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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Video: Verlon Thompson solo at The ArtsCenter

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Sunday evening at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, longtime Guy Clark sideman Verlon Thompson made a rare appearance in this area of the state. Thompson is an extremely accomplished songwriter and prolific flatpicker who, until recently, had not focused on his own solo career. Despite having a major-label record deal in the '80s, he met Guy Clark and realized he was not happy. Clark then took him on the road, and they have spent the last 30 years performing together. As Thompson mentioned during Sunday's performance, he came on board with Clark for the Old Friends album, and they soon became...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Video: Mandolin Orange triumphs at Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Mandolin Orange Cat's Cradle, Carrboro Aug. 23, 2013 Friday at the Cat's Cradle, Mandolin Orange packed every square inch of the storied room with a body. Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz were celebrating the release of their third album and their first for Yep Roc Records, This Side of Jordan. Walking into the Cradle early in the evening, there was an electricity in the air as many people bustled around to prepare for the doors to open early. In many ways, the event felt as though it was sponsored by the entire community of Carrboro. From local businesses like...

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At Cat's Cradle, Superchunk give aging the finger

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceSuperchunk Superchunk, The Parting GiftsCat's Cradle, CarrboroAug. 24, 2013 The last few times that Superchunk played Cat's Cradle, the indie rock entrepreneurs picked openers that reinforced their unflagging vitality. Since 2009, surging local rock acts Hammer No More the Fingers and Gross Ghost got their chance to open for the Chapel Hill legends at the club they made famous, as did the nervy but propulsive pop duo Veelee and the rangy folk singer Ryan Gustafson. Performing with these young talents highlighted Superchunk's persistent knack for packing unabashed hooks and screwy guitar lines with triumphant energy. This made...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Live: Hiatus Kaiyote brings "future-soul" stateside

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Hiatus Kaiyote The Pour House, Raleigh Thursday, Aug. 15 Melbourne, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote label themselves as stewards of future-soul, a sub-genre they created and that aims to capture their eclectic approach. While that might seem self-important on paper, their show at Raleigh’s Pour House last week revealed that there’s really no other way to describe them. The quartet landed in our capital city following a grassroots-like campaign held by the band’s members and their fans. In addition to succeeding with their crowd-sourced campaign to tour the U.S., Hiatus Kaiyote received vocal support from the likes of Questlove (of the...

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The Curtains of Night return for a one-off reunion

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Photo by Jordan LawrenceThe Curtains of Night The Curtains of NightChapel Hill Underground, Chapel HillThursday, Aug. 15, 2013 In their prime, The Curtains of Night packed a wallop. The duo of guitarist Nora Rogers and drummer Lauren Fitzpatrick bred metal grandeur with the densest sludge, laying down some of the most intense and satisfying assaults the area has seen these past few years. They played for a while and released one LP—2008's billowing, thunderous Lost Houses—but they hung it up in 2010, each of them moving on to new projects. Photo by Jordan LawrenceThe Curtains of NightTheir current trios—Rogers' hefty...

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Going back in time with The Backstreet Boys

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Growing up in the ’90s meant making choices. There was Tamagotchi and Nano Pet, McDonald’s and Burger King, Game Boy and Game Gear. Each decision brought with it a distinction, a way to anchor yourself in what felt like an endless sea of decisions. But those were paltry picks compared to the most important—and polarizing—line a girl had to cast: Choosing her favorite boy band. There were the heavy-hitters like ’N Sync and 98 Degrees, the long-haired Hanson boys and the brothers Moffatt. For me, though, it went something like this: Good girls like the Backstreet Boys, and bad girls...

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Hopscotch announces day parties, night updates

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Downtown Raleigh's annual Hopscotch Music Festival, now two weeks away from its Sept. 5—7 run, has announced a full slate of day parties to accompany its evening showcases, along with a few changes to the original festival schedule. Late adds to the lineup include D.C. Virginia DJ duo Gents & Jawns, New Hampshire metal band Vattnet Viskar, Toronto electronic duo Moon King, heavy Brooklyn groups Hunters and Sannhet, Triangle singer-songwriters Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz, and New York performance artist Mykki Blanco (aka Michael Quattlebaum, a former Indies Arts Awards winner as a Raleigh teen). Dropping out are XXYYXX, Loincloth,...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Live: Superchunk parties at The Pinhook

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Superchunk The Pinhook, Durham Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 At the end of a sweat-soaked, near-hour-long set last night at The Pinhook, Mac McCaughan, Jim Wilbur, Jon Wurster and newly added bassist Jason Narducy climbed back onto The Pinhook’s stage to grant an 11th song to the packed room. They’d barely grabbed their instruments before a barrage of song titles hailed from the damp crowd. “Detroit Has A Skyline!” “Foolish!” “Slack Motherfucker!” “Turns out we’re taking requests,” McCaughan said before striking the first chords of Superchunk’s first hit. “Slack Motherfucker,” penned famously while McCaughan worked at the Chapel Hill Kinko’s,...

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Pinhook dance party to benefit Senegal rapper

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

The logo for one of Durham’s most diverse dance parties is simple yet subversive: The word “illegal” in a white Courier New font on a black background, with a white censor bar through the word. Laura Friedrich, aka DJ Queen Plz, chose the name and image as a politically charged rebuttal to national and state laws that Friedrich and the patrons at these monthly events at The Pinhook oppose. “I’m a really political person,” Friedrich says, “so I just started thinking about all of the things that are illegal but, in my opinion, should not be.” In January, the Atlanta...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Jewels gone wild: Killer Mike and El-P at Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Run The Jewels: Killer Mike and El-P Cat's Cradle Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 On Friday night, Run The Jewels—the hip-hop BFF duo of Killer Mike and El-P—alternately took the sweat-soaked Cat's Cradle crowd to church, their hometowns of Atlanta and Brooklyn, and everywhere in between. The evening captured both the unstoppable essence of their self-titled debut and their relatively new friendship, which started when Mike was shopping for beats to create what became one of 2012's best albums, R.A.P. Music. He was so taken by El-P's Bomb Squad-ian instrumentals that he enlisted the former Definitive Jux president to produce...

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IBMA announces its award nominees tonight, watch locally

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

And so it begins: The first official event leading to the International Bluegrass Music Association's conference and music festival in Raleigh in late September happens tonight. Three downtown Raleigh venues will host viewing parties for the announcement of the 2013 IBMA award nominees. Though the awards themselves have moved, this year's announcement ceremonies remain in Nashville, at the Loveless Cafe. North Carolina native Jim Lauderdale and newgrass innovator Sam Bush will host. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., and they'll be shown locally at Irregardless Cafe, Tir Na Nog and the Lincoln Theatre. The Long Rifle Bluegrass band will...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Video: Phil Cook at Cat's Cradle for his latest EP, This Side Up

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Sunday evening at the Cat's Cradle brought the Trekky Records-sponsored EP release for Phil Cook's latest effort, This Side Up. Cook is fresh off his Boomer's Story tribute performance with a host of Triangle musicians as well as his work on the upcoming Blind Boys of Alabama record. The show, which was moved indoors from the Steel String Brewery to the Cradle, was a gathering of Cook's friends. Ryan Gustafson opened, playing solo acoustic and debuting a number of new songs. The Loamlands followed, with a new bass and rhythm section that added more depth to their previous duo lineup....

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Videos: The Love Language and Bombadil play album-release shows

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Last month, on the same weekend, two of the Triangle's most popular acts held release shows for their respective new albums. On Friday, July 26, at a packed Cat's Cradle, The Love Language debuted Ruby Red in their retooled format. While it sounded as though the group was still ironing out a few arrangements, what they played from the new album mixed well with their back catalog. A three-piece string section, saxophonist, and vibraphonist Mark Simonsen complemented the band well. The encore included the McLamb brothers and Ben Carr of Last Year's Men performing "Stars" from the center of the...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Jenks Miller announces new solo album and Horseback compilation for late-summer release

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Stasis, it seems, is never an option for Jenks Miller. With the adventurous kind-of-metal outfit Horseback, Miller stretches strains of noise, black metal, doom and blues across albums that play like ominous expeditions. Even in the more restrained country-rock of Mount Moriah, Miller's guitar offers a sense of adventure, itching to stretch beyond the genre into new territory. Various experiments under his own name have explored harsh electronics, subtle drones and folk-rock mutations. So it should be little shock that Miller, never one to idle, recently announced two forthcoming releases. The first, a three-CD collection of Horseback rarities...

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Yep Roc's Kim Richey and Josh Rouse to play Hillsborough's Fresh Roots Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Photo courtesy of Yep Roc RecordsKim Richey Last year, the Downtown Merchants of Historic Hillsborough hatched a fun idea to draw a crowd to the quiet town to enjoy the comfortable fall weather and drop some cash at local establishments. The first Fresh Roots Festival took place at the end of October and included art shows, author discussions, restaurant specials and even a Hand Made Parade. It also sported a folk-heavy slate of local, regional and national musicians performing on the Courthouse lawn. The festival is back this year, taking over downtown on Saturday, Sept. 28, with a similar array...

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At Local 506, KEN mode and Inter Arma offered opposing thrills

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

KEN mode, Inter Arma Local 506, Chapel Hill Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 KEN mode's Jesse Matthewson is an intense frontman. Even if you're comfortable with the Canadian outfit's sound, a complex and clobbering distillation of hardcore heat and metallic might, his presence will put you on edge. His eyes blaze, glaring through face-shielding bangs with such ardor that if you look at him too long it feels as though he's staring right at you. At one point during the trio's set at Local 506, I left a beer sitting on the lip of the stage for what Matthewson must...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Hopscotch announces day panels, art projects

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Raleigh's upcoming Hopscotch Music Festival has announced the topics and participants for its annual series of day panels Sept. 5—7 at the City of Raleigh Museum. The panels include many of the musicians performing at the festival, held at a dozen venues in downtown Raleigh. Each discussion runs from 3—5 p.m., and admission is free. Counter Culture Coffee Company sponsors the series. Thursday's opener may be the most intriguing of the bunch, bearing the title "For free or for sale: The boon or burden of giving away music on the Internet." Participants include Marnie Stern, Ivan Howard of the Rosebuds,...

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