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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Superchunk Covers The Misfits’ “Children In Heat,” Merge launches its 25th anniversary with a 7-inch series

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

In tribute to the holiday, Superchunk debuted a new Misfits cover, this time tackling the irrepressible “Children In Heat” with a faithful remake. It’s not the noted ‘Fits fans’ first tribute to Glenn Danzig’s cult-iconic punk band. In 2010, the band issued a cover of “Horror Business” and later offered it again on a 2011 Record Store Day split with Coliseum (who raged through a version of “Bullet”). And in 2011, Superchunk released a take on “Where Eagles Dare.” More notable than the recurring “Superchunk Covers Misfits” headline, though, is the announcement that accompanies “Children In Heat.” A new 7-inch...

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The Rosebuds scare up a pair of Halloween treats, offer a free download

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Man, The Rosebuds really love holidays: Last year, the Raleigh-nurtured duo of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp released an entire full-length of Christmas songs, a move that felt a little uncharacteristic. After all, The Rosebuds don't revel in chipper melodies like their yuletide-favorite label mates She & Him; their records are more often dominated by foreboding atmosphere and dark imagery. To wit, see the entirety of 2007's Night of the Furies. "Whisper" and "Where the Freaks Hang Out," the two horror-themed singles they released this Halloween week, stick closer to their strengths, making appropriate fun of their oft-gloomy vibe....

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Raleigh singer Kat Robichaud advances to the Live Rounds on NBC's The Voice

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Raleigh’s Kat Robichaud successfully defended her spot on Team CeeLo this past Monday, advancing into The Voice’s top 20. The win came after facing off against fellow contestant Monika Leigh with a version of Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know.” After the performance, Christina Aguilera stood and clapped. Adam Levine called her a “rock star.” CeeLo had a big smile and a relatively quick decision to make. The reward for telling her teammate to hit the road? A spot on the live shows airing this coming November 4th and 5th. We caught up with Kat, already in LA preparing for...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sorry State Records greets a crowd on opening day

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Before Sorry State Records opened its doors for the first time at noon on Saturday, a line of eager customers already gathered outside the Morgan Street storefront. The shelves of new and used records on offer were quickly clogged with people scouring the stacks for vital titles among the curated selection of punk, metal and garage rock.  The crowd made thorough browsing a pipe dream for all but the most patient and dedicated; still, it didn't seem to take much effort to find something covetable. Customers gathered records by the armload, and conversations spawned from mutual jealousies. (I'm as proud...

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Lost in the Trees premiere video, announce new LP, Past Life, for February

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

 "Rites"—our first taste of Past Life, Lost in the Trees' new LP, due Feb. 18 via ANTI—isn't a great single. That's not to say that it's a bad song. Premiered Monday by Rolling Stone along a with minimal, sing-along video, its arrangement is airy and calming. Back-up singers and reverb follow Ari Picker's ever-delicate singing, intimate emotions expanding subtly like ripples on a pond. The music is skeletal, with guitars and bass that mainly keep time and a few piano notes to fill in the gaps. Following two albums of string-buttressed sorrow and redemption, Picker promised that the...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

VIDEO: Hiss Golden Messenger at Haw River Ballroom

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Saturday was a big day in Saxapahaw. After a very well-attended Oktoberfest, the crowd poured into the Haw River Ballroom for a stacked lineup: Hiss Golden Messenger, Phil Cook and the Guitarheels, and the A's. The concert will likely end up in my Top 5 shows of the year. The evening started off with an absolutely stunning set by the A's, Amelia Randall Meath (Sylvan Esso, Mountain Man) and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Mountain Man). The duo's harmony singing slowly turned the crowd chatter volume down to silence, as they worked through a brief set of old westerns and a few contemporary...

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VIDEO: Dr. Ralph Stanley takes a victory lap at The ArtsCenter

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

With 67 years of performing under his belt, Dr. Ralph Stanley announced this summer that his next tour would be his last. His farewell tour kicked off a few weeks ago and runs through mid-2014. Stanley is flanked by a revolving cast of players that comprise the Clinch Mountain Boys, among them his grandson and lead singer Nathan Stanley. Walking into The ArtsCenter during soundcheck last Monday evening, the smell of Allen & Son BBQ filled the theater. Nathan Stanley attempted to wrangle the group for an extended soundcheck, but the allure of the Pittsboro institution's barbecue proved too great....

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

35,000 records + caffeine: Carrboro's new Vinyl Perk

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM

If you want proof of the great vinyl boom (and possible bust), Whole Foods Market is now offering its shoppers a record selection. Aside from odd outlets like grocery stores, small vinyl boutiques like Carrboro's new Vinyl Perk record store, which opened last week, also have their hands in the increased interest in shopping for physical copies of records, both new and old. This shop comes with a caffeinated twist: Customers are not only treated to vinyl rarities; they can indulge in percolating coffee, too. Located in Carrboro's historically black Midway district, Vinyl Perk is one of four businesses...

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Live: Hip-hop gets old-school with 9th Wonder, Bell Biv Devoe and more in Durham

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

“It’s all slapdash and not well put-together,” said an older white fellow outside of the Durham Performing Arts Center just after Nice & Smooth’s set as part of N.C. Central University’s two-night Return of the Legends homecoming concert. “Slapdash is the point,” I wanted to yell at him. Maybe he wasn’t impressed by the traditional, minimalist hip-hop stage set-up—two turntables and a microphone. Or maybe he was a little confused by the number of guest hosts that this weekend’s curator, producer 9th Wonder, invited on stage between sets—Jamla producer E.Jones, K97.5 FM radio personalities Brian Dawson and Shena J, and...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

To Live A Lie Records announces January festival in Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM

To Live A Lie Records—the Raleigh imprint dedicated to bullet-fast hardcore, searing powerviolence and brutal grindcore—has quietly been building its catalog and an international audience since 2005. Now, with a line of almost 100 titles from heavy-hitters like Magrudergrind, ACxDC, Assholeparade and Torch Runner, To Live A Lie is gearing up for a January showcase in Raleigh. Promising an early start-time in a small, all-ages venue (both TBA), To Live A Lie Records Fest will take place in Raleigh Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Florida berserkers Assholeparade headline a four-band bill that also includes Arizona powerviolence scorchers Sex Prisoner, Raleigh’s...

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nice Price Books in Raleigh sold to two employees

Posted By on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Raleigh’s great record shop shuffle continues: Three weeks after Carrboro label Sorry State announced that it would open a storefront in downtown Raleigh, and a week after Schoolkids Records made its move off of Hillsborough Street official, the Nice Price Books location in Raleigh has been sold to two employees. Brian Shaw and Enoch Marchant have both worked at Nice Price for several years; they expect to sign a contract for the sale of the business Friday. “I first thought about buying Nice Price in 2003. I’d been working there for about 10 days,” says Marchant, laughing. “It became a...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Rose Windows, Moondoggies update the Sub Pop aesthetic

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Rose Windows, The Moondoggies Local 506, Chapel Hill Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 Some 20 years ago, Seattle indie label Sub Pop became virtually synonymous with a certain style of noisy, no-frills guitar rock that eventually spawned the umbrella term grunge. These days its roster is far more varied. Two of Sub Pop’s leading lights performed at Local 506 on Sunday night, offering two distinct approaches, each with its own allure. Rose Windows springs from songwriter Chris Cheveyo’s desire to build on the traditional framework of rock with songs that move deftly from hymnlike harmonies to blues vamps to Middle Eastern...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hiss Golden Messenger to perform Oct. 22 at Aloft Hotel in Chapel Hill, reissue Bad Debt next year

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM

In a continuation of their summer concert series at Aloft Hotel franchises, Paste Magazine has announced three more hotel bar shows in North Carolina, including one at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, featuring Durham’s Hiss Golden Messenger. In a brief announcement posted to Facebook, band leader Mike Taylor treated the news with an appropriate dose of snark: “You can come to this Paste Magazine session in Chapel Hill by RSVP'ing at the link. Good chance to see what an Aloft Hotel is all about, I guess!” Next to other recent dubious experiments in mixing music and marketing in...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Schoolkids Records wants to stay on Hillsborough Street, but in January, they won't

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

For the first time in its four-decade history, Schoolkids Records won’t be on Hillsborough Street when the new year begins. Despite a nearly two-year search for a new space on the fabled N.C. State thoroughfare, the store will move across campus to the Mission Valley shopping center at the start of 2014. “I hate the idea of us leaving Hillsborough Street, and in a way [not leaving] was my priority for the longest time,” says Stephen Judge, who purchased the Hillsborough Street location last April. “But with a lot of the things being built and changes that are happening...

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Ivan Howard talks his new project, Howard Ivans, and hints at a new Rosebuds LP early next year

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Howard Ivans is not only the new orchestrated-dance project from Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds; it’s also a collaboration with Richmond, Va.,’s Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb Orchestra, experts in big pop majesty. One song—the nervous, full-stop funk of “Red Face Boy”—hit the Internet last week (stream it below). When it’s released through White’s Spacebomb imprint as a 7-inch single November 19th, it will be backed with the waltzing slow jam of “Pillows." For Howard, these songs speak to his desire “to just get out of that mindset of indie rock.” Indeed, The Howard Ivans comes a little under...

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Video: Mandolin Orange, to play Merlefest 2014, cover Doc and Merle Watson

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The prestigious Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C., has added Mandolin Orange to its 2014 lineup, to be headlined by Alan Jackson. This will be the first time the Carrboro duo have performed at the festival. I caught up with Andrew Marlin to get his thoughts on the festival, his past experiences there, and what he is looking forward to the most. INDY: What are your past memories of attending Merlefest? Andrew Marlin: I went to Merlefest for the first time back in 2008. I ended up getting sick as hell 'cause of all the rain and me with no shoes on. I scalped...

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Videos: Friday night at Shakori Hills

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Last weekend saw the year's second running of the biannual Shakro Hills GrassRoots Festival in Chatham County. Below, check some video of some of our favorite sets from Friday night. Keith Secola & His Wild Band of Indians A Shakori Hills regular, Keith Secola took to the Carson's Grove Stage with a few members of festival host Donna the Buffalo. These were not the only guests to join Secola, though: The self-described "Father of Native Americana" began his set with a groove-heavy tune. Soon enough, an elaborate team of Native American dancers joined him. Dressed in colorful outfits, they took...

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The Cat's Cradle Back Room opens with a slight delay, strong acoustics

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Eleanor Friedberger, Stuart McLamb, Invisible Hand Cat’s Cradle Back Room, Carrboro Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 When the doors to Cat’s Cradle’s new Back Room opened to the public for the first time Saturday night, it was an hour later than advertised. A meager line had formed in the alley behind the storied club, but the club wasn’t quite ready to receive it. Earlier in the week, owner Frank Heath confessed to the INDY, “It's not as done as I'd like it to be.” Still, despite the minor delay, the doors parted to reveal a clean, mod-industrial space with fresh...

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Live: In a Raleigh art gallery, Rolling Rock's bid to become the new PBR tastes metallic and strange

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Rolling Rock Project 33, featuring Tyvek Flanders Gallery, Raleigh Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 Full disclosure: By the time you read this, my likeness has likely been used by the Latrobe Brewing Company to market Rolling Rock. At the Rolling Rock-sponsored Project 33 (or, for the social media-savvy, #RRProject33), being photographed and videotaped was unavoidable. There was, after all, the question of the low turnout paired with an aggressive camera crew on hand to document the event for a lifestyle marketing campaign. The ploy seemed desperate to position Rolling Rock as the new Pabst Blue Ribbon—that is, the cheap domestic swill...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Live: Richard Buckner gets back to basics, back to stunning in Durham

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Richard Buckner The Pinhook Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 I'm not sure of how many times I've seen Richard Buckner, but I am sure of how I've seen Richard Buckner every time since the first—as a duty, performed with religious obedience, like I'm rousing myself from bed on Sunday morning to attend the early service. The first time I saw Buckner, it was a transformative experience. He was hunched over a guitar and a small army of pedals, not stopping between songs, floating on short drones to move from confession to indictment to something between the two. He was ceaselessly smoldering,...

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Live, last night: Jeb Bishop and Jaap Blonk get playful at Neptune's, then FUZZ gets loose at Kings

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Jeb Bishop and Jaap Blonk Neptune’s, Raleigh Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 FUZZ Kings, Raleigh Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 There is something inherently absurd about watching a man in his sixties, his face stuck between two angled microphones, making various sputters, slurps, horn squeaks, fart sounds and turkey gobbles with what he has decided to call a “cheek synthesizer.” But Dutch performance artist, improviser and sound poet Jaap Blonk seems to not only recognize but to delight in the humor of his performance. Last night, at Neptune’s Parlour in Raleigh, on the sixth of eight tour dates with local trombonist...

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Thanks to Rolling Rock (?), Tyvek plays Flanders Gallery in Raleigh tonight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

If you ask Nate Scudieri, the brand director for Rolling Rock Extra Pale Ale, he'll tell you that his beer and Tyvek have a lot in common: Tyvek are the restless garage band that will play Friday’s “Project 33,” a Rolling Rock-sponsored art show at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh. Rolling Rock is an affordable brew that got its starts in Western Pennsylvania in 1939. Tyvek offer a confounding range of sounds, shifting from unfettered punk tantrums to knotty post-rock brambles, typically mutating a few times on every LP. Rolling Rock is a potable liquid with a slightly metallic taste, dulled...

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tonight at Neptune's: Surprises in store from Jeb Bishop and Jaap Blonk

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Muzikaret (Rubber Music) by Jaap Blonk from Stephen Malagodi on Vimeo. Tonight at Neptune’s in Raleigh, noted trombonist Jeb Bishop and Dutch artist/writer/musician Jaap Blonk will perform together. Aside from that, though, we’re not entirely sure what to expect. Bishop is a reliably adventurous improviser who has helped ferry a variety of avant-improv talent through the Triangle since moving back to Chapel Hill last year; his extensive jazz résumé is highlighted by collaborations with improv luminaries such as Ken Vandermark and Peter Brötzmann. Blonk, however, is something of a wild card. The restless Dutchman is perhaps most known for...

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The Love Language releases Black Mt. Demos

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Fresh from the road supporting the newly released (and, for us, disappointing) Ruby Red, The Love Language is back with the digital release of Black Mt. Demos. The previously cassette-only album features outtakes and early versions of songs from Ruby Red. McLamb’s storied meticulousness in the studio makes this peek into the writing process that much more intriguing. “I labor and obsess over song structure, and production is just as important as the songs themselves,” McLamb admits in a press release. “I always battle with whether or not I want the raw feel of the demos to be the final...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Videos: Nashville Pussy gets sleazy in Raleigh

The Atlanta band keeps it brief at The Pour House

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Nashville Pussy took its name from a seemingly random comment made by Ted Nugent on the 1978 live album Double Live Gonzo! Over the last 18 years, the group has become an institution in what many would call "Southern Trash Rock." Indeed, the Atlanta band plays the part of the dejected bastard son to AC/DC, as their catalog features tunes the boys from Australia would never touch. It might cost them their T-shirts-sold-in-Target market, after all. Alas, Nashville Pussy carries on the heavy riffing that AC/DC and many others influenced while pushing their own strange envelope. Personally, the group fueled...

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