Raleigh rock band The T's will play The Bassment—the Glenwood South club that splits its space with The Pourch and sits next to Helios—on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The show is sponsored by Red Bull.
Music that you forgot that you knew the lyrics to including, Air supply and Journey to Beastie Boys De La Sol with a little Aerosmith and Def Leopard thrown in for good measure. At the Bassment they have the best of the past and the current stuff, including: Justin Timberlake, Buck Cherry, Kid Rock, Gwen Stefani and so much more. Our music will cover the past five decades of sing at the top of your lungs, Bounce out of your seat music!
Disaster waiting to happen or a little across-the-aisles Raleigh socializing? We'll see... Also, The Loners and The Rosebuds at The Pour House Wednesday, too.
Yesterday afternoon, I sat in on an interview with Drive-By Truckers guitarist Patterson Hood for an upcoming documentary about the broad appeal and influence of AC/DC (more on this later). The producer complimented Hood on his shirt, a blue Barack n' Roll T draped by a jacket. Hood said that, following his show with The Hold Steady at The Lincoln Theatre, the band's two buses would head north, where they'd park and have a block party of sorts to watch election returns tonight: "Hopefully, it'll be a celebration, not a drink-your-beer-and-cry type thing."
It surprised me, then, when Hood emerged for the evening's show without his T-shirt, instead wearing long sleeves during the sold-out, hot-as-hell gig. What's more, aside from a mid-song quip about there being no bailout for Main St., he didn't say anything about today's election. That said, I left before the encore to drive to Fuquay-Varina (again, more on this later). So did I miss Hood's political spiel, or did he simply forgo it after donating after giving a political song to his fans and his endorsement to Obama yesterday?
And when has The Hold Steady's Craig Finn ever been reticent?
Saturday night's switch to Daylight Savings Time meant the bars got an extra hour of business. To compensate, Bowerbirds didn't hit the low-sitting Slim's stage until sometime after 11 p.m., followed by a Megafaun set that began on Sunday morning. Though both bands played solid sets for the sardine-ian crowd, the real treat was reserved for those who made it to the end of the night.
Weed Nap—all three Bowerbirds and all three Megafauns and Ivan "Rosebud" Howard, plus brief appearances by Birds of Avalon's Craig Tilley and The Bleeding Hearts Joe Yerry—played a five-song set that devolved into a drum circle and a strummed acoustic guitar. The band claimed the songs were from upcoming debut Looking for Ticks, but they sounded suspiciously like four Neil Young songs ("Helpless," "Old Man," "Cripple Creek Ferry" and "Tell Me Why") and one Rosebuds song ("Blue Bird," just segueing into "Maneater" and "Closing Time").
So, is Weed Nap the Girl Talk of freak-folk? We think so! Grainy, Slim's-style photos below the break.
Sad the debates--and with them, the winks, shoulder pats, split-screens and refusals to answer questions--are over? There's one more left.
Third-party candidates Bob Barr (Libertarian Party), Ralph Nader (independent) and Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party) will debate today at 4:30 p.m. at the City Club of Cleveland. Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney was invited, though is not confirmed for the event. (Her campaign Web site is down.) Watch the live stream here, or later tonight on C-Span (time unconfirmed).
An earlier attempt at a debate among the four candidates unraveled, resulting in a last-minute debate (streaming video) between Nader and Baldwin on Oct. 23. In an interview with the Indy, Barr said he did not participate in the debate, organized by Free and Equal, because “it was very poorly organized, and we weren’t given enough notice.”
Barr is the only candidate on the North Carolina ballot. Nader and McKinney secured write-in status; Baldwin did not.
Peter Holsapple of dBs fame posts on The New York Times' blog, Measure for Measure, a new song, "All Talk." In addition, he muses on his current band, Luego, his recent forays into songwriting collaboration and his inspiration from Dylan to revive old material in a refreshing way. He writes:
"This old plow horse plans to use those cues to make my new tunes more adaptable (if no less personal) and broad. Thank you, Bob, thank you Drew and Patrick, and thanks to everyone who’s been reading my blogs. You all inspire me to do better and do more, which is all any songwriter could hope."
An RBC Center official could only say the reason for the cancellation was beyond the arena's control. Well, shit. At least Harvey Milk plays Raleigh the same day...
Vince Carmody over at New Raleigh confirms the rumored Rosebuds show at Slim's tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 22. The gig starts at 10:30 p.m., and we'd expect The Buds—who hit the road for a short CMJ jaunt Thursday, followed by another 20 dates before Christmas—to go on after The Shame Club. For our coverage of The Rosebuds fourth record, Life Like, check the link.
Barack Obama, "You've Got a Friend" in Carolina's own James Taylor. He's playing free concerts for the campaign in five locations across the state between Sunday and Tuesday, including one in Chapel Hill (Sunday, October 19) and another in Raleigh (Tuesday, October 21). Details on the locations, times and where to pick up your free, but required tickets, are below the fold -- as supplied to us by the Obama campaign.
UPDATE: From Cy's blog: "Cy Rawls passed away peacefully this morning at 9:51 am in the company of his parents and a few close friends. Please check back for information about the visitation tomorrow night and a memorial service in the future."
It was hard to get too far into The Walkmen's set at Cat's Cradle last night after the news began to circulate that Cy Rawls, who has been fighting a brain tumor since July, was to be taken off of his respirator at Duke University this morning. Cy performed briefly with the Cy Rawlstars at The Pour House Saturday night before taking a turn for the worse over the remainder of the weekend. See more from Kerry Cantwell at Cy's blog.