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Monday, November 16, 2009

Red Collar: Distribution deal, red vinyl, Troika video

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM

For Durham’s Red Collar, self-releasing its first full-length album, Pilgrim, in February was an impetus to take the show on the road and make a full-time go of rock ’n’ roll. The CDs were pressed and packaged, a publicity campaign was implemented and dates were booked. The band members packed into “Vandrew Blass,” the vehicle named for former keyboardist Andrew Blass. And, so far, it’s been paying off: The band picked up favorable reviews and college radio airtime nationwide and earned a slot at the recent CMJ Music Marathon in New York. But Pilgrim, save for local consignment, wasn’t...

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Tonight: Lambchop's Kurt Wagner talks XX Merge, painting and to be or not to be a country band [plus video]

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM

We spoke with Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner Wednesday, on the eve of the announcement that his longtime band Lambchop would release its life-changing/affirming/ending/reviving set from this year's XX Merge fest in Carrboro, N.C., as Live at XX Merge. Tonight, they'll see if they can repeat the magic of that night at Duke University's Reynolds Industries Theater at 8 p.m. Lambchop splits the sold-out bill with Alejandro Escovedo. INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: Are you playing Asheville on the way to Durham, or Asheville on your way home? KURT WAGNER: We’re playing Charolette first, then ya’ll, then Asheville. It’s like a tour...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tonight: The Love Language vs. The Foreign Exchange vs. the weather

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 4:54 PM

The word is that Chapel Hill's The Love Language and Durham's The Foreign Exchange have been practicing feverishly (and with many cans of the Bull) this week for tonight's Red Bull Soundclash, during which both bands will cover songs by their counterpart and offer themed rearrangements of their own material. Reggae The Love Language? Cockrock The Foreign Exchange? That's the sort of stuff you can expect from two of the Triangle's best bands at 8 p.m. beside The Hibernian on Glenwood Ave. "Outside?" you might be asking. "But what about this weather?" Don't worry, says Audrey Adair, a communications...

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Tonight: Sinful Savage Tigers get acoustic at The Cave

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 4:17 PM

With a name like Sinful Savage Tigers, you half expect cookie monster vocals, thundering breakdowns and a machine gun hardcore backbeat. But the Chapel Hill trio is a string band wedded to contemporary rock/pop sensibilities. In May, they released their debut, Rain is the Soup of the Dogs in Heaven. Their origins go back a lot further—to Seth Martin’s undergrad years at Sewanee College in Tennessee. It’s there that he met Rob Guthrie, his collaborator on the project’s songs. “He started playing guitar in college,” says Martin. “I heard him down the hall, playing nothing but Dave Matthews covers....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Live: moe. and glow-in-the-dark Viking helmets

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 2:31 PM

moe. Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Wednesday, Nov. 4 Last Wednesday was the perfect night for the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh to begin selling liquor, as moe. stamped the night with its melted notes, dueling guitar solos, driving bass and a blend of lights of all colors. The crowd of glow-stick bearing "moe.rons"—some still dressed for Halloween, or maybe they were just dressed for a jam—dove into the new offerings quickly, several enjoying Jager shots along with their beers. Then, through beams of rainbow light and beer goggles, the assembled mass witnessed two sets of one of the leading acts on...

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Live: Ten rounds with Leonard Cohen

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Leonard Cohen Durham Performing Arts Center Tuesday, Nov. 3 Durham went 10 rounds with Leonard Cohen last Tuesday night. That assessment isn’t just based on the stamina the spectrally voiced 75-year-old songwriter displayed after nimbly bounding onto the DPAC stage moments after 8 p.m. and animating 24 hits, choice obscurities—and one new work he’d premiered the week before—before dancing off three hours later, just after 11:15 p.m. It also conveys the feeling during much of that time. Perhaps the single most underreported fact of Cohen’s career is the quality that bankrupts most of the glib descriptions he’s collected over...

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Live: Jesus Lizard Stuns Cradle, Film at 11

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 6:43 PM

When last night's show first started, David Yow, the Jesus Lizard's elemental front man ("singer" just doesn't get to it,) made an early impression on one of my friends—a palm print. Yow gallivanted his way across the forest of young punk dudes and oldsters trying to get a lift, stepped up to him and slapped him straight in the face. As the guy was telling me the story, he raised his eyebrows, smiled a little, and said, "Hard." Another friend was set adrift in "the pit," a term destined for sounding corny these days, but there it is. Distracted in...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Starting in 30 minutes: #troika2009

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 7:27 PM

This year's Troika Music Festival begins in about 30 minutes, which you might've heard if you pay attention to the piece of Triangle media that covers local music. Need evidence of how well publicized this year's festival has been? WKNC's interviewed one of the festival's organizers, Kyle Miller. WUNC interviewed Megafaun and asked about Bon Iver (very original). UNC's Diversions talked to Miller, too. Jordan Lawrence picked his Top 10 acts. Duke's The Chronicle talked to The Future Kings of Nowhere, Birds of Avalon, Megafaun, The Love Language and a few other Troika participants. Ross Grady talked Troika on WXDU....

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Tonight: Hoffs, Sweet and a few glorious covers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 6:49 PM

I’m not lobbying for the position of song-choice consultant for Matthew “Sid” Sweet and Susanna “Susie” Hoffs if the pair decides to release a third volume of their Under the Covers series, following ’06’s Volume 1 and the new Volume 2 (both on Shout Factory). However, I would serve with honor and incurable geekitude. OK, so maybe I am lobbying. Past the jump are the 10 songs at the top of my Volume 3 wish list. Volume 1 stuck to the ‘60s, whereas Volume 2 was all about the ‘70s. My list reflects the hope that a third volume...

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tonight: Kurt Vile & the Violators at Local 506

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 7:55 PM

After signing to Matador earlier this year, Kurt Vile is positioned as the latest long-hair millennial to draw parallels from critics to folk-rock and psych forebears Neil Young and Spacemen 3. Further adding to what molds rock mystique in 2009 is the fact that Vile's surname is indeed real, and, as you might have heard, he previously worked as a forklift operator in his native Philly. Manual labor now coos to America's indie set in tones more romanticized than perennial bedrock recordings (from which Vile's career first sparked). Needless to say, there's a gracious helping of buzz and bangs...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Download ZO!'s "...Just Visiting Too" with NC vocalists

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Surely I'm not the only one who's always had a super crush on that adorable, freckled-faced, Saturday Night Live alumnus Maya Rudolph. Also, I'm sure that I'm not the only one who's recently discovered that she is the daughter of the late singer Minnie Ripperton, mostly known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You". In the odd case that you don't know Minnie Ripperton, this Stevie Wonder explanation should help you out. Otherwise, you'll have to rely on Durham's Yahzarah to reinvent Ripperton's "Perfect Angel" on ZO!'s ...Just Visiting Too— the latest gift brought to you by Phonte and Nicolay's Foreign...

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