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Friday, December 4, 2009

Future Islands (tonight at The Cave) talk Thrill Jockey

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 5:10 PM

It often seems like we're trying to find new ways to describe Future Island's infectious music—essentially, three-piece, bass-and-beat driven emo-soul from dudes that (partially) grew up in Raleigh, moved to Greenville, N.C., and then Baltimore, Md.—on a weekly basis. And it's sort of true: The trio tours as hard as frontman Sam Herring sings, and they don't miss a chance to play in the Triangle. Last week, the band played a packed headlining set at Berkeley Cafe; tonight, they'll play Pizza Fest at The Cave. More on that event in this week's paper. We spoke with Future Islands' smoking...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Broad Street Cafe fights for volume

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 3:13 PM

If it’s too loud, shut it down: Durham’s The Broad Street Cafe is collecting petition signatures in preparation for a hearing before the Durham Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Dec. 9, that could limit the venue’s late-night music. Acting on complaints about noise coming from the venue first filed in March, the City investigated the cafe, which is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and determined it was in violation of its commercial zoning district. In order to allow live music past 10 p.m., the club will need to obtain a special minor use permit....

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Live: The Mountain Goats' (relatively) big band

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Adding drums to your two-man indie lit-folk thing recalls what Chekhov said about pistols hanging on walls: Eventually, they’d best to go off. Adding a light show, roadies, a Rhodes and a shaggy-haired, blazer-clad lead guitarist—as Durham’s John Darnielle did to his expanding band The Mountain Goats during their just-concluded Life of the World to Come tour—and, well, you have something else entirely....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Free Electric State signs to Churchkey Records, prepares debut LP

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 3:20 PM

When Durham quartet Free Electric State booked studio time to make the follow-up to their excellent two-song debut demo, they aimed only for the next step in size: Cut an EP, and see if any labels were interested in a longer project. Turns out, they didn’t have to wait. “Kyle and Steve said, ‘We’re not interested in putting out an EP. We’d rather do a full-length,’” says Free Electric State’s Shirlé Hale Koslowski of Kyle Miller and Steve Jones, who run the Durham label Churchkey Records. “We had the songs, so we said we would record more. It wasn’t...

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David Gray, 41, coming to DPAC

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Durham Performing Arts Center announced this morning that British singer-songwriter David Gray will perform at DPAC Friday, April 9. Tickets ($25-$60) go on sale next Friday, Dec. 11, but, more important than the show itself, is Gray's youth, at least relative to many of the other musical acts booked in the city's 2,700-seat theater. Since opening in December, the core of DPAC's musical bookings has been a stable of aged heroes and icons—B.B. King, Roger Daltrey, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Willie Nelson. There have been exceptions of note (Ben Folds, Maxwell, Indie. Arie), but Gray's youth and my suspicion...

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