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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Moogfest, Night Three: Crossing the Finish Line with Octo Octa, Pharmakon, and Flying Lotus

Posted By on Sun, May 21, 2017 at 7:54 PM

Moogfest Downtown Durham Saturday, May 20, 2017 Festivals are a marathon, not a sprint. This year marks my fifth Moogfest, and experience has shown that the third day is usually when my music festival morale starts to crumble. My left foot will suddenly develop strange blisters. Cheap beer and food truck dining, great for the last forty-eight hours, begin to swirl together into a queasy glop in my stomach. My phone stays at 1 percent, always barely clinging on. I begin to question whether I even like live music that much. I was feeling exceptionally groggy Saturday morning after two...

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Moogfest, Day Two: Exploring Ambient Beauty, the Depths of Dark Noise, and a Children's Book

Posted By on Sat, May 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Moogfest, Day Two Downtown Durham Friday, May 19, 2017 As someone who has helped start fake celebrity sighting rumors at music festivals, Hannibal Buress is ruining our gag. Everywhere I went Friday at Moogfest, someone had a story about seeing him. They spotted him in an elevator, or walking down the street. Pictures of him tinkering with synths showed up on Twitter. At one point, I got a text from a friend saying Buress was about to moderate an Animal Collective interview, a stunt I can only imagine was willed into existence by his Eric Andre Show bit about Animal...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Watch: G Yamazawa Celebrates North Carolina and His Home State with "North Cack"

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Earlier this month, North Carolina Hip hop got a big bump from Durham native George Yamazawa, in the form of his excellent new song “North Cack.” Many know George, or just “G," for his nationally recognized poetry and youth workshops that he has been curating for over the past decade. Yamazawa shows his range from poetry to hip-hop with this anthem with the help of Durham hip-hop heavy hitter J. Gunn and fellow artist and educator Kane Smego. Yamazawa makes it a point in the song to demonstrate that, in and everything that he does, that he's nothing without...

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Moogfest, Night One: Virtual vs. Actual Realities

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Moogfest Downtown Durham Thursday, May 18, 2017 A mélange of ambient sounds is flowing from a hut made of corrugated plastic, blending with the noise of nearby construction in a downtown Durham in flux. In the geodesic dome-like space, an ensemble is seated around a circular table, making sounds with such devices as a microphone running through a series of effects pedals, a rattle, and an austere-looking electronic mixer. The event, titled “Democracy’s Exquisite Corpse,” is my entree to Moogfest, and it’s a fitting introduction to the festival. “Democracy’s Exquisite Corpse” sought an alternative to now-common scenarios of artists producing music in isolation...

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Moogfest, Night One: Gotye's Not Just Somebody That We Used to Know

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Moogfest: Gotye Presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey Downtown Durham Thursday, May 18, 2017 Shortly after his hit song “Somebody That I Used to Know” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2011, it seemed, by all accounts, that Gotye had vanished back into the foothills of Australia whence he came. As it turns out, he’s spent the last five years tinkering with Ondiolines, rare French electronic instruments pioneered by alternative pop visionary Jean-Jacques Perrey. On Thursday afternoon, Wally De Backer (aka Gotye), along with members of his Ondioline Orchestra, gathered on stage for the second time to...

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Friday, May 12, 2017

PWR BTTM Dropped from Hopscotch Lineup Amid Sexual Assault Accusations

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 2:41 PM

On Tuesday, the Hopscotch Music Festival announced the lineup for its eighth annual festival in Raleigh to deserved fanfare. Headliners include Solange, Future Islands, Angel Olsen, and Big Boi atop a respectable slate of locals and touring acts. But this afternoon, the festival announced that it had removed PWR BTTM, a quickly ascending queer rock outfit that's enjoyed waves of positive press recently, from its lineup. The action comes a day after sexual assault accusations against Ben Hopkins, who is half of the band, were made public on social media. Since then, two touring members of PWR BTTM have left...

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Video Premiere: Watch Organos Get Catty with the New Video for "Please Hold"

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 2:11 PM

A few weeks ago, we brought you news of new music from Organos and Faults, issued digitally and in the form of a limited seven-inch record. Today, Organos has followed that up with a video for "Please Hold." The video was conceived and directed by Chapel Hill artist Jerstin Crosby, and it's a colorful, psychedelic presentation of anthropomorphic cats. Watch as they smoke cigarettes and work out on a ThighMaster—cats, they're just like us...? Sure, it's a little unsettling, but the video is still plenty of fun. You can watch the video below, and you can buy the split...

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Solange, Future Islands, Big Boi, Run the Jewels Headline Hopscotch 2017

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Raleigh's Hopscotch Music Festival just announced the lineup for this year. And, y'all: It looks good. Solange is this year's biggest name, an exciting and major get for Hopscotch. Future Islands, who've come a long way since packing the Berkeley Café at the first Hopscotch, sit in the second headlining slot, alongside Run the Jewels and Angel Olsen. Big Boi, who was supposed to perform at Hopscotch in 2013 but had to cancel, is up there, too. As in years past, the lineup boasts a broad array of styles, running the gamut from rowdy rock (Protomartyr, Richard Lloyd, Mary Timony...

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Art of Cool Festival, Night One: Revive Big Band's Music-History Concert Leaves Out Women to an Absurd Degree

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Art of Cool Festival Friday, April 28, 2017 Various venues, Downtown Durham Music festivals bring up a lot of feelings. There’s delight, excitement, curiosity, and most of all, exhaustion. Rarely, though, does an experience at a music festival inspire the kind of visceral frustration I felt bubbling up inside me Friday night. But let’s start with the good: judging by the crowds, Art of Cool was off to a good start for its fourth year. Early in the evening, Christian Scott offered a mesmerizing set at the Carolina Theatre. The sound of the trumpeter’s distinct, golden horn gleamed over his...

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Saturdays in Saxapahaw Announces New Lineup and Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:16 AM

The Saturdays in Saxapahaw Music Series, which has been serving up the best of homegrown musical acts for more than a decade, just announced its 2017 lineup. Not surprisingly, it’s a solid slate of some of the finest talent in the area, with a concentration on roots, Americana, and traditional sounds. What’s new is that this year the announcement comes with a new crowdfunding campaign designed to shore up the growing series. The series has always been free of charge, and it will remain so, but for the second year, audience donations aren't enough to meet the myriad expenses...

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Big Star's Third Takes Over the Big Screen in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live Carolina Theatre, Durham Friday, April 21, 2017 To the uninitiated, a film about a Big Star tribute concert that happened a year ago in Glendale, California, might seem a rock history footnote. And if the relatively paltry turnout at its North Carolina premiere last Friday is any indication, most of us around here are uninitiated. But to those of us who know, Big Star’s centrality to the seventies and eighties indie rock canon justifies just about everything Big Star. Not only every tribute show but every remaster, reissue, bonus track, live recording, torn...

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Shirlette Ammons, Phil Cook, and Tamisha Waden Team Up for a New Single

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 9:41 AM

Three mighty local talents have come together on a wonderful new track, "Skin and Bone," released yesterday. It's a collaboration that's felt like a long time coming, featuring Durham's Shirlette Ammons, Tamisha Waden, and Phil Cook. If you need a mid-week boost, "Skin and Bone" will get you there. The song features Ammons coolly rapping over a sunny, soulful groove, with Waden and Cook coming in to sing the chorus. It's an uplifting and encouraging number that feels like a balm. You can stream the song below, and it's also available as a name-your-price download. Proceeds from sales of the...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Listen: Boulevards' "Wear and Tear," a Funky If One-Sided Duet

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:05 PM

We learned from Laura Reed’s 2014 debut LP, The Awakening, that the Triangle-based singer-songwriter could nail anything within the soul, pop, and R&B range. However, no one could have anticipated that she’d give a throwback genre like eighties disco funk a go, which is what we have on “Wear and Tear,” the new single from Raleigh’s chief party funkster, Boulevards, which features Reed on supporting vocals. For Boulevards and the jam’s producer, Rollergirl, the track’s vintage feel falls right in line with some of their previous work together, such as “Move and Shout” from last year’s Groove! LP. And while their...

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Flock of Dimes, Caleb Caudle, Loamlands, and More Coming to Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens Series

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Gardens are places where roots thrive, and the Duke Performances Music in the Gardens series has in recent years emphasized musical acts with N.C. roots and rootsy influences. The upcoming iteration of the series, which runs Wednesday evenings at seven p.m. from June through July at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, stays true to the roots emphasis, although not entirely. The biggest veer from tradition is series opener Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Jenn Wasner, formerly of Wye Oak, whose layered, mostly keyboard-driven songs, lustrous voice, and full-band backing should make for an intoxicating beginning. From there, the...

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Song Premiere: Listen to New Tunes from Organos and Faults on a Forthcoming PotLuck Split

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 8:56 AM

After a hibernation of nearly five years, Durham's Organos is, at last, back with a new song, a quick little number that you can listen to right here. It's side the A-side of a forthcoming split with Faults, the the current project of Gross Ghost's Mike Dillon, who relocated to New York from Durham last year. Organos' "Please Hold," is a sharp, biting tune about a friendship falling apart, and it's the band's most polished track by far. Faults, meanwhile, offers low-key bummer lyrics behind fuzzy guitars and an upbeat rhythm. The songs share a rough-around-the-edges charm, and they make...

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Listen to "Continuo," a Cool New Cut from The Hot at Nights

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 9:03 AM

We may be finally out of the woods of winter, but Raleigh trio The Hot at Nights has a snowy new video for its latest single, "Continuo." It's the second cut the band has shared from Three Kids, the band's new LP that's due out on May 12. The band's most recent release, last year's wonderful Cool It EP, was a five-track clutch of instrumental reinterpretations of songs by other North Carolina artists, from Sylvan Esso's "Uncatena" to Hammer No More the Fingers' "O.R.G.Y." But Three Kids finds the generally jazz- and rock-inclined Hot at Nights taking a sharp turn into...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Meadowmont Music Series Reverses Course on Cancellation After Local Outcry Against Censorship

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 11:44 AM

The Holland Brothers are “a good-time, beer-drinking act,” specializing in a mix of old country and blues styles, says Mark Holland. So the trio, consisting of Mark, his brother Mike, and bassist Billie Feather, were a natural fit for the Meadowmont Music Series, a small Chapel Hill event now in its second year. But after being hired to play, the band suddenly found itself disinvited due to the content of a single song, one that is not in the trio's collective repertoire and which they were not even planning on playing. Ultimately, after being besieged by emails charging censorship, Meadowmont reversed...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Moogfest News: Michael Stipe and His Multimedia Installation Have Joined Moogfest, New Music Included

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 1:07 PM

If you need further inducement to attend the upcoming Moogfest, which returns to Durham in May for a second iteration, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe will be there, and he’ll be premiering a multimedia installation— an “exploration of desire and movement”—that will feature a never-before-heard instrumental score along with footage the singer shot in New York City. This isn't the first time Stipe has released music in the post-R.E.M. era—he collaborated with producer/songwriter Andy LeMaster on the instrumental soundtrack to The Cold Lands—but for this project he's made good use of Moog’s invention, and he's done it on his own. Stipe...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A New Free Block Party Set to Debut on Hillsborough Street in April

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:10 PM

To kick off spring in the Triangle, Hillsborough Street will be humming with a newly announced festival set for Saturday, April 8. Taking place on the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Hillsborough Street, the Live & Local Spring Fest will feature a bevy of family-friendly entertainment, including a musical stage that will feature a day’s worth of entertainment ranging from the classic country of headliners Chatham County Line to hip-hop from The Beast, among a diverse roster of local talent. Raleigh Brewing Company will oversee the event’s Beer Zone. The Artist Village will bring together a wealth of talented area...

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Moogfest Announces Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, and More in Its First Nighttime Programming Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 11:31 AM

After many weeks of slow reveals of its programming via a weekly email newsletter, Moogfest just dropped its first major announcement of the nighttime programming for year's festival. Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, and composer Suzanne Ciani are among the big headliners this year, joining the earlier music announcement that included Moor Mother, SURVIVE, and Nona Hendryx. Like last year, there are a few names that you might not associate with electronic music—experimental guitarist Marisa Anderson and harpist Mary Lattimore stick out in that regard. Locals ZenSoFly and Professor Toon have jumped the bill, too. And hey, remember Gotye? He'll be...

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Watch New Videos from Sylvan Esso—Who Have a New LP out Next Month—and Flock of Dimes

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Happy Wednesday! It's March 1, and it's supposed to get up to eighty degrees in the Triangle today. So why not join Sylvan Esso on a desert romp through their new video? The clip for "Die Young," which was released yesterday, features Amelia Meath joyriding in a cop car she steals from Nick Sanborn, who's dressed up as a police officer and hassling a shirtless young person over a mysterious electronic device. "Die Young" is the new single from What Now, Sylvan Esso's full-length follow-up to their 2014 self-titled LP. It's out on April 28, and after spending much...

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Video Premiere: Phil Cook and Skylar Gudasz Nod to Alice Gerrard in New Tribute Clips

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 12:58 PM

If you’re a fan of old-time, bluegrass, or have just been around Durham for a long time, you probably know Alice Gerrard. A pioneer with songwriting partner Hazel Dickens in the sixties and seventies, Gerrard has dedicated her life to the music she loves, and she remains an active and important force. Now she’s the subject of a forthcoming documentary, titled You Gave Me a Song, by Durham filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer. He began work on the project in 2015 and is working on finalizing the film for a release. To that end, fellow Durhamites Phil Cook and Skylar Gudasz have...

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Tonight's David Bowie Tribute in Chapel Hill Postponed Due to OWASA Emergency

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 2:56 PM

Bad news if you were planning to hit Chapel Hill tonight to take in the Glass At 80 tribute to David Bowie. Due to an emergency with Chapel Hill and Carrboro's water supply, OWASA customers have been told not to use any water, and UNC-Chapel Hill closed because of the problem at 1 p.m. That closure includes Memorial Hall, which was supposed to host this evening's Heroes Tribute. Organizers with Carolina Performing Arts are working to reschedule the concert, which was to feature a Merge Records supergroup, but no date has been confirmed yet. So far, shows at Local 506,...

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Richard Lloyd Tells a Vision: A Q&A with the Celebrated Guitarist

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM

As one-quarter of the seminal New York City band Television, Richard Lloyd wasn’t just there for the birth of punk in the States: it wouldn’t have happened without him. Television didn’t last long, and they weren't really punk, but they were the first band to play at CBGBs. The band's 1977 LP, Marquee Moon, is a singular achievement that continues to bedazzle, with its thrilling admixture of Lloyd and Verlaine's guitars meshing in almost impossible ways. Lloyd has since distinguished himself on record, in the solo realm and as a fiery sideman (his riveting playing on Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is...

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Here Are the Local Musicians Donating Their Bandcamp Proceeds to the ACLU Today

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Earlier this week, the music platform Bandcamp announced that it would donate its cut of all music and merch sales made today to the ACLU. The move came as a response to the immigration ban that went in effect over the weekend, which prompted a massive flood in donations to the civil rights organization. So far, over two hundred artists and labels have joined Bandcamp in pledging some or all of their own proceeds from today's sales to the ACLU or other social justice organizations. Here's a growing list of locals who are participating in today's give-a-thon. To add your...

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