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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

9th Wonder remixes Robert Glasper

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Back in March, we interviewed the hip-hop-influenced jazz pianist Robert Glasper. His group, Robert Glasper Experiment, was headed to Durham for a two-night residency at the Casbah in support of their new album, Black Radio. During our chat, Glasper spoke of his fondness for local Grammy-winning producer, 9th Wonder: "Doesn't he live out there? I'm trying to reach him. I want him to do a remix. Put it in the paper," said Glasper. We followed Glasper's instructions, and maybe that's what led to 9th Wonder contributing to Glasper's upcoming Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP. The short offering features...

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The Love Language welcomes new era at The Cave

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceThe Love Language in low places On record, The Love Language has enhanced its fraying emotions with divergent pop techniques. But The Love Language has always been at its best when it plays lean and lively garage rock. The quartet that Stu McLamb now leads understands that better than any of the band’s previous iterations, which made it the perfect choice to headline Monday’s celebration at The Cave. Monday was the club’s first night of operation under a new-ownership trio that includes Mark Connor and Van Alston, the tandem that operates the Raleigh bar Slim's. The Cave...

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Videos: The Magnolia Collective at Local 506

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 6:55 AM

I wish I'd seen The Magnolia Collective more times over the past few years, either playing late on a weekday at The Station or some other low-lit room in the Triangle. Saturday night at Local 506, they opened for Michigan's Frontier Ruckus. While the two bands have very different variations on Americana, the bill worked. Magnolia mixed several styles, from, alt-country and blues to psychedelic rock and just plain old rock ’n’ roll. As notoriously indifferent as Chapel Hill crowds can be, they bobbed their heads to the strums as though this was the band they came to see....

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Welcome to Storytellers. We're OFF!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Photo by Jake ThomasKeith Morris of OFF!, onstage in Raleigh OFF!, Negative Approach, Double NegativeKingsSept. 30, 2012 Supergroups almost always seem better in principle than in practice. It’s unfair, after all, to task a group of respected artists with overcoming their collective résumé, but that’s the job at hand: Remind us of your past glories, and feed us something fresh. OFF! is the preservationist hardcore quartet comprising original Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris, Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald, Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats and Rocket From The Crypt drummer Mario Rubalcaba. The band introduced itself in 2010...

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