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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The General: Improvisation and a silent-film classic

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

The General Improvisation can be difficult. For a group to respond to off-the-cuff ideas from its members without spiraling into chaos requires a chemistry and familiarity that is simply beyond most bands. Tonight, tenured Triangle musicians Dale Baker and Tim Carless will complicate things even further, leading a four-piece ensemble in soundtracking the Buster Keaton-starring The General, an enduring film from the silent-film era. The band—Baker on Drums and Carless on guitar, along with bassist Casey Toll (Mount Moriah) and pedal steel player Whit Wright (American Aquarium)—have practiced very little. They've played to the full movie only once, getting down...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tonight: Flesh Wounds with Mayday! at All Day Records

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

At the end of February, the Chapel Hill garage rock trio Flesh Wounds quietly released three new songs online. A brisk, hooky, in-the-red run, the songs nod to surf-rock icons The Trashmen through a barrage of Guitar Wolf scuzz. Strong in structure and sound, they realize the promise of 2012’s raw cassette release Abrasions, Abcesses, and Amputations. So it should be little surprise that this quietly released bundle is no mere stopgap EP. Instead, these are preview tracks from a forthcoming full-length due sometime this summer. And according to singer/guitarist Montgomery Morris, they aren’t even the best of the batch. Tonight, Flesh Wounds play an early...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mykki Blanco represents the new normal

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

A few weeks ago, Mykki Blanco—a hyper-poetic noise-rapper who often dresses like a woman on stage—released a darn-near industrial rap track called “Booty Bamboo” that begins with Blanco slurring, “Y'all know I'm from North Carolina, right?” INDY readers may find that shout-out more heartening than surprising. See, back in 2002, the INDY afforded Blanco—who was then a 15-year-old Enloe student named Michael Quattlebaum Jr.—the superlative of “Performance Art Prodigy.” Quattlebaum was involved in experimental theater in Raleigh, producing a play entitled Paperdoll Psychology that the INDY described as being “based on the fictional diary of a girl named Anna who,...

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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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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Q&A: Raleigh native Evan Rogister returns to conduct the NC Symphony

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Evan Rogister, a 34-year-old opera and concert conductor based in New York, is a fast-rising star within classical music. After leaving Raleigh about 15 years ago, Rogister made his name on the international circuit, manning the podium for many of the nation’s great orchestras and serving as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2009 to 2011. At 7:30 this Sunday, January 19, Rogister returns to Raleigh to conduct the NC Symphony—with the young, renowned violinist Hilary Hahn, whose daunting age-to-accomplishment ratio rivals Rogister’s—in a gala concert at Meymandi that centers on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. The INDY recently spoke with...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pinhook dance party to benefit Senegal rapper

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

The logo for one of Durham’s most diverse dance parties is simple yet subversive: The word “illegal” in a white Courier New font on a black background, with a white censor bar through the word. Laura Friedrich, aka DJ Queen Plz, chose the name and image as a politically charged rebuttal to national and state laws that Friedrich and the patrons at these monthly events at The Pinhook oppose. “I’m a really political person,” Friedrich says, “so I just started thinking about all of the things that are illegal but, in my opinion, should not be.” In January, the Atlanta...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

West Hillsborough comes alive with Nash Street Block Party

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Two curated stages and a wealth of food choices offer what three local businesses hope is a good excuse to discover west Hillsborough this weekend. Kicking off Friday evening and lasting through Saturday afternoon, the Nash Street Block Party is a collaboration of The Depot, Mystery Brewing and Hillsborough BBQ. Festivities get started Friday night at The Depot with the music of Scarlett Rider and Megan Jean & the KFB. Saturday, the party starts at 3 p.m., with T.A. James, The Stringbeans, Dr. Bacon and Red’s Rhythm appearing at The Depot’s General Store music stage. Meanwhile, Mystery Brewing’s new Taproom...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Video: Brett Harris moves forward with new songs

Friday with Jeanne Jolly at Lincoln Theatre

Posted By and on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I first became aware of Brett Harris two summers ago, when I went to see Chapel Hill pop mastermind Chris Stamey play a Tuesday-evening acoustic show at West End Wine Bar on Franklin Street and Harris appeared as an unbilled opener. Between sets, Stamey spoke so highly of Harris' work that it seemed mandatory to check out his 2010 solo debut, Man of Few Words. It was clear upon first listen what Stamey appreciated: Harris' skills as a tunesmith, arranger and vocalist instantly vaulted him into the top tier of Triangle pop musicians. In an interview several months later, Stamey...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Tonight: The Holland Brothers at Bynum Front Porch

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

After 70 years in business, the Bynum General Store finally closed its doors in 2006. But the people of Bynum—a tiny community just off Highway 15-501 between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro—recognized the historical landmark’s enduring value as a community gathering place. So they established the nonprofit Bynum Front Porch to continue using the store site for community events—including the summer music series, which began back in 2001, when the store was still open. These weekly Friday evening concerts, which are free and run from 7–9 p.m., continue to attract a strong bill of local talent, and this week’s selection is...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tonight: Cardinal Collective bands at Tir Na Nog

Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores, House of Fools, Mike Blair & the Stonewalls

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

This week’s Local Band-Local Beer show at Tir Na Nog in Raleigh comprises a trio of regional bands who belong to the Cardinal Collective: the Triangle's Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores, Greensboro's House of Fools and Wilmington's Mike Blair & the Stonewalls (10 p.m. Thursday, June 6, free). They’re just just a few of a growing number of Americana-minded acts working together to promote releases, shows and each others’ careers across North Carolina. The brainstorm of local promoter and music scene stalwart Chris Tamplin, the Cardinal Collective represents a cache of like-minded acts including Jack The Radio, the Debonzo Brothers,...

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