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Monday, January 28, 2013

Saturday: Hear music to build a home

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Kids these days: They’re always code-talking with their LOLs and HMUs and starting their fundraisers for good causes. For this last bit, thank the kind people at Durham’s Habitat for Humanity Youth United. The program empowers youth ages 5–25 to fully fund and build a home. This year’s project will be the seventh such house the program has funded. Youth United’s Got Talent is just one of many fundraising and advocacy events that feature a few of the folks participating in that endeavor. The night will showcase talent that participated in Youth United’s yearly talent show last fall. Performers for...

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Raleigh's Lazy Janes change name to Barren Girls, sign to Merge

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Photo courtesy of the bandIn the dark: Barren Girls have signed to Merge Raleigh rock club regulars might already be acquainted with the garage-punk foursome Barren Girls, even if they don't know it yet. And with a Merge Records stamp on the band's debut 7-inch, Hell Hymns, due April 2, it's likely a lot more people will meet the Barren Girls soon. The band formerly known as Lazy Janes impressed Merge Records co-owner Mac McCaughan so much at last year's Hopscotch Music Festival that he decided to release the band's debut. Judging by the recorded result, it's not hard to...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Some Army to Kickstart new LP

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Some Army: why so blue? Carrboro Southern psych-rockers Some Army are aiming to fund their debut LP via—you guessed it—popular crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter. Early February will see the start of a 30-day campaign, with the band setting its sights on respected North Carolina producer, musician, and sound engineer Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium Studio. "It's going to be a dark, soulful, psych-pop record," says songwriter Russell Baggett. "We hope to raise $7,000 to make it. Yikes." Some Army has gathered a pool of some 15 songs, which will be tightened and narrowed down to 10 or 11 tracks before the band goes...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Simple Music Video Series: The Debonzo Brothers' "The Way You Look at Me"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:12 PM

The Debonzo Brothers are one of the hardest-working groups in Raleigh. Confident in their sound regardless of the publicity (or lack thereof) it garners, they can be seen at nearly every venue in the Triangle during the course of a year, from playing Sadlack's outside in December to a quiet acoustic performance at The City Tap in Pittsboro. Last year, they released One Damn Heart, a fine collection of alt-country tunes with a slight pop take. It's interesting to consider the musical influences driving the duo: Their father, Dave Debonzo, is quite the acoustic guitar player; see him perform...

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Mobile Merge: The Durham label launches its own app

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Pocket Win The label name already graces record packaging, baby onesies, posters, slipmats, an oral history book, totes and T-shirts. And now, Durham's Merge Records has gone mobile. Part artist-update hub and part streaming service, the new app is the perfect vehicle for exclusive content and streamlined information from the label. After a free download from the Apple or Android App store, fans can access news articles, tour dates and a glut of multimedia. Each artist pod includes tracks for stream or purchase and a music video section with more than 200 videos, including live footage from the label’s 20th...

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Monday, January 14, 2013

After issues, Raleigh's Pour House sees its capacity set at 289

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

After three frustrating weeks, Raleigh's Pour House Music Hall is once again operating at full capacity. On Dec. 21, Raleigh Deputy Fire Marshal Michael T. Furr dropped in on a show, emptying the club and counting heads as people exited. After his inspection, the marshal allowed only 142 people to re-enter. It turned out the venue's capacity had never been upgraded from its early days as a sofa bar. On Friday morning, co-owner and operator Adam Lindstaedt recieved word that the number had been upgraded to 289, just shy of the 350 he had been working at before the...

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Simple Music Video Series: Patrick Dyer Wolf of Goodnight, Texas plays "Wristwatch"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

In early 2012, Christy Smith performed a few songs from her Tender Fruit project for this video series. She brought along her duet partner, Patrick Dyer Wolf. After a few duo and solo tunes, we asked Patrick to play us a tune. As a sideman for The Tender Fruit, his delicate touches accented Smith's songs well. Today, his primary group is called Goodnight, Texas; in late 2012, they released their debut CD, A Long Life of Living, an upbeat and old-timey disc. The song we present today, "Wristwatch," falls between The Tender Fruit and Goodnight, Texas. It is a...

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Future Islands precursors Art Lord and the Self-Portraits release a new master of an old song

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Mike VorassiLooking to the past: Future IslandsThis Valentine's Day will see Art Lord and the Self Portraits, which broke up in 2005, celebrate its tenth anniversary with a show at Kings and a double-album release. The Definitive Collection, out that day on Friends Records, includes Art Lord's four releases, but also features a download code for early demos and two live recordings. Today, three Art Lord members - Samuel Herring, William Cashion, and Gerrit Welmers - comprise prominent Baltimore synth-pop outfit Future Islands. Yet the preceding band formed in Greenville, while they were art students at ECU, in the same...

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This weekend: At UNC, the fiddle gets its due

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The Fiddle, a production of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Southern Folklife Collection, happens Friday and Saturday on campus. Friday evening at Memorial Hall begins with three performers, each with intriguing backgrounds. Emily Schaad holds a masters degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State; she also studied with late Piedmont legend Joe Thompson and has taken first prize in numerous fiddle and stringband competitions. Matt Glaser was the chairman of the String Department at the famed Berklee College of Music for 28 years. His styles range from jazz to bluegrass—the Boston Herald once called him "possibly...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Live: See The Toddlers' private Kickstarter concert

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Friday at Local 506, The Toddlers hosted a private concert to reward their Kickstarter contributors. Opening the evening was Ari Picker & friends, running through a brief set of cover songs. The Lost in the Trees frontman also mentioned a solo project he will be releasing in the future. The Toddlers subsequently took the stage, unleashing their brand of spacey melodies that include menacing and, at times, frantic tones. They offered a number of new tunes from the EP and a few others previously released on 7" singles. Finally hearing "Starlight" as it should be played to an attentive...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Mountain Goats to headline pro-choice benefit

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

It should come as little surprise that Durham's Pinhook leans pro-choice. The rock club is owned by members of Midtown Dickens, who willingly serve as ambassadors for the area's gay community. Last May, the venue hosted a large rally in opposition to Amendment One. This month, the bar is keeping up its socially conscious ways, hosting a pro-choice benefit on the 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established the precedent that a woman's right to privacy extends to the ability to have an abortion. Organized by NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, a group that...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

WKNC unveils the line-up for its 10th Double Barrel Benefit

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Taking place each year in February, WKNC's Double Barrel Benefit serves as a sort of state-of-affairs showcase for local music. The best bills at this two-night event highlight headliners who are garnering a great deal of regional and national attention while also including up-and-comers poised to make noise in the coming year. This year's shows—Feb. 1 and 2 at Raleigh's Pour House Music Hall—fulfill this function as well as any Double Barrel has, a fitting achievement as the event enters its 10th year. JKutchma & The Five Fifths top the bill on Friday. The folk-rock outfit is led by...

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Carolina Covers: Gross Ghost's take on Future Islands' "Long Flight"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Today, we bring you Gross Ghost covering Future Islands' "Long Flight." Mike Dillon reflects on what this song and the group Future Islands means to him and the formation of Gross Ghost: "Tre , Chris [Hutcherson-Riddle] and I went on our first tour with Future Islands many moons ago. They took us up to Maine and back. Our van broke down on the way back home and we had to miss the last two shows. Even in those dark times, the experience of being on the road [with Future Islands] made Tre and I realize that playing music together...

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