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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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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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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jozeemo speaks out before his final show

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Last week, outspoken Durham rapper Jozeemo announced that his performance at tonight’s Wrath of the Godz hip-hop show at Casbah would be his last, after more than 10 years of wrangling with a promising music career that never quite took off. In the place of tough-guy street raps and outrageously obscene web videos, he’ll be concentrating on an something entirely different: a higher education. At 36, Jozeemo—a.k.a. Joe Murdock III—is enrolled for the 2012-13 fall semester as a full-time student at Alamance Community College, where he’ll be pursuing an associate’s degree in Industrial Systems Technology. A Triangle hip-hop scene without...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dwarr lives!

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Photo Courtesy of Drag City RecordsBig rocker: Dwarr [Editor's note: Dwarr was set to play The Pinhook in Durham tonight, Wednesday, March 16. His entire tour has been canceled.] ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, Durham bar The Pinhook will host the fourth and final gig of South Carolina outsider-metal outfit Dwarr’s first-ever tour. More than 25 years in the making, this show might never have happened without divine intervention. Duane Warr, the band’s mastermind and sole consistent member, has maintained an on-and-off relationship with his musical alter ego for a quarter century. He self-produced two albums, 1984’s Starting Over and 1986’s Animals,...

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Foreign exchange: UNC Beat Lab curriculum to be taught in Goma, DRC

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

May 13th is UNC's graduation date, which makes it an appropriate day for the UNC Beat Making Lab to release its free compilation. These 13 tracks—which draw samples from a wide variety of North Carolina acts—represent the final project from a course on beat-making taught by The Beast emcee Pierce Freelon and Chapel Hill producer extraordinaire Stephen Levitin— better-known in music circles as the Apple Juice Kid. While the compilation will be free, there's currently an Indiegogo campaign set up to send Freelon and Apple Juice to Goma, DR Congo, this summer, where they'll teach the same course at...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Pontiak's relentless hard rock evolution

Wednesday at Kings with Left Outlet

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

You will find few brothers who work together better than Jennings, Van and Lain Carney. You'll also find few bands that work as hard as Pontiak, the lead-heavy Virginia psych rock trio comprised of these siblings. In just five years of existence they've managed five full-lengths and an EP. The pace would suggest a workman-like approach, finding a groove and holding steadfastly to it. Such is not the case with Pontiak. Their output is striking diverse, continually finding new avenues to explore while retaining a core of muscular, Southern-tinged hooks. Where 2010's Living found then indulging in densely metallic...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Former Light Pines leader talks new project Cocoon

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

It's impossible to listen to The Storm (streaming here), the tight, well-produced psych-rock debut from Raleigh-based recording project Cocoon, without thinking of another band — one that no longer exists. Josh Pope, the man behind the Cocoon moniker, was once the frontman of The Light Pines, a band that rode a similar sound to the brink of national recognition before breaking up last summer. The comparison is obvious: One, this record sounds an awful lot like The Light Pines. Two, Pope initially posted the EP to Bandcamp as the Pines before switching the name to Cocoon. The Independent caught up...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Landing in America: Kathleen Edwards' Voyageur

Tonight at Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Photo by Todd V. Wolfson"It still sounds like me, in the end." —Kathleen Edwards, on her new LP “I’m moving to America,” Kathleen Edwards sings over and over in the chorus of “Empty Threat,” the lead track of her new album, Voyageur. Thing is, it wasn’t an empty threat: The Canadian singer-songwriter recently relocated to Wisconsin, leaving behind a marriage to a former bandmate and finding a new beginning both musically and personally with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. It’s an auspicious new direction. Voyageur, her fourth album, is brimming with exploration and confidence, perhaps the full bloom of an artist...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On the record: American Aquarium talks live LP

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

American Aquarium has a lot in store for their fans this year. One is a live CD recorded at The Pour House, which will be available February 11. We caught up with the band’s Bill Corbin in Muscle Shoals as he was recording their new album, which will be out later this year. And yeah, it’s being produced by some guy named Jason Isbell. INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: What lead to the decision of doing a live album at this point in the band's history?BILL CORBIN: We've always wanted to do a live record and people always ask us to put...

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kenny Roby lands Kickstarter success in less than a day

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Photo courtesy of the artistKenny Roby, funded. Early yesterday afternoon, I reached out to Raleigh singer-songwriter and former Six String Drag leader Kenny Roby with a few questions about his Kickstarter campaign, which he'd launched just a few hours before. I'm a proponent of artists funding projects through Kickstarter, but still, I sometimes get flustered by artists who ask for and promise the moon in exchange for a little financial boost. Roby's campaign was especially intriguing, then, as he was asking for a mere $2,000 and offering actually interesting content (like the download of an unheard song) for as little...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Interview: Jack the Radio's double duty

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Photo courtesy of the bandRaleigh's Jack the Radio Raleigh’s Jack the Radio mixes modern Southern rock with light electronica, incorporating just enough a bit of grit into otherwise polished pop tunes. Last Tuesday, the band both released its debut LP, Pretty Money, and played a 10-band benefit show for local tornado victims. We caught up with George Hage and A.C. Hill, who share vocal and songwriting duties for the project, to ask about the busy week. Independent Weekly: What did you have planned for the release day before the tornado benefit came up? Had you planned a release show and...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Interview with Buika

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Concha Buika ravishes with her singing voice, but even in spoken conversation, the sweetly rasping flamenco singer provokes goosebumps, pouring out her ideas in poetic cadences. Her artististic principles are at one with her outlook on life: an open bisexual, a child of African immigrants, a one-time Tina Turner impersonater, an aspiring electronica programmer—nothing's a contradiction for the ever-evolving Buika. In this interview, Buika reveals what "your mother" and Chucho Valdes have in common, and dishes how she got kicked out of Chavela Vargas' dressing room and danced with Antonio Banderas. The Indy spoke with her by phone back in...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tonight: Shearwater and Wye Oak at Local 506—interviews with both

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 2:30 PM

We spoke with Shearwater and Wye Oak, who play together tonight at Local 506. Hospital Ships open the 8:45 p.m. show. Tickets are $10–$12. SHEARWATER INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: You’re six records deep, and you’ve been playing as Shearwater since 2001. How do you keep it fresh? What was the strategy on The Golden Archipelago? I don't think making art ever gets stale unless you let it. Over the course of the records, you can hear us finding our feet, figuring out what we're about. Palo Santo definitely felt like a leap forward—and these days, it's about as far back as...

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Friday, March 12, 2010

A Funky Elegance: Bill Kirchen at Six String Cafe tonight

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 8:17 PM

It’s not a stretch to describe Bill Kirchen as one of the music world’s Zeligs. There he is back in his Ann Arbor, Mich., childhood in a school picture with Bob Seger and James “Iggy Pop” Osterberg, Jr. That’s him, Fender Telecaster in hand, in the team photos for Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen and for proto-new wavers (found in that big tent’s roots-revival corner) the Missing Moonlighters. Shots of Doug Sahm, Emmylou Harris, and Elvis Costello in a studio or on a stage would reveal Kirchen, guitar still smoking, nearby. Spot him backing Nick Lowe as an...

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Five Words with Blag'ard (tonight in Chapel Hill, tomorrow in Raleigh)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 3:09 PM

There’s a treacherous drive—alternating clay and gravel, and passing over a shallow creek—that turns off of a certain Chapel Hill road and leads into the trees. After several hundred yards, the red clay driveway opens, revealing a little house that’s more of a hermitage. It’s the warmest it’s been in several weeks today, and I’m sitting in the sun with Adam Brinson and Joe Taylor—together, Blag’ard. They’ve recently finished their second album, Mach II. It’s a solid unit, a catchy if menacing rock record that squeals off the lot like a muscle car and handles like Luke Skywalker’s X-wing....

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Phonte Coleman & Eric Tullis present five songs to get you dumped for Valentine's

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Over the years, we’ve relied on The Foreign Exchange’s lead singer and one-half of Little Brother, Phonte Coleman, to offer helpful anecdotes on the casualties and celebrations of love and relationships. So, who better to provide us with five songs that would surely get us dumped on Valentine’s Day than Coleman himself? After the jump, he provides the tracks, and I provide the commentary. Disclaimer, though: Neither of us accept responsibility for any of your V-Day disasters. And, if you need a quick fix, The Foreign Exchange plays tonight at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro....

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Wanda Jackson, still meeting ‘em head on: An interview

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 7:34 PM

It was a good year for the future Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. Yup, in 1952, still in her early teens, she won a talent contest, which led to her own radio show on a local station and, subsequently, an offer from bandleader Hank Thompson to perform with his Brazos Valley Boys. And 2009 was none too shabby either. Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Rosanne Cash handling the induction speech honors. She had a street named after her in her home city, and she was the subject of a documentary, which is...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Five words without Jonathan Richman (tonight at Cat's Cradle)

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 5:55 PM

There were warning signs from the start. The first two Web sites encountered during a little table-setting—the Vapor Records site and Richman’s MySpace page—delivered direct hits to my optimism. “Please note that Jonathan Richman does not have any direct involvement with the Vapor Records Web site and does not participate in the Internet on any level,” offered the former in polite parentheses. And the latter helpfully (and equally as politely, although the host did raise his or her voice twice) pointed out, “Please be aware that I am NOT Jonathan Richman nor has he anything to do with this...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tonight and Friday: The Tannahill Weavers present Scotland sounds

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Since forming in 1968, the Tannahill Weavers have grown into one of the world's premier conduits for traditional Scottish music. On the road six months of the year, an active touring schedule lets the band spread the sounds of Scotland—and often puts them in interesting, unexpected situations. While preparing for another U.S. tour at his home in the Netherlands, guitarist and singer Roy Gullane recalled two of those most interesting times. For one show,the band decided to drive from the north of Scotland all the way to Vienna. But a planned rest stop in Stuttgart, Germany turned into an...

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Will McFarlane plays Nigeria, Papa Mojo's

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on the Rock church led The Experience, and Lagos, Nigeria certainly shook the night of December 4. Lasting from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the fourth annual interdenominational gospel concert drew over 450,000 people. Local guitarist and minister Will McFarlane traveled over the Atlantic to be one of the many. McFarlane has spent the past decade in the area, but he spent years before backing up Bonnie Raitt and as part of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Even with his solid résumé, McFarlane was surprised to be invited to the concert. “They called me out...

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Tonight: Lambchop's Kurt Wagner talks XX Merge, painting and to be or not to be a country band [plus video]

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM

We spoke with Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner Wednesday, on the eve of the announcement that his longtime band Lambchop would release its life-changing/affirming/ending/reviving set from this year's XX Merge fest in Carrboro, N.C., as Live at XX Merge. Tonight, they'll see if they can repeat the magic of that night at Duke University's Reynolds Industries Theater at 8 p.m. Lambchop splits the sold-out bill with Alejandro Escovedo. INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: Are you playing Asheville on the way to Durham, or Asheville on your way home? KURT WAGNER: We’re playing Charolette first, then ya’ll, then Asheville. It’s like a tour...

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tonight: Kurt Vile & the Violators at Local 506

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 7:55 PM

After signing to Matador earlier this year, Kurt Vile is positioned as the latest long-hair millennial to draw parallels from critics to folk-rock and psych forebears Neil Young and Spacemen 3. Further adding to what molds rock mystique in 2009 is the fact that Vile's surname is indeed real, and, as you might have heard, he previously worked as a forklift operator in his native Philly. Manual labor now coos to America's indie set in tones more romanticized than perennial bedrock recordings (from which Vile's career first sparked). Needless to say, there's a gracious helping of buzz and bangs...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Talking to The Red Clay Ramblers' Bland Simpson

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

The Red Clay Ramblers got their start in 1972 and, over the years, have evolved with many personnel changes. Once a string band, the group now offers smatterings of American roots music from New Orleans to Tin Pan Alley. The Ramblers have a history of spreading their music through theater productions as well as music performances. Pianist Bland Simpson has been involved with the band almost since its inception. At band mate Chris Frank's house, Simpson helped mail out discs of the Red Clay Rambler's newest album, Old North State earlier this week. Before calling an end to the...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tonight: Cymbals Eat Guitars talk follow-up, Wilco and longevity

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Cymbals Eat Guitars' DIY debut, Why There Are Mountains, took months after its soft release to catch with critics and fans. After all, it's not the easiest thing to sidle up to, considering frontman Joseph D'Agostino's sprawling, ragged songcraft and Isaac Brock-style yelps. But for every moment of ear-shredding cymbal-crashing, there's a soaring guitar solo to reach the cheap seats. Cymbals eat guitars, you know? The Independent caught up with D'Agostino earlier this month as the band prepped a follow-up (three songs are already written) and made the rounds through small indie clubs across the nation this fall. They'll...

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