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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sylvan Esso hit the The Tonight Show last night

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Photo courtesy of Martin Anderson Its hard to say exactly how much Questlove brought to Sylvan Esso’s performance last night. During the Durham duo’s turn on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the drummer sat in—as he has done many times for musical guests since The Roots hit the late night circuit a few years back. During the rendition of “Coffee,” one of a few deceptively catchy singles Sylvan Esso’s self-titled debut, Questlove reinforced the off-kilter rhythms that instigate the tandem’s sly twist on electro-pop and EDM, giving the song a jazzy flourish and allowing Nick Sanborn to...

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Rosebuds announce new LP—due Aug. 5—with a video teaser

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Six years ago, The Rosebuds—the pop duo of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp—seemed insistent on doing everything at once. 2008’s Life Like, the group’s fourth LP, struck out in a variety of directions. There were flashes of the chilly synth hooks from the previous year’s Night of the Furies, sweeping folk sing-alongs and sleekly propulsive rock songs, each one accomplished with a new level of finesse. For once, The Rosebuds refused to rein in their various ambitions. The lack of focus served them well. The years that followed were marked by a far different approach, one that continues on...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hopscotch Music Festival announces partial 2014 lineup

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Entering its fifth year, Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival had some changes to face: Grayson Currin, the INDY Week music editor who helped create the festival and served as its co-director, stepped away in January. Former day party coordinator Nathan Price stepped into his role, helping founder and director Greg Lowenhagen book bands for the bulk of the three-day festival. What's more, the September event will be without Memorial Auditorium this year, as it will be closed for renovations. The loss leaves the festival without its second biggest stage, a room that has hosted marquee names such as Velvet Underground alumnus John Cale...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

First bands announced for Merge 25, tickets on sale Friday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Nobody throws a birthday party like Merge Records throws a birthday party—for itself. The Durham-based independent imprint that has grabbed top spots on the charts and pulled down unlikely Grammy wins outdid itself when it turned 20 in 2009. Merge XX took over the Cat's Cradle for most of a week, running through an impressive lineup—Lambchop, Spoon, Conor Oberst, Magnetic Fields, Superchunk, etc.—in a succession of shows where the bills were all unannounced. It was a Russian Roulette of great music. This year, Merge hits the quarter-century mark. And while it's already announced other commemorations—a 25K on Saturday going...

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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, March 6, 2014

John Darnielle set to release his first novel

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle is known as a storyteller in song. But this October, he moves to printed fiction when Farrar, Straus and Giroux publishes his debut novel, Wolf in White Van. The story follows Sean Phillips, a man isolated from society since an injury at 17 left him disfigured. Broader plot points are scarce, but there are hints of shifts between real and imagined worlds and the sort of weird, dark, adventurous beauty we’ve come to expect from Darnielle. “John Darnielle’s novel moves through the mind like a dark-windowed car through a sleepy neighborhood, quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never,...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hip-hop producer 9th Wonder is the subject of another documentary

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Yesterday, director Kenneth Price and Grammy-winning hip-hop producer 9th Wonder released a trailer for a new documentary. The Hip-Hop Fellow chronicles 9th Wonder’s year as a teacher and research fellow at the Hiphop Archive at Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. During the fellowship, 9th Wonder (nè Pat Douthit) was charged with researching the samples and production techniques behind the 10 hip-hop albums that he deemed most influential to his career. The 78-minute documentary features interviews and commentary from Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, DJ Premier, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal and 9th’s former Little Brother bandmates, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh. While being filmed for...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Art of Cool Music Festival replaces Robert Glasper

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The inaugural Art of Cool Music Festival, which presents jazz artists throughout downtown Durham on April 25 and 26, suffered its first public setback when the Grammy-winning jazz/hip-hop pianist Robert Glasper canceled his scheduled appearance after running into a booking conflict. But Durham’s loss may actually turn out to be a gain, as it didn’t take festival co-founder Cicely Mitchell very long to fill Glasper’s spot. In fact, with today’s addition of four jazz and soul acts, she made good and then some on her promise that Glasper’s replacement “will probably include more than one national act.” Two prior Glasper...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Hopscotch Music Festival returns to Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM

As was just announced on the festival’s website, the fifth annual Hopscotch Music Festival takes over downtown Raleigh Sept. 4–6. Though the lineup has yet to be announced, the festival promises to spread more than 160 bands from different genres throughout Raleigh nightclubs and performance spaces, surrounding the epicenter of a large outdoor stage in Raleigh City Plaza. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 1, following a presale on Feb. 27 and 28 for Hopscotch email list recipients (sign up here). With tickets going on sale later than in previous years, when they were available...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Longbranch closes, looking for new location

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

The Longbranch, Raleigh's mainstream country mecca that was recently reborn as an electronica hotbed, is moving to a new location. The owners closed the longstanding club off Wake Forest Road after hosting a final bacchanal on Halloween night. They are currently seeking a new room. Though they don't yet know if they'll end up downtown or in some nearby neighborhood, they plan to remain in Raleigh and hope to reopen by February or March. “It’s not finalized,” explains co-owner Beal Bartholomew. “We've had some interest downtown. We don’t know yet what we’re going to do out of the three,...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hopscotch announces day parties, night updates

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Downtown Raleigh's annual Hopscotch Music Festival, now two weeks away from its Sept. 5—7 run, has announced a full slate of day parties to accompany its evening showcases, along with a few changes to the original festival schedule. Late adds to the lineup include D.C. Virginia DJ duo Gents & Jawns, New Hampshire metal band Vattnet Viskar, Toronto electronic duo Moon King, heavy Brooklyn groups Hunters and Sannhet, Triangle singer-songwriters Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz, and New York performance artist Mykki Blanco (aka Michael Quattlebaum, a former Indies Arts Awards winner as a Raleigh teen). Dropping out are XXYYXX, Loincloth,...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Hopscotch announces day panels, art projects

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Raleigh's upcoming Hopscotch Music Festival has announced the topics and participants for its annual series of day panels Sept. 5—7 at the City of Raleigh Museum. The panels include many of the musicians performing at the festival, held at a dozen venues in downtown Raleigh. Each discussion runs from 3—5 p.m., and admission is free. Counter Culture Coffee Company sponsors the series. Thursday's opener may be the most intriguing of the bunch, bearing the title "For free or for sale: The boon or burden of giving away music on the Internet." Participants include Marnie Stern, Ivan Howard of the Rosebuds,...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hopscotch adds A-Trak and Holy Ghost!, announces Big Boi makeup date

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Hopscotch Music Festival has announced a Sept. 21 makeup date at Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium to replace hip-hop artist Big Boi's cancellation of his originally-scheduled Sept. 6 appearance at City Plaza during the festival, which runs Sept. 5-7 in downtown Raleigh. The festival also announced former Kanye West tour DJ A-Trak and Brooklyn synth-pop duo Holy Ghost! as replacements for Big Boi on the Sept. 6 City Plaza bill, joining previously scheduled openers Future Islands and Gross Ghost. The concert will now run from 5:40 p.m. to 11 p.m. An announcement on Hopscotch's website provides the following details for customers who...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Double Negative call it quits

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

During the past seven years, the above symbol has become synonymous with the resurgence of Raleigh hardcore. Double Negative, the band that have emblazoned it on everything they release and every piece of equipment they use, arrived in 2006 and quickly became the standard-bearers for a new generation of Triangle punks. Founded as a four-piece filled with scene veterans, they funneled their powers into a sound that was as sharp as it was explosive, catalyzing one of the most exciting periods in Raleigh's storied punk history. Wednesday night, after years of playing chaotic live shows and producing a catalog...

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Beast + Big Band celebrate freedom, offer advance of new EP

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Taking place each year on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July is—in theory, at least—a celebration of freedom. Chief among the liberties we enjoy in America is the freedom of expression, and no Triangle band stands up for that right more emphatically than The Beast. Deftly distilling socially conscious hip-hop with smoothest jazz, the Durham quartet litters its muscular anthems with other disparate inflections—sheeny electronics, rock 'n' roll psychedelics. The breadth of that power comes into clearest focus when The Beast plays with their Big Band configuration, augmenting their typical lineup of bass, keys...

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Duke Performances unveils yet another exciting season

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

It's hard to imagine a more fun curatorial task than organizing the Duke Performances series. The Durham university's annual slate of live music, dance, theater—and ambitious intersections there of—is an onslaught where traditionally "high culture" offerings meet more challenging concepts. Spaced between September and May, it's not a series for people who want their art rigidly divided by arbitrary criteria. It's for those who get giddy when performers break down those boundaries and mess around in the space between, an expectation very much maintained by the recently unveiled schedule for the 2013-14 season. In September, Duke's resident and reliable Ciompi...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Old Ceremony's Django Haskins and other local musicians ready protest compilation

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Last week, Django Haskins, lead singer for Durham's Old Ceremony, posted a short performance to YouTube. "This is a public service message to our so-called public servants," he sneers before launching into his song, entitled "We Are Not For Sale." The take (streaming above) is quick and shambling, a series of typical G, C and D chords underpinning Haskins' straightforward words. He has to glance at lyrics to keep them straight, and his intonation is somewhat inconsistent. But his barbs ring true. He points out what he sees as the folly of frackers: "They'll need water too." He compares...

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Love Language wants you to be in their new video

At Local 506 on Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Posted By on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Photo by Jason ArthursThe Love Language “Calm Down,” the pile-driving psych-pop single recently unveiled by The Love Language, is all restless energy. Its bass line lends beefy bulk to jittery syncopation, hurtling headlong with force that never relents. Near the end, it devolves into a dizzying dust-up, distorted riffs chasing each other around and around until they become indistinguishable from one another. All of this perfectly suits Stuart McLamb’s impassioned story about a dude stuck in a relationship that never lets him feel at ease. It makes sense, then, that the video for the song—the first single from the forthcoming...

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Carolina Performing Arts unveils packed 2013-14 season

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

All hail the power of competition. How it drives us to be better than we could ever be without it. Residing in towns separated by a scant 11 miles, Duke Performances and Carolina Performing Arts may not possess the same fierce rivalry as their hardwood counterparts, but their pursuits of excellence have escalated along similar trajectories. CPA, the annual performance series at UNC-Chapel HIll, has raised the stakes once more with its 2013-14 season. Running from September to April, the slate begins with one of the program's most exciting performances to date. Psych-funk legend George Clinton will lead his...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Superchunk update: New album on the way, Laura Ballance steps aside from touring band

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Photo by Jason Arthurs At this point, it’s safe to say Superchunk is back and won’t be leaving us again anytime soon. With 2010’s comeback album Majesty Shredding, the veteran indie rockers proved they could still deliver the goods. But when the quartet issues its hashtag-ready 10th album, I Hate Music, on August 20, they’ll prove that those same goods have never been better. Potentially the band’s fullest and most overtly pop album, I Hate Music marries indie-rock crunch to arena-rock gloss, big hooks to punk urgency, and ringing chords to jagged leads. Supported by clear, punchy production, the album’s...

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birds and Arrows, but no cello (tonight at Casbah)

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Photo by Bill Hudson for Birds and ArrowsBack to basics Birds and Arrows’ recent guest spot on WUNC-FM’s “The State of Things” found husband-and-wife Pete and Andrea Connolly joined on banjo by Kyra Moore—but notably without longtime cellist Josh Starmer, who recently departed the band after four years. Starmer joined Birds and Arrows in 2009 and recorded 2011’s We’re Gonna Run and 2013’s Coyotes with them. Earlier this month, the band sent a letter to its email list in which Starmer explained his decision to devote more time to his research work at UNC-Chapel Hill. “While I’m extremely lucky to...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mandolin Orange's third album, This Side of Jordan, out on Aug. 6 via Yep Roc Records

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Photo by D.L. AndersonMandolin Orange Long one of the Triangle's more popular young bands, Mandolin Orange is now taking a big step toward the national spotlight. In an announcement earlier this week via CMT Edge—the country TV station's online sounding board for alternative Americana—the Carrboro folk duo revealed that This Side of Jordan, the group's third album, will be released by Yep Roc Records, the N.C. label that claims such stalwarts as Nick Lowe and Robyn Hitchcock. The album drops on Aug. 6. Lead single "House of Stone" is currently streaming here. Arriving on the scene with the 2010 debut,...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Pierce Freelon (The Beast) and Apple Juice Kid's Beat Making Lab now subject of PBS digital series

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

A new digital series from PBS will shed some national light on one of the Triangle's more unique music initiatives. In the fall of 2011, local producer Apple Juice Kid, otherwise known as Stephen Levitin, began teaching a class at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Called the Beat Making Lab, the course equipped college students with the skills and know how to produce high-quality hip-hop beats. In the spring, Mark Katz, the music professor who helped create the class and taught alongside Apple Juice, wasn't able to participate, so Pierce Freelon, a hip-hop scholar as well as the...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Pet-Tich-Eye reaches its Kickstarter goal

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

About a month ago, the INDY asked Ashlie White, the founder of Pet-Tich-Eye, why it was so important for the project's initial Kickstarter campaign to succeed. Pet-Tich-Eye was set up to foster collaboration between Triangle musicians, visual artists and community organizations. Its first endeavor is a 10-song compilation featuring one-off trios of local musicians, each contributing one song, paired with 10 pieces of original art and photos of each recording session. The Kickstarter campaign sought $14,000 to defray the large debt—at least $12,482 plus the cost of 10 days in the studio—that White incurred during the album's creation. As...

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Valient Thorr announces sixth album, Our Own Masters, out in June

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Listen up, Earthlings: Valient Thorr, the Venusian (by way of Raleigh) prophets of boogie-metal, are back. On June 18, the denim-vested headbangers will release their sixth album, Our Own Masters, a 12-track platter recorded in Athens, Ga. by Harvey Milk drummer Kyle Spence. That’s the backpatch-ready cover art above. If Valient Thorr has proven anything across its catalog, it’s consistency. The band’s blend of classic thrash, punk tempos and New Wave of British Heavy Metal solos provides a perfect complement to the allegorical tales frontdude Valient Himself turns into gruff shout-alongs. Naturally, it’s even better on stage. There’ll be...

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