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Friday, January 29, 2010

My Morning Jacket coming to Cary

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM

The grizzled bros of My Morning Jacket will play Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary April 30 with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, after a tour-anchoring stop in New Orleans for Jazzfest. MMJ frontman Jim James (Yim Yames?) recently recorded two tracks for PHJB's new album, PRESERVATION: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. The nine-show run starts in Alabama and ends two weeks later in Ohio....

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Little Brother's new and last one, LeftBack

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

“It’s fuckin' over” were just a few of the words Phonte Coleman had to offer last week on his Gordon Gartrell Radio podcast, using a 12-minute segment of the show to thank fans for supporting Little Brother over the years and explain to listeners that, yes, the LB saga has reached its end: The duo’s next album, LeftBack, will be their last....

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Carolina Shag and UNC Women's Hoops

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Beach music and the Carolina Shag dance phenom still carry a lot of weight in North Carolina. It was evidenced when Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, an avid shag dancer, established Beach Music Day in 2004, coinciding with a concert celebration in Downtown Raleigh. Now, UNC Women's Basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has invited shaggers to perform their footwork in front of the halftime crowd in Friday's game against Clemson. Hatchell is a member of the Eno Shag Club, and an old friend of beach & oldies DJ Charlie Brown, one of the primary voices for the scene from the mid-60s...

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Will McFarlane plays Nigeria, Papa Mojo's

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on the Rock church led The Experience, and Lagos, Nigeria certainly shook the night of December 4. Lasting from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the fourth annual interdenominational gospel concert drew over 450,000 people. Local guitarist and minister Will McFarlane traveled over the Atlantic to be one of the many. McFarlane has spent the past decade in the area, but he spent years before backing up Bonnie Raitt and as part of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Even with his solid résumé, McFarlane was surprised to be invited to the concert. “They called me out...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Annuals talk new EP, rumors of membership shift

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM

It seems 2009 was largely a regrouping one for Raleigh six-piece Annuals: Such Fun, the band’s second album and first for major-label imprint Canvasback Music, was released in 2008 to mixed reviews and comparatively low sales. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Such Fun sold only 7,341 copies, compared to their debut’s 17,999. And Canvasback was cooling on Annuals’ former blog-buzz property, even as the band was working on new material back in Raleigh. “We found out that our deal with Canvasback was getting messed up over the summer,” says Annuals bassist Mike Robinson. “So, we decided, ‘Let’s do an EP and...

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Haw River Rounders to play benefit for Haiti tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Cary Moskovitz of the Haw River Rounders just announced the band is playing at the Blue Bayou in Hillsborough     tonight at 8:30. According to Moskovitz, the band will collect money to donate to Partners in Health, which has an office in Haiti    and has been providing medical and food aid for the last 10 years....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WKNC Double Barrel Benefit: No. VII is smaller, but focused and looking forward

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM

N.C. State's student-run radio station, WKNC 88.1 FM, announced the lineup for its seventh annual Double Barrel Benefit this morning: The vintage pop of Max Indian will headline the first night of the two-show weekend on Friday, Feb. 5, with The Light Pines, Veelee and Bellafea in the opening slots. Ex-Chapel Hill, current-Nashville album rock enthusiasts Roman Candle headline Saturday, Feb. 6, with The Tender Fruit, Midtown Dickens and Spider Bags opening. This year's Double Barrel represents a logical and somewhat necessary shift for the station, away from some of the bigger names that have headlined or opened in recent...

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Rapper Big Prince?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Following Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009, BET aired a show called Michael Jackson: 10 Things You Didn't Know. In it, The Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson made viewers privy to some comical trivia about the history of the King of Pop’s song “Bad." According to ?uestlove, “Bad” was originally slated to be a duet that featured another member of music royalty—Prince. Prince declined the offer. Apparently, the opening line—“your butt is mine”—wasn’t too appealing to Prince. At a dinner, Prince told Mike, “You ain’t singing this line to me, and I sure ain’t singing this line to you.”...

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Raekwon, Elliott Yamin cancel local dates

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Raekwon the Chef was due at Lincoln Theatre Thursday, Jan. 14, while American Idol ex Elliott Yamin was expected at Cat's Cradle on the same date. They've both canceled their appearances. No reason has been given for the missed gigs, but if you've seen Up in the Air, perhaps Raekwon is Vera Farmiga to Yamin's George Clooney? Scandalous....

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Joanna Newsom to Carolina Theatre, Beach House to Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Cat's Cradle announced two big bookings this afternoon: The Carrboro club presents the mighty harpist Joanna Newsom at Carolina Theatre Thursday, March 25, just ahead of her appearance at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tenn. A little more than a month later, Beach House and Washed Out will play the Cradle itself, on May 1. These announcements suggest being patted lightly on the face by tiny, soft kitten paws....

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Miley Cyrus Likes Bob Iver

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Watch this video at 9:48. "I like John Lennon and, like, Bob Iver." Yes....

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Fraggle Naggle: Meet 9thmatic, the rapper

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 12:24 PM

The Wonder Years LP? Who cares anymore? While we’ve all been impatiently waiting on 9th Wonder to deliver his long-awaited album, we have a surprising new distraction here—9th Wonder as 9thmatic, the emcee. Yes, Mr. “Make-Me-Hot-P,” Pat Douthit, is rapping now. Oh, hell. When hip hop producers decide to pick up the microphone and start rapping, they’re suggesting, in essence, that they’re just as verbally endowed as their rap peers, or they’ve come to the conclusion that sitting behind the production boards all day and making beats isn’t as thrilling as it used to be for them. The...

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Wilco World in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The Chicago six-piece Wilco will perform a concert we're hoping they call Wilco (The Show) Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m., at Durham Performing Arts Center. The $35 tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. The show, Wilco's first performance in the Triangle since a stop at the much-larger Koka Booth Amphitheatre in 2008, is not only a major booking score for the starting-to-look-a-lot-less-like-Branson DPAC, but it also represents a promising level of teamwork between regional concert promoters: Cat's Cradle is co-presenting the show. "With the help of legendary club promoter Frank Heath of Cat’s Cradle,...

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