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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Red Collar record due this summer

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Jo KingsburyRed Collar vs. plastic lawn chairs On June 12, Durham's sociopolitical firebrand rock outfit Red Collar will release its second LP, Welcome Home, the followup to 2009’s Pilgrim. And though the band doesn’t play as regularly as it did around Pilgrim time, the three-year wait for Welcome Home comes from a desire to get this record right rather than a lack of time or commitment. As guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jason Kutchma puts it, the new album is the result of two years of hard work: “If we were pressed we could've released an OK EP at the end...

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I Was Totally Destroying It's new single a 'major let down'

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

“I’m a major let down,” I Was Totally Destroying It’s Rachel Hirsh sings with sugary confusion on “My Internal Din,” the band’s newly released single. “I don’t know what went wrong.” That makes two of us. The song (streaming over at Alternative Press) is the first offering from the Chapel Hill outfit’s forthcoming fourth LP, Vexations. It marks a new low point in a stunning and frustrating decline for what was, until recently, one of the Triangle’s very best pop-rock outfits. If the single is par for the course, it’s likely the title will be quite accurate. The Alternative...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Live: Other Lives' tiny revival

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Other LivesLocal 506Friday, Feb. 24 When Other Lives opened with “As I Lay My Head Down” at Local 506 Friday night, it felt like a revival. Jesse Tabish ignited his little five-piece folk orchestra to drive out the devil. Percussion from Josh Onstott and Colby Owens thundered, thumping the packed crowd in the chest. And this was just the beginning: As Other Lives rolled on through their set, nearly 20 instruments were introduced for Tabish’s parables and down-trodden testimonies. During the climax of the slow builder “Weather,” the group beat on anything they could find; as if by moved...

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Video: Dexter Romweber and John Howie meet a meager Durham crowd

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Thursday night at Durham's Casbah, as the natives watched the Blue Devils beat the Seminoles in Tallahassee, a very modest crowd turned out for the double bill of Dexter Romweber and John Howie, despite a cheap $7 cover. It's hard to believe that two artists who tour both domestically and internationally to large crowds and rave reviews sometimes do not receive the same love from folks in the Triangle. Granted they both play a fair amount in the area, but, after having seen both a good deal recently, it seems clear that their local reception is nowhere near where it...

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Trekky Records mixes it up with new compilation and release show

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Chapel Hill's Trekky Records is known as much for being a mutual admiration society as it is a proper business entity. For the first time in its history, the Trekky crew is assembling and releasing a mixtape to showcase their history. The compilation, Amalgam, will showcase tunes from the many acts they've nurtured through creation and supported in production. The tracklist is a grab-bag of singles from throughout its more than 10-year history, including two tracks from the upcoming Lost in the Trees and Midtown Dickens records and one unreleased song from the apparently no-longer-on-indefinite-hiatus Vibrant Green. To celebrate the...

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Duke's Brickside Festival adds Gunn-Truscinski Duo, Royal Baths

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The Brickside Festival, Duke University's spring music celebration, might not appeal to your average college kid, but it's shaping up to be a music nerd's wet dream. The initial lineup for the March 24 event included blissed-out garage star Kurt Vile in addition to Supreme Dicks, Tanlines and The Postelles. Today, the festival added three more names that should make a small number of people very excited—and will likely floor any uninitiated attendees. The Gunn-Truscinski Duo, the stellar pairing of hypnotic blues guitarist Steve Gunn and gifted percussionist John Truscinski, will play alongside Royal Baths and Mark Kozelek, known...

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Rapsody warms up on "Right Now" with 9th Wonder

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

The last time 9th Wonder played with an R. Kelly sample, he landed a song, “Threat,” on Jay-Z’s The Black Album. This time, over the R. Kelly and Public Announcement track “Honey Love,” we get the same chopped-up formula, but with Jamla Records queen-b-girl, Rapsody, doing the rhyming honors. "Right Now" doesn't necessarily showcase Rapsody “Castor Troy-ing” anyone, but she stalks around on this song like she’s planning something unforgettable. Maybe she’s just warming up before the release of her Kobe Bryant-inspired EP, The Black Mamba, which will be released today, Feb. 24—that is, unless Jeremy Lin vetoes it....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lost in the Trees share new songs, deeper emotions

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Not too long ago, Chapel Hill's Lost in the Trees were one of the largest groups in town. They still are, but these days it has less to do with membership and more about the national recognition Ari Picker has received for his beautifully heartbreaking songs. A few years ago, the band rolled with a revolving line-up that usually hit somewhere in the low teens, complete with a five-or-six piece string section. At that juncture, the joy of Lost in the Trees' shows was the all-consuming swell their numbers allowed them and the thrill of watching them barely hold...

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Former Light Pines leader talks new project Cocoon

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

It's impossible to listen to The Storm (streaming here), the tight, well-produced psych-rock debut from Raleigh-based recording project Cocoon, without thinking of another band — one that no longer exists. Josh Pope, the man behind the Cocoon moniker, was once the frontman of The Light Pines, a band that rode a similar sound to the brink of national recognition before breaking up last summer. The comparison is obvious: One, this record sounds an awful lot like The Light Pines. Two, Pope initially posted the EP to Bandcamp as the Pines before switching the name to Cocoon. The Independent caught up...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tonight: Lost in the Trees play impromptu set at Local 506

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

This is going to be a big year for Lost in the Trees. They are about to release one of the Triangle's most anticipated 2012 LPs, the dramatic and emotionally fractured A Church That Fits Our Needs, on March 20. As with any group preparing to launch what could be the breakthrough of their career, the Chapel Hill folk orchestra is preparing an extensive tour. Tonight at Local 506, you can witness their impromptu tune-up. This afternoon the band announced that they will open for Islands, giving hometown fans a chance to catch them before they hit the road...

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New Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores' single

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

On a 7-song debut EP released in 2010, Chapel Hill newcomers Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores served notice they were to be taken seriously. Frontman and songwriter Hunter, a Greensboro native, wrote from the somewhat green perspective of a kid in his early 20s, because, well, he was in his early 20s. But you believed him when he sang, such was the sheer passion and dedication in his voice. "Someone You Used To Know," released Feb. 3 as a single to advance the band's upcoming album of the same name, picks up where that EP left off and shows a...

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First Impressions: Airstrip, live at Tir na nOg

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Since November, Airstrip has released three infectious standalone tracks on its Bandcamp page. The new project, formed around Matt Park's devastated, potentially nihilistic pop songs, played Friday night at Tir na nOg with Lonnie Walker and The Charming Youngsters. And while the opening and closing bands (both Greenville imports, though the Youngsters moved to the Triangle more recently) shared bright, occasionally dweeby jangle, Airstrip was uncompromisingly dark. In fact, the live show transforms Park's home-recorded Bandcamp tracks into surprisingly psychedelic stoner-pop. Live, the driving riff to "Middle of Night" lumbers with precise, heavy menace. Drummer John Crouch and bassist Nick...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Video: The Old Ceremony plays new tunes at The Pour House

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

"It's been a long long time since we've been here," explained The Old Ceremony frontman Django Haskins at The Pour House last week. Accordingly, Haskins and his band came prepared with a handful of new songs from an upcoming untitled album. Of them, a menacing new number, “Beebe, Arkansas," explored the strange New Year's occurrence in 2010 and 2011 of black birds falling from the sky by the thousands. One of the strongest fresh selections of the evening, “Elsinore,” is an absolutely wonderful song about losing one’s love to the sea. In between the new numbers, they also worked through...

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Really, Kaze? New project, JETSETMAFIA, stumbles

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

The localized hype surrounding last year’s N.C. Hip-Hop Day might have made you believe that veteran Chapel Hill rapper Kaze would return, re-energized, to the scene’s forefront with ass-kicking zeal. Well, he’s returned, but something has just gone terribly wrong: JETSETMAFIA, Kaze’s new duo with Miami-based model and recording artist Liz Harlow, has just released the video for its debut single, a muddy and badly mixed remix of UK dubstep artist Flux Pavillion’s “Bass Cannon." You might know Flux Pavilion from the international rave hit “I Can’t Stop," sampled on “Who Gon Stop Me” from Kanye West and Jay-Z’s...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Smile! The Beach Boys to play in Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Fifty years ago a group of young, angel-voiced California boys showed up late for the surf rock craze that had stormed the nation. Against the odds, those Beach Boys became one of the most successful groups of the '60s and one of the most influential pop bands of all time. As unlikely as their accomplishments were, the notion that they would be back together, playing in Raleigh in 2012 may have seemed even more impossible. Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love, the surviving members of the original Beach Boys, are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a world tour, and...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's 2012: A locals-only heartbreak mixtape

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

1. The Rosebuds, "Cover Ears" — OK, so this is pretty much a no-brainer. A married duo divorces, then comes back together for a post-divorce LP, Loud Planes Fly Low. Ivan and Kelly Rosebud give us an intimate glimpse of post-marital desolation, notably when Ivan sings "who's gonna love you/ when I go?" The rest of Loud Planes is pretty bleak too. 2. The Small Ponds, "Loneliness" — This remarkable Americana-folk duo formed at Raleigh's annual Love Hangover—an evening dedicated to sad cover songs. So it stands to reason they'd write along those same lines. "Loneliness will be your one...

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A VD playlist for the down-on-love

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

There's not a lot of hope right now for an indie kid in love. Blame it on the divorces of several prominent indie couples: Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore shattered our faith in true love when they announced that their 17-year marriage wouldn't make it to 18; Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard forced us to wonder if even the unreasonably good-looking dorks are doomed in love too; and Jack White and Karen Elson made their divorce into a star-studded fête before White, dishearteningly, broke up with his former ex-wife Meg for a second time (but this time professionally). So, there...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Bon Iver's local ties

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Revisit our 2011 cover story about Bunny Bear—err, Bon Iver—who took home two Grammys last night, for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. ...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Avett Brothers, The Love Language to headline 21-band benefit for Oliver Gant

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

UPDATE (March 1, 2012): A fourth venue has been added to this show. Tift Merritt, Bombadil, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Small Ponds and Brice Randall Bickford will play The Lincoln Theatre on Friday, March 23. As with all venues, doors open at 7:30 p.m., and wristband pickup will be available at all four venues. Tickets go on sale today at noon via etix.com. These tickets permit access to Kings, Tir Na Nog, The Pour House and The Lincoln Theatre—space, as always, permitting. --- Little more than a year ago, Jed Gant, downtown editor for local news blog New...

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Friday, February 3, 2012

With a little help from her friends: Kathleen Edwards in Carrboro

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Midway through Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards' show Tuesday night at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, she welcomed a familiar face onstage to the delight of the hundreds in attendance. It wasn't necessarily a surprise: A few folks had already spotted Bon Iver's Justin Vernon in his hooded yellow sweatshirt, commingling in the audience with old friends from his Raleigh days, and it's no secret that Vernon produced Edwards' outstanding new album Voyageur. Devoted fans might also have noticed that videos of the two performing a few songs together at her Sunday night performance in Atlanta had turned up on YouTube...

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Durham's Delta Rae signs to Sire Records

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Durham-based folk-rock sextet Delta Rae has signed to Sire Records, a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group. Their label mates will include Avenged Sevenfold, Jack’s Mannequin, Regina Spektor and a host of other bands that water down otherwise interesting musical ideas until they are highly safe and consumable. In short, this is just where Delta Rae belongs. According to their manager, Adam Schlossman, the group signed the contract a week ago in New York before a show at the Mercury Lounge. The first album in the multi-record deal, a full-length follow-up to the band's 2010 self-titled EP, is expected...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Videos: Megafaun, Mount Moriah and The Beast gather to fund a Durham school

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Riding in to help: Megafaun Before last Saturday, I had never heard of a venue selling out twice in one evening. But at Motorco, the first half of the night—a benefit for the Central Park School For Children—opened with a mob of young children and their parents anxiously awaiting the student performances to begin. The joy projected by the student bands, their friends and families was overwhelming. All you could see was smiles everywhere—none more so than with the "adult" instructors, like Phil Cook, Christy Smith, and Heather McEntire, who worked with each student band to develop original material. After...

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Videos: The Gathering Church praises in Carrboro

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Friday night’s performance at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro offered an interesting array of area musicians, centered for an evening around gospel songs. While that might immediately turn off some concertgoers, the songs being played—at least according to Gathering Church Associate Pastor Chris Breslin—were more soul music than anything else. He was right, too. Jeff Crawford and company worked their way through many of the songs on their new compilation Hymns From The Gathering Church. Throughout the evening, the band switched through countless formations, transitioning smoothly from song to song as though this were a band who had toured on...

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Live: Jeff Mangum returns to a (very formal) Chapel Hill stage

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Jeff Mangumw/ Andrew, Laura & ScottMemorial Hall, Chapel HillJanuary 30, 2012 Illustration by Chris Williams Photography was not permitted at Jeff Mangum’s show in Chapel Hill on Monday night, increasing the sense that we were about to witness a rare, delicate artifact that could be damaged by bright lights. Yet the person that emerged seemed average, affable and mild, more like someone who had just woken up refreshed after being in suspended animation for 13-odd years than a wild-eyed hermit. He could have easily passed for an art-class extra on My So-Called Life, with lank hair hanging down like Snoopy...

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