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Monday, October 8, 2012

Live: Old Quarter and Some Army at Tir na nOg (video)

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

In one of the more solid Local Band, Local Beer showcases in recent memory, Some Army and Caleb Caudle joined Old Quarter for their debut EP release show. Some Army started off the night with a few technical difficulties but finished strong and also debuted a few new songs. Despite taking the stage after midnight, Old Quarter flew through their 45 minute set, playing each tune on the EP, as well as a few choice covers. Give the Old Quarter EP a listen: It is one of the better alt-country efforts in the area this year....

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Videos: The Magnolia Collective at Local 506

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 6:55 AM

I wish I'd seen The Magnolia Collective more times over the past few years, either playing late on a weekday at The Station or some other low-lit room in the Triangle. Saturday night at Local 506, they opened for Michigan's Frontier Ruckus. While the two bands have very different variations on Americana, the bill worked. Magnolia mixed several styles, from, alt-country and blues to psychedelic rock and just plain old rock ’n’ roll. As notoriously indifferent as Chapel Hill crowds can be, they bobbed their heads to the strums as though this was the band they came to see....

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Video: Bowerbirds, Hiss Golden Messenger, Prypyat in Saxapahaw

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Saturday night offered an evening of beautiful music at the Haw River Ballroom. As the chilly fall wind began to blow through Chatham County, Cup 22 was firing out hot cups of coffee to the mellow crowd. The show began with the two-piece Prypyat, featuring Duncan Webster (Hammer No More the Fingers) and Leah Gibson (Lost in the Trees, Bowerbirds). While Webster's finger picking is a delight to hear, it was Gibson's often overlooked cello work that seemed to fill the ballroom in the best of ways. Hiss Golden Messenger followed with a self-proclaimed set of the "Jesus tunes"; no...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Weekend in videos: Jeff Crawford in Saxapahaw, Spider Bags in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

On Saturday, Jeff Crawford brought an all-star group of friends out to the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw Crawford ran through a set of original songs followed by a set of hymns primarily from the excellent 2012 release Hymns from the Gathering Church. Later on Saturday, Spider Bags provided a blistering hour-long set at The Pinhook in Durham. They kicked off their CD release show for Shake My Head by bringing up frequent collaborator Reese McHenry. The band was intense yet loose, much to the joy of their hometown crowd....

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Drive-By Truckers and Megafaun cover "The Weight," for Levon

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Encore renditions of The Band's classic tune "The Weight" are pretty common at live gigs; it seems most any band with a reverence for American music and worth their salt eventually gets around to covering it onstage. Last night's version at Cat's Cradle, though, carried a bit more weight than usual—delivered, as it was, on the day that Band drummer Levon Helm died. Two bands who clearly held Levon's life and memory dear—headliner the Drive-By Truckers and our own local opening act Megafaun—joined forces at the end of the night to offer up an extended tribute, with the audience...

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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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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dü you remember: Grant Hart at Motorco

Posted By on Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Photo by David FellerathGrant Hart, left, played Friday night with The VenablesGrant HartJan. 14, 2011Motorco, Durham “There’s no success like failure.” —some guy from Minnesota As we approached the front door of Motorco, we saw that a singer/ guitarist was flailing away on stage. He had long, dark hair and for a few frantic moments, we thought Grant Hart had already begun his set. We hadn’t really seen recent photographs of the Hüsker Dü drummer, so the singer on stage—who turned out to be Erik Sugg of The Static Minds—was a passable doppelgänger for Hart two decades ago. After The...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

The satellites are spinning: Sun Ra spectacular in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 8:23 AM

I'm not going to devote too many words to Saturday's Sun Ra spectacular in Durham, only because the whole event defied language. It was one of the moments that made me feel proud to live in Durham. About 50-60 Egyptian pharaohs, space aliens, interplanetary travelers and their kin paraded from Durham Central Park through downtown to the Durham Arts Council, where all sorts of otherworldly sights and sounds threatened to levitate the building. The music, which included bowed saw, theremin, pedal steel guitar, saxophones, oboes and other instruments, was a first-class skronkathon, aided by a psychedelic light show behind the...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Two kooky new videos from Waumiss

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:12 AM

From the colorful monster that adorns its cover to the scattered soundscapes that cover both sides, Waumiss' 2008 self-titled LP offered plenty of enjoyment via its homespun whimsy. The duo's psychedelic, loop-based weird-pop came shaking and clattering and shimmying out of my speakers for months after release and—from time to time—still does. Now, the duo of Carrboros' Clarque and Caroline Blomquist has taken its playful aesthetic and sprinted: Two newly unveiled videos—both scored by versions of the LP's "R-Dog bumps, Tummy Fix"—syncs that song's unsettling clatter with flashing lights and pinball-machine colors, short toy-shop horror movies of love. Glowing...

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Friday, April 24, 2009

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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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

NEW VIDEO: The Foreign Exchange's "Take off the Blues"-->"Valediction"

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM

On the heels of its Cat's Cradle debut Friday night for Signal Fest, The Foreign Exchange has issued the second video for Leave It All Behind, the excellent sophomore album released last year by emcee Phonte Coleman and producer Nicolay Rook. The first three minutes of the video, set to "Take off the Blues," are simple enough: Phonte Coleman sits around a table in a posh bar, joking with friends like Darien Brockington (who sings here, too) and Yahzarah (nope, we don't know why Muhsinah isn't featured). He spots a pretty woman across the bar, buys her a drink and...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Video: Kooley High's One Day

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 2:07 AM

Spencer Griffith wrote about the Cary premiere of One Day, the documentary about Raleigh rap group Kooley High, in January. The 38-minute film, made by area director Napoleon Wright II and his becauseus.org organization, has finally made it online. As Griffith noted, it's an interesting little glimpse into a band working to make music its livelihood and, in a way, its faith. One Day - Introducing Kooley High from BECAUSEUS on Vimeo...

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Thank you so much for these clips; it was a special show.

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Billy Strings was amazing as well!

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