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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Video: Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers at Local 506

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Saturday night, Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers returned to Local 506 in Chapel Hill for the first time in many years. Cooley reminisced on his time living in Durham and the plethora of songs he had written and first played out in the Triangle. Throughout the evening, he picked his way through 20-plus songs in his deep catalog of contributions to the Drive-By Truckers. Some were quickly identifiable during the introduction, while many had been given new arrangements. Cooley displayed ninja-like skills to ignore a rowdy crowd in the front row; they constantly tried to talk to him and...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tonight: The last open mic in Berkeley Cafe’s large music room

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Image by Brian WalsbyAn old poster from a familiar room: The last such jam at Berkeley Cafe, which closes this weekend, happens tonight. After Southern Culture on the Skids leaves the stage Saturday evening, Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe will close its larger music room and scale back to its size of 25 years ago, adding a stage and sound system back to its smaller room while serving food nightly. To honor the Berkeley’s legacy and record some of the stories provided by the funky venue and its colorful inhabitants, we spoke with nearly 30 folks that played, worked, promoted or attended...

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Love Language wants you to be in their new video

At Local 506 on Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Posted By on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Photo by Jason ArthursThe Love Language “Calm Down,” the pile-driving psych-pop single recently unveiled by The Love Language, is all restless energy. Its bass line lends beefy bulk to jittery syncopation, hurtling headlong with force that never relents. Near the end, it devolves into a dizzying dust-up, distorted riffs chasing each other around and around until they become indistinguishable from one another. All of this perfectly suits Stuart McLamb’s impassioned story about a dude stuck in a relationship that never lets him feel at ease. It makes sense, then, that the video for the song—the first single from the forthcoming...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

West Hillsborough comes alive with Nash Street Block Party

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Two curated stages and a wealth of food choices offer what three local businesses hope is a good excuse to discover west Hillsborough this weekend. Kicking off Friday evening and lasting through Saturday afternoon, the Nash Street Block Party is a collaboration of The Depot, Mystery Brewing and Hillsborough BBQ. Festivities get started Friday night at The Depot with the music of Scarlett Rider and Megan Jean & the KFB. Saturday, the party starts at 3 p.m., with T.A. James, The Stringbeans, Dr. Bacon and Red’s Rhythm appearing at The Depot’s General Store music stage. Meanwhile, Mystery Brewing’s new Taproom...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Video: Billy Joe Shaver at the Berkeley Cafe

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

The last time legendary Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver visited Raleigh, he played the Hideaway BBQ just before that venue shut down. He returned this past Monday for a show at the Berkeley Cafe, just as its storied music hall prepares to do the same at the end of June. Shaver, 73, played to a packed house and was as animated as ever, at times waltzing on stage while singing his songs, and at one point showing the women in the audience how to properly turn their fist over when throwing a punch at their mate. Shaver ran through several...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Video: John Fullbright at the ArtsCenter

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

John Fullbright, the darkhorse Americana Grammy nominee of 2012, performed Thursday, June 13, at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. The 25-year-old Oklahoman, an incredibly versatile songwriter and instrumentalist, ran through most of his Grammy-nominated album From the Ground Up, mixing in covers of songs by Dan Bern ("After the Parade") and Jimmy Webb ("If You See Me Getting Smaller") as well as a few blues standards. Fullbright moved effortlessly through dynamic and at times brooding piano numbers, rendering a catalog of original material influenced by a variety of styles. Near the end of the night, he performed a powerful version of...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Video: Chip Robinson at Casbah's songwriters circle

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Saturday night at the Casbah brought about the continuation of the venue's series of songwriters circle shows, with performances by Jason Kutchma, Chip Robinson, Kevin Abernathy and Mic Harrison. Below are three clips from songs played by Robinson, including two oft-overlooked ballads ("Psychic Friend" and "Two Candles") from the Backsliders' 1999 album, Southern Lines. Robinson frequently digs into his back catalog from that era, but it's fairly rare to hear those numbers performed to a quiet and respectful room. The environment created at these types of events at the Casbah allows for songs of all decibel levels to flourish in...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Video: Brett Harris moves forward with new songs

Friday with Jeanne Jolly at Lincoln Theatre

Posted By and on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I first became aware of Brett Harris two summers ago, when I went to see Chapel Hill pop mastermind Chris Stamey play a Tuesday-evening acoustic show at West End Wine Bar on Franklin Street and Harris appeared as an unbilled opener. Between sets, Stamey spoke so highly of Harris' work that it seemed mandatory to check out his 2010 solo debut, Man of Few Words. It was clear upon first listen what Stamey appreciated: Harris' skills as a tunesmith, arranger and vocalist instantly vaulted him into the top tier of Triangle pop musicians. In an interview several months later, Stamey...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Tonight: The Holland Brothers at Bynum Front Porch

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

After 70 years in business, the Bynum General Store finally closed its doors in 2006. But the people of Bynum—a tiny community just off Highway 15-501 between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro—recognized the historical landmark’s enduring value as a community gathering place. So they established the nonprofit Bynum Front Porch to continue using the store site for community events—including the summer music series, which began back in 2001, when the store was still open. These weekly Friday evening concerts, which are free and run from 7–9 p.m., continue to attract a strong bill of local talent, and this week’s selection is...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Video: JKutchma & The Five Fifths at Duke Gardens

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Duke Performances' annual summer series, Music in the Gardens, kicked off Wednesday evening as JKutchma & The Five Fifths played a record-release party for Sundown, USA, which Kutchma released in two different versions (with the band and solo). Kutchma and company performed to a full crowd on the lawn of the gardens as, fittingly, the sun went down on a cool late-spring evening. They were joined by members of D-Town Brass and Prypyat as they ran through most of the new album and a few numbers of Kutchma's excellent previous release, Pastoral. Kutchma played a few numbers solo in the...

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Tonight: Cardinal Collective bands at Tir Na Nog

Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores, House of Fools, Mike Blair & the Stonewalls

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

This week’s Local Band-Local Beer show at Tir Na Nog in Raleigh comprises a trio of regional bands who belong to the Cardinal Collective: the Triangle's Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores, Greensboro's House of Fools and Wilmington's Mike Blair & the Stonewalls (10 p.m. Thursday, June 6, free). They’re just just a few of a growing number of Americana-minded acts working together to promote releases, shows and each others’ careers across North Carolina. The brainstorm of local promoter and music scene stalwart Chris Tamplin, the Cardinal Collective represents a cache of like-minded acts including Jack The Radio, the Debonzo Brothers,...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The future's wide open for Japandroids

Tonight at Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Now is the moment for Japandroids, and their lyrics reflect that carpe diem attitude. But just as “restless nights turn to restless years,” a band’s second album turns to album three (if they’re lucky). Drummer David Prowse doesn’t feel he and guitarist Brian King can continue indefinitely with this teenage esprit. Hell, even the Ramones had their Phil Spector moment. He has no interest in repeating himself perennially. “I don’t know if we can keep making records that are as similar as Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock,” he says of the band's 2009 debut and its 2012 follow-up, the tour for...

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Chuck Johnson's quietly triumphant return to the Triangle

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Playing a solo acoustic guitar set at a crowded bar is a dicey proposition. But Chapel Hill expat Chuck Johnson—visiting Durham from Oakland for the release party of Crows in the Basilica, his new record for Triangle label Three Lobed—worked his six- and 12-string guitars like a snake charmer at the Pinhook on May 23, magically becalming a well-lubricated audience into rapt, respectful silence. Thus did I find myself sprawled out on the floor of a nightclub for quite opposite reasons than usual. It was an especially impressive trick because the social energy level had been set high in an...

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