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Saturday, June 27, 2009

All Music Guide: Michael Jackson Dead Since May

Posted By on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 1:10 PM

An ostensible mistake this morning on the venerable All Music Guide: Michael Jackson, dead since May 25, 2009. ...

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Tonight: Matt Vooris' rock camp takes stage

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Matt Vooris had just finished teaching drumming lessons in an area school when an inquisitive parent asked the question that became his light bulb: “Why isn’t there a boys rock camp in the area?”...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Microsoft wants to pay your band, maybe

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 12:19 PM

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="208" caption="Red star."][/caption] In defense of Twitter: There are some pretty sweet tweets floating around, including one yesterday from @hnmtf. "We just released a new track from the looking for bruce recording session Do the Human - FREE!," it read, offering a link to a bit of Web 2.0 marketing shared between Windows and ReverbNation—wherein one could, as promised, download "Do The Human." For local fans, "Do The Human" isn't entirely new: It was (but isn't any more) offered as a digital bonus for folks who ordered Hammer's J. Robbins-produced Looking For Bruce directly from Churchkey Records,...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pipe announces Merge warm-up show: 07.17 at The Cave

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Before Pipe plays the first, second, third or fourth night of Merge's 20th birthday party (Merge isn't announcing which bands play which night, an awkward strategy for a sold-out festival ... that said, Merge, after 20 years, obviously knows what it's doing), it will go underground. Pipe (MRG037, 054, 055, 123, for those of you keeping track at home) will play The Cave with Durham's Tin Star. If you're wondering how the two divergent bands fit together on this bill, Kevin Bacon would remind you that Ron Liberti is in Pipe and Bringerer. Tin Star drummer Barton Moyers is...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tonight: Last-minute bill at Fuse

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 4:36 PM

We strongly recommended tomorrow's triple-bill of trios—Dallas' Ume and locals Bellafea and Maple Stave—tomorrow night at the Durham's Pinhook. Turns out, Bellafea and Ume, who fell into kindred-spirit mode a few years ago at a thinly attended Kings show, will share a bill tonight, too: They'll play at Fuse at 9 p.m. with Raleigh duo Old Bricks, a sad-voiced pair that recorded (but has not yet released) one of my favorite local records of the year. Hey, if the notice is too short, there's always tomorrow....

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Monday, June 22, 2009

So, is that Merge Records book any count? Absolutely.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I worried when I saw that the history of Merge Records, Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, was co-authored by Gawker reporter John Cook and the Durham/ Chapel Hill label's founders, Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan. It seemed like a recipe for bias or lack of candor, perhaps reading less like an intimate portrait than a 300-page press release....

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Briefly: The Avetts on NPR, Megafaun on Pitchfork, Roman Candle on Daytrotter

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 3:59 PM

A quick mention of a few local bands with some interesting online features today: —In another early bit of promotion for I and Love and You (now due in September, NPR says), Concord quartet The Avett Brothers recorded a three-song installment of Tiny Desk Concert in the office of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. The unrecorded "Down with the Shine" and the new staple "Bella Donna" make an appearance, but the real reason to watch is the opener, "Laundry Room." A gorgeous song with a dozen slogans for the taking, "Laundry Room" finds the harmonies of the Avetts...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Track: Polvo's "Beggar's Bowl" surprises

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

“Beggar’s Bowl,” the first track to be unveiled from Polvo’s forthcoming In Prism, is as good as a fan could hope for, but not likely what they’d expect. (Download here, and read more after the jump)....

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tonight: The Daggers double, Phonte does the two-step

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I did a quick little dance earlier this week upon learning that Baltimore's Double Dagger made a music video for "Vivre Sans Temps Mort," the second and arguably best track from its third, best and most recent record, More. And I did a longer dance while watching said video for the first time, as it's always such a treat to see lyrics, music and image coalesce so powerfully: "Vivre Sans Temps Mort" builds slowly but steadily, walks of bass notes and a patter of hi-hat touches reflecting from the surface of a melodica drone. When the band finally leaps...

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Live: Costello goes country for Cary

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary Sunday, June 14 Quick: What do Loretta Lynn, The Velvet Underground, The Grateful Dead and the Anthology of American Folk Music have in common? Sunday night in Cary, Elvis Costello gave them all the cover treatment during a 30-song tour de force with his new all-star bluegrass string band, the Sugarcanes....

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Live: Tigallo's debut Two-Step Thursday lacks, but a white lady disagrees

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Phonte Coleman's Two-Step Thursday Globe, Raleigh Thursday, June 11, 2009 (continuing every other Thursday) Thanks to some handstand-breakdance maneuver I hoped to land on the dance floor at the first of Phonte’s weekly Tigallo’s Two-Step Thursday affair at Raleigh club Globe, I nearly fractured my thumb last week. It's not broken, I think, but it is about the size of a chicken nugget. At least it’s a casualty of war with which I’m willing to live....

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Live: The Meat Puppets don't grow old

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Meat Puppets, Retribution Gospel Choir Sunday, June 14 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro The Meat Puppets and Retribution Gospel Choir don’t seem to have much more than a touring van in common, at least at first glance....

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Live: Grizzly Bear keeps its songs to itself

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:49 PM

Grizzly Bear Thursday, June 11 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro Grizzly Bear didn’t need to convince anyone of its charms at a sold-out Cat’s Cradle last night: Many onlookers wore broad grins when the lights dropped, and the crowd at large welcomed the band to the stage warmly. The quartet gauged the vibe. Singer Ed Droste lauded his first taste of local Locopops. And off they went…...

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Let Feedback Ring (Rock & roll all night): Sadlack's on July 4

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Let Feedback Ring is the punny name Corbie Hill, guitarist for Raleigh trio Battle Rockets, has lent a nine-band show he's booked for Sadlack's on Independence Day. With sets from The White Cascade, Free Electric State, Blag'ard and six others, the lineup looks plenty solid, sure. The real reason for your attention, though, might be the show's not-so-subtle nod to protest of Bud Light Presents Raleigh Downtown Live. "What I want to establish is a local-oriented answer to the Downtown Live gibberish that has been so blissfully unaware of what's really happening in the Triangle and the region," says Hill,...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

First Listen: The Avett Brothers' I and Love and You

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 5:59 PM

[Published simultaneously with New Raleigh.] In two months, Concord, N.C. quartet The Avett Brothers will release I and Love and You, their sixth studio album and first for American Recordings, the Sony imprint run by production mogul Rick Rubin. A major label, a major project, a major timeline: After more than a year in the making, I and Love and You is now in its final stages of completion, having gone through recording in studios on two coasts, mixes by multiple sets of ears and—finally—a series of mastering attempts that try to render the record ready for what’s likely...

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Live: Steely Dan fights its way out of a jar, but barely

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Steely Dan Tuesday, June 9 Durham Performing Arts Center You don't go to a Steely Dan concert in search of happy accidents and unscripted moments. No note is out of place, and no spotlight is late to a soloist. The tightly choreographed proceedings unfold with a precision that must inspire envy among Swiss watchmakers. In other words, it's the multi-sensory equivalent of the Steely Dan album's Aja and Guacho, two painstakingly crafted monuments to the quest for musical perfection, the recording studio used as laboratory. Such was the case with last night’s appropriately Aja- and Gaucho-heavy program last night...

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Two kooky new videos from Waumiss

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:12 AM

From the colorful monster that adorns its cover to the scattered soundscapes that cover both sides, Waumiss' 2008 self-titled LP offered plenty of enjoyment via its homespun whimsy. The duo's psychedelic, loop-based weird-pop came shaking and clattering and shimmying out of my speakers for months after release and—from time to time—still does. Now, the duo of Carrboros' Clarque and Caroline Blomquist has taken its playful aesthetic and sprinted: Two newly unveiled videos—both scored by versions of the LP's "R-Dog bumps, Tummy Fix"—syncs that song's unsettling clatter with flashing lights and pinball-machine colors, short toy-shop horror movies of love. Glowing...

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Live: Look, PJ, Interstate 95 is long

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 10:56 PM

PJ Harvey and John Parish Friday, June 5 Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C. “Can I tell you something?" P.J Harvey, the indie-blues songstress from Dorset, England, crouched onstage at the stately Warner Theatre in D.C. Her long, black dress, hanging loose from her shoulders, gathered in folds behind a row of distortion pedals. “Can I tell you a story?” she continued. “It’s about me and Billy.” “Billy" is one of Harvey’s many fictional lovers, the "steaming and sweating and sticking against the wheel” sort from the 1996 song “Taut,” a whispery, slow-groove confessional about guilt, religion and backseat sex. After...

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Tonight: My Teenhood among the Dan

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Steely Dan was my kudzu band, growing with me as I grew up in the ’70s and always seeming to find ways to wrap itself around parts of my life. Of course, growing up in a small town in upstate New York— a suburb of a suburb of Binghamton, with a population of about 500 and exactly zero stoplights—I had no idea what kudzu was. But I’m sure Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen knew. Those guys knew everything. This was a case of opposites attracting: Becker and Fagen were edgy, worldly, wise geniuses, and I was a...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Live: Brad Paisley's simple times and pleasures

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Brad Paisley Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh Saturday, June 6, 2009 Toward the end of his long set at the Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek Saturday night, country megastar Brad Paisley took a break to thank the audience for shelling out its good money to see him, despite the tough economic times. The nearly sold-out crowd responded with a deafening if half-drunk roar. After all, Paisley and the night had provided what good country music is about these days: a pretty night with a full moon, a packed crowd, songs about love, family and...

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Merge artists score Durham dance performance; plus, Rosebuds live video

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 5:00 AM

Oh, if only every birthday were as badass as Merge Records' 20th: On Saturday, July 18, music from eight Merge artists—including The Arcade Fire, Spoon, Superchunk and The Magnetic Fields—will serve as scores for a set of new dance works presented by Triangle Youth Ballet in Carolina Theater's Fletcher Hall. Raleigh's The Rosebuds will perform a new piece of music for the event, which will includes works by North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, Pamela Pietro (American Dance Festival faculty/Tisch-NYU) and several others. The show comes, of course, the weekend before Merge throws its five-day birthday party in Chapel Hill...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Live: The National vs. The Lincoln [Photos]

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 4:34 PM

The National Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Thursday, May 29, 2009 ...

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Troika Music Festival: Breaking fundraising, interest records

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

The road to the eighth installment of Troika Music Festival—set for Nov. 5-7, in downtown Durham—might have been full of potholes and roadblocks in the rear-view, but Friday night at The Pinhook, the festival received loads of validation from its community: $3,210 of validation, to be exact. That's the total amount the festival raised at the Pin Projekt, its annual concert and art auction, in which old bowling pins are converted into new works of art. This year's benefit featured appetizers from local restaurants and chefs, a concert by bluesman Cool John Ferguson, and 21 bowling pins repurposed by...

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Uhh, Polvo signs to Merge

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Well, there's this, which we've been hearing rumors of, but mostly around a Raleigh basketball court and on MySpace: Merge will release Polvo's new album, In Prism, on Tuesday, Sep. 8, the band's first LP since 1997's Shapes and first on Merge since Today's Active Lifestyles four years before. The eight tracks were recorded with Brian Paulson at Asheville's excellent Echo Mountain. Only two dates are scheduled so far (one being at Mergefest in July; the other being at New York's Seaport Music Festival later in July), though more gigs are expected for this Fall. Maybe Black Taj will...

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