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Thursday, October 29, 2009

UNC gets Fabolous for Homecoming? And now, Anoop?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 12:26 PM

On Monday, UNC's Carolina Union Activities Board made the last-minute announcement that hip-hop artist Fabolous will headline its Homecoming 2009 concert Sunday, Nov. 1, at Memorial Hall. Now, just days later, two members of Student Congress are questioning the decision to bring Fabolous. Last year Gym Class Heroes and The Avett Brothers co-headlined the homecoming concert on separate dates, but this year, after a failed attempt to get Kid Cudi and Girl Talk to co-headline the concert, the CUAB had to "settle" with Fabolous as the only headliner. The night before he performs at UNC, Fabolous will also be...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tonight: Proud Valletta aims for a legacy

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:40 PM

"As my children get older, I started thinking about what I was going to leave behind or pass on to them—how they're going to remember me," says Tofer Moran, graphic designer, father of two and singer/guitarist of Durham's Proud Valletta. "I hoped to leave behind a sort of anthology of music for or inspired by my sons as a kind of patrimony," Moran continues. "Music is something that can live on, hopefully, long after I'm gone, and it's my hope that they'll be able to have some of my music to mark the days we have together." With his wife...

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Lost in the Trees Tour Diary: Intimacy, food and the morning after

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:35 PM

[Editor's Note: Chapel Hill band Lost in the Trees headed north last week for a short tour that took them to the annual college music festival, CMJ, in New York and to a backyard photo studio in Freehold, N.J. While on the road, the band chronicled its adventures and misadventures for this five-part tour journey. Lost in the Trees plays tonight at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Gerrard Hall at 8 p.m. The $5 show is free for UNC students.] Lost in the Trees No. 4: New York to Boston We usually all sleep in the same place, but...

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Lost in the Trees Tour Diary: Charlottesville, CMJ and broken vans

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:29 PM

[Editor's Note: Chapel Hill band Lost in the Trees headed north last week for a short tour that took them to the annual college music festival, CMJ, in New York and to a backyard photo studio in Freehold, N.J. While on the road, the band chronicled its adventures and misadventures for this five-part tour journey. Lost in the Trees plays tonight at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Gerrard Hall at 8 p.m. The $5 show is free for UNC students.] Lost in the Trees No. 1: North Carolina to Charlottesville, Va. We assembled (as we do every tour) at...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Talking to The Red Clay Ramblers' Bland Simpson

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

The Red Clay Ramblers got their start in 1972 and, over the years, have evolved with many personnel changes. Once a string band, the group now offers smatterings of American roots music from New Orleans to Tin Pan Alley. The Ramblers have a history of spreading their music through theater productions as well as music performances. Pianist Bland Simpson has been involved with the band almost since its inception. At band mate Chris Frank's house, Simpson helped mail out discs of the Red Clay Rambler's newest album, Old North State earlier this week. Before calling an end to the...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Hood Internet to play Cherry Bounce afterparty at Ahpeele

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

After playing the Cherry Bounce Music Festival finale in front of Raleigh Times Bar Saturday night, Chicago mash-up duo The Hood Internet will head to AhPeele, the design and screenprinting studio of Adam Peele, to play into the late night. Yes! Sputnik will begin the party at midnight, and The Hood Internet will take over around 1 a.m. and go until people ask them to stop. I'll stick around until they sample Sunn O))), for sure. In what we're told is unrelated news, The Hood Internet will now play after the more popular Man Man Saturday, pushing their set...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Annuals to headline First Night Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Raleigh six-piece Annuals will headline the, well, annual First Night Raleigh celebration on Dec. 31. The band will join a roster that, so far, includes Crucial Fiya, Justin David, Barbara Bailey Hutchinson, Bob Margolin, Lenny Marcus Trio, Wayne Henderson and Jeff Little and El Gleno Grande. If Annuals aren't your co-ed indie rock big band of choice (or of the day), The Love Language plays Local 506 on New Year's Eve, too....

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

And They Say Alliteration Is Dead: Big Bang Boom at Broad Street

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Having kids can inspire you to do crazy, amazing things. In the case of power-popping dads Chuck Folds, Steve Williard and Eddie Walker—musicians with over 50 combined years of North Carolina music scene experience—it inspired the parent-friendly kids music (vice versa also accepted) trio Big Bang Boom. First, Chuck reveals the key to making kids music: No secret, just make good music. Kids aren’t as dumb as I think most kid’s music musicians think they are. You can make the production and arrangement of the song (instrumentation, sounds, etc.) fit for contemporary pop radio. You can make the melody worthy...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Live: Shakori, by the minute (Saturday)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 5:11 PM

When it comes to music festivals, I’m a dabbler. Barring a few must-see acts, I tend to wander from stage to stage to try to catch bits of as many bands as possible, hoping to stumble across a surprise or two. At many festivals, that approach can be exhausting, making it easy to spend more time rushing off to see the next band than being able to get a true feel for the performers. But thanks to generous set lengths and the close proximity of stages and tents, Shakori Hills is a sampler’s paradise. During my 13 hours at...

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Live: Shakori Hills, for the first time (Thursday)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 5:07 PM

I'd heard about this little festival off in the fields of Pittsboro with veggie-thing tortillas, men dancing in chicken suits, how-to instructions on biodegradable products and music under the moonlight. Last weekend was my first Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance: The festival has become something of a local staple, with eight spring and seven fall events already completed. It's got the quirky art and handmade wares, the classic festival food, yoga, nature walks and music from folksy to country to reggae to indie. It's a one-size-fits-all pill for good, muddy fun. I journeyed Thursday, mainly drawn...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Stream the LP: I Was Totally Destroying It's Horror Vacui

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The player has expired, but listen to some of Horror Vacui here. Per our review of I Was Totally Destroying It's second album, Horror Vacui, and our feature about the band in this week's newspaper, it's safe to assume that we're pretty into IWTDI's work of late (which, we know, might shock some). Trouble is, you can't pick the record, released via Portland label Greyday Records, in stores until Tuesday. After the jump, though, you'll find the whole thing streaming—at least until the band's CD release show at Cat's Cradle Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8:30 p.m....

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Aminal readies full-length debut

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 6:32 PM

“We've got three songs done,” says Aminal frontman Patrick O’Neill. “We leave in like three weeks to go back up to do another three songs. Then back the first of December to finish.” The nine (and maybe 10) songs he’s alluding to comprise an album tentatively titled Loud It’s You, and tentatively scheduled for release in mid- to late-2010. It’s being recorded, little by little, at Landslide Studio in Asheville. “Hopefully we're going to get our feet wet with touring in the spring," he says, further explaining the band's plans. "Somewhere around spring break, we'll do a week, and...

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Live: Ravi Shankar captivates in Chapel Hill

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Tuesday, Oct. 6 The fundraisers and university planners who spent $18 million to renovate UNC's Memorial Hall four years ago probably envisioned nights like Tuesday when they made the commitment: a sold-out venue, a world-renowned artist, an event that couldn't have occurred in Chapel Hill before the hall reopened. Such was the occasion when Ravi Shankar took the stage. The man who introduced music from the East to the Beatles and who George Harrison famously (infamously?) dubbed "the godfather of world music" performed Raga Sangeet, a style that is...

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Live: Mayer Hawthorne is no pretender, even in that cardigan

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Mayer Hawthorne Local 506, Chapel Hill Monday, Oct. 5 R&B’s white-guy invasion isn't anything new. Though pasty dudes have been taking soul music for popular test drives off and on for the past few decades, recent history has Justin Timberlake’s meritless pop-culture importance to remind us of just how milquetoast it all can be. But people like Timberlake, I think, help open inroads for new singers like Mayer Hawthorne, an authentic white-guy-soul talent who recorded his entire new LP, A Strange Arrangement, in his Los Angeles bedroom, not in a fancy studio with industry geeks and big-time producers. This is...

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Friday, October 2, 2009

The Love Language signs to Merge, readies ‘celebratory’ second album

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 11:53 AM

With yesterday’s announcement that The Love Language had signed to Durham's Merge Records, frontman Stu McLamb told the press, “I've overdrawn my bank account by $200, my girlfriend dumped me, and my car won't start. I think this Merge deal could be a real turning point.” It was said with a tinge of sarcasm—“I hope people do read that and realize that musicians are all broke-ass motherfuckers, no matter how ‘successful’ things can seem,” he now says—but, given that I caught him shortly after he’d finished lunch with the aforementioned ex-girlfriend, things did indeed seem to be looking...

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Live: Ra Ra Riot is fine

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Ra Ra Riot Cat's Cradle, Carrboro Wednesday, Oct. 30 The populist Vampire Weekend? That’s what a concertgoer behind me dubbed Ra Ra Riot as the Syracuse band tore through an hour-long set of baroque-tinged chamber pop last night at Carrboro’s Cat's Cradle. Not sure what that whole populist thing means—can you pay for a cello on a part-time salary?—but the polyrhythms and the elastic voice of frontman Wes Miles smack of the aforementioned bloodsuckers’ mega Afro-pop. Yet, that spectator was kind of right: For every moment of international studies student wonder here, there is a pounding, Arcade Fire-style singalong...

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Cherry Bounce announces year two: OK!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Cherry Bounce, the downtown Raleigh music festival launched in 2008 by local marketing and media consultants Greg Behr and Billy Warden, has unveiled its second annual lineup. Though last year's rain-beleaguered Cherry Bounce put bands on a stage in front of Raleigh Times Bar on Hargett St. for only two days, this year's bill stretches to seven nights and visits six downtown clubs before ending with another free show on Hargett St. The lineups are largely local, with the notable exception of Sunday night's opening night headliner, Atlanta songwriter Angie Aparo, and the final night's headliners, Chicago's mash-up bros The...

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