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Monday, May 16, 2011

The Love Language, The Connells and Marcy Playground (?) to headline tornado benefit

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

In the wake of recent Raleigh tornado benefits at Kings and Tir na nOg, and another next week at The Pour House, the city will officially throw its own musical assist next month. The event—dubbed Rise Up Raleigh headlined by The Connells, The Love Language and Marcy Playground, or that band who sang “Sex and Candy”—will take place June 3 at the Raleigh Amphitheater, the outdoor venue the April tornado missed by less than a mile. Also aboard are talented locals like Motor Skills, Kooley High and The Small Ponds. A few questions come to mind, though: Why is the...

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Tonight, a benefit for a late heavy metal fan

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Carrie Martin was a mother of two, a tattoo artist and a lover of local heavy music. She worked at Raleigh’s No Shame Tattoo and “didn't have insurance,” says DIVEbar Raleigh booking agent Robby Rodwell. “So there's a lot of bills that need to be taken care of.” And, though she died in March, Raleigh’s heavy music scene shows that it has not forgotten one of its own. Tonight’s memorial show at that bar may serve the essential function of allowing the late Martin’s friends a chance to honor and keep her memory. But there’s also a practical side. Both...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Southern Culture on the Skids

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Photo Courtesy of the BandSeasonal favorites: Southern Culture on the Skids Originally released in 1992 with four songs on Zontar Records, and then again in its current six-track form on Estrus in 1996, South Culture on the Skids’ Santo Swings EP lives on in tribute to the Mexican wrestling icon and movie star. It recently went out of print, so SCOTS rescued it with this digital release, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. On it, the trio’s signature rockabilly is given a vibrant mariachi flair. There are a couple of instrumentals, highlighted by the four-minute “Meximelt,” with its low-riding...

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Live: Andrew Weathers doesn't say farewell—not yet, at least

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Note: Last week, I was in error. I said that Andrew Weathers’ senior recital in Greensboro was his sendoff, inferring it was our last chance to catch this remarkable young composer before his upcoming move to Oakland, where he’ll pursue an MFA in electronic music at Mills College. Yet he isn’t actually leaving until August, and he will be playing select engagements until then. What’s more, Weathers says these will be performances of his 2010 record, A Great Southern City, which saw his break from digital guitarscapes into classical acoustic timbres. One of these dates is July 28, at Chapel...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Animosity-era COC back on road, back in studio

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Photo courtesy of the bandCrazy face: COC As a band, Corrosion of Conformity have hardly been the most stable. Some 13 members have cycled through COC in the last nearly three decades. Still, the steady turnover didn’t stop the COC from becoming one of the South’s most influential loud rock acts—inspiring then-nascent hardcore and metal scenes. At the nexus of the two genres, 1985’s Animosity stands as perhaps COC’s proudest achievement. So naturally, excitement was high when the trio behind Animosity-era COC reformed last year—as COC3, differentiating itself from COC BLiND, which reassembled the line-up of 1991’s Blind. They subsequently...

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Interview: Jack the Radio's double duty

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Photo courtesy of the bandRaleigh's Jack the Radio Raleigh’s Jack the Radio mixes modern Southern rock with light electronica, incorporating just enough a bit of grit into otherwise polished pop tunes. Last Tuesday, the band both released its debut LP, Pretty Money, and played a 10-band benefit show for local tornado victims. We caught up with George Hage and A.C. Hill, who share vocal and songwriting duties for the project, to ask about the busy week. Independent Weekly: What did you have planned for the release day before the tornado benefit came up? Had you planned a release show and...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Airiel Down's military marathon

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Courtesy of Airiel Down and Phoenix PhotographyThirsty for justice: Beaux Foy, in the shades, leads Airiel Down Beaux Foy isn’t a fan of the evening news: "It pisses me off every time you turn on the news. The only time they mention our troops is when they have casualties,” the Airiel Down front man says. To counter that, Foy is joining forces with Lowe’s, Pepsi and NASCAR on a campaign to honor the everyday achievements of servicemen and women who “put themselves on the line everyday to help in the greater good of global humanity.” He teamed up with Jimmy...

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