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Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Eve: Four Foreign Exchange jams to bring in 2013

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Get a kiss on NYE. The New Year’s Jazzin’ Eve with Art of Cool celebration at Durham’s The Cotton Room will be Monday night’s most gratifying greeting to 2013. This will mark the first time that Phonte Coleman and Nicolay Rook have performed together, in Durham, as the globe-trotting, Grammy-nominated soul outfit The Foreign Exchange. They’ll be sharing the stage with other Triangle notables, including Bull City emcees Toon and The Real Laww, vocalist Yolanda Rabun, the Al Strong Quintet, DJ Apple Juice Kid. But when the clock strikes 12 a.m., it’ll just be The Foreign Exchange on stage, leading...

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New Year's Eve: Peter Lamb and the Wolves prepare a big year

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Image courtesy of the band Big things are afoot for Peter Lamb and the Wolves. Raleigh reedman Lamb recently recited a litany of good news, from recent developments to upcoming events—including top billing at Durham’s Casbah New Year’s Eve, and the North Carolina Democratic Party’s Inaugural Ball in Arlington, Va., on January 21. "Certainly the Casbah show we're excited about, but then there's the inauguration for the President, which is a big deal. We're playing across from Arlington Cemetery,” Lamb says. "The other interesting thing is, we're getting a lot of play in New Orleans recently, on the major jazz...

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Friday, December 21, 2012

New benefit Christmas single: "Bing Crosby," by The Chorus Project

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 7:06 PM

One new local Christmas track mixes nostalgic holiday R&B with the massed harmonies of a caroling glee club. "Bing Crosby," by Chapel Hill teenage vocal group The Chorus Project, was penned by Seamus Kenney of SNMNMNM and Trepak and co-produced by local audio engineer and dB's member Chris Stamey. Yet an all-star studio cast takes a backseat to the rich lead vocal of Durham School of the Arts student Wilson Plonk, not to mention the depth and texture of this 25-strong pop choir. Kenney's songwriting inverts the eternally suave (and occasionally disturbing) "This Christmas," preferring instead the optimistic heartbreak of...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Videos: The Backsliders bring it all back in Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Walking toward the Pour House Saturday night, I ran into a wide-smiling Jac Cain. This made me a little nervous, so I asked The Pour House soundman, "What do you think about tonight?" He responded with a deep, menacing laugh and not much more. The Backsliders had not even partially reunited in a number of years until a benefit show at Slim's in late September. So, why now? "Chip called, said he was doing a set at Slim's for a benefit and did I want to join him as a duo. I said, 'Sure, sounds like fun.' I found out...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Why Raleigh's Volume 11 Tavern is closing

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

When Volume 11 Tavern, the metal-centric Maywood Avenue music venue in Raleigh, closes its doors for the last time on January 1, the bands that served as the venue’s talent pool will lose more than just a room; they’ll lose a sanctuary for decibels. Motrendus is one such unapologetically hard rock band. “We’re not a low-volume band; we’re a loud band,” says bassist Steve Msarsa. “We’re a band that has Marshall stacks. If we were playing in 1973, ‘74, ‘75, you’d get it.” Having logged 49 shows at various venues across the state in the past 18 months, Motrendus...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Some Army releases video, works on LP for 2013

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM

SOME ARMY, 2013 from Adam Graetz on Vimeo. Some Army—the new songwriting outlet of The Honored Guests' Russell Baggett—debuted with a strong 2012. Starting with a three-song 7-inch early in the year, the outfit expanded it into a seven-song EP of striking, melancholic folk-rock. Lush, reverb-heavy textures deepen the bleary-eyed heartbreak that powers Baggett's richly understated lyrics. The results resound with refined clarity, revelations of a struggling musician confronting new phases of adulthood. Next year, the band plans to complete work on its debut full-length. The video above features part of a song destined for that release. "To Keep the...

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Carolina Covers: Chip Robinson covers Malcolm Holcombe's "Who Carried You"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Today's Carolina Cover comes from Chip Robinson, covering "Who Carried You" from Asheville native Malcolm Holcolmbe's 1999 Geffen Records release, A Hundred Lies. When we set these sessions up and ask for a cover, folks sometimes do not have time to prepare because of scheduling. In this case, Robinson came in with what he said was one of his favorite songs; he delivers the song with a cleaner vocal take than the original but with the same finger-picked mournful spirit. Chip has two area shows coming up this week: He plays solo tonight at Slim's with Mike Ferrio at...

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Live Video: Mount Moriah & Bowerbirds at Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Mount Moriah, Bowerbirds Cat's Cradle Dec. 8, 2012 Saturday brought one of the more anticipated local performances in recent memory to the Cat's Cradle. Mount Moriah — stirring up recent buzz around their signing to Merge Records and the announcement of their next release, Miracle Temple — debuted a handful of rich and powerful new songs. And headlining were the Bowerbirds, fresh off of a nine-month tour and returning to the Cradle for the first time since their CD release for The Clearing in March. While Mount Moriah played several selections off their new disc, you'll have to see...

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Lost in the Trees and New Music Raleigh offer bigger sounds, smaller emotions

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Lost in the Trees with New Music RaleighReynolds Industries Theater, Duke Campus, DurhamFriday, Dec. 7, 2012 With Lost in the Trees, the focal point will always be Ari Picker. The singer and leader of the string-abetted art rock ensemble is a transfixing presence on stage. This isn't just because of the subjects he sings about, though his tales of familial dysfunction and tributes to his late mother are certainly filled with overwhelming emotions. Picker genuinely seems to be baring his soul every night, not just singing his songs, but reliving the stories within, his voice rising from a fractured...

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Friday, December 7, 2012

New Kind of Kix: The long-running hair metal band persists, Saturday at Lincoln Theatre

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Photo courtesy of the bandKix: Get 'em while you can In January, the second annual Cliff Jackson Memorial Show at Lincoln Theatre scored a one-off reunion by regional metal band Maxx Warrior as the headliner. On Saturday, just 11 months later, promoter Marty Burns’ tribute to a friend continues to grow, giving its top slot to the long-running Maryland hard-rockers Kix. The band formed in 1977 as a trio called The Shooze, and spent the next few years trying various lineups and a new name (The Generators) before solidifying as Kix. The quintet that emerged built a fan base in...

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

A little Rosebuds for Christmas

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Santa has been making his list and checking it twice since 1939. The chestnuts have been roasting since 1944. And Rudolph with his nose-so-bright has had us blazed at Christmas since 1949. Christmas, it seems, is a holiday as much about nostalgic feelings as new memories; The Rosebuds' latest release, Christmas Tree Island, takes that spirit to heart. At 13 tracks, the record mines timeworn Christmas themes with new energy. The band's signature pop swells enthrall from the first jingle bells on "I Hear (Click, Click, Click)" to the beautiful strings on closer "Journey to Christmas Island." "Christmas music...

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Carolina Covers: Jason Kutchma handles Superchunk's "Hyper Enough"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Today brings together another pair of local favorites, Jason Kutchma and Superchunk. As soon as Kutchma mentioned the song he'd chosen to cover back in July, I instantly became excited—it's one of those that you can hear in your head as soon as it's mentioned. "When the first 20 seconds burst from the speakers, my heart races," Kutchma explains of the original. "I heard it in my twenties and it made me feel like a teenager. It had the same effect when I hit my thirties. One day I tried figuring how to play the damn thing and, though...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Raleigh's DIVEbar is closing, but they're already on the hunt for a new space

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Photo by Karen MannRighteous Fool, playing Raleigh's DIVEbar in 2009 When word began circulating on Facebook last week about the impending demise of DIVEbar, reaction on the Glenwood South music club's page was swift and appropriately doomy. Many voiced outrage and sadness, often sharing memories of the club and ending their comments with "\m/", web-speak for metal horns. Some were upset that the club is suddenly closing the same month as Volume 11, Raleigh's only other dedicated heavy-music venue. But local metal fan and regular DIVEbar patron David Askew succinctly summed up what many feel about the venue's closing: "This...

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The ArtsCenter lays off its longtime concerts director

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Photo by D.L. AndersonIn July, Indy Week gave Tess Mangum Ocaña one of its 2012 Indies Arts Awards for her work at The ArtsCenter; earlier this week, she was laid off. Late Tuesday afternoon, Tess Mangum Ocaña—the concerts director and facility rental coordinator at Carrboro's The ArtsCenter—announced that she had been laid off. She had held the position for 10 years. "That Tess had maintained this position for more than a decade demonstrates how incredibly skilled she is, what an amazing job she's done," explained The ArtsCenter's Executive Director, Art Menius. "The underlying business model in which she had to...

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Live: Wooden Wand lets them ponder

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Photo by Leah Hutchison Toth Wooden WandDuke Coffeehouse, DurhamFriday, Nov. 30, 2012 James Jackson Toth’s set at the Duke Coffeehouse Friday night provided stirring testimony to the enduring power of one person playing a guitar and singing words that matter. Introducing himself by his nom de rock, Wooden Wand, and singing songs from Blood Oaths of the New Blues, his forthcoming release on the venerable London label Fire Records, along with older works, Toth balanced his natural geniality with the serious intent of a musical lifer. When I chatted with him briefly before the show, Toth was in good spirits,...

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