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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chapel Hill's The Cave gets new ownership, to become "sister club" with Raleigh's Slim's

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Ian DunnMeet the new boss. Pictured L to R: pint of beer, Mark ConnorLongstanding Chapel Hill bar and venue The Cave, which has been up for sale since February 27, is now off the market. Slim's talent buyer Mark Connor and owner Van Alston, as well as third partner Richard Darling, will be its new owners.“I've admired The Cave for years, and when I became aware that it was for sale almost a year ago, I hoped to be involved with the buyers,” says Connor, who not only books music at Slim's, but also plays bass in multiple Raleigh bands....

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Dan Melchior announces new LP, a tribute to his ailing wife

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Most musicians in Dan Melchior's shoes would have likely put recording not just on the back burner, but freeze-dried in the pantry, ready to be resuscitated if the opportunity ever arose. Two years ago, Letha Rodman Melchior, the wife of the Durham-based garage rock stalwart, was diagnosed with breast cancer and melanoma. The subsequent two years have been an emotional roller coaster of attempted treatments and benefit concerts, moments of hope and instances of pure sadness. Through it all, Melchior has only increased his output, absorbing the blow to his beloved partner and bassist and releasing four LPs, a...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sonogram Records: members of Last Year's Men start boutique label

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Jeremy M. LangeMenly menBen Carr and Ian Rose, songwriting guitarist and drummer for the essential Chapel Hill garage punks Last Year's Men, are starting a new limited-run label, Sonogram Records. The business model follows the raison d'etre of many micro-labels: two friends releasing their friends' music to help them out, sure, but also for the fun of it. Yet Carr and Rose have mixed their love of music with a creative approach, and Sonogram may be a different creature—even in a region with multiple such boutique labels. "Hopefully [we'll] work with bands that have already broken up to reissue some...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

COLOSSUS release and stream new EP

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Photo courtesy of COLOSSUS "Remember when heavy metal was supposed to be fun? COLOSSUS does." That's the first line from the bio passed around with promos of The Sepulcher of the Mirror-Warlocks, the new EP from appropriately named Raleigh-Chapel Hill metal band COLOSSUS. The self-release represents the outfit's first new music since 2009. The band's claim rings true on The Sepulcher's six songs, which pair riffs that churn, tangle and soar with outlandish lyrics about Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic Dune, a transdimensional love affair and the pulp fantasy series Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. The record succeeds via the same...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chapel Hill music veteran Paul Price passes away at 59

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Paul Price, a veteran of the Chapel Hill music scene during the '80s and '90s and a founding member of local indie rock mainstay Lud, passed away Sunday night at his home in Chapel Hill. He was 59. Price began playing in beach music outfits as a teenager and made an impact on the Triangle scene starting in the early '80s. He played in bands such as The Swamis and The Emperors of Ice Cream and was a notable fixture at the Hardback Cafe, a now defunct meeting ground for musicians and other artists. In the early '90s, Price...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Mountain Goats announce new LP, Transcendental Youth

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The new album from Durham's Mountain Goats has a name and a release date. Transcendental Youth comes out Oct. 2 via Merge Records. That's the album cover above. I have heard none of the music, but Transcendental Youth strikes me as a perfect Mountain Goats title. Indeed, there's a kind of transcendental youth at the core of every record that leader and songwriter John Darnielle creates. From the hissing cassette recordings of his early days to his current hi-fi compositions, Darnielle's meticulous narratives mine through the strife that ages us, rescuing the defiantly screaming kid trapped amid the frustration....

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Hiss Golden Messenger unveils video for "Blue Country Mystic"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Included in the album art for Poor Moon — the wonderful 2011 LP from Durham's Hiss Golden Messenger — is a picture of main man M.C. Taylor guiding his toddling son Elijah through the woods. Barefoot with a straw hat covering his face, Taylor smiles as his first born explores a little further up the path, staring with wondrous intensity at his hand, which is holding what appears to be a pine cone. The image lines up perfectly with lead-off track "Blue Country Mystic." The song's sly and seductive funk backs up a narrative from a father a little...

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Goodbye, Titan bassist Matt Cash to play final show Saturday night in Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Saturday night will see Matt Cash, bassist for Raleigh post-rock stalwarts Goodbye, Titan, play one last show with the band. It's a friendly split, and he isn't going far: he will remain active in his increasingly dance-oriented shoewave trio The White Cascade. And in a more literal way, he isn't going anywhere - the two bands share a practice space. He won't even have to move his amp. “Like a lot of my friends that are active musicians in this area, we have jobs, families and other extracurricular activities to which we devote our time,” says Cash, who has...

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One Megafaun cover you'll love to hate

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I sincerely doubt the creators of YouTube originally intended it to be inundated by videos like the one at the top of this post. But the reality is that funny(?) keyboard cats, crotch shots and awkward singers rule this medium, and Bryce McCormick is a solid example of the kind of material that racks up hits. In his surprisingly well-equipped home studio, he makes beguilingly well-produced covers of popular songs that he smothers in cliche synths and a laughable white boy-soul croon. In short, it's hilarious. He's covered Josh Groban, Prince and The Jackson Five. He also has one...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Doc Watson, 1923-2012

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM

I have seen the DavidSeen the Mona Lisa tooAnd I have heard Doc Watson play Columbus Stockade Blues. That's the company in which the esteemed songwriter Guy Clark placed the legendary North Carolina musician Doc Watson, who passed away at age 89 on Tuesday evening in a Winston-Salem hospital. Indeed: There was no higher art. The eulogies for Watson will no doubt be plentiful and profound in the days to come. In this moment upon hearing the news tonight, my thoughts are of his daily appearances at Merlefest in the early-evening hours on the main stage, pickin' and singin' a...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Yep Roc announces 15th-birthday bash

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM

To celebrate its 15th birthday this fall, local label Yep Roc Records is gathering the tribes in mid-October for a three-night blowout at Cat's Cradle with Nick Lowe, Robyn Hitchcock, Dave Alvin, Fountains of Wayne, Chuck Prophet, Jon Doe, the Minus 5 and many other artists who have released records on the label in the past decade and a half. The shows, set for Oct. 11-13, also will feature Liam Finn, The Sadies, Sloan, Cheyenne Marie Mize, Jim White, Eleni Mandell and others to be announced. Top local acts in the lineup include Chatham County Line and a reunion...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Old Ceremony sign to Yep Roc, announce new LP

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Photo courtesy of The Old Ceremony For most of its seven-year run, The Old Ceremony has been its own home. Of the band's four full-lengths, three have been released by Alyosha Records, run by the band's leader, Django Haskins. After years of intermittent toil and triumph that have seen The Old Ceremony become one of the Triangle's most beloved pop-rock bands, the band has signed to N.C.-based indie mainstay Yep Roc Records. The label will release the band's fifth LP — the awkwardly titled Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide — on Aug. 21. Yep Roc is a fitting home...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Roots' Carrboro surprise

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Last night, attendees of The Station's weekly open-mic night were witness to an unexpected treat. In Chapel Hill for a Tuesday taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots took to the Carrboro bar's small corner stage for an impromptu 30-minute set. The overwhelmingly talented hip-hop outfit is the house band for Fallon's NBC talk show. UNC senior Taylor Smith had just gotten home from seeing Trampled By Turtles at Cat's Cradle when a friend called him about the surprise performance. He rushed out with a housemate and got to The Station at about 11:30 p.m. as The...

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Record Store Day in review: Schoolkids sets a record

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Stephen Judge didn’t sleep Friday night. Saturday would be his first Records Store Day as owner of Raleigh’s Schoolkids Records. In its fifth year, Record Store Day offered hundereds of limited-run releases to bolster independent shops that have just had to pay their taxes. Determining what records to stock is always a gamble. Judge figured that Schoolkids would do well, but he couldn’t be sure. “When I pulled into the back parking lot at 7:30 in the morning there were no cars parked in the Sadlack's spots. I thought, ‘Oh no, there’s nobody here,’ Judge recalls. “I walked around...

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Amateur Love, featuring Megafaun's Cook brothers, to see Bon Iver-endorsed reissue

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

In his acceptance speech at this year's Grammy Awards—at which he took home the trophy for Best New Artist—Bon Iver's Justin Vernon spoke to the mixed feelings he had about accepting the award. "There's so much talent here on this stage," he said from the stage, "and there's a lot of talent that's not here tonight." It's an admirable stance, taking your big moment to point out that there are other artists at least as deserving that will never see that limelight. With his new Chigliak imprint, Vernon is using his power within the industry to expose some of...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Chapel Hill's The Cave is for sale

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Mouse Mock, who has owned Chapel Hill music venue The Cave since 2000, has confirmed that the storied bar is up for sale. On Feb. 27 an ad appeared on online classified site Craigslist announcing that ownership would entertain "serious inquiries and qualified buyers." Mock, who had been a part of the rich community surrounding the Cave for decades, bought the venue to maintain its tradition, but he also had other ideas in mind. A videographer at heart, Mock hoped to have the Cave double as a studio for public access TV shows. In the early days, he succeeded...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hiss Golden Messenger readies reissue, Record Store Day single

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Of the many underrated musical treasures in the Triangle, perhaps no other band lives up to the title like Durham's Hiss Golden Messenger. The spiritual musings of singer M.C. Taylor shape some of North Carolina's very best new songs, and their varied folk-rock represents a near perfect balance of intellectual stimulation and breezy accessibility. Despite all this, the band's releases exist mainly in obscurity; the recent LP Poor Moon was offered with a small pressing of 500 copies on Paradise of Bachelors. Now, it seems the limelight may have finally caught Taylor. On April 17, left-of-center-music champion Tompkin Square...

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Durham's Delta Rae signs to Sire Records

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Durham-based folk-rock sextet Delta Rae has signed to Sire Records, a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group. Their label mates will include Avenged Sevenfold, Jack’s Mannequin, Regina Spektor and a host of other bands that water down otherwise interesting musical ideas until they are highly safe and consumable. In short, this is just where Delta Rae belongs. According to their manager, Adam Schlossman, the group signed the contract a week ago in New York before a show at the Mercury Lounge. The first album in the multi-record deal, a full-length follow-up to the band's 2010 self-titled EP, is expected...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

On Glenwood Avenue, a new, old-fashioned record store for Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Found! For more than a few years now, Hillsborough Street’s Schoolkids Records claimed the title of “only independent record store in Raleigh.” That’s no longer the case: In The Groove Records—a used-only record store that buys, sells and trades vintage vinyl, with plans to expand into new goods—has moved into the Carter Building, an art studio-dominated space just down from the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Hillsborough Street. The store opened on January 18 and is owned by long-time Raleigh resident and artist Greg Rollins, who says he saw a niche for a used-only shop in the Triangle. “Used LPs—there’s...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Raleigh courts the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The circulating word is that the International Bluegrass Music Associations (IBMA) Awards are looking for a new home. A group of local bluegrass musicians and enthusiasts are, of course, trying to make that new home here in Raleigh. Indeed, a five-minute video produced by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau recently landed on YouTube, appealing to IBMA on behalf of the state’s bluegrass traditions and the city’s entertainment assets. I sat down with Hank Smith, banjo player extraordinaire, last week to discuss this effort: INDEPENDENT WEEKLY: Who came to you with the idea of bringing the IBMA to...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Chris Malarkey heads to the Lincoln Theatre

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Chris Malarkey, a 13-year member of the staff at Raleigh’s Pour House Music Hall, has signed on to help book acts at the Lincoln Theatre. A local music fixture, Malarkey has been the sole booking agent at the Pour House for about five years. “It’s a bigger level,” Malarkey says of the move. The Pour House lists its capacity as 350, while the Lincoln holds 800. “It just opens up a lot of different avenues as far as the bands that I can book. The bands that I booked at the Pour House, I can take two bands that draw...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Last round: A booking shift at The Pour House

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Chris Malarkey, the former booking agent at Raleigh’s The Pour House Music Hall and a local music fixture, is moving on from his post after 13 years with the venue. Malarkey joined the space in 1999, begging his way into part-time gigs as a way to break into the live music business. “I was a big music fan, an old Dead Head, so I thought it would be a good way to get in to doing something I love,” Malarkey remembers. “A friend of mine was bartending there. I told Eric I’d put up posters, whatever type...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Southern Culture on the Skids

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Photo Courtesy of the BandSeasonal favorites: Southern Culture on the Skids Originally released in 1992 with four songs on Zontar Records, and then again in its current six-track form on Estrus in 1996, South Culture on the Skids’ Santo Swings EP lives on in tribute to the Mexican wrestling icon and movie star. It recently went out of print, so SCOTS rescued it with this digital release, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. On it, the trio’s signature rockabilly is given a vibrant mariachi flair. There are a couple of instrumentals, highlighted by the four-minute “Meximelt,” with its low-riding...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Airiel Down's military marathon

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Courtesy of Airiel Down and Phoenix PhotographyThirsty for justice: Beaux Foy, in the shades, leads Airiel Down Beaux Foy isn’t a fan of the evening news: "It pisses me off every time you turn on the news. The only time they mention our troops is when they have casualties,” the Airiel Down front man says. To counter that, Foy is joining forces with Lowe’s, Pepsi and NASCAR on a campaign to honor the everyday achievements of servicemen and women who “put themselves on the line everyday to help in the greater good of global humanity.” He teamed up with Jimmy...

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Five songs, dude: Valient Thorr hits the decade mark

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 12:57 PM

It’s been 10 years since Valient Thorr, the bearded, denim-vested troupe of hard rock avengers, landed in the Triangle from Venus with their twin-axe attack and mythical backstory. And as the rowdy rock band celebrates its decennial, we celebrate the traits that have kept the band’s hordes of die-hard Thorriors fervent and growing since 2001. Through some 10 members and five albums—from 2003’s self-released debut, Stranded On Earth, to last year’s, Stranger—Valient Thorr has been a model of consistency. Witness these five model Thorr songs, culled from dozens of equally worthy candidates. Valient Thorr plays Kings Saturday, April 30, with...

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