Music | Indy Week
Music
INDY Week's music blog

Archives | RSS

Friday, August 10, 2018

Gillian Welch to Receive the Thomas Wolfe Prize at UNC This Fall

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 1:17 PM

For more than twenty years, singer-songwriter Gillian Welch has issued some of the most intimate, gorgeous songs of this generation. Her songwriting speaks to the unusual beauty and excruciating pain of the human condition, from the catastrophes and coincidences that fall on April 14, to a moonshiner's ruinous career, to a girl being blessed with a dark turn of mind. While plenty of music fans and institutions are keen on Welch's inimitable songwriting power, UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of English and Comparative Literature has recognized her talents, too. Thus, she'll be the recipient of the department's annual Thomas Wolfe Prize,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mountain Man Has a New Album Out Next Month, Listen to Three Songs from Magic Ship Now

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 10:01 AM

It's been a while since we last heard from Mountain Man, the three-woman ensemble of Molly Sarlé, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Meath—eight years, in fact. The trio issued its gorgeous debut record, Made in the Harbor, in 2010, and after finishing touring around the record, the band's members chased different projects (does Sylvan Esso ring a bell?). The women maintained close ties with each other, and eventually, they all settled in North Carolina. After performing at the Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin last summer, they decided to reconvene as Mountain Man and make a new record. That record, Magic...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, July 27, 2018

Listen to Anne-Claire's Slick New Single, "Behind Me"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 9:42 AM

At the end of 2017, singer-songwriter Anne-Claire Niver—better known as just Anne-Claire—ran a month-long Kickstarter campaign, raising money to fund the production of her second full-length album. She exceeded her $15,000 goal and set off to record the nine songs on her new album, I Still Look For You, which comes out next weekend. Today, you can listen to "Behind Me," a punchy number that celebrates leaving doubts behind. “I don’t cry quite as much like I did,” Anne-Claire sings in the beginning of “Behind Me.” “Don’t get high quite as much like I did, I did go on.”...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lauryn Hill's Raleigh Show Canceled Due to "Unforseen Production Issues"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 12:52 PM

Heads up, Lauryn Hill fans: if you'd planned on seeing her in Raleigh tomorrow night, you're in for a letdown. Her show at Red Hat Amphitheater, which was part of the twentieth anniversary tour for her landmark LP, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, has been canceled. LiveNation announced the show cancelation on Twitter yesterday evening, citing "unforseen production issues." So far, it doesn't seem as though there are plans for a makeup date. If you bought your ticket online or over the phone, a refund has been automatically processed, according to LiveNation. If you need more information, contact the...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, July 6, 2018

Spider Bags Ride Again with a New Record in August—Listen to Two Tracks Now

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 3:26 PM

About halfway through the winding country-punk stomper “My Heart Is a Flame in Reverse,” which opens the B-side of Spider Bags' forthcoming record, Someday Everything Will Be Fine, frontman Dan McGee hits on a pithy aphorism filled with beautiful and brutal truth. “To live is to suffer and smile,” he croaks, “and to succeed at anything, you must fail for a long while.” I don’t know about you, but I find comfort in that line, especially during these trying times. Someday Everything Will Be Fine comes four years after the band's Merge Records debut, Frozen Letter, and the intervening...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Lilac Shadows Reappears with "True Ever After"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 12:54 PM

For the past few years, Lilac Shadows has cranked out plenty of excellent, shoegazey rock songs drenched in plenty of fuzz. The band released its most recent album, Brutalism, in early 2015, but following the 2016 presidential election, frontman Sam Logan says he struggled to find creative motivation amid what felt like a perpetual tsunami of bad news. At a loss, Logan put his guitar aside and took a break from songwriting that lasted for more than a year. But today, the band is sharing a new song wherein Logan frankly addresses the concerns that held him back from...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nile Rodgers & Chic, The Flaming Lips, Sleep, and More Added to Hopscotch

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 2:30 PM

This afternoon, Hopscotch announced the second round of acts for this year's festival, which happens from September 6-8 in downtown Raleigh. The biggest addition is, by far, Nile Rodgers & Chic. As a producer, Rodgers has worked with names from David Bowie to Daft Punk, and his mark on pop, funk, and disco is indelible. He headlines the Red Hat Amphitheater Saturday night with Moses Sumney and Boulevards. Other additions include The Flaming Lips, who return to City Plaza after performing there in 2011, and Chicago rapper Vic Mensa. There's also the renowned doom band Sleep, who last appeared...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, June 22, 2018

Removed from YouTube, The Muslims Take Their Protest Punk to Facebook Live

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM

You need to see The Muslims’ excellent video to their ninety-second punk track “Muslims at the Mall.” After a closeup of someone’s hands squishing cheese through their fingers, Saba Taj wanders through Southpoint Mall, drawing stares in her “Alpha Delta Burqa,” a pink and green burqa made of Lilly Pulitzer fabric and cotton, glitter, gold spray paint, and sequins. It cuts to the band jamming and shouting the words in a garage-like recording space. The only lyric is “Muslims at the mall.” You need to see this video, but don’t look for it on YouTube. The Google-owned video-sharing site...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, June 15, 2018

Video: Midtown Dickens Reunites for a Good Cause in Durham

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 5:16 PM

Midtown Dickens The Pinhook, Durham Friday, February 23, 2018 After five long years apart, Midtown Dickens reformed at The Pinhook in Durham to benefit the nonprofit organization Durham For All. In that hiatus, core band members Catherine Edgerton and Kym Register have pursued other creative projects—Register running Loamlands and running The Pinhook, Edgerton growing as a visual artist—but on stage, they clicked as though no time had passed at all. The Pinhook was sold out as the packed crowd sang along to nearly every song at one point surprising Edgerton who remarked, “You actually remember our records?” The crowd...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, May 25, 2018

Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, and a Top-Notch Top Dawg Crew Bring West Coast Flair to Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Saturday, May 26> Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh 7:30 p.m., $35–$174, www.livenation.com Top Dawg Entertainment's aptly titled Championship Tour, which stops in Raleigh this weekend, features a rare reunion of much of the label's roster of contemporary hip-hop luminaries. Bringing their West Coast flair, the championship team includes Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and more. The leading star is Lamar, who recently made history by becoming the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer Prize. Lamar's 2017 album, DAMN., was "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism," in...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Mary Lattimore's Weightless Waves Are Unlike Anything Else

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Saturday, May 26 The Artscenter, Carrboro 8 p.m., $15, www.artscenterlive.org It's hard to make an elevator pitch for Mary Lattimore, a North Carolina-raised musician who now calls Los Angeles home. She plays the harp, but her music is unlike anything you might usually associate with the instrument, which she processes through effects pedals to sublime and otherworldly ends. Lattimore wrote most of her new record, Hundreds of Days, at a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California's Marin Headlands, but her music has always felt like it's free from any earthly bounds. It drifts along in...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Moogfest, Night Three: Overcoming a Different Kind of Drone

Posted By on Sun, May 20, 2018 at 11:16 AM

Moogfest, Night Three: Jenny Hval, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ Stingray Downtown Durham Saturday, May 19, 2018 There was a dull ambient roar at Moogfest this weekend, and I’m not even talking about whatever Wes Borland’s drone set was. No, this particular sound emanated from the back end of the cavernous Armory all weekend, coming to a head as it threatened to engulf Jenny Hval’s set on Saturday night. It was the sound of dozens of people, choosing to pound their beers and chat instead of watching the stage. For a delicate set like Hval, their voices became...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Moogfest, Night Two: Making Sense of a Muddled Divide Between Past and Future

Posted By on Sat, May 19, 2018 at 3:07 PM

Moogfest, Night Two: Yves Tumor, Caterina Barbieri, Katie Gately, Tess Roby Downtown Durham Friday, May 18, 2018 Unlike most other music festivals, Moogfest has an overarching message: “to grow a global community of futurists.” But what a “futurist’ is, or ought to be, or does, is unclear. The auras of the Moog synthesizer and other high-tech musical apparatuses hover over one’s imagining of the festival, as do talks entitled things like “Encoding Information in Waves and Patterns,” which evoke vague, appealing notions about the potential for new technologies to create novel and transcendent musical moments. But Moogfest’s ideal offering of...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, May 18, 2018

Moogfest, Night One: Ominous Armory Noises to Divine, Danceable Pop

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Moogfest: Kelela, Author & Punisher, Jon Hopkins Downtown Durham Thursday, May 17, 2018 Moogfest is a land of circuits and loops, so I guess it’s apt that I got stuck on a track between The Carolina Theatre and The Armory all night, as if I too were a digital packet or analog wave spinning in some machine’s brain. After whiling away too much time with wristband-less friends at Accordion Club instead of seeing music, I finally made it to The Armory at ten to see San Diego noise auteur Author & Punisher, a good get in the experimental-music part...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Moogfest, Night One: Sprinting Toward Synths—And Out of the Rain

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Moogfest: Helena Hauff, DJ Haram, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Emily Sprague Downtown Durham Thursday, May 17, 2018 Torrential downpours marked the first evening of Moogfest 2018, and everyone dealt with it in their own way. Many people probably tweaked their schedule and camped out at one or two close venues for the night. Others did the same as my friends and I, playing a goofy game of stop-and-go every thirty minutes. We hid under dry Main Street spots and sprinted in bursts when the rain would ease for a second, frequently switching sidewalks to dodge the wild amount of construction...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hopscotch Announces Miguel, Grizzly Bear, Belle & Sebastian, Thundercat, and More as This Year's Headliners

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Moogfest might be right around the corner, but today, Hopscotch has announced its headliners for this year's festival. Miguel and Grizzly Bear top the bill, with Belle & Sebastian and jazz-funk titan Thundercat following close behind. MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer leads MC50, which features members of Soundgarden, Fugazi, Zen Guerilla, and King's X. Together, they'll celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of MC5's explosive debut LP, Kick Out the Jams. Liz Phair, whose renowned Exile in Guyville LP turns twenty-five this year, will take an anniversary victory lap of her own. The lineup also features The Revolution—yes, as in "Prince and."...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Cave Closes on April 30 in Chapel Hill, Local 506 Changes Hands

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 2:06 PM

It's a sad day for music fans who love tiny, rowdy rooms: The Cave, the longstanding Chapel Hill watering hole and incubator for countless local bands, will close on April 30. Mark Connor, who runs the venue, shared the announcement this afternoon. In a statement on The Cave's Facebook page, the club thanked the musicians, bartenders, and patrons who have kept the bar in business over the years. The club had been trying to find a buyer for the past six months, but none came through. "Unfortunately, as of this past Monday it became clear that would not...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Rakim & Eric B Show Off What it Means to Live and Breathe Hip-Hop

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:58 PM

Thursday, April 19 The Ritz, Raleigh 8 p.m., $30, www.ritzraleigh.com While some may not understand the difference between hip-hop culture and rap music, Rakim, one of the all-time greatest emcees, is an innovator in both of the symbiotic realms. He was one of the pioneers that introduced multisyllabic rhyme schemes, way beyond the commercial genesis of The Sugarhill Gang's single "Rappers Delight." Last year, he delivered an amazing live-band performance at Durham's Art of Cool festival with ZooCrü. Now he returns to Raleigh with renowned deejay and producer Eric B. Few hip-hop albums have been as influential as their...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Durand Jones & The Indications Spin Gold Out of Lo-Fi Origins

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:19 PM

MONDAY, APRIL 23 Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro 8:30 p.m., $13-$15, www.catscradle.com The legend of Durand Jones & The Indications' self-titled debut focuses on its barebones recording budget, exemplified by the use of a microphone repurposed from an American Idol-branded karaoke machine. Though that lo-fi approach lends plenty of grit to the 2016 LP's vintage R&B gems, it doesn't overshadow spectacular performances from Jones—a saxophonist and vocalist who, like the best soul singers, began singing in church—and his Indiana-based band, which borrows from the legendary playbooks of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Meters, and The Bar-Kays. Jones's otherworldly...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, April 12, 2018

JooseLord Magnus and 3AM Celebrate a Double Album Release in Durham

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Friday, April 13 Motorco Music Hall, Durham $7–$10, 9 p.m. www.motorcomusic.com Friday the thirteenth might be a superstitious occasion for some, but it's going to be a good day for two of Durham's most polished hip-hop artists, who have teamed up for a double album release show. JooseLord Magnus's S.K.U.L.L. is one of the Triangle's most anticipated new hip-hop albums. His hardcore aesthetic is reminiscent of the delivery of Onyx, M.O.P., DMX, and Ol' Dirty Bastard, but he merges it with conscious content. 3AM delivers a sharp sonic disparity in comparison to JooseLord, offering melodic trap vibes layered over...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Slim's, Raleigh's Premier Music Hallway, Turns Nineteen

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 9:27 AM

Saturday, April 14 Slim's, Raleigh 9 p.m., $7 www.slimsraleigh.com If Slim's, the "premier music hallway" of downtown Raleigh, were an actual nineteen-year-old, it would be a scrappy, rowdy punk kid with a heart of gold. For the better part of two decades, Slim's has been an essential incubator for local bands getting their start as well as a prime spot to get soused with a bunch of colorful, loveable rapscallions. Van Alston, who opened the bar in the late nineties, has been a positive force in local music for decades, for reasons ranging from small loans that help bands...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, April 7, 2018

As Circuit Des Yeux, Haley Fohr Builds Mysterious, Mesmerizing Songs

Posted By on Sat, Apr 7, 2018 at 8:01 AM

Monday, April 9 Duke Coffeehouse, Durham 8:30 p.m., $5, free with Duke ID www.dukecoffeehouse.org The title of Circuit Des Yeux's latest record, Reaching for Indigo, reminds me of the devastating prose poetry of Maggie Nelson's Bluets. Nelson writes of love and loss with stirring poignancy, framed around a love of the color blue. As Circuit Des Yeux, Haley Fohr touches on other moving themes through mysterious, mesmerizing songs. Tracks like "Paper Bag" match electronic dappling with patient rock rhythms. The centerpiece of Fohr's songs, however, is her deep, resonant voice, which is unlike any other. In the middle of...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, April 5, 2018

At UNC, Catch the Rapper Who Puts the "Conscious" in "Conscious Rap"

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Saturday, April 7 Current Artspace + Studio 8 p.m., $25, www.carolinaperformingarts.org If you combined Gil Scott-Heron, Huey Newton, Tupac, and Kendrick Lamar into one person, the outcome would be political rapper, activist, and poet Boots Riley. To many, Riley is a legend who, along with his electrifying band, The Coup, put the "conscious" in conscious rap with an added punk flair. The collective has roots in both Detroit and Oakland, and the histories of those cities organically inspire the group's radical content. The band's latest record is 2012's Sorry to Bother You, and those songs haven't lost any of...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Video: H.C. McEntire Celebrates Lionheart at The Pinhook

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 8:37 AM

H.C. McEntire The Pinhook, Durham Friday, February 9 & Saturday, February 10, 2018 Back in February, Heather McEntire celebrated the release of her debut solo album, Lionheart, at The Pinhook in Durham with two sold-out shows. Having led Mount Moriah for a number of years, McEntire has stepped out on her own with solo a release via Merge Records. McEntire remains one of the best songwriters among the crowded and prestigious Triangle music scene, and these shows only furthered that reputation. Standout songs included, “Red Silo,” the chilling “One Great Thunder,” “Wild Dogs,” “Baby’s Got The Blues,” and the...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

What Will Spotify’s Entrance into the Stock Market Mean for the Triangle’s Music Labels?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 3:34 PM

Spotify went public today, but how that will affect record labels across the worldーincluding those in the Triangleーremains largely unclear. The world’s most popular music streaming service was preemptively valued at $132 per share by the New York Stock Exchange. But that price shot up to nearly $166 during its stock market debut, which elevated its overall value to almost $30 billion Tuesday, according to CNBC. Spotify’s entrance as a publicly traded company has opened a dialogue about its relationship with record labels and artists, including those in North Carolina. Currently, the platform remains heavily dependent on partnerships with...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Calendar



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Can you fix the link to the MP3 download?

by jefftb on Airiel Down cuts new N.C. State fight song: Intense, bro (Music)

SocialMonkee is a must-have for anyone wanting to take their online business to the next level, so don't miss out …

by jyothi chipbyte on The Monkees understand: Micky Dolenz on the band's reunion (Music)

All I can say is: War on Drugs: Suck My Cock! I saw Sun Kil Moon at the Town Hall …

by Sebastian Harley on Hopscotch, Night Two: A picnic (Music)

Hey Patrick, I wrote a press release in April for Spider Bags. Merge opted not to use it, except for …

by David Klein on Spider Bags Ride Again with a New Record in August—Listen to Two Tracks Now (Music)

I was proud to be apart of Mr. Willie's sister *Mary Alice Lowery Tyler ....I learned this family was music …

by Crystal Lowery on Proud to call him Lumbee: Willie French Lowery, 1944-2012 (Music)

Comments

Can you fix the link to the MP3 download?

by jefftb on Airiel Down cuts new N.C. State fight song: Intense, bro (Music)

SocialMonkee is a must-have for anyone wanting to take their online business to the next level, so don't miss out …

by jyothi chipbyte on The Monkees understand: Micky Dolenz on the band's reunion (Music)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation