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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Live: The Avett Brothers play for 150 people in New York on release night

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:21 PM

The Avett Brothers Home Sweet Home, New York Tuesday, Sept. 29 In the beginning, The Avett Brothers played an endless string of secret shows, I guess. But they weren’t private. Details weren’t guarded. Anybody could come. Relatively speaking, very few did. That’s not intended to belittle the music Scott and Seth Avett and Bob Crawford (and, more recently, Joe Kwon) have been laboring over for the past decade. No, it’s the opposite, or the most potent testament to this band’s power: If these kids from Concord hadn’t offered a vision of unhinged bluegrass bliss and honeysuckle-scented Americana, well, everybody...

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Live: Spider Bags and Yusuuf Jerusalem in a house

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Spider Bags, Yusuuf Jerusalem, Thomas Function Craig's House, Durham Sunday, Sept. 27 We stood in a circle outside of a modest house in a quiet West Durham neighborhood Sunday night, enjoying the mild late September air, talking about bands, telling jokes. “When are the Spider Bags going to start?” somebody in the group asked, referring to the third and headlining act scheduled inside for the living room rock show. “I don’t know,” someone else replied, looking around. “I think they’re waiting on their bass player to show up.” As if scripted, a car parked across the street and flipped off...

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Avetts look sharp, sound sloppy on Letterman

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 1:57 AM

Them Concord boys sure do clean up nice, don't they? As per usual, the Avett Brothers were dressed to the nines while making their big performance on last night's episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, but their snazzy duds failed to cover up a snag in execution. Sure, I grinned like a proud papa when Dave—holding up a vinyl copy of I And Love And You, officially released just minutes earlier—kicked it over to our Avetts. Seth Avett struck out the first chords of the title track on a grand piano. But I flinched when the camera...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tonight: Cymbals Eat Guitars talk follow-up, Wilco and longevity

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Cymbals Eat Guitars' DIY debut, Why There Are Mountains, took months after its soft release to catch with critics and fans. After all, it's not the easiest thing to sidle up to, considering frontman Joseph D'Agostino's sprawling, ragged songcraft and Isaac Brock-style yelps. But for every moment of ear-shredding cymbal-crashing, there's a soaring guitar solo to reach the cheap seats. Cymbals eat guitars, you know? The Independent caught up with D'Agostino earlier this month as the band prepped a follow-up (three songs are already written) and made the rounds through small indie clubs across the nation this fall. They'll...

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Live: Jazz with Mingus Big Band and Sun Ra Arkestra

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Mingus Big Band and Sun Ra Arkestra Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham Saturday, Sept. 26 Wild horses were not obstacles getting into Page Auditorium, but they were about the only things missing: Duke University's homecoming football game had a kickoff time matching the start of a double bill with the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Mingus Big Band, so West Campus looked like some mad maze teeming with cars and pedestrians in every direction. M.C. Escher would have been proud. Of course, there was the rain, too. My fellow travelers and I determined that the reason the traffic cop...

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tonight: Wendy Spitzer's The Liminal Festival

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 6:23 PM

What if more music existed purposefully at the borders, or at the nexuses of genres? And what if that happened so often that we no longer though of it as unexpected when something good actually came of it? That is, what if the norm was to shirk expectations of what any one form had to offer, to always think across the boxes? That's the central question Wendy Spitzer, longtime Chapel Hill musician in Eyes to Space and Felix Obelix and a conceptual artist, is asking with The Liminal Festival, her three-night, three-venue event that ends tonight with a seven-band...

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Black Skies search for drummer No. 5 (tonight at Local 506)

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 3:51 PM

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="(photo by Karli Stephenson & Mark Reidy)"][/caption] Chapel Hill doom trio Black Skies had to cancel a recent show in Athens, Ga. The band had never before canceled a confirmed date, a trait in which frontman Kevin Clark had always taken pride. “I’m super-bummed that we had to bail out on that show,” he says. But it would be hard for Black Skies to pull off a set without its drummer, right? Cameron Weeks, who, until recently, was splitting his time behind the kit between Black Skies and the decidedly different-sounding Aminal, left the band in...

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn talk baseball (some more)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn co-captain the Baseball Project, a four-piece that brings its diamond-centric songs (not to mention some non-national-pastime-themed works of McCaughey and Wynn) to Cat’s Cradle on Saturday night. We asked the pair to name their five favorite ballplayers and five favorite baseball songs. And because there wasn’t a game on, they agreed....

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Tomorrow: WXDU's fourth-annual Record Fair

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Like most college radio stations, WXDU 88.7 FM holds events to shore up its reserves. For the last four years, they've put together a group of record dealers with a dual mission: getting collectors and fans together over a bevy of that exhilarating black wax and raising some money through some of their own sales. This year promises to be one of the best yet, with tons of records and, well, that other blackened platter in play: the burger. But don't just take our word for it:...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tomorrow's I Was Totally Destroying It, Luego show at N.C. State moved

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Per expectations of nature's wrath, and via WKNC's blog, tomorrow's split bill with Luego and I Was Totally Destroying It on N.C. State's campus has been moved to The Wolves Den in Talley Student Center. The show is still at 6 p.m., the jams are still free and open to the public, and I Was Totally Destroying It will still make you feel like you just slammed a sixer of Sparks with your ears. Pull-quote it....

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Blag'ard heads into the studio, readies Capsize 7 archival release (Tonight at Nightlight)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Blag’ard has delayed the release of its second LP, tentatively titled Mach II, to the beginning of next year. Guitarist Joe Taylor now plans to accompany its release by unshelving the long lost Capsize 7 album he recorded with the old alt-rock act in the mid ‘90s before they were dropped from Caroline Records. Fusing the jagged angular spirit of Polvo with Achers of Loaf’s hooks, Capsize 7 was one of the Triangle’s most underappreciated coulda-beens. He brings a similar bristling sound to his new outfit, fueled by drummer Adam Brinson’s sizzling kit work. We spoke to Taylor about...

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DeYarmond Edison+ covers Megafaun

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 11:33 AM

If you watch the video above, the most general and logical conclusion might be, "Oh, hey, check it: Dudes with beards playing folk music." And while that's right to a point, there's more to these frames than the (great) song and the singing....

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Arrogance talks about itself then and now

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 4:48 PM

As the members of Arrogance assembled for their semi-annual-or-so rockanalia that returned to the Cat’s Cradle last Saturday night, we couldn’t help but notice that the gathering had even more juice than usual. It’s been 40 years since Don Dixon and Robert Kirkland bonded on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus, establishing the roots of Arrogance. That alone marks a pretty significant anniversary. To make the show even more special, original members Jim Glasgow and Mike Greer planned to guest with former Arrogance percussionist Ogie Shaw. In an effort to wrap some kind of Now-and-Then perspective around the proceedings,...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Poetry in points: Songwriter and Roman Candle member Keegan DeWitt talks Islands

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Keegan DeWitt draws on his background in theater and acting to convey moments of poignancy in his music. Rather than creating entire film stories, he constructs song scenes that look for the poetry of everyday life. DeWitt is probably best known at this point for scoring independent films or playing with local act Roman Candle, whose members include his sister and brother-in-law, Timshel and Skip Matheny. DeWitt's now on his own, touring with what he considers his first real album, Islands. Driving through rural Virginia, DeWitt spoke with The Independent about poetry, past relationships and growing up. Click here...

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Live: Chatting with Phish's Mike Gordon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Mike Gordon Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Monday, Sept. 14 In a gravely, commanding voice, Phish bassist Mike Gordon encouraged his fans to do away with the dull and "get bassed" during his month-long club tour. At $20 a head, no one was, to pun, free-bassing it at Lincoln Theatre Monday. Still, considering Gordon is fresh off the summer Phish reunion tour where three-figure bidding wars and "Buddy, I need a miracle" signs were common, it sure felt that way. For Gordon, who leads a drum, percussion, keyboard and guitar ensemble, the tour gives him a chance for a much more...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Homesick Blues: Joe Romeo moves back north

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 6:05 PM

It’s not so much a departure as a homecoming for Joe Romeo, the songwriter and Orange County Volunteers frontman who’s speaking now from his family home in Metuchen, N.J., about 25 miles Southeast of New York City. Romeo left the Triangle—and his girlfriend in Chapel Hill—last weekend to seek his fortune in the city, “to broaden my horizons,” he says. Where his N.C. ensemble, The Orange County Volunteers, was a loosely assembled and hardly constant backing band—“I would just book shows willy-nilly and whoever I could get to come along would come along,” he says. “They’re like minutemen and...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kaze: First in Flight, a mixtape

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Three things I never thought I'd hear from Chapel Hill's Kaze: 1. A "Best I Ever Had" remix. Drake? Seriously? 2. Kaze actually singing hooks on more than one song (also featured on his new mixtape is the 9th Wonder-produced single, "Fresh", which features newcomer Mr. Mohalyn singing the hook). 3. Auto-Tune. While toiling within the local hip-hop scene for the past decade and establishing himself as a hard-life, no-frills emcee, it seems as if Kaze has been surreptitiously preparing to be North Carolina's version of Nelly, the St. Louis hitmaker who was once known as a sturdy, threatening...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Pneurotics, The Rosebuds, more to play BugFest Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM

BugFest—the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' annual day-long celebration and study of all things insect—revolves around butterflies, moths, bees and, well, local bands this year on Saturday, Sept. 12. Talks including Caterpillarology by the museum's Mike Dunn and Sound Strategies: The Bat-Moth Arms Race by Wake Forest University's William Conner accompany movies, kid's activities and a workshop for backyard beekeepers. While the bugs get discussed, six bands will take to a stage on Jones Street: The Sandbox Band (11 a.m.), Gambling the Muse (1:30 p.m.), The Pneurotics (3 p.m.),  The Rosebuds (4:30 p.m.), Graffiti Monkeys (6 p.m.) and The...

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Airiel Down cuts new N.C. State fight song: Intense, bro

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Whether at Carter-Finley Stadium or at home watching on television, most people who saw last night's N.C. State-South Carolina season opener probably thought the 7-3 game was a snoozer. But they didn't watch the game with Beaux Foy and Taylor Traversari of Raleigh quintet Airiel Down. The pair took a break from recording and touring to witness the debut of their reworking of the N.C. State fight song—a faster, screaming-vocals version that will be played all year as the Wolfpack takes the field—amid 60,000 fans in red. "They came to us and said there's just a lack of...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More new mixtapes: Kooley High's Tab-One, H.O.J's Reservoir Dogs

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 2:59 PM

For any of you out there waiting on The Anti-Mixtape Resistance Movement to gain momentum, you're probably better off trying to squeeze orange juice out of a ham: Ain't gonna happen. Rappers are sticking to that ol' formulaic hustle of releasing no-hassle mixtapes in lieu of or in preview of forthcoming LPs. No matter how much we bitch and whine about the infinite piles of pointless mixtapes on our hard drives, they're going to keep coming as hip-hop artists gobble up the low-cost exposure. That said, we should at least be grateful for all the free material we've been given...

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New Rosebuds Video: At home and "Life Like"

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 12:27 PM

The Rosebuds "Life Like" from Jason Arthurs on Vimeo. News & Observer ex-pat Jason Arthurs (responsible for much of The Great 8's multi-media component) and Flying Tiger Sound producer B.J. Burton (responsible for most of the sound on Hear Here) joined The Rosebuds at Ivan Howard's Raleigh home in Oakwood to make a new video for the tune "Life Like." Replacing the original's flinty electric guitar with an acoustic ease and its deep, distorted bass throb with an accordion's wheeze, this take emphasizes the shifts from chorus to verse and the song's antiphonal structure. Beautifully lit with candles and...

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