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Friday, February 26, 2010

Live: Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Cold as it was last night, walking into Duke Coffeehouse's transcendental dance vibe was wholly warming. The room filled up to a comfortable crowd, and as Mapfumo, "The Lion of Zimbabwe," led his band in songs both traditional and fused with the funky, dancing spread from person to person like fever. The Blacks Unlimited, Mapfumo's current band, appeared onstage as an electric outfit, not unlike a funk band outfitted with twelve-string bass, guitars, keyboards and a Western drum kit. But a set of congas stood to one side, and buried behind the group's front line, a sole mbira player...

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Five Words with Blag'ard (tonight in Chapel Hill, tomorrow in Raleigh)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 3:09 PM

There’s a treacherous drive—alternating clay and gravel, and passing over a shallow creek—that turns off of a certain Chapel Hill road and leads into the trees. After several hundred yards, the red clay driveway opens, revealing a little house that’s more of a hermitage. It’s the warmest it’s been in several weeks today, and I’m sitting in the sun with Adam Brinson and Joe Taylor—together, Blag’ard. They’ve recently finished their second album, Mach II. It’s a solid unit, a catchy if menacing rock record that squeals off the lot like a muscle car and handles like Luke Skywalker’s X-wing....

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Live, last night: Cage the Elephant with As Tall as Lions (Photos)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Cage the Elephant, As Tall As Lions Cat's Cradle, Carrboro Tuesday, Feb. 23 Cage the Elephant with As Tall as Lions - Images by Independent Weekly...

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Live: The Dirty Little Heaters celebrate the past and the future

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 1:31 PM

The Dirty Little Heaters Local 506, Chapel Hill Saturday, Feb. 20 Plenty of bands commemorate their CD release with a special show—top-notch openers, an extra-long headlining set and a surprise guest or two. With its release party for Champions of Imperfection—five years in, the band’s first full-length—The Dirty Little Heaters did all that and a lot more. After fellow Durhamites Pink Flag and Red Collar—whose new material sounded terrific, by the way—got things started, Magic Mike, the night’s emcee, gave a brief history lesson on the Heaters for the unacquainted. After some technical difficulties—“It’s always something with you,” singer/guitarist Reese...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Broad Street Cafe gets its permit, gets to keep the rock

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 3:43 PM

In a packed Durham City Hall Committee Room early this morning, the Durham County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously in favor of issuing a special-use permit to The Broad Street Cafe. For the past four years, Broad Street has operated as a nightclub in a district that is zoned so that such a special-use permit is necessary to host music after 10 p.m. Less than one year after the first noise complaint was filed by Clarendon Street neighbor Waldo Fenner, who was not present at this morning's hearing, Broad Street officially received the green light on amping up their...

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The Sound of Smart America: Motown lecture tonight at Duke’s Nasher

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 12:28 PM

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Schooner hits the charts

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Listen up! You may need to download the free Flash Player. Good news for Schooner a few hours ahead of their release party behind the Duck Kee Sessions: Despite only mailing the minimum of 150 promo copies of the EP to radio stations nationwide, the disc has broken the CMJ Top 200. Landing at No. 99, just behind Merge's Shout Out Louds and 10 spots ahead of the new Xiu Xiu record, this is the EP's first week on the charts. The big show starts tonight at The Pinhook at 10 p.m. For more, see our review of...

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Live: Dean and Britta test Warhol at Duke

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Dean and Britta Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 Duke University, Durham It could have ended up just another lesson in how the visual cannot be married to the musical easily, or vice versa. But there Dean and Britta were, with band members Lee Waters and Matt Sumrow, delicately balancing the two and winning. The project was offered to Wareham by the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and initially I thought, surely that offer was based on his experience with dreamy, atmospheric pop that might lend itself well to Warhol's voluptuously slowed down film shorts. Wareham has experience putting music to film:...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Blast from the past: Rosebuds + Aesop Rock climb the charts

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Way back in August 2008, just when Raleigh's The Rosebuds were about to released their fourth album, Life Like, Chicago mash-up duo The Hood Internet pitted "Get Up, Get Out," the hit from The Rosebuds' prior album, against "None Shall Pass," the title track from the fifth album by mechanical-mouthed rap slayer Aesop Rock. (That album also featured Durham dude John Darnielle, of The Mountain Goats.) The Internet seems to have mostly missed that mash-up, though, and paid more attention to the subsequent Hood Internet take on The Rosebuds, which put the duo up against, uhh, T-Pain. But "None...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DJ Ripley at Fuse Friday for C.H.A.T. digital media festival

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Oakland-based DJ Ripley comes from the branch of digital investigators like Wayne Marshall doing as much research on beats, ethnomusicology, or copyright as they are  with their mixing skills. So, it's natural she would be here for the C.H.A.T. festival, hosted by UNC's Institute for the Arts and Humanities this week. As the organizers put it, "CHAT will draw together the diverse digital resources of the Triangle area in a series of performances, discussions, exhibitions and workshops to showcase Collaborations: Humanities, Arts & Technology." As part of The Art and Culture of the DJ section of the fest, along with sociologist...

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Megafaun + The Rosebuds + Bon Iver + more: Gayngs' stoned-soul

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 5:33 PM

This afternoon, big-time Indiana indie label Jagjaguwar finally dropped the official word on Gayngs, the psychedelic soul collaboration between all of Megafaun, Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds, Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver and a slew of Minnesota and Wisconsin musicians culled from bands like P.O.S., Solid Gold and Andrew Bird's touring unit. And that was a long sentence. We mentioned the project last summer, and Megafaun and Howard even unveiled the album's sublime, surreal closer, "The Last Prom on Earth," at last year's TRKFest. But the band's debut LP, Relayted, now has a release date of...

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First Listen: American Aquarium’s Smalltown Hymns

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Since American Aquarium’s 2006 debut Antique Hearts, the Raleigh roots rockers have garnered plenty of (deserved) Whiskeytown comparisons. With rollicking E Street-flavored heartland rock like "Mary, Mary" and "Ain't Going to the Bar Tonight," last year’s Dances for the Lonely brought Bruce Springsteen references into the fold. Not that American Aquarium shied away from them, as they took on The Boss for this year’s Raleigh Undercover. Recorded last November while holed up in Oxford, Miss., Smalltown Hymns—American Aquarium's fourth—won't do much to shake either of those associations, though Hymns has more in common with Nebraska and Heartbreaker than Born...

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Phonte Coleman & Eric Tullis present five songs to get you dumped for Valentine's

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Over the years, we’ve relied on The Foreign Exchange’s lead singer and one-half of Little Brother, Phonte Coleman, to offer helpful anecdotes on the casualties and celebrations of love and relationships. So, who better to provide us with five songs that would surely get us dumped on Valentine’s Day than Coleman himself? After the jump, he provides the tracks, and I provide the commentary. Disclaimer, though: Neither of us accept responsibility for any of your V-Day disasters. And, if you need a quick fix, The Foreign Exchange plays tonight at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro....

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Wanda Jackson, still meeting ‘em head on: An interview

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 7:34 PM

It was a good year for the future Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. Yup, in 1952, still in her early teens, she won a talent contest, which led to her own radio show on a local station and, subsequently, an offer from bandleader Hank Thompson to perform with his Brazos Valley Boys. And 2009 was none too shabby either. Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Rosanne Cash handling the induction speech honors. She had a street named after her in her home city, and she was the subject of a documentary, which is...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Live: WKNC makes us proud

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM

WKNC Double Barrel Benefit The Pour House, Raleigh Friday, Feb. 5 & Saturday, Feb. 6 As I bemoan yet another Wolfpack men’s basketball loss (don't laugh, Tar Heels), I’ve come to the regretful conclusion that WKNC—N.C. State’s student-run radio station—may be all that’s left to be proud of regarding my alma mater. Of course, that assumption may be colored by new memories of this weekend's seventh annual Double Barrel Benefit, which starts another year of KNC-championed local music events: Besides blasting a heavy rotation of Triangle tunes on the airwaves, the station also backs sporadic on-campus shows and...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Five words without Jonathan Richman (tonight at Cat's Cradle)

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 5:55 PM

There were warning signs from the start. The first two Web sites encountered during a little table-setting—the Vapor Records site and Richman’s MySpace page—delivered direct hits to my optimism. “Please note that Jonathan Richman does not have any direct involvement with the Vapor Records Web site and does not participate in the Internet on any level,” offered the former in polite parentheses. And the latter helpfully (and equally as politely, although the host did raise his or her voice twice) pointed out, “Please be aware that I am NOT Jonathan Richman nor has he anything to do with this...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Organos on Sirius XMU last night

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 3:46 PM

After playing a few games of basketball in Raleigh last night, I climbed in the car, turned on the radio and headed to a meeting across town. Sirius XMU, billed as being "like hearing college radio but never having to go to class," was spinning Hot Chip's "One Life Stand," a college station standard of late. But when the DJ followed with "Lazy Lessons," a track from the not-yet-released The Limbs EP by Chapel Hill's Organos, I wondered if I'd actually switched the dial to WKNC 88.1 FM. After all, bandleader Maria Albani did all the press and radio mailing...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tonight and Friday: The Tannahill Weavers present Scotland sounds

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Since forming in 1968, the Tannahill Weavers have grown into one of the world's premier conduits for traditional Scottish music. On the road six months of the year, an active touring schedule lets the band spread the sounds of Scotland—and often puts them in interesting, unexpected situations. While preparing for another U.S. tour at his home in the Netherlands, guitarist and singer Roy Gullane recalled two of those most interesting times. For one show,the band decided to drive from the north of Scotland all the way to Vienna. But a planned rest stop in Stuttgart, Germany turned into an...

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The Foreign Exchange swaps snapshots for a Grammy

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Given our (sometimes controversial) familiarity with Phonte Coleman and Nicolay Rook’s run over the past year as they supported their second LP as The Foreign Exchange, Leave It All Behind, we’re, of course, a tad disappointed that North Carolina’s newest R&B resource didn’t walk away with this year’s Grammy in the Urban/Alternative Performance category for the song “Daykeeper," a joint effort with D.C. vocalist Muhsinah. Rather, neo-soul benefeciary India.Arie won the award for a song called “Pearls"—a tougher-than-tofu number dedicated to caring about people and the rainbow and stuff, which doesn’t sound too different from the other 30...

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