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Friday, March 23, 2012

Amateur Love, featuring Megafaun's Cook brothers, to see Bon Iver-endorsed reissue

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

In his acceptance speech at this year's Grammy Awards—at which he took home the trophy for Best New Artist—Bon Iver's Justin Vernon spoke to the mixed feelings he had about accepting the award. "There's so much talent here on this stage," he said from the stage, "and there's a lot of talent that's not here tonight." It's an admirable stance, taking your big moment to point out that there are other artists at least as deserving that will never see that limelight. With his new Chigliak imprint, Vernon is using his power within the industry to expose some of...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Documentary offers insight into the life of a folk legend

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Roscoe Holcomb and John Cohen—two names so entwined into the history of folk music that it's tough to overstate their importance. Hailing from Daisy, Ken., Holcomb was a coal miner who also sang with the accompaniment of banjo, harmonica and guitar, unleashing a piercing falsetto that is seen as a definitive example of the "the high lonesome sound" of Appalachia. John Cohen is a producer and filmmaker who has become famous for discovering many hidden gems of traditional American music, including Holcomb, who he introduced to the world in his 1963 documentary The High Lonesome Sound. Tonight in Durham,...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Listen: Whatever Brains' new LP and 7-inch

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Before releasing their first full-length last year, Whatever Brains had marked their evolution from flash-bang scuzz-punk into warped and weird post-punk pranksters across a series of singles and limited releases. So when that first long-player was finally released, barely more than eight months ago, there was an already-deep well of experience from which to draw. And so it did. Snotty punk reminiscent of the band's early days, knotty, Fall-informed post-punk and keyboard-fueled visions of melted new-wave all had their say. The Brains threw all their ideas on the platter, and somehow most of it stuck. The band's second self-titled album,...

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

With Elton John, it's "Your Song" or nothing

Posted By on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Elton JohnPNC ArenaFriday, March 16 "Elton! Elton! Elton!" The chant rang through Raleigh's PNC Arena at earsplitting volume, 20,000 mostly middle-aged fans begging, pleading for one of pop music's most enduring icons to return to the stage. They didn't have to wait for long. After a few short minutes, Sir Elton John returned to the cushy leather chair in front of his shimmering grand piano. Bedecked in a black suit with a long jacket bedazzled with the Hindu god Shiva, he gave a rehearsed but genuine spiel about how great and receptive the audience had been. He then turned...

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Friday, March 16, 2012

First Listen: Horseback's new single offers Half Blood glimpse

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

After the flood of releases that preceded it, Horseback's 10-month lull has been a dramatic pause. But Half Blood, the long-awaited follow-up to 2009's The Invisible Mountain, has finally been announced, "set for a Spring 2012 release via Relapse Records." No specific date has been set, but at least it's something. In the meantime, the Chapel Hill outfit helmed by Jenks Miller has assembled two new tracks for a limited edition 7-inch, which is streaming now [see below], thanks to the heavy-centric blog OMG Vinyl. The A-side, "On the Eclipse," features Miller's now-signature guitar meanders and scorched shriek, suggesting something...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stripmines debut LP Crimes of Dispassion makes impression, but band's future uncertain

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Last Friday at Raleigh's Berkeley Cafe, five mostly new local hardcore bands took to the stage to raise money to help LA grindcore musician Sergio Amalfitano cover his daughter's medical expenses. The altruism was a warm touch, but with Greensboro's Torch Runner serving as the most veteran band on the bill, the gig was representative of a surge of new bands that formed nigh simultaneously—and in part because Raleigh scene titans Stripmines kinda-maybe-almost broke up. Of the bill's five bands, three featured members of Stripmines. Earlier this month the band released its excellent LP debut, Crimes of Dispassion, and plans...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Band Alert: Is Infección the Triangle's new punk supergroup?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

The new Raleigh punk band Infección runs the risk of an overcrowded résumé: Its four members can count Double Negative, Whatever Brains, Brain F≠, Devour, Logic Problem, Grids, Street Sharks, Cross Laws and Crossed Eyes as relevant experience. But with only one show and a raw three-song practice space video to its name, the quartet of guitarist Daniel Lupton, bassist Rich Ivey, drummer Bobby Michaud and singer David Mirabedini already has differentiated itself from its members’ other activities. “While there's still a lot of hardcore in the mix, it's much more garagey and catchy,” Lupton told me via e-mail....

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Chapel Hill's The Cave is for sale

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Mouse Mock, who has owned Chapel Hill music venue The Cave since 2000, has confirmed that the storied bar is up for sale. On Feb. 27 an ad appeared on online classified site Craigslist announcing that ownership would entertain "serious inquiries and qualified buyers." Mock, who had been a part of the rich community surrounding the Cave for decades, bought the venue to maintain its tradition, but he also had other ideas in mind. A videographer at heart, Mock hoped to have the Cave double as a studio for public access TV shows. In the early days, he succeeded...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gray Young plays Kickstarter awareness show Friday at Slim's

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Photo by Corbie HillGray Young at Local 506, May 2011 Raleigh's Gray Young—whose first record was praised by this paper and second record was panned—is raising funds via Kickstarter to record its third LP. This Friday, with 11 days left to reach its $5,000 goal, the band will play Slim's in Raleigh to raise awareness for its fundraising push. "It's a free show because it's all about thanking the people who have contributed and trying to raise awareness to the people who don't know about it," says guitarist and vocalist Chas McKeown. There will be a computer at the show...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hiss Golden Messenger readies reissue, Record Store Day single

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Of the many underrated musical treasures in the Triangle, perhaps no other band lives up to the title like Durham's Hiss Golden Messenger. The spiritual musings of singer M.C. Taylor shape some of North Carolina's very best new songs, and their varied folk-rock represents a near perfect balance of intellectual stimulation and breezy accessibility. Despite all this, the band's releases exist mainly in obscurity; the recent LP Poor Moon was offered with a small pressing of 500 copies on Paradise of Bachelors. Now, it seems the limelight may have finally caught Taylor. On April 17, left-of-center-music champion Tompkin Square...

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