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Friday, February 28, 2014

Gone quiet: Aimée Argote talks Des Ark's upcoming, gentler record

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Aimée Argote is in Austin, at least through today. The Chatham County-based songwriter behind the longstanding, alternately tender and raging Des Ark is there working on the followup to 2011's Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker. The LP, due out in the fall, gives a home to some of Argote's quieter songs: to that end, she's splitting her recording time between collaborative stints in a Texas home studio and solo work with noted Carrboro producer Brian Paulson, whose credits include Wilco, Slint and Beck. We caught up with Argote to ask about her new direction. INDY: I was reading...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oh, hell: Ben Folds Five recording new LP

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Major-label budget cuts, Exhibit No. 3,456,873 Following a MySpace-sponsored reunion show more than three years ago and last year's Folds box set containing some unreleased material, Ben Folds Five is reuniting for its first album since 1999. You can check out Ben Folds' Twitter for updates on the story. This information is all that was contained in something like a press release that Sony Music circulated yesterday, save for one unfortunate screen shot—of an Internet Explorer window, with a Tweet, containing a picture of the band in the studio. (C’mon, intern, right click, “Save as...”) Folds, bassist Robert Sledge and...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Airiel Down's military marathon

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Courtesy of Airiel Down and Phoenix PhotographyThirsty for justice: Beaux Foy, in the shades, leads Airiel Down Beaux Foy isn’t a fan of the evening news: "It pisses me off every time you turn on the news. The only time they mention our troops is when they have casualties,” the Airiel Down front man says. To counter that, Foy is joining forces with Lowe’s, Pepsi and NASCAR on a campaign to honor the everyday achievements of servicemen and women who “put themselves on the line everyday to help in the greater good of global humanity.” He teamed up with Jimmy...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rapper Big Prince?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Following Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009, BET aired a show called Michael Jackson: 10 Things You Didn't Know. In it, The Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson made viewers privy to some comical trivia about the history of the King of Pop’s song “Bad." According to ?uestlove, “Bad” was originally slated to be a duet that featured another member of music royalty—Prince. Prince declined the offer. Apparently, the opening line—“your butt is mine”—wasn’t too appealing to Prince. At a dinner, Prince told Mike, “You ain’t singing this line to me, and I sure ain’t singing this line to you.”...

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Future Islands (tonight at The Cave) talk Thrill Jockey

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 5:10 PM

It often seems like we're trying to find new ways to describe Future Island's infectious music—essentially, three-piece, bass-and-beat driven emo-soul from dudes that (partially) grew up in Raleigh, moved to Greenville, N.C., and then Baltimore, Md.—on a weekly basis. And it's sort of true: The trio tours as hard as frontman Sam Herring sings, and they don't miss a chance to play in the Triangle. Last week, the band played a packed headlining set at Berkeley Cafe; tonight, they'll play Pizza Fest at The Cave. More on that event in this week's paper. We spoke with Future Islands' smoking...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Free Electric State signs to Churchkey Records, prepares debut LP

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 3:20 PM

When Durham quartet Free Electric State booked studio time to make the follow-up to their excellent two-song debut demo, they aimed only for the next step in size: Cut an EP, and see if any labels were interested in a longer project. Turns out, they didn’t have to wait. “Kyle and Steve said, ‘We’re not interested in putting out an EP. We’d rather do a full-length,’” says Free Electric State’s Shirlé Hale Koslowski of Kyle Miller and Steve Jones, who run the Durham label Churchkey Records. “We had the songs, so we said we would record more. It wasn’t...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tonight: Hoffs, Sweet and a few glorious covers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 6:49 PM

I’m not lobbying for the position of song-choice consultant for Matthew “Sid” Sweet and Susanna “Susie” Hoffs if the pair decides to release a third volume of their Under the Covers series, following ’06’s Volume 1 and the new Volume 2 (both on Shout Factory). However, I would serve with honor and incurable geekitude. OK, so maybe I am lobbying. Past the jump are the 10 songs at the top of my Volume 3 wish list. Volume 1 stuck to the ‘60s, whereas Volume 2 was all about the ‘70s. My list reflects the hope that a third volume...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blag'ard heads into the studio, readies Capsize 7 archival release (Tonight at Nightlight)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Blag’ard has delayed the release of its second LP, tentatively titled Mach II, to the beginning of next year. Guitarist Joe Taylor now plans to accompany its release by unshelving the long lost Capsize 7 album he recorded with the old alt-rock act in the mid ‘90s before they were dropped from Caroline Records. Fusing the jagged angular spirit of Polvo with Achers of Loaf’s hooks, Capsize 7 was one of the Triangle’s most underappreciated coulda-beens. He brings a similar bristling sound to his new outfit, fueled by drummer Adam Brinson’s sizzling kit work. We spoke to Taylor about...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kaze: First in Flight, a mixtape

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Three things I never thought I'd hear from Chapel Hill's Kaze: 1. A "Best I Ever Had" remix. Drake? Seriously? 2. Kaze actually singing hooks on more than one song (also featured on his new mixtape is the 9th Wonder-produced single, "Fresh", which features newcomer Mr. Mohalyn singing the hook). 3. Auto-Tune. While toiling within the local hip-hop scene for the past decade and establishing himself as a hard-life, no-frills emcee, it seems as if Kaze has been surreptitiously preparing to be North Carolina's version of Nelly, the St. Louis hitmaker who was once known as a sturdy, threatening...

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Airiel Down cuts new N.C. State fight song: Intense, bro

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Whether at Carter-Finley Stadium or at home watching on television, most people who saw last night's N.C. State-South Carolina season opener probably thought the 7-3 game was a snoozer. But they didn't watch the game with Beaux Foy and Taylor Traversari of Raleigh quintet Airiel Down. The pair took a break from recording and touring to witness the debut of their reworking of the N.C. State fight song—a faster, screaming-vocals version that will be played all year as the Wolfpack takes the field—amid 60,000 fans in red. "They came to us and said there's just a lack of...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More new mixtapes: Kooley High's Tab-One, H.O.J's Reservoir Dogs

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 2:59 PM

For any of you out there waiting on The Anti-Mixtape Resistance Movement to gain momentum, you're probably better off trying to squeeze orange juice out of a ham: Ain't gonna happen. Rappers are sticking to that ol' formulaic hustle of releasing no-hassle mixtapes in lieu of or in preview of forthcoming LPs. No matter how much we bitch and whine about the infinite piles of pointless mixtapes on our hard drives, they're going to keep coming as hip-hop artists gobble up the low-cost exposure. That said, we should at least be grateful for all the free material we've been given...

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Charlie Poole set from Loudon Wainwright

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Speaking of Charlie Poole: On August 15, the same day that Tompkins Square released its two-disc Red Fox Chasers anthology, Loudon Wainwright III released his latest, titled High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. On the two-disc set, Wainwright—with help from the likes of David Mansfield, Geoff Muldaur, and Chris Thile, as well as various Wainwrights and Roches—tackles songs from Poole's repertoire and contributes nine new songs centered on the life of the rambling and roving Poole and the times that couldn't contain him. Among other things, this project adds to the already-abundant off-the-beaten-path promise of this fall's...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Phonte Coleman on new Roots, Apathy albums

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 6:18 PM

While still touring and promoting his most recent The Foreign Exchange LP, Leave it All Behind, Little Brother's Phonte Coleman is somehow finding time to churn out all sorts of other projects. Whether he's hosting his Raleigh dance night, serenading over a joyful Jazzanova track or guest-emceeing on a R&B record from two rising soul vocalists (Anthony David and Algebra Blessett), Coleman—who will also be featured on the upcoming The Roots album, How I Got Over—remains one of the Triangle's busiest, most in-demand artists. We figured we'd keep you up to date just in case you aren't doing your...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Joe Scudda on Reservoir Dogs, his new tape with Big Pooh, Jozeemo & Chaundon

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 11:50 PM

Joe Scudda is known mostly as the sort-of-country (and white) emcee who shows up unexpectedly on Hall of Justus tracks and delivers unforgettable, often-hilarious guest verses. This time, though, as part of the four-man rapping cartel Reservoir Dogs with fellow Hall of Justus emcees Rapper Big Pooh, Chaundon and Jozeemo, Scudda is finally steering the wheel. We asked Scudda a few questions about the upcoming Reservoir Dogs mixtape and his acting career. INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: This seems like a very no-holds-barred project where everyone is just getting some very angry shit off their chest. What’s the reason for the collaboration?...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ex-WKNC DJ Steve O))) returns to radio Friday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 1:07 PM

2008 Indies Arts Award winner Steve "DJ Steve-O" Salevan will return to radio with a new show, The Hidden Places, Friday on Internet radio station, Taintradio, which I have yet to type without giggling. Salevan, a former WKNC 88.1 FM DJ, will co-host the show with Rachael Oehring, a Chapel Hill-based music publicist and, along with Salevan and Independent Weekly contributors Bryan Reed and Allie Mullin, co-owner of label Neckbeard Records. The mixed-format show will air weekly on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. and will combine local tunes with chats with musicians, fans and enthusiasts across the...

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Midtown Dickens announces release party for Lanterns

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Midtown Dickens will release its sophomore album, Lanterns, on Friday, August 28, with a show at Duke Coffeehouse. The band—now a quintet—recorded the album in Monroe, N.C., with Scott Solter (The Mountain Goats, Pattern is Movement, John Vanderslice), who also mixed. Dave Harris at Charlotte's Studio B mastered. The band will self-release Lanterns with a one-purchase, three-format approach: The vinyl, CD and digital download will be sold together, as with last year’s Lost in the Trees album, All Alone in an Empty House. Hit the jump for the tracklist....

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Live: Tigallo's debut Two-Step Thursday lacks, but a white lady disagrees

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Phonte Coleman's Two-Step Thursday Globe, Raleigh Thursday, June 11, 2009 (continuing every other Thursday) Thanks to some handstand-breakdance maneuver I hoped to land on the dance floor at the first of Phonte’s weekly Tigallo’s Two-Step Thursday affair at Raleigh club Globe, I nearly fractured my thumb last week. It's not broken, I think, but it is about the size of a chicken nugget. At least it’s a casualty of war with which I’m willing to live....

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Uhh, Polvo signs to Merge

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Well, there's this, which we've been hearing rumors of, but mostly around a Raleigh basketball court and on MySpace: Merge will release Polvo's new album, In Prism, on Tuesday, Sep. 8, the band's first LP since 1997's Shapes and first on Merge since Today's Active Lifestyles four years before. The eight tracks were recorded with Brian Paulson at Asheville's excellent Echo Mountain. Only two dates are scheduled so far (one being at Mergefest in July; the other being at New York's Seaport Music Festival later in July), though more gigs are expected for this Fall. Maybe Black Taj will...

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Jack White records, releases Dex Romweber Duo 7"

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Dexter and Sara Romweber stopped by Jack White's home studio in Nashville, Tenn., last week to record. Along with engineer Vance Powell, White lent his talents to the sessions by producing, playing guitar, saw, bass and singing. The two tracks cut over the two-day session—Geeshie Wiley's great "Last Kind Word Blues" and Dex's own "The Wind Did Move"—will be released through White's label, Third Man, later this month. Third Man, a vinyl label, currently has one release to its name: "Hang You From the Heavens," a seven-inch slab by White's new band, The Dead Weather. "It feels good. I can...

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Friday, April 17, 2009

9th Wonder recording with David Banner in Durham; Banner speaks

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM

During his packed Thursday night show at Carrboro's Cat's Cradle for the opening night of the 2009 Signal Electronic Music Festival, D.C. rapper Wale welcomed a special guest to the stage: Wearing a leather coat and, as Wale noted, Jordan 3's, Durham's Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder ambled onto the stage, greeting the hometown crowd before mentioning Back to the Feature, his long-awaited mixtape with Wale. Neither Wale nor 9th offered a definitive answer as to when the tape would finally be available, but the pair did reveal more details about 9th's contribution to Wale's forthcoming Interscope debut, Attention: Deficit,...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Horseback's back: two releases, approaches, premieres

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Listen up! If you cannot see the music player below, download the free Flash Player. --> Never content to stick to any one sound for too long, Jenks Miller—returning to his Horseback alias—has announced two new releases. Neither sound at all like his masterful debut, Impale Golden Horn. Yes, for all you keeping track at home on your handy little conflict-of-interest scorecards, that was released by Miller's Holidays For Quince label and Burly Time Records, the label formerly run in part by Indy music editor Grayson Currin. Nor do these two releases find their soul in the meandering...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dynamite Brothers Return, featured on Eastbound and Down

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM

If you're getting your Triangle music news from Raleigh Downtowner, who reviewed the Dynamite Brothers' rockin lil' debut last November, or five years after its release (Hey man, those Hendrix comparisons have to sit a minute...), the second record from the Chapel Hill boys may not seem long overdue. But it's been 2003 since the band gave us new material, and via the new Breakfast in Bed...with the Dynamite Brothers, it seems that they've taken their time to make it right, at least. Recorded in pieces by Hobex's Greg Humphreys, The Old Ceremony's Mark Simonsen and Dynamite bassist Shane...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

INTERVIEW: The Avett Brothers reveal new details about Rick Rubin-helmed album

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 10:56 AM

The door that seals the back lounge of The Avett Brothers' long, shining tour bus slides open silently. At once, the quartet's members—brothers Scott and Seth Avett, bassist Bob Crawford, cellist Joe Kwon—pause and glance up, smiling to their longtime manager, Dolph Ramseur, as he steps across the threshold: "NPR wants to know how many new songs you're playing tonight," Ramseur says, his inflection kindly implying an apology for the interruption. Scott reaches for the setlist. The band exchanges some final thoughts. Scott makes the pronouncement: "Two, but if there's a real serious need for another new song, we...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In the Studio: Bombadil learns 10 things with Scott Solter

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM

My band Bombadil has spent the last week and a half in the Monroe, N.C. studio of analog guru Scott Solter, recording the follow up to our first LP, A Buzz, A Buzz. We’re recording fourteen songs for the new album, which should be out in the early summer on Ramseur Records. While living and working in the studio, I have learned a number of important things....

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