic concerts across the world with pick-up, one-time bands. This is Jandek’s only currently scheduled stop. According to the Chapel Hill concert's organizers, Richmond’s Brian Jones—co-founder of funk-pop band Agents of Good Roots—will back Jandek on drums for the second time. John Darnielle of Durham’s The Mountain Goats will accompany Jandek on keyboards, and...

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Tonight: Emmanuel Jal @ UNC

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Emmanuel Jal raps over light Afrobeat rhythms stripped down to desolate grooves. Gunshots scatter songs, but not because Jal is a gangsta, but because he is a former child soldier of the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Smuggled out of the situation by a British aid worker, he began to use music to understand his experiences. His yrics tell stories of harsh militaristic life, starvation, disease and extreme poverty. Jal's mission is to bring world attention to the problems facing Africa. But not all is doom and gloom: While songs can focus on genocide or have lines like, “Pimps and thieves...

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Coldplay comes to Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 4:35 AM

After Coldplay's performance at this weekend's Grammy Awards, the band will return to North America in July to launch its summer tour  in Portland. Coldplay plays Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater (or TWCMP@WCA) Thursday, Aug. 6.  Tickets go on sale February 13. Valentine's Day gifts, for real. ... Also, this Coldplay Blog update is intriguing: Brian Eno recently ejected Chris Martin from the studio so as to capture the band's instinctive instrumental reactions to new Martin vocal takes. Martin seems OK with it, as he's apparently down the road working on a new project in a different studio?...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

American Gladiator Nitro

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 12:47 PM

...but, shit, we do, too. Danny Lee "Nitro" Clark, an old-school American Gladiator, directed the 1995 film Looking for Bruce. Hammer No More the Fingers copped the name for its new record—uhh, Looking for Bruce. The record is not out on Durham's Churchkey until April 7, but "Nitro" wants his damn copy NOW. How you gonna deny Nitro, if that is Nitro? A totally great Nitro American Gladiator appearance, after the jump....

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Video: Kooley High's One Day

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 2:07 AM

Spencer Griffith wrote about the Cary premiere of One Day, the documentary about Raleigh rap group Kooley High, in January. The 38-minute film, made by area director Napoleon Wright II and his becauseus.org organization, has finally made it online. As Griffith noted, it's an interesting little glimpse into a band working to make music its livelihood and, in a way, its faith. One Day - Introducing Kooley High from BECAUSEUS on Vimeo...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Live: The Kingsbury Manx vs. The Pinhook crowd

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Schooner and The Kingsbury Manx Pinhook, Durham Jan. 30, 2009 Downtown Durham welcomes The Pinhook with open arms, and for good reason. Sure, the club provides a new watering hole for the Bull City, but it also aspires to become a legitimate music venue hosting performances on the regular. The spot’s run by a cadre of folks who actively participate in the scene they want to support. And, by setting up a stage flanked by speakers and a proper DJ booth, they’ve set themselves up for eventual success. Though Friday’s double-bill of The Kingsbury Manx and Schooner wasn’t Pinhook’s first...

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Live: Alina Simone comes back

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Alina Simone The ArtsCenter, Carrboro Jan. 24, 2009 The homecoming show of Alina Simone, a Ukraine-born songwriter who lived in Carrboro before moving to Brooklyn last year, often felt like a performance intended more for her living room than The ArtsCenter’s mostly empty mid-sized theater: She joked with friends and family members in the audience and dedicated each song in her Russian and English double-set to one person or another. By the end of the night, it felt as if everyone had gotten the nod. “This song is dedicated to the two nice young men—you know who you are. One...

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And here we go...

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 10:07 AM

So, welcome back. We took some  time off from Scan Version 1.0 last May, concentrating instead on developing more online music content over at the Independent Weekly's mothership, thinking about that mothership's 25th anniversary, and—in general—trying to make the music section of the print version of said mothership more comprehensive than ever. Missions accomplished (we think), we're back with a new design and new content, and excited to be here. The Triangle's online music community has grown by leaps and bounds since we last spoke, from Jedidiah Gant's updates at New Raleigh and David Menconi's increased presence with his On...

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