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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Video: The Letter Jackets, Josh Moore play Kings

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

The Letter Jackets—a side project of Chatham County Line members Chandler Holt and John Teer, with Roger Gupton and Evans Nicholson, too—celebrated the release of their self-titled album on Robust Records with two shows last weekend. It's a fine roots-rock album, with a good bit of pop crammed into its tracks. Their set at Kings last Saturday night worked through much of the disc. The evening also featured long-awaited new material from Carrboro singer/songwriter, Josh Moore. Josh Moore: "Parted Ways" The Letter Jackets: "Can't Get Over You"  Josh Moore: "Wicked Game" The Letter Jackets: "Walk a Mile" ...

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Video: Gross Ghost, Schooner, Last Year's Men in the Cat's Cradle Back Room

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Friday night at the newly opened Cat's Cradle Back Room, Gross Ghost celebrated the release of their second album, Public Housing. The crowd that poured into the surprisingly spacious room were able to get much closer to the stage than in the main room of the Cradle, giving the evening a more intimate feel. Joined by pals Schooner and Last Year's Men, Gross Ghost presented the strongest local rock show I've seen in some time. Below, check a few clips from the evening. Gross Ghost: "Tryin" Gross Ghost with Christy Smith: "They Say" Last Year's Men: "Karma" and "What I Can...

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Tift Merritt concert video to air Tuesday on UNC-TV

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The particular August evening was cloudy and slightly rainy in Raleigh, but that didn't much dampen the performance of Tift Merritt, who had returned to her hometown for a show at the North Carolina Museum of Art. UNC-TV even filmed the set for future broadcast. The finished product will debut from 8–9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, on UNC-TV's main public broadcasting channel as part of the station's "Winterfest" fundraising season. Tift Merritt: Still Not Home focuses on Merritt's 2012 album for local label Yep Roc Records, Traveling Alone, though it includes songs from many stages of her career. Merritt began performing in...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Live: John Supko’s “All Souls” hits on all cylinders at CAM Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

John Supko's "All Souls" with New Music Raleigh, NC Opera and Ashleigh Semkiw Monday, Nov. 25, CAM Raleigh Monday night in Raleigh, composer John Supko’s moving musical collage “All Souls” became a legitimate gesamtkunstwerk, raising the ante for inter-arts performances within Triangle’s expanding scene. The second performance of “All Souls” was a joint presentation of the North Carolina Opera and CAM Raleigh. Conducted by the Opera’s Timothy Myers and played by New Music Raleigh and Canadian soprano Ashleigh Semkiw, the piece transformed excerpts of Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom’s novel All Souls Day into nine emotionally charged movements. Supko combined...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Live: Dave Rawlings Machine cranks up the Cradle

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Dave Rawlings Machine Cat's Cradle, Carrboro Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch have played Cat’s Cradle both as a duo and in full-band Dave Rawlings Machine form, and they’ve been a treat to take in at such an intimate venue, regardless of the format. But Sunday night’s show—one of just seven on a Dave Rawlings Machine tour of the Southeast—upped the ante with a star-studded lineup. Joining Rawlings and Welch were John Paul Jones on mandolin, the Punch Brothers’ Paul Kowert on bass and former Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson on guitar, fiddle and...

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The Longbranch closes, looking for new location

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

The Longbranch, Raleigh's mainstream country mecca that was recently reborn as an electronica hotbed, is moving to a new location. The owners closed the longstanding club off Wake Forest Road after hosting a final bacchanal on Halloween night. They are currently seeking a new room. Though they don't yet know if they'll end up downtown or in some nearby neighborhood, they plan to remain in Raleigh and hope to reopen by February or March. “It’s not finalized,” explains co-owner Beal Bartholomew. “We've had some interest downtown. We don’t know yet what we’re going to do out of the three,...

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UNC-Chapel Hill's Wilson Library Launches Tumblr

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Keep a keen eye out, Lively Morgue, UNC’s got old photos, too! With a just-launched Tumblr, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library is getting in the online content game. The material will be pulled from the North Carolina Collection, Rare Book Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Southern Historical Collection and University Archives and Management Services, as well as digital initiatives like the NC Digital Heritage Center. “Each of those entities has its own suite of social media outlets—they’re all on Facebook, each has a Wordpress blog, some are on Twitter. But until now, there was no one unified social media presence...

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Chamber music in the genre accelerator

New Music Raleigh and Timothy Myers collaborate on D.J. Sparr’s debut album

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Composer D.J. Sparr, working with New Music Raleigh and North Carolina Opera conductor and musical director Timothy Myers on his debut album 21207, is in the final days of a fundraising campaign for the album’s release. It’s a worthy debut by an emerging composer, as well as another affirmation of Raleigh’s emergence as a legit New Music scene. Both independently and through the New Music Raleigh ensemble they founded, Shawn and Karen Galvin are expanding the definitions of chamber and classical music at an impressive rate. Myers’ adventurousness tosses gasoline on the Galvins’ fire. Their far-reaching collaborations are beginning to...

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Video: Grateful Dead expert David Gans plays The Pour House

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Musician, producer, author, folklorist, Grateful Dead scholar, syndicated terrestrial radio host ("The Grateful Dead Hour" broadcast from the legendary KPFA in Berkeley), satellite radio host ("Tales From the Golden Road") and all-around-interesting fellow David Gans visited The Pour House Wednesday night. Gans is constantly on the move, co-hosting "Golden Road" with Gary Lambert at various places throughout the country while making his living as an itinerant, card-carrying member of The Traveling Musicians' Union, AFM Local 1000.  Gans makes his way to the Triangle every few years, including a pair of performances that served as highlights of Shakori Hills a few years back....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Video: The crowds get bigger for S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

‪On Friday and Saturday, the resurrected S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest moved from Deep South the Bar to The Pour House. The fest gathered together many members of the alt-country boomlet from a decade ago for what was, in many ways, a reunion. There were many highlights, not the least of which included retired pro wrestler Major DeBeers serving as the MC. John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff continue to be the most consistently excellent honky-tonk band in the state. The Loudermilks brought their driving alt-country from Charlotte. The Friday night all-star jam pushed Keef Debonzo from the shadows to deliver three...

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Video: Spooky Woods' collective mentality at Tir Na Nog

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Thursday night at Raleigh's Tir Na Nog, Spooky Woods shared the stage with Brett Harris. Made up of Skylar Gudasz, Jeff Crawford, James Wallace and Casey Toll, Chapel Hill's Spooky Woods offered a 45-minute set that served as a showcase of sorts for nearly every member's solo material. Spooky Woods is a collective of frequent collaborators and friends, injecting energy into the material each member supplies. "Golden Age" "Overflowing" "I Get Down" "Antarctica"...

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Video: UNC alumnus Andy Thorn brings the Leftover Salmon to the Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

It's been more than 10 years since Leftover Salmon visited the Cat's Cradle. Since gradually coming out of hibernation years ago, the group has been touring heavily, including a full slate of dates through the rest of the year. When they arrived at the Cradle earlier this month, the revitalized band had UNC alumnus Andy Thorn in tow. The group celebrated Thorn's frequent "birthday" with a full crowd. Backed by a swirling light show, Leftover Salmon flew through two sets of good-time music. Below are several numbers from the evening, including "High Country," a newly released number available by digital download....

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Raleigh's Kat Robichaud finally meets her end on The Voice

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Kat Robichaud performs Pat Benatar's "We Belong" After surviving a battle, a knock out and the top 12 with an Instant Save, Kat Robichaud finally met her end on NBC's The Voice last night. The Raleigh singer delivered Pat Benatar's "We Belong" for her Top 10 performance with typical flare, playing piano, dancing with masked flamenco men, and throwing a fist to the sky. But it wasn't enough to win America (or Twitter) over this week. #katpack, thank you so much. I love you all. I feel so lucky to have this experience. It's been a dream. It's just...

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Live: Johnny Marr is a rock star without ego

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Based on various unofficial barometers, including a post on this very website recalling that Johnny Marr’s most recent local appearance was sparsely attended, I was ready to conclude that the Triangle doesn’t have much affection for the former Smiths guitarist whose tour T-shirts read “JOHNNY FUCKIN’ MARR.” My fears were laid to rest, though, Tuesday night at a nearly sold-out Cat’s Cradle, where Marr and his crack three-piece band were met with rapture. While Marr is roughly the age of many of those in the audience, he was none the worse for wear. Looking every bit the ageless rock ’n’...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Maceo Parker, The Robert Glasper Experiment among heavyweights announced Friday for next year's Art of Cool Music Festival

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 1:11 PM

On Friday night, shortly after the Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue concert at UNC’s Memorial Hall, the Durham-based jazz-advocacy contingent The Art of Cool Project hosted an afterparty and jam session at East Franklin Street tavern Linda’s Downbar. By 10:45 p.m., there was barely any standing room in the cramped, hopping space. While TAOC co-founder and trombonist Al Strong led a jazz quartet through everything from upbeat standards to disco covers, his partner—TAOC co-founder Cicely Mitchell—and the rest of the TAOC staff boxed themselves into a dark, front corner of the bar, busily tapping on laptop keys and iPad and...

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Live: Basia Bulat enchants at the Cradle's new space

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Basia Bulat, Foreign Fields Cat’s Cradle Back Room, Carrboro Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 Playing Local 506 as a solo opening act last April, Basia Bulat had no new album to tour behind, though the Canadian artist offered an auspicious preview with a couple of tracks and promised to return soon. Friday, she made good on that, visiting the Cat’s Cradle’s new Back Room with a band and playing the majority of the songs on her impressive third album, Tall Tall Shadow. Backed by a drummer and bassist, Bulat showed considerable range as an instrumentalist, rotating between autoharp, keyboards, acoustic guitar...

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Interview: At 12 and 14, Durham's La Bête Magique sing with unexpected maturity

Posted By on Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Photo courtesy of the bandLa Bête MagiqueIt’s tempting to grade La Bête Magique on a curve. After all, the members of this charming folk duo, Bella Mead and Tehila Rosenblatt-Farrell, are 12 and 14, respectively. Their parents are longtime friends, which made their own connection seemingly inevitable. Rosenblatt-Farrell had been playing guitar for about a year when they began collaborating two summers ago. On a vacation to Ocracoke Island, they began writing arrangements for Mead’s poetry and busking profitably at a local coffee shop. They both attend school, and they practice once a week—3 p.m., every Sunday—for about an hour...

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Videos: Kurt Fortmeyer and Dex Romweber slowly start the revived S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Night one of the lauded and revived S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest commandeered Deep South the Bar Thursday night. The evening began with several solo acts—including Josh Morningstar, Kurt Fortmeyer and Dex Romweber—before moving to full bands. Below are a few clips of the evening with singer-songwriter Kurt Fortmeyer, the relocated Triangle resident currently residing in Nashville. Working through several songs that nodded to beer drinking and more serious subjects, he was followed by local legend Dex Romweber. It was a mellow start to what promises to be a ear-splitting gathering of groups, continuing tonight and Saturday at the Pour House. Kurt Fortmeyer, "One...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Casbah to close January 1, reopen as "bar with games" in 2014

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Casbah, the 288-capacity music venue that opened its doors on Durham’s Main Street in late 2010, will close its doors on Jan. 1. The room is being transformed from a rock club into Social, a “bar with games.” Proprietors Jana and Fergus Bradley realized the rock club business wasn’t what they’d hoped. “This is a really tough industry, more so than people realize, I think. Although things have gotten better, we’ve been struggling. We knew earlier this year that it was really a make-it-or-break-it situation for us,” says Jana Bradley. “It was a hard decision to make, but it’s...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kat Robichaud lives another day on The Voice

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Tiredness of nine-lives jokes aside, it looks like Raleigh’s Kat Robichaud really does have them. After nearly getting the boot last week before being rescued by coach CeeLo Green on The Voice, Kat found herself in the bottom three of the Top 12 last night. Thanks to an “Instant Save,” a quick push from online fans, she stuck it out to live another day in the Top 10. I guess you could say she's scraped and clawed her way in? The first artist in the history of #TheVoice to be saved by the Instant Save is @katrowbeeshow! #VoiceSave #VoiceResults—...

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Black Skies announce new LP, premiere song and video

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Black Skies have never been known to rush; in eight years, the sludgy Chapel Hill trio have managed only two full-length efforts. They released the first one, On the Wings of Time, two years ago. The second, Circadian Meditations, is out November 19. Like its predecessor, the new record moves at a tectonic clip,  especially when compared to the brisk and brutal EPs that preceded them. With production from Harvey Milk's Kyle Spence, who also handled their last LP, the record comprises six muscular numbers, each scorched and bruised by molten distortion. The drums come from Caltrop's John Crouch, as...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Live: Black Lips overcome a slight crowd in Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Black Lips Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 As the Black Lips neared the end of their set at the Lincoln Theatre Saturday night, they launched into sing-along punk jingle “Bad Kids." The move invited at least one last surge from the crowd, as a single young dancer occupying the space between bassist Jared Swilley and drummer Joe Bradley soon led to a few dozen crashing the stage. It may have been done unknowingly, though that’d be surprising for a group as known for its wild shows as the Lips. But it seemed like an apt reward for...

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Opening Flower Happy Bird (featuring Airstrip's Matthew Park) post catalog for free

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Among the cooler aspects of Bandcamp—besides the ability to stream music and buy vinyl on a single page—is that many musicians have used the service to re-release old material, often for free. This tactic has been especially beneficial for some artists in North Carolina. Heads on Sticks offered two archival EPs before releasing 2010's Mocking Bird, establishing local love that helped jumpstart the fledgling project. Ashrae Fax—the once -defunct electro-pop outfit that preceded the folkish oddities of Durham's Filthybird—offered their 2003 swan song Static Crash a few years ago. Today, they're touring behind a reissue from popular Brooklyn imprint...

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Kat Robichaud interviews Amanda Palmer, hopes to sail to Top 10 on The Voice

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 6:03 AM

After having been saved from sure elimination by her coach CeeLo Green last week, Kat Robichaud came out fierce in last night’s Top 12 performance on The Voice with swinging with a version of AWOLNATION’s “Sail.” The strategy? Give the audience what they want. The result? Well, that’s to be determined, but the live performance was certainly one of the most dynamic of the night, with commanding vocals and crowd-surfing, to boot. The Voice has plenty of cheese-ball nice guys and boney-cheeked gals who will sing a pretty song. But so far, they’ve only got one performer with “Kattitude.”...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Thanks to a save from CeeLo, Kat Robichaud moves to The Voice's Top 12

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Raleigh's Kat Robichaud survived another round on NBC's The Voice last night thanks to the faith of her coach, CeeLo Green. After America’s votes went to teammates Jonny Gray and Carolina Pennell, the man in the swivel chair had a serious choice to make. Thank Goodie Mob: Kats have nine lives. Team CeeLo performs “Give a Little Bit” here. Warning: It’s not that good? The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC....

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