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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Totally Destroying It signs to PDX's Greyday; confirms 506 show

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Two weeks after being dropped by new local label Neckbeard Records, Triangle hard-pop quintet I Was Totally Destroying It has now signed to excellent Portland imprint Greyday Records. The label—responsible for releases from Head of Femur, Southerly, Mayday and a dozen others—will release the band's "double EP," The Beached Margin/Done Waiting, on 12-inch vinyl on August 11. Printed in a limited edition of 250, each copy of the 11-track curio will include a digital download code for the entire EP and an exclusive digital bonus track. This EP was originally slated for CD-R release on Neckbeard in a similarly limited...

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Briefly: Merge; Merge; Mac McCaughan; Mac McCaughan

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Briefly: Updated XX Merge lineup; Merge documentary; Superchunk and Mac McCaughan on ABC News; Mac McCaughan, MAGNET guest editor...

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Dinner & a session with the Freelons

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Less than a week after The Rosebuds and Lost in the Trees played Golden Belt to raise funds for Durham Arts Council, another enclave of popular local musicians has announced its own fundraiser for the grant-, class- and space-providing nonprofit: Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon (who received a DAC grant in 1990 and has long supported the organization in return) will record a short session with The Beast—the eclectic hip-hop band fronted by her son, Pierce Freelon—Thursday, May 21, at the new Sound Pure Studios in Durham. The band and the singer will attempt to demystify the recording process in a...

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Live: American Aquarium loves you motherfuckers

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:54 AM

American Aquarium, Red Collar, Holy Ghost Tent Revival The Pour House, Raleigh Saturday, April 25 Last Saturday night, Raleigh road warriors American Aquarium showcased Dances for the Lonely, its latest batch of tunes inspired by frontman BJ Barham’s cross-country adventures with his band—and, of course, his women. Heavy on the new stuff, Barham spent the first half of the 80 minute set relating those out-of-town tales to the local crowd (which he—err, affectionately—referred to as “motherfuckers”) by describing the New Orleans enchantress who’s the subject of “Louisiana Beauty Queen,” discussing the “Queen of the Scene” (“a girl who thought she...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Live: Kings of Leon, swine flu and complaining people in Cary

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Kings of Leon, The Walkmen Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary Tuesday, April 28 There's been a bit of controversy about last night's Kings of Leon show at Cary's luxuriously wooded Koka Booth Amphitheatre: The Followill brothers decided to ban beach blankets, lawn chairs, beer bottles and water bottles at the show so that, one assumes, people wouldn't pelt the band if they were done with their beverage (I did see some cups headed in the band's direction, though, which I've never seen. And I saw some folks walking around in surgical masks to prevent exposure to swine flu, they...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jeff Mangum visits with Bowerbirds

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Last night, two locals—Bowerbirds and Lost in the Trees—shared a four-band bill at Manhattan's Mercury Lounge. Throughout the evening, a trickle of excited correspondence from members of both bands announced that a special guest had come to watch Bowerbirds' set: Neutral Milk Hotel leader/ de facto hermit/ "Salinger of indie rock" Jeff Mangum. There's, of course, little to report about the appearance besides just that—no collaborations, no serious hangouts. Mangum just watched and, between songs, held his beer between his teeth to clap.  Maybe he'll come down to Chapel Hill later this year? On the news tip, though, Dead...

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Live: Music From The Porch II

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Four local musicians gathered to share songs and stories for the second installment of Music On The Porch, hosted by the Center for the Study of the American South in Chapel Hill last Friday. A small crowd lined the lawn of the historic Love House and Hutchins Forum. Automobiles whisked by on Franklin Street, the occasional car stereo thumping for attention. UNC music scholar Dr. Bill Ferris was in attendance, tapping his toes as his folklore understudy and emcee Katherine Doss posed questions to the evening's performers— Adam Price, Eric Roehrig, Heather McEntire and Lee Waters. They all...

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Live: George Jones forgets some words but brings the heartache

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:35 AM

George Jones Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary Saturday, April 25 If each of George Jones’ infamously depressing albums should come standard with a bottle of whiskey and a loaded gun, it’s a good thing there was a strict no-weapons policy Saturday night at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Indeed, during Jones’ set, the heartache came in waves....

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Friday, April 24, 2009

When Dylan comes to town ... July 28 @ DBAP

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 1:05 PM

"Topical folk singer/ songwriter and new Columbia recording artist" Bobbert Dylan comes to Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. July 28, bobdylan.com reports. The 5:30 p.m. show includes Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, and all tickets are $67.50. We're guessing the $7.50 portion is reserved for the Coug... Children 14 and under get in free with a ticket holder. Bob Dylan's Together Through Life hits shelves April 28, though—truth be told—that jam hit the Internet for free earlier this week....

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Tonight: Great shows in atypical rooms (or lawns)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM

If you're hoping to see a band tonight in these parts, your choices are pretty, well, choice: Aside from traveling acts playing the usual suspects (Mogwai and The Twilight Sad @ Cat's Cradle; Napalm Death @ Volume 11; Starfucker and DJs @ Local 506), five strong local bills put the tunes in unusual places:...

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Tonight: Chatham County Line side-project The Jackets headlining debut

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM

While Chatham County Line bassist Greg Readling and principal songwriter/ vocalist/ guitarist Dave Wilson have long used Stillhouse as their electric outlet, banjoist Chandler Holt and fiddle/ mandolin player John Teer have finally found their own channel for tunes that don't fit CCL's ever-evolving acoustic catalog thanks to The Jackets. With Wilson out of the picture, the songwriting talent of Holt—who contributed "Coming Home" to CCL' s Speed of the Whippoorwill and "Whipping Boy" on IV—is given room to shine on harmony-rich AM pop numbers like "Holding On," one of the first Jackets collaborations. The video below is from The...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Live: Girl Talk makes Duke dance, but—srsly—who is Ben Folds?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Girl Talk, Ben Folds Duke University’s Main Quad, Durham Wednesday, April 22 Aboard the Duke University bus that transports folks between the school’s east and west campuses, two girls greeted each other yesterday through a sea of backpacks and limbs: —Are you excited about the show? —Yeah! Have you heard of anybody? —The Gym Class ones, but nobody else....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Live: Torche turns into three

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Torche, From Monument to Masses, Dredg The Brewery, Raleigh Tuesday, April 21 I don’t imagine I speak only for myself when I suggest that hearing Miami quartet Torche had reverted into trio form after parting ways with guitarist Juan Montoya made me a bit skeptical for the band’s show Tuesday night at The Brewery: Meanderthal—the band’s terrific sophomore triumph, released last year by Hydra Head—found much of its charm in its ability to weld unrelenting Southern metal ballast to pirouetting pop melodies. For instance, “Healer” and “Across the Shields,” which comprised the album’s perfect pop-rock center, offered instantly...

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Signalfest: On pillow fights and good clothes [ERIC TULLIS]

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 3:09 PM

D.C. emcee Wale sprinted past me on the way to his tour bus immediately following his performance Thursday night at Cat’s Cradle during the opening night of Signal's big four-day weekend. For much of the festival, I followed suit, sprinting up and down Franklin Street, trying to catch as many acts as possible at the festival, all the while rushing to get into certain near-capacity spots like Vespa, where the fire marshals were playing gatekeeper....

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Signalfest: On New Wave Hookers and brand new noise [CHRIS TOENES]

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 2:20 PM

For any locals entering Vespa last weekend, what they saw had to shock: No, there weren't carnival-style two-headed goats on display or Gorgoroth-like animal sacrifices. But the Italian restaurant had fully converted into a dance club, complete with front and back rooms, and it was packed Friday. Shoulder-to-shoulder packed for Signal Electronic Music Festival....

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Anoop Desai Alert: Real men wear pink and sing Donna Summer

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Time is running out for Chapel Hill's hometown American Idol: Tonight, two of the remaining seven singers will go home, and the race is tightening at the top. With strong frontrunner Adam Lambert surprising and delighting the judges and the voting public week after week, it's turning into a race for second place as the pop music show winds down to its grand finale late next month. But don't count our local contestant out just yet. After a few vanilla performances in a row, he's turned up the spice in recent weeks, taking more risks with his song choice...

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Bachmann, Stamey, Rosebuds, etc: Duke Performances announces summer schedule, rules

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Pull out your planners or your iPhones or however it is you keep track of what you'll be doing in a few weeks, and jot down the dates of Duke Performance's Music in the Gardens series. Mixing stand-alone bills featuring area favorites like Eric Bachmann and Dex Romweber with new local lights like The Love Language and Megafaun, the series represents another coup for Duke's ground-level, plugged-in booking under the leadership of Aaron Greenwald. All shows begin at 7 p.m. in or around the Duke Gardens, and each shows cost $10 for the public and $5 for Duke employees. Duke...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

NEW VIDEO: The Foreign Exchange's "Take off the Blues"-->"Valediction"

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM

On the heels of its Cat's Cradle debut Friday night for Signal Fest, The Foreign Exchange has issued the second video for Leave It All Behind, the excellent sophomore album released last year by emcee Phonte Coleman and producer Nicolay Rook. The first three minutes of the video, set to "Take off the Blues," are simple enough: Phonte Coleman sits around a table in a posh bar, joking with friends like Darien Brockington (who sings here, too) and Yahzarah (nope, we don't know why Muhsinah isn't featured). He spots a pretty woman across the bar, buys her a drink and...

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Cy Rawls/Angels Among Us Karaoke Fundraiser

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 7:01 PM

When Cy Rawls, local music super-fan and keeper of the flame, passed away last fall, his friends and family endeavored to keep his memory alive. CyTunes, a repository of songs donated by bands all over the country, is chugging along. They also continued supporting the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, which did so much to help his battle against cancer. And they'll be taking part in the Angels Among Us benefit 5k run on Saturday, April 25, under the appropriate Tar Heel-oriented team name, "Cy Rawls Has a Posse." Tomorrow night, you can help them...

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9th Wonder recording with David Banner in Durham; Banner speaks

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM

During his packed Thursday night show at Carrboro's Cat's Cradle for the opening night of the 2009 Signal Electronic Music Festival, D.C. rapper Wale welcomed a special guest to the stage: Wearing a leather coat and, as Wale noted, Jordan 3's, Durham's Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder ambled onto the stage, greeting the hometown crowd before mentioning Back to the Feature, his long-awaited mixtape with Wale. Neither Wale nor 9th offered a definitive answer as to when the tape would finally be available, but the pair did reveal more details about 9th's contribution to Wale's forthcoming Interscope debut, Attention: Deficit,...

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Live: Superchunk pulls it off

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Superchunk, Hammer No More the Fingers Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro Wednesday, April 15 I’ve been trying to remember the last time Superchunk played, you know, a normal hometown gig, and I’m drawing a blank: Last year, they gigged for Barack Obama outdoors under the warm spring sun and for Cy Rawls inside a sweaty Cat’s Cradle; previously, there was the show with then-labelmates Dinosaur Jr. in which both bands only pulled from their first three albums, a Tsunami benefit, an Alejandro Escovedo benefit and Merge’s 15th anniversary party almost exactly five years ago.* But when’s the last time the quartet—closing...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CC Drops to Nonesuch

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Per Tim Duffy, founder of the band's original home at Music Maker Relief Foundation: Nonesuch Records has just signed North Carolina-based trio the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  Affectionately knows as "The Drops", they are a young string band in the centuries-old Piedmont banjo and fiddle musical tradition. The group's members-Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson-all trade duties as singers and swap instruments, too. The band, which has toured continuously since its formation in 2005, has several U.S. concert dates this spring before taking a summer sabbatical during which Giddens is expecting her first child. They will resume touring in...

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Bands return to Humble Pie; tonight, Peter Lamb & the Wolves

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Not long after moving to town, I remember seeing a particularly great set from The Countdown Quartet at Humble Pie, the longtime Harrington St. restaurant in Raleigh. In fact, my roommate and I have talked about Ray Duffey's drumming that night—in particular, the flawless swing he pulled from his pockets that night—ever since. Lots of Raleigh favorites—Kenny Roby, The Rosebuds, Countdown—played a lot of gigs at Humble Pie early this decade, but music's been mostly absent at the place for several years. Peter Lamb, who went on to play saxophone with The Countdown before the band played its farewell...

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TONIGHT: 'Chunk + HNMTF

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Survey says: We like both of these bands an awful lot. Tonight, 9:30 p.m., Cat's Cradle in Carrboro for $12....

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Briefly: Steve Miller & Girl Talk; U2 & Steely Dan; Bob Sledge & Ben Folds; Natalie Portman & New Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Briefly: Ben Folds, Girl Talk, etc; Lonnie Walker, Annuals & the Coug; big shows; Robert Sledge's new flashlight; no way to Natalie Portman; Mann's World on New Raleigh...

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