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Can The Decemberists, a Brainy Folk-Rock Band Pointed Toward the Past, Leap Into the  Future on its Synthy New Record?

Can The Decemberists, a Brainy Folk-Rock Band Pointed Toward the Past, Leap Into the Future on its Synthy New Record?

Get one answer to the question Thursday night, when the band stops at the Durham Performing Arts Center

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Raleigh Hip-Hop Crew Kooley High Reunites with Rapsody and 9th Wonder to Glow Up on Never Come Down

Music Feature The group celebrates the release of its latest project at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre Saturday night.

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Record Review: Matt Douglas Has a Need for Reeds on His Woodwinds-Only Solo Debut

Music Briefs Affirmation (with Discomfort) demonstrates Douglas's broad-minded approach to the instrument he knows and loves best.

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Anna & Elizabeth Put a Staggering New Spin on Old Traditions with The Invisible Comes to Us

Music Feature The duo plays at Nightlight in Chapel Hill with Jake Xerxes Fussell on Saturday, April 18.

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On the Brink of Becoming a Stateside Sensation, Wolf Alice Offers an Exciting Alt-Rock Amalgam

Music Feature The U.K. ensemble headlines Cat's Cradle Monday night.

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A Beginner's Guide to Yo La Tengo

Music Feature Here's what you shouldn't miss from the band's thirty-year career. They headline Cat's Cradle two nights in a row on April 10 and 11.

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Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart Has Kept Pushing Boundaries in Experimental Electronic Music. But Does He Still Hate Durham?

Music Feature You can find Xiu Xiu Saturday at Duke Coffeehouse's annual Brickside Music Festival alongside Laurel Halo, Tashi Dorji & Sarah Louise, Bill Orcutt, and more.

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Record Review: On Years, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Offer Another Unstoppable Round of Whiskey-Soaked Country

Record Review The band celebrates their second album for Bloodshot Records at Cat's Cradle Friday night with Spider Bags.

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As a Writer and as DJ/rupture, Jace Clayton Has Been Both Prophet and Architect of Our Digital, Global, Post-Genre Musical Age

Music Feature Clayton's SOUND~SITE~ECHO event series unfolds in Durham and Chapel Hill next week.

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Record Review: On The Silence, Durham's Horizontal Hold Stakes Out Knotty New Ground

Record Review The band's cut-and-paste approach results in songs with consistently surprising trajectories.

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6 String Drag Gives Alt-Country a New Spin on Top of the World

Record Review Top of the World is the sound of a long-postponed promise being definitively fulfilled.

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Of Montreal Draws from Extended Dance Mixes of the Past to Aim Its Sound at the Future

Music Feature The longrunning band from Athens, Georgia headlines Cat's Cradle Friday night.

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Duke Performances' Inaugural Black Atlantic Festival Puts Caribbean, African, and South American Cultures in Conversation

Music Feature From Monday through next Saturday, you can find a thrilling slate of performers from Mali, Venezuela, Haiti and more in Durham.

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Despite her English Punk and Pop Pedigrees, Hollie Cook Creates Her Own World in Easygoing Reggae

Music Feature Catch up with Cook and her dreamy tunes in person Wednesday, March 21, at Motorco in Durham.

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Record Review: Ocean Meets the Animal

Record Review The band plays a release party for their second record Friday night at The Pinhook

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A Computer-Generated Multimedia Opera Is Premiering at Duke. Not Even Its Creators Know What's Going to Happen.

Music Feature The heady production THE_OPER& gets its world premiere in Durham this weekend.

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Five Words with Jessica Lea Mayfield

Five Words with... Jessica Lea Mayfield’s New Record Is an Unyielding Document of Surviving Domestic Abuse. She plays the Cat's Cradle Back Room Tuesday night.

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