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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Daymé Arocena Illuminates the Expansiveness of Cuban Identity Through Song

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Wednesday, April 4 UNC's Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill 7:30 p.m., $20, www.carolinaperformingarts.org Described as the world's next jazz phenomenon by Vibe, Daymé Arocena, still in her twenties, is already mentioned alongside musical greats like Aretha Franklin, Celia Cruz, and Nina Simone. She made her stateside debut as a singer and bandleader in 2016, following her first album, Nueva Era. Now she returns on the heels of the release of her second, Cubafonia, which NPR hailed as "a major statement on the progress of Daymé Arocena as an artist for the ages." The Afro-Cuban musician's work illuminates the expansiveness of...

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Five Rappers Represent the Triangle on BET's Freestyle Friday Reboot Today

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Some say being a lyrically focused rapper is dead. BET thinks otherwise, because the network is bringing back the iconic Freestyle Fridays of 106 & Park fame this week, and it’s featuring five artists from the Triangle—Konvo the Mutant, $wank, Kelly Kale, King Draft, and (J) Rowdy. They've traveled up to New York City to compete against twenty-six other artists from across the country today at 3 p.m. on BET’s YouTube channel. $wank has been making moves in Durham for the past year, performing shows with the likes of Alex Aff, Danny Blaze, Jooselord, and at last year’s Beats...

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It's Impossible to Lose at Girls Rock NC's Rock Roulette

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Saturday, March 31 Motorco Music Hall, Durham 6 p.m., $10, www.motorcomusic.com For the third year in a row, Girls Rock NC is hosting its Rock Roulette showcase, an inventive effort meant to both spark creativity and raise money for its efforts to encourage female and nonbinary kids to learn both music and self-esteem. About ten weeks ago, a handful of folks signed up to be randomly assigned to form ten new, one-off bands. They've been working up sets ever since and will strut their stuff in the name of youth empowerment. In addition to paying the modest $10 cover...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Moogfest Adds Mouse on Mars, Kelela, and Limp Bizkit Guitarist Wes Borland to This Year's Lineup

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM

In December, Moogfest made its first wave of programming announcements for this year's festival, with a slate that included Chelsea Manning, Jenny Hval, Nadia Sirota, SOPHIE, and more. Today, they've released the second wave of programming, and it's...unexpected. One of the most notable pieces of this round is a four-hour Durational performance by Wes Borland, the guitarist for Limp Bizkit. It's the first-ever performance of this kind from Borland. Who the hell knows what a nu-metal guitarist who was an essential presence on such poetic American classics as "Break Stuff" and "Nookie" is going to do for four whole hours,...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Durham's Art of Cool Festival Has Been Sold; Nas, Erykah Badu, Damien Escobar and More Will Headline in Late September

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 8:30 PM

The Art of Cool Festival—which, for the past few years, has been a late-April staple for downtown Durham—is facing some big changes in 2018. Tonight, the festival announced a change in ownership and dates, as well as its headliners for this year's festival. The festival itself has been sold to the DOME Group, an entertainment promotion company headed by Soulaiman Mausi, a graduate of North Carolina Central University. The company regularly promotes shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and the company has offices in both Durham and Detroit. Previously, the festival fell under the umbrella of the nonprofit...

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Susan Alcorn's Heavenly Pedal Steel Landscapes Will Take You to a Higher Plane

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Duke Coffeehouse, Durham 9 p.m., $5 or free with Duke ID www.dukecoffeehouse.org There's a small handful of musical instruments that suggest heavenly and celestial bodies in their timbres: harps, organs, French horns. But allow us to make a case for the pedal steel, which, in the right hands, can expel some of the most gorgeous, dreamy tones you could ever hope to hear. One of the finest practitioners of this sort of music is Susan Alcorn, who builds spacious, reverberating landscapes that are equally splendid and peculiar. A student of Pauline Oliveros' esteemed Deep Listening Institute,...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Horizontal Hold Previews its New LP, The Silence, with "Return to Love Canal"

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 10:54 AM

Four years ago, Durham's heavy-hitting Horizontal Hold released This Is Not a Living, its first EP. At last, the band has its first full-length record on deck, due later this week. Today, however, you can listen to "Return to Love Canal," the record's first track. The band celebrates the release of The Silence Saturday night at The Pinhook with No One Mind and Today's Forecast. Tickets to the show are still available here. The Silence is available on a CD or digitally, or you can purchase a special scented candle that comes with a download code. It smells like "a gingerbread...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Dead Tongues Have a New Record Out This Spring. Listen to "Won't Be Long" Now.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 12:33 PM

As a solo artist and with a full band, The Dead Tongues, Ryan Gustafson has crafted some of the area's best twang-tinged tunes of the past decade. Happily, he's continuing that strong streak with a new record, Unsung Passage, which comes out on May 18. Today, you can listen to "Won't Be Long," the record's first track, which premiered via Stereogum earlier today. The song is a calm, easygoing balance of thoughtful lyrics, Gustafson's wavering voice, and intent acoustic guitar licks, lifted by breezy backing vocals and instrumentals. If you really like what you hear with "Won't Be Long," you...

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Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei Meld American and Chinese Traditions with a Banjo and a Guzheng

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Thursday, March 22 UNC's Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill 7:30 p.m., $10-$49 www.carolinaperformingarts.org Abigail Washburn is an equally enthusiastic scholar of the Southern United States and the farthest reaches of East Asia, and she uses music to examine the deep connections between the two seemingly disparate worlds. Her preferred instrument is the banjo, which she uses to pluck out fiery tunes from Appalachia like the Coon Creek Girls' "Banjo Pickin' Girl" and the Szechuan folk song "Taiyang Chulai." One of her frequent collaborators is Wu Fei, a Beijing native who now lives in Nashville. Fei's weapon of choice is the...

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Listen to "No. 2: Caution," a Heady New Solo Track from Matt Douglas

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 3:18 PM

If you've spent much time in the Triangle music scene, it's almost guaranteed that you've crossed paths with Matt Douglas, the thoroughly talented multi-instrumentalist whose résumé includes work with The Hot at Nights, The Mountain Goats, Josh Ritter, The Small Ponds, and many more. In just a few weeks, Douglas is releasing a solo record of all-woodwinds material, titled Affirmation (with Discomfort). You can listen to the album's second song, "No. 2: Caution," below. If you've been charmed by records from fellow forward-thinking sax players Colin Stetson or Jonah Parzen-Johnson in recent years, you'll find plenty to love in...

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Video: An All-Star Durham Crew Pays Tribute to Tom Petty

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Even The Losers: A Tom Petty Tribute The Pinhook, Durham Wednesday, February 14, 2018 When Tom Petty passed away unexpected ly in early October, he left behind an impressive artistic legacy and scores of admirers. A few months later in Durham, a tribute concert at The Pinhook served as a sort of communal mourning for an artist who affected so many. Below is a playlist of fifteen songs from the evening’s performance, which featured Kym Register, Joe Hall, Kamara Thomas, Phil Cook, Keil Jansen, Molly Sarlé, Tamisha Waden and Joel Holloway, Allie Mullin and Brad Rice, Skylar Gudasz, Shilette...

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Whether You're Going Out or Coming Down, Electro-Pop Charmer Porches Has You Covered

Posted By on Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM

PORCHES MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 8 p.m., $14-$16 www.motorcomusic.com One of my favorite albums of the decade we're winding down is Pool, a 2016 release by New York-based electro-pop charmer Aaron Maine, who records as Porches. Contrasting soft, fumy stoner moods with dance music so sharp it seems etched in moonlight, Maine crafted a record that was somehow subdued and urgent at once, equally suitable for getting ready to go out clubbing or sinking into a beanbag chair with a hookah afterward. The chiaroscuro palette carries through in his synths and basses, the former high and shimmering, the latter low...

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pat Junior Rides the Momentum That Has Made Him One of the Triangle's Most Talked-About Emcees

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 4:00 AM

PAT JUNIOR MARCH 16 NEPTUNES PARLOUR, RALEIGH 10 p.m., $10-$12 www.kingsraleigh.com Taking advantage of the momentum that has made him one of the Triangle's most talked-about emcees, Raleigh's Pat Junior prepares to release the sequel to last year's acclaimed black & mild EP at a release show featuring Nance, Tony G, R.J. Hatton, Miniluv, and Marc Anthony Figueras. The rapper has done a remarkable job garnering attention across genres by maintaining the enthusiasm of hip-hop heads through lyricism and tantalizing audiophiles with his eclectic production style. He could produce an instrumental album by himself or make a rap record...

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run 2 Tour Isn’t Coming Anywhere Close to North Carolina

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 5:18 PM

Beyoncé and Jay-Z just released new dates for their previously rumored "On the Run 2" tour, but the duo won't be coming anywhere near the Triangle. Fans in North Carolina will have to travel to the next closest stop, Washington, D.C., on July 28 if they want to see the Grammy-award-winning couple in their first tour together since 2014. (Tickets for this and all of the tour’s other North American shows go on sale next Monday, March 19.) Other viable options include Nashville on August 23 and Atlanta on August 25. Queen Bey’s last stop in the Triangle almost didn't...

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Video: Rachel Baiman Brings Her "North Carolina Album" to Durham

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Rachel Baiman The Pinhook, Durham Saturday, January 27, 2018 Rachel Baiman has referred to her 2017 LP,  Shame, as a "North Carolina album" because of the connections she made while recording it in Chapel Hill. The Nashville-based singer and songwriter called upon Mandolin Orange's Andrew Marlin to produce the album, and with that came contributions from local stalwarts Josh Oliver and Libby Rodenbough. Despite all of the North Carolina connections, the early show at The Pinhook this night was Baiman's first trip to Durham. Accompanied by Cy Winstanley and Shelby Lee Means, Baiman played a stripped-down, forty-five minute set....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Video: Bat Fangs Bite Back at the Cat's Cradle Back Room

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 1:54 PM

Bat Fangs Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro Saturday, February 3, 2018 Bat Fangs—the unstoppable duo of Laura King and Betsy Wright—brought their new self-titled album to the Cat's Cradle Back Room for a performance that sold out well before the date came around. With Solar Halos and Pipe to open the show, the back room was packed as the group took the stage for a roughly sixty-minute set. Bat Fangs' incredibly catchy tunes have made their debut record feel like an instant classic on a local level and beyond. Giant balloons bounced throughout the crowd during "Static," as the...

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