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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Raleigh's Animalweapon, the latest victim of Undisclosed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 9:56 AM

Serial is a big deal. It's a podcast fans follow with the fervor typically associated with binge-watched dramas like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. All at once, it's a true crime tale, a postmodern murder mystery, an indictment of the American legal system and a look back at teenage life, circa 1999. Its success has spawned the spinoff Undisclosed. Made by a wholly different production team, the show takes an in-depth look at the facts of the case covered by Serial. If you listen closely to this week's 10th episode, "Crimestoppers," you'll hear music by Raleigh electronica artist Patrick Cortes, or Animalweapon....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Body Politic: NC Music Love Army's Caitlin Cary and Alex Kotch talk October releases

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Justin Cook Caitlin Cary and members of The Love Army in 2013 Earlier this week, The NC Music Love Army released My Body Politic, the second of four releases this activist collective has prepped for the weeks leading up to the election on Nov. 4. It's centered around a track by that name, a collaboration between Caitlin Cary and Shirlette Ammons that initially appeared on 2013's We Are Not For Sale: Songs of Protest, plus five remixes. The INDY caught up with Love Army organizer Cary and producer Alex Kotch, whose "My Body Politic" remix as Direwolf is the third...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Guitarist Steve Gunn talks new album, his transition to songwriting

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

For much of Steve Gunn's career, he's been the guitarist. In Gunn-Truscinski Duo, his playing was long, mantric, immersive. Even on solo albums, a rambling, raga-like style was key. But with the new LP, Way Out Weather, available through Chapel Hill label Paradise of Bachelors, the Brooklyn musician make his second foray into proper bandleader mode. The guitar playing is still excellent, but the focus here is songcraft. Gunn's style has long been evolving. In 2013, he ventured into songwriting with Time Off. And last year, Three Lobed Records' Record Store Day release, Golden Gunn, was an impressive, unexpected collaboration...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hoppin' John Fiddlers' Convention starts today at Shakori Hills

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Allison Springer Hoppin' John square dance regulars The Five Points Rounders in 2011 On Thursday morning, things are hectic in the Shakori Hills office. The sprawling farmstead and festival site, just north of Pittsboro in rural Silk Hope, is preparing for the 8th Hoppin' John Old Time and Bluegrass Fiddler's Convention, which starts this evening. There's a new online check-in system debuting at Hoppin' John, but the Internet's out, explains convention coordinator Julie Amani when she answers the phone. "It has to be something," she says with a laugh. She's confident it'll be fixed soon. Besides, the tents are...

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Art Menius retires, Brad Porter takes over The ArtsCenter's music booking

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Adam Graetz Brad Porter: busy man. Last week, Carrboro's The ArtsCenter announced that operations director Brad Porter would move into a music booking role, taking over for lifelong roots-and-folk devotee Art Menius. Considering Porter's involvement with local bands—he drums for Some Army and Wild Fur and sometimes sits in with Wichita Falls and other projects—it seemed his lead may result in a louder, more rocking ArtsCenter. Yes and no, Porter says. "If I differ in any way from Art's booking style, in one word, I'd like to say 'electricity,'" he explains with a laugh, though he clarifies that he doesn't...

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Billy Sugarfix and Wendy Spitzer: Musical Carrboro couple moving to Prague

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

On June 21, Billy Sugarfix—the stage name of veteran local musician Bill McCormick—plays his first and last show with his latest band at the Cat's Cradle Back Room. Less than a week later, he and girlfriend Wendy Spitzer—another local musician with a long history of fascinating projects—are moving to Prague. McCormick, who has been active in area bands since 1988, gives a bulleted list of reasons for the departure: Spitzer's family, his interest in European folklore and relic pagan traditions, the city's rich beer culture. We caught up with McCormick to talk about the move, the new band and...

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Interview: After nearly 50 years, The Standells return to the road

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Photo courtesy of the band The Standells Rock ’n’ roll can be a cruel mistress. Innovations take a while to gain traction. Trailblazers often burn out. They watch as the groups they inspired ascend to fame and glory. Just ask The Standells: More than 50 years after the California garage-rock crew first emerged, they arrive tonight in Chapel Hill to play the Local 506, one of a litany of small clubs they’ll hit on their first proper tour since that initial burst of activity. Their early albums—littered with enduring classics like “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White” and “Dirty Water,”...

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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Love Hangover turns 15 at Kings this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Saturday, which aptly happens to be the day after Valentine's Day, is the Love Hangover's fifteenth birthday. The concept is simple: a handful of duos, often assembled specifically for the evening, perform love-oriented songs. Friends Richard Alwyn and Caroline Mamoulides started the annual event in Raleigh in February 2000, and it has returned to Kings almost every year since (well, except for the years when there wasn't a Kings). The concept has spread, with regional variations, to New York, Chicago, Kansas City and Ypsilanti. Mamoulides remains in Raleigh, where she organizes and plays in the Love Hangover show. We caught up with...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A man and his garage: Dusky Electronics' Chris Rossi talks amps and pedals

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

From running Spacelab Studio to playing in various bands to conceiving CyTunes in order to help (and then, sadly, memorialize) late local music lover Cy Rawls, Durham's Chris Rossi has been integrally involved in Triangle music for years. And now he's making gear, as guitarist Zeke Graves mentioned in last week's INDY. Right now, Dusky Electronics, as he's calling the new venture, is a small operation: one man making one amp and two pedals (which he's selling for $1,950 and $195 apiece, respectively). We caught up with Rossi and asked about the company, the designs and how he got into gear-building. INDY Week: There's a difference...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Ask me when I am no more": The Robyn Hitchcock interview

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

When Robyn Hitchcock takes the stage for a two-night stand in Cat’s Cradle’s Back Room on Feb. 4 and 5, he's almost certain to highlight songs from the soon-to-be-released Love From London. But nothing is set in stone for a man who has a catalog of more than 500 songs. From the skewed art-pop of his first band, The Soft Boys (named for a pair of William Burroughs titles) through his years as an ’80s college-radio cult hero to his current status as, er, elder statesman, this prolific Cambridge, England-born singer-songwriter has sustained a career rooted firmly and unabashedly in...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kat Robichaud hopes to Kickstart her career after The Voice

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Almost three months have passed since Raleigh’s Kat Robichaud was eliminated from The Voice. The singing competition had been kind to her for the most part, providing Robichaud with a grand forum for belting her big notes and kicking her stretch pants high. She stage-dove and earned some 30,000-plus Twitter fans. Ultimately, Tessanne Chin grabbed the title, and Kat and the rest of the contestants entered a new phase—one without judges or a network to guide their futures.  “Reckless Boys” by The Design: Robichaud spent over a year creating this stop motion music video out of a Lite-Brite, completing the...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Listening with Ivan Howard

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Though he’s best known for The Rosebuds’ hook-laden, synth-leaning pop, Ivan Howard has long had a taste for soul music. He proved that point last year with a sleek and passionate reinterpretation of Sade’s Love Deluxe, and he’s doing it again with Howard Ivans, a new project that finds him exploring brisk Midwestern funk. Teaming with Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb Records, a label and production house based in Virginia that uses a house band to back up various singers, he recorded two songs—collected on Howard Ivans’ 7-inch debut and released last month. With Howard and White taking...

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Interview: At 12 and 14, Durham's La Bête Magique sing with unexpected maturity

Posted By on Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Photo courtesy of the bandLa Bête MagiqueIt’s tempting to grade La Bête Magique on a curve. After all, the members of this charming folk duo, Bella Mead and Tehila Rosenblatt-Farrell, are 12 and 14, respectively. Their parents are longtime friends, which made their own connection seemingly inevitable. Rosenblatt-Farrell had been playing guitar for about a year when they began collaborating two summers ago. On a vacation to Ocracoke Island, they began writing arrangements for Mead’s poetry and busking profitably at a local coffee shop. They both attend school, and they practice once a week—3 p.m., every Sunday—for about an hour...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Jenks Miller announces new solo album and Horseback compilation for late-summer release

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Stasis, it seems, is never an option for Jenks Miller. With the adventurous kind-of-metal outfit Horseback, Miller stretches strains of noise, black metal, doom and blues across albums that play like ominous expeditions. Even in the more restrained country-rock of Mount Moriah, Miller's guitar offers a sense of adventure, itching to stretch beyond the genre into new territory. Various experiments under his own name have explored harsh electronics, subtle drones and folk-rock mutations. So it should be little shock that Miller, never one to idle, recently announced two forthcoming releases. The first, a three-CD collection of Horseback rarities...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Monkees understand: Micky Dolenz on the band's reunion

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

“It was a hell of a shock,” says Monkees singer and drummer Micky Dolenz about the loss of bandmate Davy Jones, who suffered a fatal heart attack in February 2012. But the passing of the British-born ’60s teen idol actually jumpstarted the Monkees reunion shows last fall and the current tour, which brings them to Raleigh tonight. “He was the closest thing to a brother that I had,” says Dolenz, who shared lead vocal duties in The Monkees with Jones. “No one was expecting that; he was the youngest of the four of us. We all got together in...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Interview: Sylvan Esso talks debut single, bright future

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Photo courtesy of Trekky RecordsSylvan Esso Sylvan Esso shouldn't sound this confident and cohesive yet. Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, the two halves of the bright and purposeful Durham-based electro duo, have known each other for three years, but their collaboration didn't become serious until last September, when Meath joined Sanborn for the last song of his daytime set during Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival. They should still be figuring each other out, throwing out ideas—some jewels, some duds. Instead, they have arrived with a pair of near-perfect singles packed onto one 12-inch record. “Play It Right” and “Hey Mami,” released...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tonight: The last open mic in Berkeley Cafe’s large music room

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Image by Brian WalsbyAn old poster from a familiar room: The last such jam at Berkeley Cafe, which closes this weekend, happens tonight. After Southern Culture on the Skids leaves the stage Saturday evening, Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe will close its larger music room and scale back to its size of 25 years ago, adding a stage and sound system back to its smaller room while serving food nightly. To honor the Berkeley’s legacy and record some of the stories provided by the funky venue and its colorful inhabitants, we spoke with nearly 30 folks that played, worked, promoted or attended...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The future's wide open for Japandroids

Tonight at Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Now is the moment for Japandroids, and their lyrics reflect that carpe diem attitude. But just as “restless nights turn to restless years,” a band’s second album turns to album three (if they’re lucky). Drummer David Prowse doesn’t feel he and guitarist Brian King can continue indefinitely with this teenage esprit. Hell, even the Ramones had their Phil Spector moment. He has no interest in repeating himself perennially. “I don’t know if we can keep making records that are as similar as Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock,” he says of the band's 2009 debut and its 2012 follow-up, the tour for...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Interview: Lost in the Trees' Ari Picker discusses the band's new, non-orchestral lineup

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceAri Picker leading his new-look Trees at Phuzz Phest About a month ago, the crowd at Krankies Coffee in Winston-Salem was treated to a far different Lost in the Trees than anyone had seen previously. Playing the city's third annual Phuzz Phest, the Chapel Hill outfit—known for swelling strings, complex arrangements, and the uninhibited emotions of frontman Ari Picker—debuted a new line-up. There was no cello. No violin. No French horn. No orchestral instruments of any kind. Joah Tunnell—once Picker's bandmate in The Never, now the husband of keyboard player Emma Nadeau—added guitar, filling the gap left...

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Today: Donna Ray Norton channels old ballads at the N.C. Museum of History

Posted By on Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Photo Courtesy of Pinecone/Photo by Carol RifkinDonna Ray Norton Jack Spicer wrote that a poet is a “counterpunching radio.” He also could have been talking about Madison County ballad singers. Just as poets are speakers through which the broadcast of language flows, so are ballad singers like Donna Ray Norton, who gives a free performance Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History. They are transmitters of a musical tradition much bigger than any one voice or personality. Norton herself puts this better: “My mom says that she’s passed the torch on to me. Whenever my time’s done, I’ll pass...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pet-Tich-Eye's Ashlie White responds to criticism of her ambitious project

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Ashlie White certainly isn't lacking for ambition. The 30-year-old graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill is also the instigator of Pet-Tich-Eye, a compelling (and confounding) project hoping to bring together local musicians, visual artists and community organizations. Close to many in the Triangle music scene—she's in a relationship with Hammer No More the Fingers' Joe Hall and is a close friend of The Rosebuds' Ivan Howard—White approached 10 of her sonically inclined cohorts, asking them to recruit two more musicians they don't normally work with to record a one-off song together. The resulting collaborations include members of Megafaun, Mount Moriah,...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Whatever Brains on recording their forthcoming third LP

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

If you're into bands that stay the same with each record they release, Raleigh's Whatever Brains are not for you. In 2011, after a string of compelling 7-inches, the punk pranksters offered their self-titled debut, a marvelous mess of twisted psych-rock detritus that shifted from aggressively mumbled verses to sarcastically epic choruses without missing a beat. The next year, they released another LP called Whatever Brains, not caring one iota that this move might confuse ill-informed consumers. The second album is sharper and more straightforward, getting most of its mileage from the dizzying interplay between guitarists Rich Ivey and...

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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, November 15, 2012

Stranger Spirits release new album, Masterpiece Rock Parlour

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Photo By Dudley Merrifield Check out a Stranger Spirits set, and you may find yourself faced with a hype ninja or a surfing Amazonian librarian or the Sherriff of Rockingham himself. “We call ourselves rock ’n’ roll pilgrims from another planet,” explains Aubrey Herbert, aka Destructika Poppins, a most evil take on a favorite English nanny. Adds Chris Wimberley, the regal Lord Wimberley of Bitchfield, “We have delusions about having our own set of action figures.” Whatever their excuse, these seven pilgrims are dressed to kill and ready to unleash a new record of altiverse melodies on audiences. Masterpiece Rock...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

MAKE's Scott Endres talks about new EP, Axis

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Jeffrey HollisStudio time: MAKE's Scott Endres (L) and Matt Stevenson (R) MAKE's debut LP, Trephine, got folks' attention: The 2011 offering made many best-of lists, including the Indy's, and garnered a flurry of press. Last Wednesday at midnight, the band released the first post-Trephine EP, Axis, on its Bandcamp site. The titular opening track is a 17-minute drone-metal meditation, like an exploded Pelican riding a much slower, sweeter build than usual. Middle track "Chimera" weaves in hard-nosed metal textures and harsh roars from bassist Spencer Lee. Closer "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters" inverts the opener's slow invocation, yet deposits...

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