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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mastodon, Clutch to co-headline outdoor show at Lincoln Theatre May 9

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Travis Shinn Mastodon: Get a bigger tour vehicle, guys In September, Atlanta metal act Mastodon headlined Hopscotch with a fantastic City Plaza set. Like a goofy Southern version of Metallica, their balance between radio-ready accessibility and pummeling crunch was a proper fit—celebratory and loud, like a headliner should be. Sure, there were more "metal" bands on the fest, but the Mastodon set was a good time, and that's all it needed to be. They're coming back soon to play only a block away. On May 9, Lincoln Theatre kicks off the outdoor music season with a show co-headlined by...

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Monday, May 5, 2014

crowdsource, the new multimedia project from Baobab's Phil Torres

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Adam Graetz In Baobab, Phil Torres constructed elaborate pop songs that suggested both the chaos and rigid order of an active mind. With that project on hiatus, Torres has started a new, performance-oriented solo act. Now, as crowdsource, Torres manipulates audio and video streams, mixing between the two to create an experience specific to each event. July will see a crowdsource EP on Hush Hush Records; in the meantime, he opens for England's NYPC—that's the former New Young Pony Club—at Kings in Raleigh May 6. “The video can respond in real-time to the audio, the audio to the video, and both...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Indigo Girls, Des Ark, Del McCoury, and dozens other to play Shakori Hills April 17-20

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

The original DMB: The Del McCoury Band plays Shakori Hills this April For such a massive festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival—the four-day weekend of music and mud on a 72-acre site just north of Pittsboro—doesn't worry with big announcements. On Sunday, the festival created and posted its official Facebook event. The lineup, too, just went live, and features what's come to be expected from this fest in its 11th year: lots of roots and Americana, a sampling of worthy locals, a handful of noteworthy or even legendary "they got who?" acts, and enough unknown quantities to reward a little...

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Terry Bozzio-lympics: Virtuoso drummer plays Raleigh Monday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Terry Bozzio and his drums - all his drums This coming Monday at 7:30 p.m., Terry Bozzio—originally Zappa's drummer, now a soloist with a distinctly maximalist approach—brings his drum clinic to the Pour House in Raleigh. And while some may roll eyes at his virtuosic flurry of sticks and kicks, one thing is undeniable: Holy shit, this guy can drum. Bozzio's setup is a thing to behold; he has more bass drums than most drummers have pieces in their kit, not to mention dozens of toms, snares and various other percussion bits precisely tuned to various tones. This absurd...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

WKNC Double Barrel announces 2014 headliners, sends one night to Carrboro

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

88.1 WKNC may be the college radio station for N.C. State University, but its signal is powerful enough to reach past Raleigh to most every point in the Triangle. This February, the station will try to leverage this broad territory, stretching its annual Double Barrel Benefit into two weekends in two different cities. On Feb. 7, The Love Language will headline the first show at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. One week later, Mount Moriah will lead the second night, which hits the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh. The booking is solid. The Love Language’s recent live shows have transformed their...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Thanks to Rolling Rock (?), Tyvek plays Flanders Gallery in Raleigh tonight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

If you ask Nate Scudieri, the brand director for Rolling Rock Extra Pale Ale, he'll tell you that his beer and Tyvek have a lot in common: Tyvek are the restless garage band that will play Friday’s “Project 33,” a Rolling Rock-sponsored art show at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh. Rolling Rock is an affordable brew that got its starts in Western Pennsylvania in 1939. Tyvek offer a confounding range of sounds, shifting from unfettered punk tantrums to knotty post-rock brambles, typically mutating a few times on every LP. Rolling Rock is a potable liquid with a slightly metallic taste, dulled...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NC Music Love Army to release LP at Cat's Cradle in November

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

On Labor Day, the "Moral Monday" protesters that spent the summer raising their voices against the state's Republican-dominated legislature reaffirmed their stance, decrying lawmakers who will vote Tuesday tooverturn a pair of vetoes by Gov. Pat McCrory—one on a bill requiring drug testing for welfare recipients, the other on a measure that expands the definition of "seasonal labor." They haven't forgotten their cause, and neither have the NC Music Love Army, the loose but impassioned contingent of area musicians who spent their summer soundtracking the "Moral Monday" movement. When they started up in July, they promised an LP of...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Yep Roc's Kim Richey and Josh Rouse to play Hillsborough's Fresh Roots Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Photo courtesy of Yep Roc RecordsKim Richey Last year, the Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough hatched a fun idea to draw a crowd to the quiet town to enjoy the comfortable fall weather and drop some cash at local establishments. The first Fresh Roots Festival took place at the end of October and included art shows, author discussions, restaurant specials and even a Hand Made Parade. It also sported a folk-heavy slate of local, regional and national musicians performing on the Courthouse lawn. The festival is back this year, taking over downtown on Saturday, Sept. 28, with a similar array...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Deerhunter to play impromptu set in Durham tonight

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

You may well be too late, but Atlanta-based psych-rock outfit Deerhunter is playing an intimate, un-publicized set in Durham tonight. The show is happening at the show at the Carrack (111 W. Parrish St.). Entry is only available via RSVP. As of about 9 a.m., there were 50 spots available. Shoot a message to durtydurham@gmail.com if you're interested in securing one. Deerhunter — which rides the ever-wandering whims of Bradford Cox, also the man behind Atlas Sound — has become a critical darling and fan favorite these past few years, grafting tender and graceful psych textures onto garage rock momentum,...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Durham's Golden Belt unveils free, outdoor concert series

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

If you live in Durham, and you don't see a free, outdoor concert this summer, you'll only have yourself to blame. Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the "Find Your Cool" concert series, Golden Belt has unveiled its own string of free shows in the humid air. "GB Live" celebrates the fifth anniversary of the multi-use downtown arts space that—like many of Durham's cooler spots—exists in a renovated industrial space. The series of five concerts begins on Friday, May 17 and will occupy four other Fridays, concluding on July 19. The programming, which spans an impressive array...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lyle Lovett to headline Band Together NC's May benefit

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Band Together NC, an organization rallying musicians to raise money for nonprofits, has finalized the lineup for its spring concert, one that will likely garner a lot of attention. On May 4, Grammy-winning country singer and actor Lyle Lovett will headline at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre joined by rising Durham folk-pop outfit Delta Rae and Chatham County Line, Raleigh's great bluegrass export. General admission tickets cost $34.50 in advance, while reserved seats are set at $69.50. The VIP package costs $150 and allows you to enjoy "catered food and beverage, premier viewing of the main stage, and a silent auction."...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Tonight: Antiseen gets naughty in Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

In June, the rock-novelty manufacturer Aggronautix unveiled the latest in its line of “Throbbleheads,” resin figurines cast in the likeness of some of rock’s most notorious figures: Jeff Clayton, leader of the enduring Charlotte punk rock band Antiseen would join perpetually nodding luminaries such as GG Allin, Wendy O. Williams, The Dwarves and Meatmen figurehead Tesco Vee. It’s telling, too, that Clayton’s figure—bleeding from the scalp and clutching a baseball bat that’s wrapped in barbed wire—is closest in appearance to the blood-spattered Allin figurine: Antiseen backed Allin on 1991’s Murder Junkies, and share a certain, umm, je ne sais...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Friday night: UNC explores Alan Lomax

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The Southern Folklife Collection puts on a lot of cool events at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill every year, each surveying various aspects of traditional music. Few seem more perfectly suited to its mission, though, than Friday's free program, "The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax." That's also the name of a book published last year by W. W. Norton & Company. The 136 pages document the legendary folklorist's 1959-60 journey through the backcountry of Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Along the way, Lomax captured a wide swath of Southern musicians with photographs and audio recordings. Friday's...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mount Moriah celebrates Miracle Temple release with a free in-store performance in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

On Tuesday, Mount Moriah will finally release Miracle Temple, the Durham country-rock band’s captivating second album. To celebrate, the band will squeeze its gear between the vinyl stacks at Bull City Records for a free in-store performance at 6 p.m. Hungry attendees can have their dinnertime pangs quelled by pizza and popsicles; Pie Pushers will be parked outside, and Locopops is conveniently located next door to Bull City Records. The follow-up to 2010’s all-too-brief self-titled album—which Merge Records reissued on vinyl last year, whetting appetites for this new batch—Miracle Temple continues the close interplay between singer Heather McEntire and...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Mountain Goats to headline pro-choice benefit

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

It should come as little surprise that Durham's Pinhook leans pro-choice. The rock club is owned by members of Midtown Dickens, who willingly serve as ambassadors for the area's gay community. Last May, the venue hosted a large rally in opposition to Amendment One. This month, the bar is keeping up its socially conscious ways, hosting a pro-choice benefit on the 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established the precedent that a woman's right to privacy extends to the ability to have an abortion. Organized by NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, a group that...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Frank Fairfield adds second Triangle show

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Fans of Frank Fairfield, rejoice! Frank has added a last-minute show this Saturday evening at Cup 22 at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. So if you can't make his performance tonight at The Pinhook in Durham with Deep Chatham, you'll have another chance. If you are not familiar with Frank Fairfield, he is a phenomenal old-time player. He utilizes fiddle, banjo and guitar in a rough-and-tumble style that harkens back to a more authentic presentation of how these old-timey songs were performed many years ago. See Frank tonight at The Pinhook in Durham with Deep Chatham. Tickets are $8...

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Friday, November 9, 2012

This weekend: Durham welcomes a reggae festival

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The One Love Reggae Fest—billed as “the last big reggae festival of the year”—brings 10 bands, emcees and DJs to the Durham Armory Saturday night from as far away as Jamaica and as near as the Bull City itself. Former WNCU DJ Cayenne the Lion King assembled the line-up and will perform his own solo material, while author and artist Antony Leonard Pierre hosts the night. Jamaican-born vocalists Grindsman and Devon “Bobo Saw” Clarke headline: The former offers dancehall with a heavy hip-hop influence, while the latter’s ethereal, experimental roots vibes promises the night’s most intriguing set. A trio...

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Saturday: With or without Morgan Freeman, John Michael Montgomery comes to Dorton Arena

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Driving home from work earlier this week, I was taken aback when I saw Morgan Freeman’s name appear on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds’ marquee at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Road. Not only did I wonder why the hell an award-winning actor would be making an appearance at the Fairgrounds without some major publicity push, but I was also puzzled by the accompanying photo of a blonde teenager. (No, this is not the time for a joke about Freeman’s rumored relationship with his much younger step-granddaughter; we’re talking about Red here). Subsequent research revealed that...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Superchunk's Mac McCaughan to rock the vote with Spider Bags, Titus Andronicus

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Update: The Thursday show in Greensboro isn't coming to pass. Friday in Durham is still on. As he was in 2008, Mac McCaughan is out to motivate N.C. voters. This week, the Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder will play three rallies across the state in support of early voting, including a Friday appearance at Durham Central Park. Wednesday he’ll be in Wilmington, Thursday in Greensboro. At all three dates, he’ll be supported by the magnificently un-serious rock trio Spider Bags. In Durham, New Jersey's Titus Andronicus will play as well, lending their rabble-rousing bombast to the cause. “We’re...

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Announced: Duke Performances 2012-13 season

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Check your bank statements: It's time to throw a lot of money into the tills of Duke Performances. The just-announced calendar for the 2012–13 season features a glut of talent and variety. Artists based as close as the Triangle (Lost in the Trees) and as far as the orchestra pits of Asia (China National Symphony Orchestra) will grace stages across Durham in the coming year, presenting shows or participating in illuminating collaborations. Season highlights include a two-night stand with soulful cellist Meshell Ndegeocello (Oct. 19 and 20), a transcendental evening with The Mountain Goats and New York-based a cappella...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Tonight: Lee Ranaldo at Bull City Records

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Courtesy of Matador RecordsWalking into Durham Before his opening performance for M. Ward tomorrow at Duke University’s Page Auditorium, Sonic Youth guitarist and sometimes-singer Lee Ranaldo has a treat for the rest of Durham: He will perform solo material tonight at 6 p.m. at Bull City Records. The event is free. Between the Times and the Tides—arguably Ranaldo’s first proper solo album, released earlier this year by Matador—still pushes pop-rock from the mainstream while keeping it extremely catchy. On Times, he employs eerie vibes to fetch sounds of The Yardbirds, Cream, Captain Beefheart and beyond, ball them up and present...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

'Baudelaire in a Box' comes to the Triangle

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

In the spring of 2010, Chicago-based artist and theater wiz Dave Buchen executed the first edition of Baudelaire in a Box. He and his songwriter friend Chris Schoen adapted some of the notable wine poems of famously macabre 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire, setting them to music and illustrating them with scrolling images that played within a series of boxes. The performance was so successful that Buchen, a founding member of Chicago's Theater Ooblek, decided to expand the project. The plan now is to adapt the entirety of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal by 2017, the 150th anniversary...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Mountain Goats, Mac McCaughan and Greg Cartwright team up to fight Amendment 1 at Motorco

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

In less than a month, North Carolinians will vote on the so-called defense of marriage amendment, which would permanently prohibit same-sex marriage and all forms of non-marriage civil unions by codifying the ban (which already exists in state law) into the state constitution. Before that happens, though, three of the state's finest songwriters will offer a loud stand against the proposed amendment. The Mountain Goats, Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk and Portastatic) and Greg Cartwright (of Reigning Sound, Compulsive Gamblers and The Oblivians) will take the stage at Motorco to raise money and awareness on behalf of the Coalition to...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tonight at Motorco: New York jazz quartet Endangered Blood

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Endangered Blood strikes an intimidating tone with its name, but it’s actually a reference to the short-lived Comedy Central series TV Funhouse. That irony is fitting for the band: Its members arrive bearing stacked résumés in the out-rock and contemporary jazz realm. The band’s most well-known member outside of jazz circles, bassist Trevor Dunn, has collaborated with John Zorn, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas and Melvins, but saxophonists Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega, and drummer Jim Black, aren’t exactly unknowns, either. All three play in various well-regarded combos, and Speed runs the excellent Skirl label. But despite its members’ outré excursions beyond...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gray Young plays Kickstarter awareness show Friday at Slim's

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Photo by Corbie HillGray Young at Local 506, May 2011 Raleigh's Gray Young—whose first record was praised by this paper and second record was panned—is raising funds via Kickstarter to record its third LP. This Friday, with 11 days left to reach its $5,000 goal, the band will play Slim's in Raleigh to raise awareness for its fundraising push. "It's a free show because it's all about thanking the people who have contributed and trying to raise awareness to the people who don't know about it," says guitarist and vocalist Chas McKeown. There will be a computer at the show...

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