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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Today: Coalition to Unchain Dogs Benefit with Superchunk, Rey Norteño

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Music for Fences—a four-band benefit in Durham Central Park, beginning at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon and running until Superchunk has, hopefully, ripped through "Precision Auto" and "Nu Bruises"—deserves your consideration on this beautiful Saturday for a handful of reasons. First, the cause: In the past several years, The Coalition to Unchain Dogs—led by community activist and organizer Amanda Arrington—has built fences for more than 100 Triangle dogs, supplying boundaries for animals once chained to poles or trees the space to play and to become, as Indy reporter Vernal Coleman wrote last year when Arrington won one of the newspaper's...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jessica Hopper talks about The Girls' Guide to Rocking

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Rock heir. Parents, teachers, young music listeners, listen up: Jessica Hopper, author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, is reading at Nightlight in Chapel Hill tonigh, August 25. The show also includes two rad young female artists Katie Stelmanis and Ghost Bees and Durham female band Pink Flag. It's all ages, costs $5 and starts at 7 p.m. Jessica Hopper repped punk bands, played in a few and has written a lot—in her own zine, Hit It or Quit It, and all over the place. She notably became a voice for women in modern punk circles in an article for...

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Tonight: Help Hopeline help the Triangle

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Sure, there are plenty of great shows you could catch around the Triangle tonight, but none deserve your attendance more than a five-deep bill of top-notch local indie rock at Tir Na Nog. It’s more than just another great line-up trotted out by the downtown Raleigh pub that has become known for its weekly Local Band-Local Beer series: all proceeds from the $5 cover charge—totally a bargain for this stacked roster—benefit HopeLine of North Carolina, a twenty-four hour crisis line that fields calls on suicide, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and substance abuse, amongst other issues. The non-profit...

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tonight through Saturday, The Club Is Open Festival supports CyTunes, Tisch Center

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 11:35 AM

The second-annual The Club is Open Festival began Tuesday night with a pre-fest party and a triple-bill at The Reservoir. Like last night's Hammer No More The Fingers show at the newly repurposed Players on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, that gig was free. But the shows tonight (Aminal, The Dry Heathensand On The Beach at The Cave), Friday (Red Collar, The Loners, Rat Jacksonand A Rooster For The Masses at Local 506) and Saturday (American Aquarium, The Future Kings of Nowhere, Flithybird and Nathan Oliver at Cat’s Cradle) are not. The paltry cover charges ($5, $7 and...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tonight: Last-minute bill at Fuse

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 4:36 PM

We strongly recommended tomorrow's triple-bill of trios—Dallas' Ume and locals Bellafea and Maple Stave—tomorrow night at the Durham's Pinhook. Turns out, Bellafea and Ume, who fell into kindred-spirit mode a few years ago at a thinly attended Kings show, will share a bill tonight, too: They'll play at Fuse at 9 p.m. with Raleigh duo Old Bricks, a sad-voiced pair that recorded (but has not yet released) one of my favorite local records of the year. Hey, if the notice is too short, there's always tomorrow....

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tonight: The Daggers double, Phonte does the two-step

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I did a quick little dance earlier this week upon learning that Baltimore's Double Dagger made a music video for "Vivre Sans Temps Mort," the second and arguably best track from its third, best and most recent record, More. And I did a longer dance while watching said video for the first time, as it's always such a treat to see lyrics, music and image coalesce so powerfully: "Vivre Sans Temps Mort" builds slowly but steadily, walks of bass notes and a patter of hi-hat touches reflecting from the surface of a melodica drone. When the band finally leaps...

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Friday, April 24, 2009

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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Friday, April 17, 2009

Cy Rawls/Angels Among Us Karaoke Fundraiser

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 7:01 PM

When Cy Rawls, local music super-fan and keeper of the flame, passed away last fall, his friends and family endeavored to keep his memory alive. CyTunes, a repository of songs donated by bands all over the country, is chugging along. They also continued supporting the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, which did so much to help his battle against cancer. And they'll be taking part in the Angels Among Us benefit 5k run on Saturday, April 25, under the appropriate Tar Heel-oriented team name, "Cy Rawls Has a Posse." Tomorrow night, you can help them...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

TONIGHT: 'Chunk + HNMTF

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Survey says: We like both of these bands an awful lot. Tonight, 9:30 p.m., Cat's Cradle in Carrboro for $12....

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

SXSW09, Day 2: Go see Efterklang Wednesday [Grayson Currin]

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Not sure what you’re doing on Wednesday, but if you have a chance, I’d recommend going to Chapel Hill’s Local 506 to see Efterklang headline a three-band bill with Lost in the Trees and Canon Blue. On the disclosure tip, I happen to be staying at the same Austin house as the band thanks to a coincidence of mutual friends. But that doesn’t matter: About three hours ago, I watched as the Danes struggled with technical problems under a hillside tent atop the verdant lawn of Austin’s French Legation. At first frustrated and a bit perplexed by a venue soundboard...

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Tonight: Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers @ Local 506

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:06 PM

If you're looking for a treat and an early bit of entertainment tonight, Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers takes the middle third of a three-band bill at Local 506: A 22-year-old singer-songwriter from rural Oklahoma and of Native American descent, Crain released her debut, The Confiscation EP, last year on Ramseur Records (former home of The Avett Brothers and current home of Bombadil) to modest but outspoken acclaim. Here's hoping her debut LP, the plainly but perfectly played Songs in the Night, continues Crain's upswing. "Scissor Tales," in fact, should take its rightful place as one of the...

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Interview: Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Ray Benson’s been playing western swing with his band, Asleep at the Wheel, for almost 40 years. The group’s latest album, Willie and the Wheel, encapsulates the genre’s history, of which Asleep at the Wheel has become an integral part. The record pairs Benson’s band with his longtime friend Willie Nelson, a former western swing singer himself. With a 14-date tour supporting the album less than a week away, Benson took some time away from rehearsal to talk about western swing, building on a tradition and Willie and the Wheel. The band plays with Willie at Durham Performing Arts...

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Tonight, go, come: 1969

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Tonight marks the world premiere of 1969, the new piece from modern classical ensemble Alarm Will Sound. After sitting in on the piece's rehearsals for the past four days, I've realized I undersold the piece dramatically in our print preview. While Alarm Will Sound is a dexterous, dynamic ensemble that can play most anything you put in front of it, this show offers much more than that. It shouldn't be missed: A multimedia exploration of the cultural turmoil and creative triumphs between 1968 and 1971, 1969 pushes the boundaries of Alarm Will Sounds's two-dozen-plus musicians, directors and assistants until they—by...

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Tonight: Emmanuel Jal @ UNC

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Emmanuel Jal raps over light Afrobeat rhythms stripped down to desolate grooves. Gunshots scatter songs, but not because Jal is a gangsta, but because he is a former child soldier of the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Smuggled out of the situation by a British aid worker, he began to use music to understand his experiences. His yrics tell stories of harsh militaristic life, starvation, disease and extreme poverty. Jal's mission is to bring world attention to the problems facing Africa. But not all is doom and gloom: While songs can focus on genocide or have lines like, “Pimps and thieves...

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