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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Who needs a hardcore reunion? OFF! plays Kings tonight

Posted By on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Older dudes This wasn’t supposed to happen to hardcore. Reunion gigs and supergroups have historically been the domain of faded dinosaur rockers, the same type of axe-slinging pomp-rock that punk was supposed to be a reaction against. Hardcore—child of the trickle-down, Cold War 1980s—was primitive and impulsive, youth-centric and nihilistic. Under the shadow of nuclear obliteration, it was never meant to last. Steven Blush’s oral history of hardcore’s first wave, American Hardcore: A Tribal History, puts a hard stop on hardcore at 1986: Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys and The Misfits broke up that year. The Minutemen guitarist D. Boon...

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: The Weather Station's "Came So Easy"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

A farm in Hillsborough provided the perfect warm-up for The Weather Station, the Canadian act making their first North Carolina visit to perform at Hopscotch Music Festival. The event lends itself to the discovery of new acts, and Tamara Lindeman had been one of the more intriguing selections to play Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, a highly coveted performance hall. I had only listened to her latest release, All of It Is Mine Once, before seeking her out for a session. After hearing just one song performed live, the mix of The Weather Station's soft-spoken lyrics and beautiful finger-picking...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Horseback's Impale Golden Horn to see vinyl release (and slick new artwork)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Impale Golden Horn's new look: art by Denis Forkas KostromitinDebut Horseback (AKA Jenks Miller) LP Impale Golden Horn will see a vinyl release Oct. 23 jointly through Three Lobed Recordings and Divide By Zero Records. Impale's patient dronescapes have been released twice on CD (once by Indy Music Editor Grayson Currin's former label Burly Time Records) and are digitally available through Relapse Records, but have not been pressed to vinyl yet. This reissue, replete with darkly intriguing art by regular Horseback cover artist Denis Forkas Kostromitin, aims to rectify that situation. Interestingly, this comes on the heels of a Merge...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Video: Bowerbirds, Hiss Golden Messenger, Prypyat in Saxapahaw

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Saturday night offered an evening of beautiful music at the Haw River Ballroom. As the chilly fall wind began to blow through Chatham County, Cup 22 was firing out hot cups of coffee to the mellow crowd. The show began with the two-piece Prypyat, featuring Duncan Webster (Hammer No More the Fingers) and Leah Gibson (Lost in the Trees, Bowerbirds). While Webster's finger picking is a delight to hear, it was Gibson's often overlooked cello work that seemed to fill the ballroom in the best of ways. Hiss Golden Messenger followed with a self-proclaimed set of the "Jesus tunes"; no...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Simple Music Video Series: The Morning After's "Higher Ground"

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM

A little more than two years ago, Rachel Koontz — then a bartender at my favorite sports bar on earth, Woody's City Market — told me she was starting a band. And she was serious too. Slowly over these past two years she has not only built a solid supporting cast around her with the help of local banjo ace Hank Smith (Barefoot Manner, Kickin' Grass, Monkey Navigated Robot) but also carved out regional notoriety that has translated into a fairly busy touring schedule. This success has come despite one obvious difficulty: The band's sound falls into three or...

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Cat's Cradle takes over the Commons

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceMandolin Orange plays to the Commons Tift Merritt, Megafaun, Mandolin OrangeCarrboro CommonsSept. 21, 2012 To any concert promoter or civic entity in Durham, Wake, Orange and surrounding counties with the means to put on free and accessible outdoor concerts with local musicians: We need more of them. Friday night, after three good to great sets in the Carrboro Town Commons — one of the Triangle's most criminally underused outdoor venues — that was the thought that stuck with me. The first-ever edition of "Cat's Cradle in the Commons" — of which there will hopefully be many more...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Que Viva, indeed: Spider Bags at Kings

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Spider Bags, The Golden Boys, Limes Kings Sept. 20, 2012 The song "Que Viva El Rocanrol" was released twice, almost simultaneously, in August 2009. It appeared first on Compulation Volume 3: Songs from North Carolina, released by Pox World Empire, and then again about a week later on Spider Bags' second full-length, Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World. In hindsight, it was an early signal of Spider Bags' semi-recent surge in local — and national — prominence. By now the song has become something of a hit, a staple in the Bags' live gigs, and a rallying cry to rock...

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Girl Talk speaks the language in Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceGirl Talk greets the crowd Girl TalkLongbranchSept. 20, 2012 Gregg Gillis, who performs as Girl Talk, had been playing Raleigh's Longbranch for about an hour when he finally paused. In such quantities, his manic mash-ups of pop, rock and hip-hop were an endurance test as much as they were a party starter. The pace of his product never lulled, pushing forward with frantic abandon, insisting that bodies in the crowd maintained constant motion. During the break, Gillis jumped on top of his DJ booth and shouted at the crowd, asking repeatedly if they were ready for him...

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mount Moriah talks Merge Records deal

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Photo by Abby NardoHeather McEntire at Hopscotch 2012 Local favorites Mount Moriah just got a new batch of social wedding rings, this time courtesy of Durham’s own Merge Records. “I feel really proud of us,” admits lead singer Heather McEntire. “We were talking about this the other day: If we could have written down what label we’d want to be on in this sort of big dream kind of way, it would be Merge. It’s pretty surreal, but also feels like we earned it.” The signing comes in a week where the Merge roster has already grown by two, with...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

North Carolina in Nashville: The 2012 Americana Music Festival

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

It was a big year for North Carolina at this year’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville. While the state didn’t capture any of the awards given last Wednesday night at the Ryman Auditorium, contributions by the Old North State to what the Americana Music Association (AMA) considers the best of the best has grown considerably. While the state only landed one performer in the coveted showcase performance spaces last year, eight appeared this year. Many were younger bands that have gained a considerable draw over the past few years. Delta Rae, Red June, Mandolin Orange, American Aquarium and Holy...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Shirlette Ammons debuts video for "Take a Chance"

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

At first blush, the video for "Take a Chance," the new single from Durham MC Shirlette Ammons, seems quite simple. A colorful blue and purple screen announces that there is breaking news. The bulletin: "Shirlette and Anansi find their Bentley mode." Shirlette sits making hilariously serious faces at a news desk as a monitor shows her and a young girl — Anansi — wandering about town. Without digging deeper, it seems slight but cute, a funny clip for a funny song with a stomping, up-tempo beat. But "Take a Chance" is the lead single for Twilight for Gladys Bentley,...

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hopscotch 2012: Gimme five, part two

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

This is the second and final—for this year at least—of a little series in which we asked music-savvy folks to give us five Hopscotch picks. We gave them a bit of latitude, though, so they could give us anything from five essential acts to five memories or five suggestions. If you didn't catch part one, which we ran yesterday, it's right here. Hopscotch, by the way, starts in just a few hours. And now, lists: John DwyerThee Oh Sees: too much rock for this boat. Christopher R. WeingartenSenior editor, Spin Magazine Thee Oh SeesThee Oh Sees are one of the...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hopscotch 2012: Gimme five, part one

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

We asked a handful of people who are knowledgeable about or involved in music, locally and beyond, to give us five picks for Hopscotch. We left it open to anything from five essential bands to general suggestions or standout memories. Here's the first set. Check back Thursday for the second. Contributed photoJedidiah Gant's son Oliver during The Love Language's outdoor set, Hopscotch 2010 Jedidiah GantEditor-in-Chief, New Raleigh. Gant also writes regular Indy columns documenting his young son's fight against cancer. Outdoor day parties - Bring the kids along! One of the best things about being a parent and also loving...

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Thank you so much for these clips; it was a special show.

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