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Friday, March 20, 2009

SXSW09, Day 2: Taking the piss out of the leak [Paul Thompson]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I was sitting in a fourth row pew in a packed Central Presbyterian Church, two songs deep into Grizzly Bear's gorgeous early evening set, and I was confused. I'd been told by a fairly reliable source earlier in the day that at this show they'd be playing their forthcoming third LP, GesundheitVeckatimest, straight through before rolling over some familiar faves from 2006's Yellow House. I couldn't quite place the second tune, but I didn't think it was from the new one, so without thinking I pulled my jambox out of my pocket and flicked through to Veckatimest, bumped my...

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

SXSW09, Day 2: Go see Efterklang Wednesday [Grayson Currin]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Not sure what you’re doing on Wednesday, but if you have a chance, I’d recommend going to Chapel Hill’s Local 506 to see Efterklang headline a three-band bill with Lost in the Trees and Canon Blue. On the disclosure tip, I happen to be staying at the same Austin house as the band thanks to a coincidence of mutual friends. But that doesn’t matter: About three hours ago, I watched as the Danes struggled with technical problems under a hillside tent atop the verdant lawn of Austin’s French Legation. At first frustrated and a bit perplexed by a venue soundboard...

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SXSW09, Day 1: Ambition vs. I [Kelly Reid]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 2:22 PM

It’s really easy to start of SXSW like a kid let loose in a candy shop—overcome with excitement, running full force from show to show, stuffing your ears full of bands, snapping pictures, paying no attention to signs that the human body can only take so much… Show after show, band after band, and then it’s one in the morning and you realize you’ve forgotten to eat lunch and dinner. ...

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SXSW09, Day 1: Who are you? [Marc Masters]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 1:04 PM

This is my first trip to SXSW, and as daunted as I was in advance by who to see, where to go, and how to get there, so far there has been a more frequent question that I didn’t anticipate having to ask: Who the hell is this playing in front of me right now? Unless you’ve seen the band before or heard them say their name (both rarities), chances are you’ll be guessing based on a lineup that may or may not be still in place, or walking up to the artist themselves afterward with the flattering query,...

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SXSW, Day 1: Local Pride and a Rare Treat [Jason Crock]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 1:02 PM

It's hard to imagine what South By Southwest must feel like for the natives of Austin: They probably don't embrace shutting down the streets of downtown and the noise and traffic that results. I don't see anyone without a badge or wristband at any of the showcases, official or otherwise, nor anyone who doesn't look like a tourist here for the weekend. But Austin has music in its DNA, and you can't help but notice it just from wandering around the city streets. The trendy restaurants west of the chaos along 6th street all book their own live music that...

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SXSW09, Day 1: Word on the street is you suck [Paul Thompson]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

During South by (look, that's what the cool kids call it), news ripples through Austin like taco wrappers in the breeze: Who's scheduled to throw down at the Fader Fort with whom, who's pouring the strongest margaritas gratis, just which Vivian Girl just ducked into that Portajohn yonder. So what was on everybody's lips Wednesday, as the tech geeks from SXSWi said their farewells to Austin and the, uh, tech geeks from the music portion of the program were ushered in? "Man, Wednesday sucks." Yep; in the middle of the single greatest gather of bands since, y'know South by Southwest...

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SXSW09, Day 1: Shilpa Ray, Wave Machines, Max Tundra, Akron/Family and A Parallel Universe of Imagined Economics [Eric Harvey]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 1:04 AM

“South By Southwest is the ultimate middle-finger to the recession!” I’m paraphrasing Shilpa Ray, who gabbed this bit of wisdom between songs during the first of her eponymous four-piece band’s sets at the festival on Wednesday night. And sure, a fiddling-while-Rome-burns perspective (and of course I’m sure, somewhere this week, there literally is fiddling) on this iteration of the yearly throw-down isn’t too tough to swallow: tens of thousands of people—industry rats, artists, critics, pilgrims, townies—blowing money on bands and beer and bbq, instead of burying their cash in the backyard. Yet while I myself have certainly blown way...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SXSW09: Introducing our coverage team...

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Over the next four days, we'll have a team of six music writers—Jason Crock, Grayson Currin, Eric Harvey, Marc Masters, Kelly Reid and Paul Thompson—canvassing Austin, Texas, during this year's annual media-and-music mayhem, South by Southwest. We'll be writing about a strong group of nearly two dozen local acts in Austin this week (from The Rosebuds, Megafaun and The Love Language to Chip Robinson, Terry Anderson and Roman Candle) and many of the several thousand national and international bands crowded down near Red River District and beyond. We'll have daily updates from all the writers, as well as quick takes...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

HNMTF Tour Diary #2: Lynchburg, Va.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Over the next two weeks, Durham’s Hammer No More the Fingers will offer daily glimpses into its touring life as the band tours the East Coast in anticipation of its Triangle CD release parties April 3-4. Sunday, March 15 Lynchburg, Va. There's just something about waking up on the floor and asking yourself what's more filthy—the floor or the pillow—that assures you it will be a good day." Let's go back ... Saturday we drove three hours in the rain to Lynchburg, Va., to play a party at the "Kingdom of Eli." Eli is our long-time friend, spiritual mentor and...

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HNMTF Tour Diary #1: Blacksburg, Va.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Over the next two weeks, Durham’s Hammer No More the Fingers will offer daily glimpses into its touring life as the band tours the East Coast in anticipation of its Triangle CD release parties April 3-4. Friday, March 13 Durham—>Blacksburg It was raining like hell as we were packing up to go on tour. We started to think that it might have been a good idea to get a camper when we realized we couldn't quite fit everything we needed in our Honda CR-V. A box of T-shirts, Jeff's rack tom and Joe's backup guitar that we just couldn't find...

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Live: Red Collar gets on the road

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:57 AM

The silver spraypainted Red Collar sign outside Triangle Brewing Company's Durham warehouse space Saturday night read, "Road Work Ahead." Maybe it was the only large piece of reflective orange metal they had lying around on Pearl Street, but it was entirely appropriate. Following the hometown release show for Pilgrim, Red Collar, finally, was hitting the road full-time. Or, as frontman Jason Kutchma referred to it during the album's title cut, going home....

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Live: Tyminski's speed counters Rice's sprawl

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Dan Tyminski Band and Tony Rice Unit Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh Wednesday, March 11 The penultimate performance in Pinecone's 2008-2009 Down Home Series was an evening of contrasts: Venerable flatpicker Tony Rice—his unit a seasoned quartet that included current IBMA guitarist of the year Josh Williams on mandolin and vocals—led with a terrific rendition of "My Favorite Things" that spotlighted each member's instrumental prowess. Bassist Bryn Bright's solo received particularly raucous approval....

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Double Negative, The Loners, Goner to play Manchild 4 Release

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

As reported last month, Raleigh drummer/illustrator extraordinaire Brian Walsby will soon deliver the fourth book in his Manchild series, Manchild 4: Riding Them Coat Tails, along with Pick Your Battles, a disc of live Melvins tracks. Thanks to an e-mail from Goner's Scott Phillips, we've got the line-up for the April 4 release party at Tir Na Nog, which puts Goner on the bill alongside The Loners and Walsby's Double Negative, both of which played the Manchild 3 release in October 2007. Doors are at 9 p.m., with Double Negative set to start things off around 10:30. Admission is...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Going to Austin No. 1: Felix Obelix says book yourself

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

From Wendy Spitzer of Felix Obelix: I was asked to write a little ditty about the ups and downs of finding shows at South by Southwest, the big music shindig I have no business attending but which I will be anyway, with my band Felix Obelix, March 19-22. I didn’t even bother applying to the festival proper. How is it then, that I’ve got shows in Knoxville, Nashville, Hot Springs, Dallas and am playing three times in Austin?...

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Anoop Desai Alert: Time to dirty up and get down

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:18 PM

OK, Chapel Hill homeboy, here's the deal: Now that you've been deked into thinking you missed a shot at the Top 12 (which turned out to be a Top 13, with you in it), and then stood, Wednesday night, in the spotlight of possible elimination as that field was narrowed to 11, it's time to get serious....

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Live: Modest Mouse sweats, gets spontaneous

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Modest Mouse with Japanese Motors and Mimicking Birds Disco Rodeo, Raleigh Wednesday, March 11 Wednesday night at Disco Rodeo, I watched two young women celebrate the songs of Modest Mouse in very different but no-less-surprising ways: The first stood to my left, short and energetic, sort of a bubble happily bursting every time the band launched into any of the 21 songs it played. Wearing one of the classic Modest Mouse T-shirts—dark cotton, sleeves rolled up, that iconic buffalo painted across the midsection—she sang every word, moving in time with the double drums of Jeremiah Green and Joe Plummer....

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Live: Morrissey shows up

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Morrissey Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Wednesday, March 11 Morrissey cancelled the first four U.S. dates of his Tour of Refusal “due to illness.” Presumably better, he then played an allegedly spotty hour at Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues. Two more gigs, including an Asheville stop, were soon dropped, but the 49-year-old Mozzer decided to take his chances in the not-so-dirty downtown of Durham. Good thing, too....

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OMG U2 IS COMING. WHERE? WHEN? OMG.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 7:48 AM

After putting nearly every local music blogger into a tizzy, a LiveNation spokesperson confirmed via press release this morning that U2 will indeed grace lil' ol Raleigh with its big god damn tour. No date yet, but there's always that Oct. 3 possibility that everyone's mentioned. And, over at N.C. State, the rumored venue, there seems to be a little confusion about the date and the confirmation: "October 2 was the date they were looking at, but I haven't heard confirmation on that," said Annabelle Myers this morning. Honestly, I still like U2, but this much worry for a date...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ticonderoga reunites! Kind of! Well, not at all, really!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 3:31 PM

"Ticonderoga is the most exciting new Triangle act I saw, spinning elliptical folk songs over intricate webs of interlocking keyboard, drum, guitar and bass strands." —That's what I said, late 2004....

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New Music: Embarrassing Fruits streches its game out

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Joe Norkus' affinity for the girl he's just met is much stronger than love at first sigh. In fact, during the 160 seconds it takes "Corner" to cycle, he's had all the great conversations with her (coffee ... baseball ... what else is there, really?), made some montage-ready memories when dancing by the pool, and met her father as he swims shirtless. Oh, and then the world ends, sort of: Lightning strikes the little town of their encounter, and Jesus descends to calm everyone. Things go back to normal, and there they are, still talking, still smiling and finally...

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Briefly: Bleeding Hearts on Little Steven comp; Spider Bags, Portastatic help WFMU; Mammoth Records celebration

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

—The Bleeding Hearts & Little Steven, cont.; WFMU marathon benefit; Mammoth Records turns 21...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Anoop Desai alert: Lucky #13

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM

He thought he was out. His friends back home thought he was out. With one spot allegedly left in the Top 12 last Thursday night, Chapel Hill's Anoop Desai heard the other guy, Matt Giraud, called to take the final silver stool. But wait! Those drama-engineering producers of American Idol had yet another Season 8 surprise up their sleeves. Rather than a Top 12 this year, they named a Top 13, and gave the last slot to Desai. Judge Simon Cowell delivered the news to the crestfallen UNC grad student, who lit up with a big "What?!" before clutching his...

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Acoustic Rosebuds: Saturday @ Marsh Woodwinds

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Who? The Rosebuds acoustic duo with special guests When? Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m Where? Marsh Woodwinds (707 N Person St., Raleigh) How Much? $7; no advance ticket sales Why? You live in Raleigh, and it's da ’Buds....

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Tonight: Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers @ Local 506

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:06 PM

If you're looking for a treat and an early bit of entertainment tonight, Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers takes the middle third of a three-band bill at Local 506: A 22-year-old singer-songwriter from rural Oklahoma and of Native American descent, Crain released her debut, The Confiscation EP, last year on Ramseur Records (former home of The Avett Brothers and current home of Bombadil) to modest but outspoken acclaim. Here's hoping her debut LP, the plainly but perfectly played Songs in the Night, continues Crain's upswing. "Scissor Tales," in fact, should take its rightful place as one of the...

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Anoop Desai Alert: Last chance tonight

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 3:21 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill grad student Anoop Desai snagged the last of eight wild card slots for tonight's American Idol sing-off that will fill the remaining three seats in the hit show's Top 12 contestants. Called from a group of two dozen last-ditch hopefuls at the end of last night's competition, Desai was awash with emotional relief as he took the stage to be congratulated by host Ryan Seacrest. A former member of the Clef Hangers a cappella group, Desai, 21, has drawn a loyal local following that began clamoring for a wild card slot for him upon his elimination from the...

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