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Monday, April 29, 2013

Annuals drop first full-length in five years

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM

"It's been a couple years since I gave a fuck/ It's been a couple more since I ran out of luck." That's the opening couplet from "Omnicide" — the lead-off to Time Stamp, Annuals' first full-length in five years — and it couldn't be more blunt about the struggles that have forestalled its release. Since ascending to major label success — 2008's Such Fun came out on the Columbia Records subsidiary Canvasback — the group has parted ways with the imprint and endured the financial fallout from a pretty devastating break-in and theft at their practice space, all while...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Deerhunter to play impromptu set in Durham tonight

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

You may well be too late, but Atlanta-based psych-rock outfit Deerhunter is playing an intimate, un-publicized set in Durham tonight. The show is happening at the show at the Carrack (111 W. Parrish St.). Entry is only available via RSVP. As of about 9 a.m., there were 50 spots available. Shoot a message to durtydurham@gmail.com if you're interested in securing one. Deerhunter — which rides the ever-wandering whims of Bradford Cox, also the man behind Atlas Sound — has become a critical darling and fan favorite these past few years, grafting tender and graceful psych textures onto garage rock momentum,...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Durham's Golden Belt unveils free, outdoor concert series

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

If you live in Durham, and you don't see a free, outdoor concert this summer, you'll only have yourself to blame. Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the "Find Your Cool" concert series, Golden Belt has unveiled its own string of free shows in the humid air. "GB Live" celebrates the fifth anniversary of the multi-use downtown arts space that—like many of Durham's cooler spots—exists in a renovated industrial space. The series of five concerts begins on Friday, May 17 and will occupy four other Fridays, concluding on July 19. The programming, which spans an impressive array...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Live: Mount Moriah rewards the faithful

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceMount Moriah's Heather McEntire Mount MoriahCat's Cradle, CarrboroFriday, April 12, 2013 It should be mentioned that this wasn't the first time that Mount Moriah took over the Cat’s Cradle for a release party. Almost exactly two years prior, the local folk rock favorites played the legendary Carrboro club to celebrate the CD version of its self-titled debut. Admittedly, that free show wasn't as full as Friday’s packed house, and at the time, the Cradle couldn't hold as many people. But the point remains that Mount Moriah won over Triangle audiences long before signing to Durham-based indie heavyweight...

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Today: Donna Ray Norton channels old ballads at the N.C. Museum of History

Posted By on Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Photo Courtesy of Pinecone/Photo by Carol RifkinDonna Ray Norton Jack Spicer wrote that a poet is a “counterpunching radio.” He also could have been talking about Madison County ballad singers. Just as poets are speakers through which the broadcast of language flows, so are ballad singers like Donna Ray Norton, who gives a free performance Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History. They are transmitters of a musical tradition much bigger than any one voice or personality. Norton herself puts this better: “My mom says that she’s passed the torch on to me. Whenever my time’s done, I’ll pass...

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Friday, April 12, 2013

William Tyler wows as Loamlands debut at The Pinhook

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceWilliam Tyler Nashville's William Tyler wants his instrumental songs to tell a story or, at the very least, to express some theme or concept that's been weighing on his mind. This is especially true on Impossible Truth, his recently released third LP and his debut for Durham's Merge Records. Much of the album was inspired by Tyler's reading. While driving across the country in support of his 2010 solo effort, Behold the Spirit, he made his way through Cadillac Desert and The Geography of Nowhere, two volumes that focus on ecological woes. The first analyzes the crisis...

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Neu Romance ends its 10-year run in Raleigh this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Chico Scott doesn't remember the exact date, but sometime back in the early '90s, his then-girlfriend returned from an errand at a nearby Eckerd photo lab with some developed prints and a guy named Shaun. "I don't know why," says Scott of the invitation. "I guess to smoke some pot or something. He probably gave her some free prints. I didn't like it at all. And the top of his hair was blonde, so he looked like a freak. Then he started talking about how he loved the Spice Girls, and I was like, ‘Oh hell no, this dude...

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Durham's new free outdoor summer concert series announces lineup

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Back at work: Tess Mangum Ocaña “The key thing was to hit the ground running,” Tess Mangum Ocaña says of getting laid off from her job as The ArtsCenter’s music programmer just months after winning an INDY Arts Award for it. And she did just that, recently becoming the special events coordinator for Downtown Durham Inc. She launches its new summer concert series, “Find Your Cool,” on May 9 in CCB Plaza, and the full lineup has just been announced. Ocaña was known for bringing national treasures to The ArtsCenter, with her final American Roots Series there featuring Mavis Staples...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Live: Chris Stamey brings Big Star to Full Frame

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Nothing Can Hurt Me, Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's documentary about the ill-fated Memphis pop band Big Star, would’ve made a fine endpoint for this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, even without the movie's local connections. As it was, however, the choice struck a nearly perfect note, thanks to its opening act. Chapel Hill musician Chris Stamey—one of the film's primary interview sources—gathered nine fellow musicians in the collective known as the Fellow Travellers to perform 10 Big Star songs on the Carolina Theatre stage before the film screened. It was an abbreviated version of the Big Star tribute...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Simple Music Video Series: Kenny Roby's "The Craziest Kid Around"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I first encountered the name Kenny Roby while listening to a Whiskeytown bootleg from The Brewery, recorded Oct. 22, 1999. Not having been in the Triangle during the great alt-country hope, I never got to see the band for which he is best known, 6 String Drag. But after getting my hands on those records, I moved on to his solo material. At the time Roby was not playing out very often. The first time I was able to record him a few years later, he was playing fantastic original tunes while trying to be heard over a noisy...

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Live: Hiss Golden Messenger brings friends, family to the record shop

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM

As the early spring sun sank low in Durham on Tuesday night, Michael Taylor glanced up at the crowd pressing close to the makeshift plywood stage at Bull City Records. “I didn’t really set up a record release show,” admitted Taylor, sitting in the chair he’d toted from his nearby home, “because I kind of don’t like those.” But in the last few weeks, the excitement for Haw—the album that Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger released just yesterday on the label Paradise of Bachelors—has spread in these parts and elsewhere with contagion speed. It seems that most every time I...

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Live: Dex Romweber Duo rips through the catalog in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Friday night at the Casbah in Durham, the underground heroes of the Dex Romweber Duo took the stage. Running through a blistering set, the Duo showed no signs of rust, despite having not performed in some time. Romweber dipped into his extensive catalog of solo records, duo releases and Flat Duo Jets material. Summoning a spectrum of rock ’n’ roll, surf rock and crooning county, they covered all the bases. Despite Duke playing in the NCAA tournament during set time, there was a sizable crowd for the Duo. They played only an hour, leaving the crowd waiting for the next...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Pet-Tich-Eye reaches its Kickstarter goal

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

About a month ago, the INDY asked Ashlie White, the founder of Pet-Tich-Eye, why it was so important for the project's initial Kickstarter campaign to succeed. Pet-Tich-Eye was set up to foster collaboration between Triangle musicians, visual artists and community organizations. Its first endeavor is a 10-song compilation featuring one-off trios of local musicians, each contributing one song, paired with 10 pieces of original art and photos of each recording session. The Kickstarter campaign sought $14,000 to defray the large debt—at least $12,482 plus the cost of 10 days in the studio—that White incurred during the album's creation. As...

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