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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Initital Fall lineup for Shakori Hills announced

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 12:57 PM

The Fall edition of Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Silk Hope is set for Oct. 8-11, a little less than two months away. This morning, festival organizers announced the first 27 acts of this season's celebration.  The big names so far are the usual suspects—The Duhks, The Gourds, festival founders Donna the Buffalo. Among the most exciting acts in this initial batch, though, are young locals stretching beyond Shakori's Hills Americana roots—eclectic hip-hoppers The Beast, melancholy Trekky kids Butterflies, the steamy soul of the Howie Dewitt Band—and national acts like The Belleville Outfit and Casey Driessen & the Colorfools, both...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

The Mountain Goats play Durham solo

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 4:33 PM

The Mountain Goats, going it solo with just John Darnielle and a guitar and maybe a piano, will join The Beast, Language Arts and a score of other local hip-hop and spoken word artists Friday, Aug. 21, at CCB Plaza (201 N. Corcoran St.) for the second annual Durham Be Easy celebration. DBE "encourages fun, togetherness, understanding, and celebration within the community. This annual event brings all walks of life together in the heart of downtown Durham to enjoy arts entertainment," according to its mission statement. The free event runs from 6-10 p.m., and, in the event of rain,...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

New Concert Series at Weaver Street Market...

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM

And, hey, what do you know: It's not just that one dude playing that one bongo and screaming. In fact, local musician Pete Pawsey has organized a fine five-date series with Music Maker Relief Foundation favorites like Cool John Ferguson and Carolina Chocolate Drop Justin Robinson (though no word if it will be just Robinson or his new Birds or Monsters project). The shows, which run from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning August 13, are sponsored by nine local food and beverage companies, including Joe Van Gogh and Hillsborough Cheese Co. Full line-up after the jump....

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Tonight: The Rosebuds at Jackpot

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Last-minute announcement as the day's bell prepares to ring: The Rosebuds will play a few songs at the Jackpot at 1303 Hillsborough St. tonight at 9:30 p.m. The band will play acoustically, and the songs will be videotaped by Merge Records in advance of XX Merge this week. There's no cover, of course, but The Rosebuds aren't going to pick up that dry-cleaning tab....

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Erectus Monotone reunites!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Andy Freeburn, guitarist in criminally overlooked early Merge Records band Erectus Monotone, called this morning with exciting news: The final lineup of the band, which called it quits in 1993, will continue playing shows after its reunion at XX Merge next week. The band—Kevin Collins, Brian Quast, Jennifer Barwick (née Walker) and Freeburn—will headline at Raleigh's Tir Na Nog Thursday, Aug. 13. The Loners and Rocket Cottage will open. As for new material, Freeburn says it's a possibility. "We're taking that slowly," he says, noting that Barwick and Collins are parents and that Quast keeps busy in Polvo and...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Dear N.C. State Fair: We'd like to fill your Oct. 22 slot

Posted By and on Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 4:41 PM

The N.C. State Fair announced its lineup earlier this week, and there's good news: Tickets are recession-cheap, ranging from $5 for several shows to $15 for Third Day. So much for The Beatitudes: Religion is expensive, y'all. There's bad news, too: The lineup isn't very good. While WRAL trots out the local connections of the lineup (Eric Church, Kellie Pickler, Jason Michael Carroll), we don't see a line-up that includes kid-stars Nat and Alex Wolff, "The Temptations" featuring Dennis Edwards (who was, lo and behold, actually the group's lead singer once upon a time), and singer/ Dancing with 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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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pipe announces Merge warm-up show: 07.17 at The Cave

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Before Pipe plays the first, second, third or fourth night of Merge's 20th birthday party (Merge isn't announcing which bands play which night, an awkward strategy for a sold-out festival ... that said, Merge, after 20 years, obviously knows what it's doing), it will go underground. Pipe (MRG037, 054, 055, 123, for those of you keeping track at home) will play The Cave with Durham's Tin Star. If you're wondering how the two divergent bands fit together on this bill, Kevin Bacon would remind you that Ron Liberti is in Pipe and Bringerer. Tin Star drummer Barton Moyers is...

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Let Feedback Ring (Rock & roll all night): Sadlack's on July 4

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Let Feedback Ring is the punny name Corbie Hill, guitarist for Raleigh trio Battle Rockets, has lent a nine-band show he's booked for Sadlack's on Independence Day. With sets from The White Cascade, Free Electric State, Blag'ard and six others, the lineup looks plenty solid, sure. The real reason for your attention, though, might be the show's not-so-subtle nod to protest of Bud Light Presents Raleigh Downtown Live. "What I want to establish is a local-oriented answer to the Downtown Live gibberish that has been so blissfully unaware of what's really happening in the Triangle and the region," says Hill,...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Merge artists score Durham dance performance; plus, Rosebuds live video

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 5:00 AM

Oh, if only every birthday were as badass as Merge Records' 20th: On Saturday, July 18, music from eight Merge artists—including The Arcade Fire, Spoon, Superchunk and The Magnetic Fields—will serve as scores for a set of new dance works presented by Triangle Youth Ballet in Carolina Theater's Fletcher Hall. Raleigh's The Rosebuds will perform a new piece of music for the event, which will includes works by North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, Pamela Pietro (American Dance Festival faculty/Tisch-NYU) and several others. The show comes, of course, the weekend before Merge throws its five-day birthday party in Chapel Hill...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Downtown Live: Better than Ezra added (roflcopter)

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 5:39 PM

BTE joins the August 22 bill with Airiel Down. I can think of a dozen jokes right now, but I'd rather waste my time imagining 10,000 dudes just like this in Moore Square in August. So pitted....

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Downtown Live additions: Usual suspects abound

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

From Deep South's e-mail list: Jimmie's Chicken Shack - May 30th Charm City Devils - June 13th (Also on Cruefest 2 and signed to Nikki Sixx's Label) Cracker - June 27th Marcy Playground - August 8th Oh, fantastic, they are on Cruefest 2 AND Nikki Sixx's label?!?! A great summer does that make... Full Downtown Live line-up to date, including some admittedly pretty great local bills, after the jump....

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Friday, April 24, 2009

When Dylan comes to town ... July 28 @ DBAP

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 1:05 PM

"Topical folk singer/ songwriter and new Columbia recording artist" Bobbert Dylan comes to Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. July 28, bobdylan.com reports. The 5:30 p.m. show includes Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, and all tickets are $67.50. We're guessing the $7.50 portion is reserved for the Coug... Children 14 and under get in free with a ticket holder. Bob Dylan's Together Through Life hits shelves April 28, though—truth be told—that jam hit the Internet for free earlier this week....

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Tonight: Great shows in atypical rooms (or lawns)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM

If you're hoping to see a band tonight in these parts, your choices are pretty, well, choice: Aside from traveling acts playing the usual suspects (Mogwai and The Twilight Sad @ Cat's Cradle; Napalm Death @ Volume 11; Starfucker and DJs @ Local 506), five strong local bills put the tunes in unusual places:...

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Tonight: Chatham County Line side-project The Jackets headlining debut

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM

While Chatham County Line bassist Greg Readling and principal songwriter/ vocalist/ guitarist Dave Wilson have long used Stillhouse as their electric outlet, banjoist Chandler Holt and fiddle/ mandolin player John Teer have finally found their own channel for tunes that don't fit CCL's ever-evolving acoustic catalog thanks to The Jackets. With Wilson out of the picture, the songwriting talent of Holt—who contributed "Coming Home" to CCL' s Speed of the Whippoorwill and "Whipping Boy" on IV—is given room to shine on harmony-rich AM pop numbers like "Holding On," one of the first Jackets collaborations. The video below is from The...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bachmann, Stamey, Rosebuds, etc: Duke Performances announces summer schedule, rules

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Pull out your planners or your iPhones or however it is you keep track of what you'll be doing in a few weeks, and jot down the dates of Duke Performance's Music in the Gardens series. Mixing stand-alone bills featuring area favorites like Eric Bachmann and Dex Romweber with new local lights like The Love Language and Megafaun, the series represents another coup for Duke's ground-level, plugged-in booking under the leadership of Aaron Greenwald. All shows begin at 7 p.m. in or around the Duke Gardens, and each shows cost $10 for the public and $5 for Duke employees. Duke...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Artsplosure 2009 schedule (sort of) released

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 3:24 PM

While Artsplosure has yet to officially release its lineup musical performers for this year's 30th incarnation of the annual Raleigh street festival (scheduled for May 16 and 17), a slight tweak to the URL for last year's fest yields a not-quite-live site for this year, schedule included. Internet sleuthing, y'all. Amongst Saturday's highlights are Bayou accordion slinger Buckwheat Zydeco, Terpsikhore indie rockers Lonnie Walker, and Eve Cornelious and pianist husband Chip Crawford's swinging jazz. Sunday's choice picks include swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Annuals alter-ego Sunfold, and the alternately silky and gritty rhythm & blues of The Soul...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Carolina Performing Arts announces 2009-10 season

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 1:03 PM

It's going to be a good one, too: Highlights include appearances by Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Sonny Rollins, Gilberto Gil, Pat Metheny solo, Béla Fleck with Edgar Meyer and Zakkir Hussein, the union of the Blind Boys and Preservation Hall, arrangements of Philip Glass, the return of Bang on a Can and a revisiting of "Pictures at an Exhibition." Also of note: Mali's mighty Tinariwen finally makes it to the Triangle after falling from Duke's roster for the 2008-09 season....

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Double Negative, The Loners, Goner to play Manchild 4 Release

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

As reported last month, Raleigh drummer/illustrator extraordinaire Brian Walsby will soon deliver the fourth book in his Manchild series, Manchild 4: Riding Them Coat Tails, along with Pick Your Battles, a disc of live Melvins tracks. Thanks to an e-mail from Goner's Scott Phillips, we've got the line-up for the April 4 release party at Tir Na Nog, which puts Goner on the bill alongside The Loners and Walsby's Double Negative, both of which played the Manchild 3 release in October 2007. Doors are at 9 p.m., with Double Negative set to start things off around 10:30. Admission is...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

OMG U2 IS COMING. WHERE? WHEN? OMG.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 7:48 AM

After putting nearly every local music blogger into a tizzy, a LiveNation spokesperson confirmed via press release this morning that U2 will indeed grace lil' ol Raleigh with its big god damn tour. No date yet, but there's always that Oct. 3 possibility that everyone's mentioned. And, over at N.C. State, the rumored venue, there seems to be a little confusion about the date and the confirmation: "October 2 was the date they were looking at, but I haven't heard confirmation on that," said Annabelle Myers this morning. Honestly, I still like U2, but this much worry for a date...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Acoustic Rosebuds: Saturday @ Marsh Woodwinds

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Who? The Rosebuds acoustic duo with special guests When? Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m Where? Marsh Woodwinds (707 N Person St., Raleigh) How Much? $7; no advance ticket sales Why? You live in Raleigh, and it's da ’Buds....

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Baby's first bill; Spider Bags 7" on Odessa, too

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Back in December, I mentioned Odessa Records—the new label from The Kinsgbury Manx member and former Touch & Go/Merge employee Paul Finn—and its exciting roster of three bands as one of the Triangle's best musical prospects for the '09. Turns out, that was totally true, too: The new records from Americans in France, Impossible Arms and The Kingsbury Manx represent as strong an introductory triptych as I could imagine for a verdant label. The Manx record arrives April 21, followed by the Arms and Americans on May 12. But you'll likely be able to pick up copies of all three...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

DuoFest III: Mecca Normal (!) & Beloved Binge

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Rob Beloved and Eleni Binge—together, Durham duo Beloved Binge—have been on the road since September, touring in a van with a stove and a pop-up sleeper, a dog, their music and Binge's documentary about vegan politics, policies and problems, Seeing Through the Fence. They're calling this the Porch'n Tour, and it will be kind enough to bring the Binge back to N.C. for a handful of dates in April. There's a Campus Concert Series gig on April 17 at Duke and others to be announced, but the big news is the band's appearance at this year's Duofest III Saturday,...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Hammer No More & Red Collar announce release extravaganzas (also, exclusive Hammer download here)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 9:22 PM

After both bands made much ado about the upcoming announcements for their respective release shows for their new records, I wondered aloud when Red Collar and Hammer No More the Fingers would come loose on the details behind the dates. They've finally let the information slip, and you should start saving the dates....

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Live: What did MC Chris just call me?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 7:51 AM

MC Chris [N.C. Comedy Arts Festival] Cat’s Cradle Saturday, Feb. 21 During his performance of “Hoodie Ninja” Saturday night, MC Chris commanded the gathered masses to do The Twist. When people on the sides of Cat's Cradle failed to comply, he called them “30 year olds” and berated them, saying, “Twist in your chairs, you paraplegic bitches!” The crowd Twisted....

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