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Monday, August 31, 2009

Troika's best year yet?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Troika Music Festival unveiled the first draft of its schedule for its three November days of music in Durham this morning, and it looks like organizers have landed on the most closely curated pool of bands and bills since the festival's inception in 2002: All told, 71 acts will spread over eight venues (two of which remain unannounced) Nov. 5-7, and no more than four bands will play any venue on any night. In other words, lots of great bands will get ample set times. Troika 2009 will begin with a centralized outdoor show on Thursday, Nov. 5, featuring...

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Today: Coalition to Unchain Dogs Benefit with Superchunk, Rey Norteño

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Music for Fences—a four-band benefit in Durham Central Park, beginning at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon and running until Superchunk has, hopefully, ripped through "Precision Auto" and "Nu Bruises"—deserves your consideration on this beautiful Saturday for a handful of reasons. First, the cause: In the past several years, The Coalition to Unchain Dogs—led by community activist and organizer Amanda Arrington—has built fences for more than 100 Triangle dogs, supplying boundaries for animals once chained to poles or trees the space to play and to become, as Indy reporter Vernal Coleman wrote last year when Arrington won one of the newspaper's...

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wale, coming to Duke tomorrow: "the biggest event ... since Trajan Langdon."

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

For a dude that has so damn much to say on his records, D.C. rapper Wale stays fairly terse in interviews. Nevertheless, he dropped a reference to King Trajan Langdon to end a chat with Duke's Playground blog, published this morning: "I look forward to coming [to Duke]—this is gonna be the biggest event at Duke since Trajan Langdon," Wale told the paper about his appearance in Duke's East Campus Quad tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Otherwise, he said lots of nothing, but we don't expect that to be the case tomorrow night. Get there early for J.Cole, too, a...

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New Charlie Poole set from Loudon Wainwright

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Speaking of Charlie Poole: On August 15, the same day that Tompkins Square released its two-disc Red Fox Chasers anthology, Loudon Wainwright III released his latest, titled High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. On the two-disc set, Wainwright—with help from the likes of David Mansfield, Geoff Muldaur, and Chris Thile, as well as various Wainwrights and Roches—tackles songs from Poole's repertoire and contributes nine new songs centered on the life of the rambling and roving Poole and the times that couldn't contain him. Among other things, this project adds to the already-abundant off-the-beaten-path promise of this fall's...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Phonte Coleman on new Roots, Apathy albums

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 6:18 PM

While still touring and promoting his most recent The Foreign Exchange LP, Leave it All Behind, Little Brother's Phonte Coleman is somehow finding time to churn out all sorts of other projects. Whether he's hosting his Raleigh dance night, serenading over a joyful Jazzanova track or guest-emceeing on a R&B record from two rising soul vocalists (Anthony David and Algebra Blessett), Coleman—who will also be featured on the upcoming The Roots album, How I Got Over—remains one of the Triangle's busiest, most in-demand artists. We figured we'd keep you up to date just in case you aren't doing your...

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Jessica Hopper talks about The Girls' Guide to Rocking

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Rock heir. Parents, teachers, young music listeners, listen up: Jessica Hopper, author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, is reading at Nightlight in Chapel Hill tonigh, August 25. The show also includes two rad young female artists Katie Stelmanis and Ghost Bees and Durham female band Pink Flag. It's all ages, costs $5 and starts at 7 p.m. Jessica Hopper repped punk bands, played in a few and has written a lot—in her own zine, Hit It or Quit It, and all over the place. She notably became a voice for women in modern punk circles in an article for...

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Friday, August 14, 2009

New Red Fox Chasers collection due Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Charlie Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers weren’t the only musicians in the Tar Heel State to put their stamp on handed-down ballads and to create their own misty mountain hops in the hardscrabble late 1920s and early 1930s. That said, it’s hard not to cite the music made by Poole and his two cohorts—a banjo, fiddle, and guitar chasing Poole’s “vinegary bark” (borrowing a lively phrase from roots music scholar/deejay/musician Kinney Rorrer, grandnephew of Rambler fiddler Posey Rorer) around a single microphone—as the inspiration for the proto-country sounds that immediately followed. That was the premise of the three-disc “You...

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pipe re-releases debut EP on CyTunes, starts fight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Listen up! If you cannot see the music player below, download the free Flash Player. Here's another reason to dig through CyTunes, the digital music download store designed to benefit Duke University's Tisch Brain Tumor Center in the name of late local music booster Cy Rawls, who died of cancer last year: Pipe's long unavailable 1992 debut EP, Ball Peen, was re-released this morning via the Web site. Purchased at once, the 13-minute set runs $5; each of the six songs can be purchased separately for $1. These six tunes, originally released by Boston label Sonic Bubblegum, feature the...

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Initital Fall lineup for Shakori Hills announced

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 12:57 PM

The Fall edition of Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Silk Hope is set for Oct. 8-11, a little less than two months away. This morning, festival organizers announced the first 27 acts of this season's celebration.  The big names so far are the usual suspects—The Duhks, The Gourds, festival founders Donna the Buffalo. Among the most exciting acts in this initial batch, though, are young locals stretching beyond Shakori's Hills Americana roots—eclectic hip-hoppers The Beast, melancholy Trekky kids Butterflies, the steamy soul of the Howie Dewitt Band—and national acts like The Belleville Outfit and Casey Driessen & the Colorfools, both...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Live: One Ol' Hotenanny

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Big Surprise Tour (Old Crow, Dave Rawlings Machine, the Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle) Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary Monday, Aug. 10 With anywhere from one person to 15 people onstage over the course of the evening, Monday night's Big Surprise Tour in Cary was addition by subtraction and addition by addition and, maybe once or twice, subtraction by subtraction. And, you know, the grand finale part of a multi-act affair like this must be everybody on stage, singing and playing, right? That happened, like, three times, starting with the first song—The Felice Brothers tune that gives the tour...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Joe Scudda on Reservoir Dogs, his new tape with Big Pooh, Jozeemo & Chaundon

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 11:50 PM

Joe Scudda is known mostly as the sort-of-country (and white) emcee who shows up unexpectedly on Hall of Justus tracks and delivers unforgettable, often-hilarious guest verses. This time, though, as part of the four-man rapping cartel Reservoir Dogs with fellow Hall of Justus emcees Rapper Big Pooh, Chaundon and Jozeemo, Scudda is finally steering the wheel. We asked Scudda a few questions about the upcoming Reservoir Dogs mixtape and his acting career. INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: This seems like a very no-holds-barred project where everyone is just getting some very angry shit off their chest. What’s the reason for the collaboration?...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

The Mountain Goats play Durham solo

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 4:33 PM

The Mountain Goats, going it solo with just John Darnielle and a guitar and maybe a piano, will join The Beast, Language Arts and a score of other local hip-hop and spoken word artists Friday, Aug. 21, at CCB Plaza (201 N. Corcoran St.) for the second annual Durham Be Easy celebration. DBE "encourages fun, togetherness, understanding, and celebration within the community. This annual event brings all walks of life together in the heart of downtown Durham to enjoy arts entertainment," according to its mission statement. The free event runs from 6-10 p.m., and, in the event of rain,...

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Tracklist for Hear Here: The Triangle revealed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 4:11 PM

On Saturday, Aug. 29, Annuals, The Never, Hammer No More the Fingers and Birds of Avalon will play Cat's Cradle to celebrate the release of Hear Here: The Triangle, a 17-track compilation featuring loads of new songs (and a few old cuts) from several of the Triangle's best bands: The Rosebuds, Lonnie Walker, The Love Language, Birds of Avalon, The Kingsbury Manx and many more. A copy of the compilation—a joint production between Flying Tiger Sound, Terpsikhore Records and 88.1 WKNC FM—is included for $10 admission at the 8:30 p.m. Cradle show. And it's totally worth it, if for...

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Live: The Avett Brothers come home

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 3:34 PM

The Avett Brothers Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte Saturday, August 8 Several minutes after their scheduled start time of 8:45 p.m. had passed, The Avett Brothers climbed the stairs of the head-high stage at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte. The crowd erupted. That thousands of fans had gathered to make the Concord band’s homecoming a major event is hardly surprising: From New York to Portland and at most places in between, thousands of fans gather most every time the Avetts set fingers to strings. What was surprising in Charlotte was the manner in which the consummate showmen managed to make even...

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The satellites are spinning: Sun Ra spectacular in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 8:23 AM

I'm not going to devote too many words to Saturday's Sun Ra spectacular in Durham, only because the whole event defied language. It was one of the moments that made me feel proud to live in Durham. About 50-60 Egyptian pharaohs, space aliens, interplanetary travelers and their kin paraded from Durham Central Park through downtown to the Durham Arts Council, where all sorts of otherworldly sights and sounds threatened to levitate the building. The music, which included bowed saw, theremin, pedal steel guitar, saxophones, oboes and other instruments, was a first-class skronkathon, aided by a psychedelic light show behind the...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Light in the Attic releasing Betty Davis lost album, reissuing third album, Nasty Gal, this fall

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Record label Light in the Attic will soon add to the in-print catalog of Durham-born funk diva Betty Davis this fall with the release of Is It Love or Desire?, her last studio album, which was canned before release and hasn't even been bootlegged. The album was recorded in Louisiana with Funk House, Davis' backing band with deep roots in the Reidsville and Greensboro areas. It included her cousins, drummer Nicky Neal and bassist Larry Johnson, and their friends, Fred "Funki" Mills and guitarist Carlos Morales. For those who heard it at the time, the record was a breakthrough for...

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Live: Flatts & Hootie, turning uncool around

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Darius Rucker & Rascal Flatts Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh Sunday, August 1 When I was in high school, three guys I knew started a band. These guys were not cool: They wore socks with sandals and went to church about 17 times a week. Maybe one of them had smoked one cigarette, but I doubt it. They gave themselves a biblical name and proceeded to rock. Those of us laboring under the mistaken impression that we were much cooler were rather surprised when their band developed a huge local following. Girls flocked to their...

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