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Thursday, July 30, 2009

New Concert Series at Weaver Street Market...

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM

And, hey, what do you know: It's not just that one dude playing that one bongo and screaming. In fact, local musician Pete Pawsey has organized a fine five-date series with Music Maker Relief Foundation favorites like Cool John Ferguson and Carolina Chocolate Drop Justin Robinson (though no word if it will be just Robinson or his new Birds or Monsters project). The shows, which run from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning August 13, are sponsored by nine local food and beverage companies, including Joe Van Gogh and Hillsborough Cheese Co. Full line-up after the jump....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Track: Nicolay's "Lose Your Way" with Carlitta Durand

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 3:51 PM

We don't necessarily think Nicolay is a yoga-practicing pacifist or some dude who thinks we should all hold hands, swill chai and sing songs of joy. But when he says stuff like this in his press releases, we have to wonder: "What fascinated me most about Shibuya was the co-existence of ‘old’ and ‘new’ in seemingly perfect harmony. The most advanced technologies and innovations exist next to traditions that are rooted in thousands of years of civilization.”...

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Live: Method Man & Redman tear it off

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Method Man & Redman, Ghostface Killah Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Thursday, July 23 The silence that fell over the Lincoln after an enjoyable (though not spectacular) set from Brooklyn’s Duo Live was puzzling. With nearly a half-dozen DJs in attendance, it seems like someone would have been spinning records to keep the room buzzing during the 20 minute break before Ghostface Killah made his way to the stage. Perhaps the lack of house music was for the best, though, as the onslaught that followed from the Wu-Tang emcee and Method Man and Redman’s Clan/Def Squad alliance meant that we needed to...

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Durham Police Department to "fuck with this rap game"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Leaning from the window of a gleaming 2009 Cadillac Escalade modified by rapper Xzibit in a process known as "pimping that ride," Durham Chief of Police Jose Lopez announced the Durham Police Department's latest plan for connecting with Durham's troubled youth Wednesday morning. "We've decided to start a hip-hop record label," Lopez said, smiling after he slid the gold grill from his top row of generally white teeth so as to enunciate more clearly. "We've tried all sorts of things to connect with the kids in Durham—after-school programs, Popsicles, multiple arrest warrants. Now it's time we fuck with this...

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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Love Language tour with Cursive

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Aside from a successful Garden show at Duke last week, things have been unexpectedly quiet on The Love Language front of late given the buzz the band's self-titled debut generated earlier this year. There have been consistent rumors of a significant The Love Language development on the horizon, but, for now, the band’s got some new live action to keep momentum moving. They'll hit the road for 15 dates with Cursive later this week. The band's due back in Chapel Hill for a show on August 20 as part of the Locally Grown series. Those dates after the jump....

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Tonight: The Rosebuds at Jackpot

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Last-minute announcement as the day's bell prepares to ring: The Rosebuds will play a few songs at the Jackpot at 1303 Hillsborough St. tonight at 9:30 p.m. The band will play acoustically, and the songs will be videotaped by Merge Records in advance of XX Merge this week. There's no cover, of course, but The Rosebuds aren't going to pick up that dry-cleaning tab....

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Tonight: Help Hopeline help the Triangle

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Sure, there are plenty of great shows you could catch around the Triangle tonight, but none deserve your attendance more than a five-deep bill of top-notch local indie rock at Tir Na Nog. It’s more than just another great line-up trotted out by the downtown Raleigh pub that has become known for its weekly Local Band-Local Beer series: all proceeds from the $5 cover charge—totally a bargain for this stacked roster—benefit HopeLine of North Carolina, a twenty-four hour crisis line that fields calls on suicide, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse, amongst other issues. The non-profit...

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Hey! The State of Things! Noon!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM

At noon today, I'll be on WUNC FM's The State of Things with Frank Stasio, talking music in North Carolina with my counterpart from The News & Observer, David Menconi. In case you were wondering, David and I get along just fine these days. The rest of the show, which is the last installment of TSOT's All Music Week, features The Willie Painter Band and the omnipresent Betsy Harris, a Chapel Hill club-goer who was the subject of a fantastic Chapel Hill News story by Jesse James Deconto this week. Also, in stream-of-consciousness-style apologies to 15 newish locals who should...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Tonight: Raleigh resident hosts E-Street radio, talks The Boss

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Some musicians inspire fans, and some do something more. It’s not necessarily a reflection on the quality of the music, as the face-painted hordes of Insane Clown Posse followers suggest, but a testament to the level of identification and comity music engenders. While Bruce Springsteen doesn’t quite galvanize the same response as Jerry Garcia, the outpouring is close. Recently, Raleigh resident Erica Bernstein had the opportunity to take her appreciation for The Boss to the next level. A fan of Springsteen since she heard “The River” on the way back from the beach almost a dozen years ago (she...

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Erectus Monotone reunites!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Andy Freeburn, guitarist in criminally overlooked early Merge Records band Erectus Monotone, called this morning with exciting news: The final lineup of the band, which called it quits in 1993, will continue playing shows after its reunion at XX Merge next week. The band—Kevin Collins, Brian Quast, Jennifer Barwick (née Walker) and Freeburn—will headline at Raleigh's Tir Na Nog Thursday, Aug. 13. The Loners and Rocket Cottage will open. As for new material, Freeburn says it's a possibility. "We're taking that slowly," he says, noting that Barwick and Collins are parents and that Quast keeps busy in Polvo and...

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tonight through Saturday, The Club Is Open Festival supports CyTunes, Tisch Center

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 11:35 AM

The second-annual The Club is Open Festival began Tuesday night with a pre-fest party and a triple-bill at The Reservoir. Like last night's Hammer No More The Fingers show at the newly repurposed Players on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, that gig was free. But the shows tonight (Aminal, The Dry Heathensand On The Beach at The Cave), Friday (Red Collar, The Loners, Rat Jacksonand A Rooster For The Masses at Local 506) and Saturday (American Aquarium, The Future Kings of Nowhere, Flithybird and Nathan Oliver at Cat’s Cradle) are not. The paltry cover charges ($5, $7 and...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Dear N.C. State Fair: We'd like to fill your Oct. 22 slot

Posted By and on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 4:41 PM

The N.C. State Fair announced its lineup earlier this week, and there's good news: Tickets are recession-cheap, ranging from $5 for several shows to $15 for Third Day. So much for The Beatitudes: Religion is expensive, y'all. There's bad news, too: The lineup isn't very good. While WRAL trots out the local connections of the lineup (Eric Church, Kellie Pickler, Jason Michael Carroll), we don't see a line-up that includes kid-stars Nat and Alex Wolff, "The Temptations" featuring Dennis Edwards (who was, lo and behold, actually the group's lead singer once upon a time), and singer/ Dancing with the...

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Ex-WKNC DJ Steve O))) returns to radio Friday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 1:07 PM

2008 Indies Arts Award winner Steve "DJ Steve-O" Salevan will return to radio with a new show, The Hidden Places, Friday on Internet radio station, Taintradio, which I have yet to type without giggling. Salevan, a former WKNC 88.1 FM DJ, will co-host the show with Rachael Oehring, a Chapel Hill-based music publicist and, along with Salevan and Independent Weekly contributors Bryan Reed and Allie Mullin, co-owner of label Neckbeard Records. The mixed-format show will air weekly on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. and will combine local tunes with chats with musicians, fans and enthusiasts across the...

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UPDATES: Bowerbirds and Megafaun take their show on the road, on NPR, on records and online

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Bowerbirds and Megafaun, two of the finest musical acts this state has to offer, are on the road together for a six-week jaunt that began Monday in Washington, D.C. and ends Aug. 17 in Atlanta. (A full list of tour dates is below the jump). It will bring the bands north to Canada and west to Washington, and will bring their music to a nation, that, by all appearances, is ready to hear what we’ve treasured in our backyards for a few years now. The latest on both, after the jump, and our usual disclosures apply… ...

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Midtown Dickens announces release party for Lanterns

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Midtown Dickens will release its sophomore album, Lanterns, on Friday, August 28, with a show at Duke Coffeehouse. The band—now a quintet—recorded the album in Monroe, N.C., with Scott Solter (The Mountain Goats, Pattern is Movement, John Vanderslice), who also mixed. Dave Harris at Charlotte's Studio B mastered. The band will self-release Lanterns with a one-purchase, three-format approach: The vinyl, CD and digital download will be sold together, as with last year’s Lost in the Trees album, All Alone in an Empty House. Hit the jump for the tracklist....

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Rumor: Mansion 462 closing?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 7:58 AM

While reporting this week’s story on the conversion of Chapel Hill dance hall Players to a part-time rock club, we heard whispers from a few folks that Mansion 462—the West Franklin Street room that opened last January between Chapel Hill anchors Local 506 and The Cave—was closing. Apparently, several bands had been emailing other area clubs to reschedule dates dropped from Mansion 462’s calendar. Co-owner Brad Waycaster confirms that the club did drop several shows, but he says Mansion 462 isn't going anywhere....

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