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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Video: Matthew E. White in Duke Gardens

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Tonight, Hiss Golden Messenger plays the final show of Duke Performances' Music in the Garden series, though the show has been moved indoors to Motorco Music Hall due to the threat of rain. Last week, however, Richmond native Matthew E. White took his six-piece band to the Duke Gardens to put on a hypnotic 90-minute rock ’n' roll show. White, who played an acclaimed performance at last year's Hopscotch, received much love from the crowd when he commented that the Triangle amounted to something of a second home for him and his music. The performance reflected that: From shouting out...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The NC Music Love Army tries to keep "Moral Monday" singing

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceNC Music Love Army NC Music Love ArmyKings, RaleighMonday, July 29, 2013 By all accounts, this week's "Moral Monday" demonstration was the largest yet. After three months of chanting and singing and praying in Raleigh's Halifax Mall, after more than 920 arrests—mostly doled out to protesters who have refused to leave the N.C. General Assembly's chambers when asked—a crowd of several thousand filled the outdoor space to once again decry the actions of the state's lawmakers. Led by the state NAACP, they affirmed their determination to fight on by marching down to Fayetteville Street, stopping in front...

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Loamlands announce debut EP, premiere single

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Photo courtesy of Trekky RecordsLoamlands Some Kind of Light—the small-platter introduction to Durham's Loamlands, due Sep. 24 via Trekky Records—is quite promising, even if it doesn't feel altogether new. It's steeped in the fiery, minimal folk-rock that has taken hold in many parts of the South, especially the Triangle. It makes sense that the group would trade in this style. Kym Register and Will Hackney, Loamlands' core duo, are buds with several acts exploring similar territory: Mount Moriah, Hiss Golden Messenger, Megafaun. One member of that last band, Brad Cook, plays bass on the record and in the live band...

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Hopscotch adds A-Trak and Holy Ghost!, announces Big Boi makeup date

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Hopscotch Music Festival has announced a Sept. 21 makeup date at Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium to replace hip-hop artist Big Boi's cancellation of his originally-scheduled Sept. 6 appearance at City Plaza during the festival, which runs Sept. 5-7 in downtown Raleigh. The festival also announced former Kanye West tour DJ A-Trak and Brooklyn synth-pop duo Holy Ghost! as replacements for Big Boi on the Sept. 6 City Plaza bill, joining previously scheduled openers Future Islands and Gross Ghost. The concert will now run from 5:40 p.m. to 11 p.m. An announcement on Hopscotch's website provides the following details for customers who...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Simple Music Video Series: South Carolina Broadcasters bring the strings

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The Triangle will be seeing a lot of the South Carolina Broadcasters in the months to come. Besides playing the Bynum General Store on Friday evening, the group has dates lined up at Saturdays in Saxapahaw, opening Mandolin Orange's CD release at the Cat's Cradle, playing the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, and a showcase during the International Bluegrass Music Association's Wide Open Bluegrass festival later in September. But the Broadcasters are not confined to the Southeast or even this country: Award-winning fiddler Ivy Sheppard was recently invited to Switzerland by the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association to do a series...

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Double Negative call it quits

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

During the past seven years, the above symbol has become synonymous with the resurgence of Raleigh hardcore. Double Negative, the band that have emblazoned it on everything they release and every piece of equipment they use, arrived in 2006 and quickly became the standard-bearers for a new generation of Triangle punks. Founded as a four-piece filled with scene veterans, they funneled their powers into a sound that was as sharp as it was explosive, catalyzing one of the most exciting periods in Raleigh's storied punk history. Wednesday night, after years of playing chaotic live shows and producing a catalog...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Interview: Zo! talks new album ManMade, DIY R&B and happy accidents

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Lorenzo Ferguson, or Zo!, as he's known to fans, released his new album ManMade — a rakish collection of house and ghettotech-tinged slow jams — back in May. It's another idiosyncratic and uncompromising release from Foreign Exchange Music, fueled by intense collaborations between Zo! and the Foreign Exchange's Phonte Coleman (credited as writer and producer). The second single, "Count to Five" featuring Gwen Bunn and Phonte, is propulsive soul-pop about real-life concerns like anxiety and transition. And don't miss the charming video, which pays homage to the '70s era of Sesame Street when the kid's show was almost activist...

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Megafaun and Arnold Dreyblatt announce collaborative LP, share track

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Photo courtesy of Northern Spy RecordsArnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun The collaboration between Arnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun at last year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh was met with some understandably raised eyebrows. Dreyblatt is a respected, rhythmically inclined minimalist composer residing in Berlin, but born stateside 50 years ago. Megafaun is a Durham-based folk trio of much younger men with a taste for playful noodling and robust noise. The gaps between them—both generationally and stylistically—are many, but it turns out that their music moves with the same manic energy, a commonality they exploit on Appalachian Excitation, the collaborative LP they’ll unveil...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Monkees understand: Micky Dolenz on the band's reunion

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

“It was a hell of a shock,” says Monkees singer and drummer Micky Dolenz about the loss of bandmate Davy Jones, who suffered a fatal heart attack in February 2012. But the passing of the British-born ’60s teen idol actually jumpstarted the Monkees reunion shows last fall and the current tour, which brings them to Raleigh tonight. “He was the closest thing to a brother that I had,” says Dolenz, who shared lead vocal duties in The Monkees with Jones. “No one was expecting that; he was the youngest of the four of us. We all got together in...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Faye Hunter, 1954–2013

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Today, there is an entire community of musicians and friends in Winston-Salem who are grieving and struggling to comprehend the loss of one of our own, Faye Hunter. She died Saturday. That community extends internationally to all who had seen and heard her as Let's Active's able bassist throughout the 1980s. Those of us who grew up with Faye also knew her as a sweet, droll and artistic friend who unintentionally served as something of a den mother and big sister to many of the younger musicians in town, myself included. At 13, I was still awestruck in the...

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Live: Kurt Vile finds the feeling

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Kurt Vile & The Violators pulled into the Cat's Cradle on Thursday, touring behind Wakin on a Pretty Daze. A large banner with the band's name hung behind them as they walked on stage for the near-capacity show. The tempo of the tunes varied a bit, as Vile and company tend to lean back and stretch out live. But no one seemed to mind, as the group still packed a lot of new and old material into a 100-minute set. Below, hear 2009's "Hunchback" and the new "KV Crimes." "Hunchback" "KV Crimes"...

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Carolina Covers: Mary Johnson Rockers performs "You Must Build a Fire"

Posted By on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Hank Williams set one of many blueprints for singing sad songs with "Moanin' The Blues." When I first saw Mary Johnson Rockers sitting on a stage at the Shakori Hills Songwriter Circle, she was surrounded by several local Americana artists. Her delivery put her apart: With a touch of twang above all, she was "Moanin' The Blues" like many of her counterparts couldn't. Though Johnson Rockers and her band The Spark do not perform too often, they present well-conceived arrangements that complement Johnson Rockers perfectly. Today, the group plays Saxapahaw's outdoor stage at the weekly farmers market performance series. The...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Merge-ing music and baseball

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Merge Records turns 24 this month. To celebrate, the label is taking their team out to the ballgame—the first-place Durham Bulls' Thursday night bout against the Pawtucket Red Sox, that is. All night long, Merge artists will be the featured walk-up music. Along with the soundtrack, attendees will also be able to enjoy $1 concessions and College Night admissions prices. Show a college ID when buying tickets at the box office (or purchase with a valid .edu email address online) to get one Terrace Reserved ticket and $5 in Bulls Bucks for just $10, or Outfield Reserved tickets for...

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Interview: Sylvan Esso talks debut single, bright future

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Photo courtesy of Trekky RecordsSylvan Esso Sylvan Esso shouldn't sound this confident and cohesive yet. Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, the two halves of the bright and purposeful Durham-based electro duo, have known each other for three years, but their collaboration didn't become serious until last September, when Meath joined Sanborn for the last song of his daytime set during Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival. They should still be figuring each other out, throwing out ideas—some jewels, some duds. Instead, they have arrived with a pair of near-perfect singles packed onto one 12-inch record. “Play It Right” and “Hey Mami,” released...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Video: NC Music Love Army played the NCGA Friday, this evening at Moral Monday

Posted By and on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

On Friday afternoon, members of the North Carolina Music Love Army played a few songs in front of the N.C. General Assembly. They'll reprise that performance with an appearance at today's 11th Moral Monday protest on Halifax Mall. Check out a clip from Friday's performance below, and see our cover story on NCMLA....

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Simple Music Video Series: Luego TV's "Send Me On Time"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Patrick Phelan and his newly dubbed Luego TV project will release their third album, TV, next week. Recorded in Nashville along with his usual cohorts Jeff Crawford producing and Nick Jaeger on lead guitar, Phelan found inspiration from some unlikely sources: "The biggest inspiration for the record were some idols of mine: Eddie George, LeBron James, Jack White, Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan. I just thought about those guys during the record, especially Eddie George and Jack White, since they both lived in Nashville. Eddie George is just a renaissance man. He is the ultimate dude—Heisman trophy winner, NFL running...

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Video: American Aquarium moves its quiet Duke Gardens show indoors

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

On Wednesday evening, Raleigh favorites American Aquarium were set to perform at the lush Sarah P. Duke Gardens for the Duke Performances "Music in the Gardens" series. Due to expected rain, though, the show was moved indoors to Motorco Music Hall. American Aquarium had planned a very quiet acoustic set that usually wouldn't fly in the loud rock clubs where the group typically performs. In the move to Motorco, some of the delicate songs were lost on a crowd who seemed to switch to bar mode spontaneously. Still, with the assistance of cellist Kaitlin Grady, the group put on one...

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Beast + Big Band celebrate freedom, offer advance of new EP

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Taking place each year on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July is—in theory, at least—a celebration of freedom. Chief among the liberties we enjoy in America is the freedom of expression, and no Triangle band stands up for that right more emphatically than The Beast. Deftly distilling socially conscious hip-hop with smoothest jazz, the Durham quartet litters its muscular anthems with other disparate inflections—sheeny electronics, rock 'n' roll psychedelics. The breadth of that power comes into clearest focus when The Beast plays with their Big Band configuration, augmenting their typical lineup of bass, keys...

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Duke Performances unveils yet another exciting season

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

It's hard to imagine a more fun curatorial task than organizing the Duke Performances series. The Durham university's annual slate of live music, dance, theater—and ambitious intersections there of—is an onslaught where traditionally "high culture" offerings meet more challenging concepts. Spaced between September and May, it's not a series for people who want their art rigidly divided by arbitrary criteria. It's for those who get giddy when performers break down those boundaries and mess around in the space between, an expectation very much maintained by the recently unveiled schedule for the 2013-14 season. In September, Duke's resident and reliable Ciompi...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Old Ceremony's Django Haskins and other local musicians ready protest compilation

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Last week, Django Haskins, lead singer for Durham's Old Ceremony, posted a short performance to YouTube. "This is a public service message to our so-called public servants," he sneers before launching into his song, entitled "We Are Not For Sale." The take (streaming above) is quick and shambling, a series of typical G, C and D chords underpinning Haskins' straightforward words. He has to glance at lyrics to keep them straight, and his intonation is somewhat inconsistent. But his barbs ring true. He points out what he sees as the folly of frackers: "They'll need water too." He compares...

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