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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Listen to Al Riggs Dress Up and Chill Out with "Revolutionary Costume"

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Few, if any, Triangle bands crank out fresh (and more importantly, good) songs at the rate that Al Riggs does—we last heard from him less than a week ago, when he loosed a pair of Valentine's Day covers on the world. Today, he's got yet another new track, the mellow "Revolutionary Costume." You can stream it via Bandcamp below, or give Riggs a digital dollar and download it to cherish forever. Riggs shared the song today with the announcement that he'll be hitting the road with the Mountain Goats in late summer. They'll stop in Texas, Florida, and a few...

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Video: American Aquarium Rolls Out New Songs in Raleigh

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 3:59 PM

American Aquarium Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 2018 It was the fourth year of American Aquarium’s Roadtrip to Raleigh, the annual gathering of the group’s considerable fandom descending upon the band's home town. Many things about the weekend have remained the same year over year: two sold-out nights at the Lincoln Theatre, confused patrons cramming into Slim’s for a Saturday afternoon acoustic matinee, new songs debuted. Since the major changes in the band lineup last year, this year's Roadtrip to Raleigh was the first time many in the crowd would hear the same songs...

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Friday, February 16, 2018

David Bazan Discusses The Beatles and the Next Chapter of Pedro the Lion, Roaring Again After a Decade of Quiet

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Like any longtime fan of pop music, David Bazan has experienced falling out of love with songs and bands that used to totally light his fire. Granted, some music ages poorly, but he’s mostly talking about how personal tastes shift over time. “You know how you change and mature, and you’re like ‘Yeah, that’s still cool, but now I have expanded view,’ or whatever? And you can kind of see the way you used to view something?” Bazan asks. Now forty-two, he says that hasn’t happened for him yet with The Beatles, the first secular music he identified with...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Still Heartbroken Over Tom Petty? These Events Might Help You Heal.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:58 PM

When Tom Petty passed away unexpectedly in early October, he left a gaping hole in the American musical landscape. Tonight, a big crew of locals celebrate the songwriter's life and legacy the best way they know how: playing some of his many beloved songs. The crew includes Shirlette Ammons, Phil Cook, Molly Sarlé, Skylar Gudasz, Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor, Kym Register, and several others. The show is close to sold out, but you can still snag one online here, or say your prayers and hope for the best at the door. Tomorrow, M.C. Taylor hosts a conversation with Andy...

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Get Some Free Valentine's Day Love from Museum Mouth and Al Riggs

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Happy Valentine's Day! Whether you're into the holiday or not, there's nearly an infinite number of songs that can satisfy your soft or salty side. Today, a couple of locals have their own sweet treats to share. For the past few years, Museum Mouth has had an annual tradition of offering a new cover song for Valentine's Day—but it's only up for twenty-four hours. Past entries have included The All-American Rejects' "Swing Swing" and Taylor Swift's "All Too Well." The band chose to do Everclear's "Santa Monica" this year and...it's pretty funny. Get your several dozen listens in now before...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Have a New Record Out in April—Listen to "Good As Gold" Now

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Last year was a big one for Pittsboro honky-tonk hero Sarah Shook and her band The Disarmers. In the spring, the renowned Bloodshot Records reissued the band's excellent 2015 LP, Sidelong, which propelled the band toward national attention and rigorous touring to match. Now, the band has its next record ready to go. It's called Years, and it comes out on April 6 on Bloodshot—you can listen to opening track "Good As Gold" below. That night, the band plays a release show at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro with the mighty Spider Bags, which ought to be a roaring good...

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Watch a New Video for "Heather" from Reese McHenry & The Fox

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 4:58 PM

On Wednesday, we ran a story about Heather McEntire, whose work with Bellafea, Un Deux Trois, and Mount Moriah has made her an essential local presence. Today, we've got a video for a song she inspired, by another one of our local favorites: Reese McHenry. "Heather" appears on High Comma, the debut EP from Reese McHenry & The Fox, and you can check out the video—which features some familiar Raleigh spots—below. You can pick up a vinyl 7-inch copy of High Comma on Bandcamp, or snag one in person Friday night when the band plays at Local 506 with...

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Sonic Pie Productions Marks Five Years of Business in Durham This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 3:50 PM

The music industry is notoriously dominated by dudes, but this weekend, one woman is celebrating her success as an independent promoter—and looking toward expanding her business. Tess Mangum Ocaña runs Sonic Pie Productions, staging and promoting shows in the Triangle and all over North Carolina. She's served stints booking for The ArtsCenter (for which the INDY gave her an Arts Award in 2012) and with Casbah (which is now Social Games and Brews), but more recently, she's worked with the Art of Cool Festival, the Festival for the Eno, and the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass...

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Raund Haus Celebrates Its Second Anniversary This Weekend—Get Started With a New Track from Treee City

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 1:49 PM

Two years ago, Raund Haus sprung up in Durham as a tight-knit family of beatmakers and associated artists. Since then, the collective has established itself as a strong curatorial hub and launched a record label, delivering solid albums from Trandle, OG Senpaiii, and more. Tomorrow night, the group celebrates its second year with a party at Durham's Living Arts Collective. It'll be a smorgasbord of a dozen or so surprise sets from folks from the Raund Haus roster, plus a few extra friends. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $5 to $15, cash only at the door. You can...

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Listen to the Title Track of Blanko Basnet's New LP, Plus Another New Tune from Christy Smith

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 3:14 PM

It's been a while since we've heard anything new from Durham's Blanko Basnet, led by Hammer No More the Fingers guitarist Joe Hall—the band's self-titled debut came out in August 2013. But the band recently announced that it at last has a new record out on March 16, titled Ocean Meets the Animal, and released the song "Get Away" to go along with it. And as of today, you can hear the album's easygoing title track. You can listen to "Ocean Meets the Animal" below, and preorder the album, which will be available on vinyl, here. And over in...

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Live: Aimee Mann Offers Affirmation and Introspection in Durham

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Aimee Mann The Carolina Theatre, Durham Friday, February 2, 2018 I fell in love with Aimee Mann’s music the same spring that I dropped out of college. At first the decision to withdraw from classes felt exhilarating, like a real “damn the man” move. But sooner than I thought it would, that post-defiant-act-adrenaline-high dwindled and I found myself paralyzed by the ennui that surfaces when life becomes structureless. On a day in the middle of that lost spring, I clicked on a friend’s MySpace profile and “Save Me" began auto-playing. I hadn’t been able to do in months: cry....

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Wye Oak Has a New Record Out in April—Listen to the Title Track Now

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Wye Oak may not quite be a local band, as it originated in Baltimore, and one of its two members, drummer Andy Stack, lives in west Texas. But the band's other half, Jenn Wasner is a somewhat recent Durham dweller, so we're counting it. Earlier this week, the pair announced a new record, The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs, and shared the album's restless, excellent title track. The record is out on April 6, and if you like what you hear so far, you can preorder it via Merge. If you're really into planning ahead, you can...

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Spare Seven Minutes for a Trippy Journey with Carrboro's JPhono1

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 4:04 PM

If your week is a drag so far, consider taking a break with a new cut from Carrboro's Jphoho1, the main project of longtime scene staple John Harrison. Harrison's work is consistently easygoing and accessible, and "Be Down Be Free" is no exception. Its video, which you can watch below, morphs slowly from a casual living room scene into something a bit more trippy. The song will be on the next Jphono1 and the Chevrons record, which is titled Meadow Magic Hour and will be out via PotLuck on March 30. You can get a copy of a seven-inch...

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Live: N.C. Opera's Rigoletto Captures the Nuance—And Cruelty—Of Gendered Power Imbalances

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 2:30 PM

N.C. Opera: Rigoletto Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh Friday, January 26, 2018 Even if you’re not an opera fan, you’ll probably still recognize “La Donna È Mobile,” the most well-known aria from Verdi’s Rigoletto. The people around me at N.C. Opera’s performance on Friday night perceptibly leaned forward in their seats as the debauched, inconstant Duke of Mantua (Joseph Dennis) sang it for the first time: “Woman is fickle, Like a feather in the wind She changes her words And her thoughts.” In context, these words are ironic, even painful. But we have to get there first. Rigoletto tells the story of...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Catch a Free Pop-Up Show by N.C. Symphony Musicians in Raleigh Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:18 PM

If you're looking for something to do this evening in Raleigh, consider swinging by Watts & Ward for a free concert from North Carolina Symphony trombonists Jonathan Randazzo and John Ilika. The evening's music will include selections by Brahms, Bach, Shostakovich, to name a few, and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. If you haven't been to Watts & Ward before, you'll have to pay a dollar to get in, but nothing else. Consider sipping a cocktail, too, while you get an up-close look at two of the state's premier trombone talents....

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Watch New Videos from H.C. McEntire and CALAPSE

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 4:47 PM

On Friday, we got two new local music treats: a three-song EP from CALAPSE, and a long-awaited full-length solo record from Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire. They've got some new videos for us, too, First off, McEntire has a fresh clip from "Quartz in the Valley," her latest single from the new Lionheart. Alexis Bravos, a filmmaker based in Hillsborough, shot the video on 16mm film. McEntire celebrates Lionheart's release over two nights next weekend at The Pinhook—Friday tickets are here and Saturday's are here.  Friday also brought us a new EP, titled Vital Signs, from CALAPSE, the electronic music...

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Listen to New Music from DJ PlayPlay and the Long-Dormant Future Kings of Nowhere

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 12:28 PM

Happy Friday! We did it! Here's some cool new music as a reward. First, we've got a track from DJ PlayPlay's new EP, It's Only 3am, which comes out on Monday via Knightwerk records. You might know PlayPlay from their work with Durham's Party Illegal collective, or perhaps you've caught one of the hundreds of other eclectic dance parties they've d.j.ed over the past decade. You can get a sneak peek of what PlayPlay offers at their EP release party tonight by listening to "Residency" below. Tickets to that are here, or just show up before the show's 10 p.m....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Midtown Dickens to Reunite For One Show Next Month

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 4:28 PM

If you've been around the Triangle for a while, you might remember Midtown Dickens, the charming folksy ensemble led by Catherine Edgerton and Kym Register. After growing into one of Triangle's most beloved bands, Midtown Dickens played its last official show in November of 2012, and formally announced an indefinite hiatus in early 2013. Register and Edgerton have occasionally played some one-off duo shows over the past few years, this show is the first proper full-band show in over five years. And so, on Friday, February 23, you can catch the whole group on stage together at The Pinhook in...

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Destroyer's Dan Bejar Discusses His Eighties Influences and Evolution

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Between his exploits with the Canadian band New Pornographers and his solo project, Destroyer, Dan Bejar has been an undeniably influential presence in the indie rock world since this millennium began. With songs marked by an unimitatable vocal cadence and lyrics that revel in the tawdry, Bejar is often saddled with the “louche” descriptor similarly conferred upon his heroes David Bowie and Bryan Ferry. In conversation, though, he’s far more approachable and ruminative than his rich, knowing, meta songs suggest. Ahead of his Tuesday night show in Carrboro, we caught up with Bejar about the machinery behind his latest LP,...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rachel Baiman and Kate Rhudy Find Common Ground in the Personal and Political

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 1:02 PM

“There’s not a lot of room for self-doubt or concern that you’re not good enough to do something when you’re watching the kind of shit that’s going down in our country right now,” Nashville singer-songwriter Rachel Baiman muses from across the globe in Brisbane, just before kicking off a short run of Australian dates. “It’s like, ‘Well, you know, if you can be the President, I can do whatever the fuck I want.’” It should be no surprise that Baiman—who plays fiddle, banjo, and sings in the progressive acoustic duo 10 String Symphony—gets political on Shame, her second solo album....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Warm Up With a New Sylvan Esso Song, "PARAD(w/m)E"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Apparently, snow's about to hit the fan, so why not cozy up with a new Sylvan Esso tune? The Durham duo premiered "PARAD(w/m)E" (pronounced "parade") last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The track is nice and bouncy, but despite its bubbly beat and catchy refrain, the song's lyrics dig into darker stuff. The track's titular parade isn't as cheerful an affair as its instrumentation might make you think. You can watch the Kimmel performance here, or follow the bouncing ball along with a lyric video below....

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Music Industry Heavy-Hitters Come to Raleigh Tomorrow for the 2018 Dreamfest Living the Dream Conference

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and it feels like this year, especially, most Americans need to take the time to reflect on King's esteemed legacy as a civil rights leader. This weekend, Community Initiatives of NC is hosting a conference in Raleigh to honor King and continue his messages of empowerment and social justice. The conference heavily features music industry figures, but you don't have to be a big music fan to appreciate their knowledge and experience—they're bound to share some lessons with big applications. One of the main events is a live Q&A between Mathew Knowles—Beyoncé and...

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Bat Fangs, Faults, and Heather McEntire All Have New Songs Out—Listen to Them Here

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 2:21 PM

If your Monday's a drag so far, we've got a smattering of new songs to share with you that should help turn it around. First off is Faults, the current project of Gross Ghost's Mike Dillon. Though Dillon relocated to New York in the fall of 2016, he returns to Carrboro this weekend with Faults in tow for a show with Heaven and Organos. You can watch the video for "Love Goes," one side of a forthcoming seven-inch single, as a sneak peek for their Friday night show in the Cat's Cradle Back Room. Next up is Bat...

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Listen to "Own Your Sadness," A New Song from Christy Jean Smith

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Happy New Year! How are those resolutions going so far? Here's another one to try on, courtesy of Christy Jean Smith: own your sadness. For the better part of a decade, Smith made gorgeous, gentle acoustic songs as The Tender Fruit. But now, Smith has dropped The Tender Fruit name to go by Christy Jean instead, and her newest song, "Own Your Sadness," takes her in an electronic direction. Produced by Bombadil drummer James Phillips (who also plays synth and drums on the track), "Own Your Sadness" is a slow, pillowy number. It's an encouraging reminder not to let your...

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Video: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Deliver on Their Name

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Motorco Music Hall, Durham Sunday, November 12, 2017 It was dark and raining on the corner of Rigsbee and West Greer streets when Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real's van, the Honeysuckle Rose, came to a stop out front of Motorco Music Hall in Durham. The iconic Western imagery engrained on its side served as a beacon to passing drivers that the Nelson Family Band was in town, in this case, an offshoot led by Lukas Nelson. Based in Hawaii, Nelson has cultivated a career mostly on the West Coast, but in...

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