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Friday, June 29, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: Django Haskins' "Elsinore"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Back in February when we filmed this session with Django Haskins of The Old Ceremony, he alluded to a busy couple of months ahead. Since then he has done some overseas touring with Big Star, and his band The Old Ceremony signed with Yep Roc Records to release their next album, Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide on Aug. 20. The selection featured in today's session, "Elsinore," is a song off that upcoming release. Seeing Django play solo is an infrequent occurrence these days and will become more so with an even busier couple of months ahead. Tomorrow he...

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Announced: Duke Performances 2012-13 season

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Check your bank statements: It's time to throw a lot of money into the tills of Duke Performances. The just-announced calendar for the 2012–13 season features a glut of talent and variety. Artists based as close as the Triangle (Lost in the Trees) and as far as the orchestra pits of Asia (China National Symphony Orchestra) will grace stages across Durham in the coming year, presenting shows or participating in illuminating collaborations. Season highlights include a two-night stand with soulful cellist Meshell Ndegeocello (Oct. 19 and 20), a transcendental evening with The Mountain Goats and New York-based a cappella...

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Black Zinfandel: funny name, casual band

Tuesday at Slim's

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

By his admission, Brian Cruse isn’t adamant about much. But there was one thing upon which he insisted: “I was like, ‘My next band’s going to be called Black Zinfandel. I hope everybody’s cool with that because that’s the one thing I insist on,’” he says. “And I have a feeling that that name’s the only reason anybody cares about us—because it gets a few chuckles.” The moniker does elicit a few laughs, suggesting middle-aged women sipping stained wine by a pool. But the handle is hardly the only reason anybody cares about Black Zinfandel. Singer-guitarist Cruse, bassist Seth Beard...

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: The Tender Fruit's "Weighted Down"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

When we began brainstorming artists for this series, Christy Smith and her Tender Fruit project were one of the first I wanted to recruit. Shortly after the new year, Christy and cohort Patrick Dyer Wolf graciously agreed to be one of the test subjects for the series. After a fun photo shoot involving Christy's collection of masks, the duo ran through a series of songs together and solo for us. Today's Simple Music video, recorded at F/Stop Grooves studio in Raleigh, is an unreleased number being considered for inclusion on their follow up to 2010's Flotsam & Krill. The...

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: Wylie Hunter's "Child of Summer"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Today's session brings us Wylie Hunter, who came to Capital Club 16 on a Monday afternoon to perform a few songs off his excellent recent release, Someone You Used to Know. The album is yet another produced by the ever-budy James Wallace and Jeff Crawford at Arbor Ridge Studios. Look for more members of the Arbor Ridge crew to be featured in the coming months. Here, Wylie performs "Child of Summer," proving that his dynamic style can be delivered solo just well as backed by his band, The Cazadores. Wylie Hunter & The Cazadores open for country music traditionalist...

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: Hiss Golden Messenger (with Megafaun)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Sunday afternoon at Capital Club 16, Hiss Golden Messenger, or Michael Taylor, visited Raleigh to film an installment of the Simple Music Video Series. He brought along two special guests: Phil & Brad Cook of Megafaun. Earlier this week, Taylor announced that the Cook Brothers would accompany HGM for his set opening for Michael Chapman at The Pinhook Tuesday, June 12. Below is a preview of what folks are in for Tuesday, plus an unreleased HGM song to be included on untitled, upcoming album. Enjoy "Red Road Natahalia" by Hiss Golden Messenger, accompanied by Phil & Brad Cook. See...

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bulked-up Beast dazzles at Motorco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceA bigger Beast The Beast + Big BandMotorco Music HallJune 6, 2012 The Beast is, without doubt, one of the strongest live acts in North Carolina. In this particular case, I’m not talking about instrumental chops or songwriting wit, although the Durham hip-hop-and-jazz four-piece has more than its fair share of both. Right now, I’m referring to heavy lifting, the ability to take on additional sonic weight and keep right on trucking. It was that strength that made the band’s opening set for Duke Performances’ annual Music in the Gardens series (relocated to Motorco due to threat...

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

We return to our Simple Music Video Series with a February performance by John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff with Mandolin Orange. Here, Howie is backed by drummer Matt Brown, who passed away last month. On Sunday, June 3, a benefit concert at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw will assist Brown's family. Here's what Peter Blackstock had to say about the show in this week's Independent Weekly. When drummer Matt Brown passed away April 25 from a heart attack at age 42, it hit home with a lot of people, and affected quite a few bands. Here's...

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Goodbye, Titan bassist Matt Cash to play final show Saturday night in Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Saturday night will see Matt Cash, bassist for Raleigh post-rock stalwarts Goodbye, Titan, play one last show with the band. It's a friendly split, and he isn't going far: he will remain active in his increasingly dance-oriented shoewave trio The White Cascade. And in a more literal way, he isn't going anywhere - the two bands share a practice space. He won't even have to move his amp. “Like a lot of my friends that are active musicians in this area, we have jobs, families and other extracurricular activities to which we devote our time,” says Cash, who has...

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