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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Adopt Alice Gerrard's dog, Polly

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Notice to dog lovers and folk aficionados: Alice Gerrard is looking to place her two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, Polly, into a good home—one without the regular separation caused by Gerrard’s career as a travelling musician. Gerrard’s four-decade musical career has included iconic duets with Hazel Adkins, collaborations with Tommy Jarrell, Enoch Rutherford, Otis Burris and many others—including, more recently, members of Megafaun and Hiss Golden Messenger. She’s a tireless advocate for traditional music, writing essays and liner notes and contributing to documentaries on the subject, but her career is hardly stuck in the past. Bittersweet, her first collection of...

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Musicians>audience members: Polyorchard's first anniversary concert

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Polyorchard, Baby Copperhead, Tegucigalpan Nightlight Thursday, Dec. 19 “There’s more of us than you,” announced bassist David Menestres. His band began to play. Performances by the improvisation collective Polyorchard typically have a bit more balance between audience members and musicians; at any of their Nightlight shows during the past year, there’ve been maybe four musicians on stage and at least five observers. But just before Christmas, only a handful of Nightlight denizens watched an ensemble of Justice League proportions share the space. There were seven players—or , as trombonist Jeb Bishop said, a “Polyorchardstra.” Each Polyorchard performance is wholly distinct, forged...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

New track: Carrboro emcee WNDRKND gets dark on "Balaclava"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

On a regular day in Carrboro, you’re more likely to spot someone riding a fixed gear and eating baklava than spotting someone wearing a balaclava. Maybe it’s the mostly warm weather, or maybe we’re just lacking fashionable criminals. But the first single from Golden Age Neoclassical, the new album by up-and-coming Carrboro emcee WNDRKND, does the “Balaclava” some Orange County good. For six-and-a-half minutes, the Brooklyn native delivers tense, criminology rap, transforming himself into a treacherous character who is big on stickup threats and white-collar offenses. Underneath the mask and crime sprees lies the not-so-secret identity of Cliff Brett, who...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Video: Charlie Parr, Town Mountain share The Pour House stage

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

In one of the more interesting roots music bills in recent memory, blues singer Charlie Parr joined Asheville-based bluegrass group Town Mountain for a performance Friday night at The Pour House. Parr opened the evening with a mesmerizing set of acoustic blues numbers. Despite battling the idle chatter of many in the crowd, Parr delivered an amazing set while captivating several folks who hung on every note he plucked. The bluegrass group Town Mountain was up next. They made quite a splash at this year's IBMA festival in Raleigh and are currently riding the wave from their solid release, Leave...

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The Avett Brothers announce New Year's Eve show in Raleigh ... for 2014?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

On Monday, Concord’s The Avett Brothers—the bluegrass-punk fellas who rose from tiny spaces like Sadlack’s, Kings and The Cave to major amphitheaters and labels—announced via their e-mail subscription list that they would play a special New Year’s Eve show at Raleigh’s PNC Arena. The announcement came as a big, seemingly last-minute surprise, especially less than a month before the close of 2013. But the band already has plans for this New Year’s Eve; they’ll play in Charlotte. Yup, Monday’s announcement was for New Year’s Eve 2014, meaning tickets went on sale yesterday for a show that happens in more than a year. (This...

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Videos: The Backsliders turn a creative corner, announce New Year's Eve gig at Sadlack's

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

The reunited Backsliders returned to The Pour House in Raleigh Saturday night. After getting back together nearly a year ago, the band finally seems to be moving past the reunited, return-to-glory stage and making a creative turn. To wit, Saturday's set featured a batch of new covers and originals. The energy level was high; resident soundman Jac Cain, who mixed many Backsliders sets at The Brewery long ago, even remarked that the evening's performance ranked among his top-three all time from The Backsliders. Chip Robinson also announced that The Backsliders will be the last band to play the famed Hillsborough...

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Video Premiere: Wild Fur's “Big, Long Line”

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Wild Fur is a new collaboration between Wylie Hunter and Nick Jaeger. A studio project that stemmed from demo sessions for Hunter’s other band, Wylie Hunter and the Cazadores, the group explores somewhat new sonic territory for the two artists. Synths, organs and bob-your-head beats steal the spotlight from sunny ’60s guitars and bar-worn lyrics. Hunter’s warm drawl remains as the centerpiece, but the anthemic songwriter approach is downplayed. That shift was all a part of the plan, says Hunter: “I felt like getting a fresh start was the best way to get people to listen to it with...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

At last, Shakori Hills purchases its 75-acre Chatham County homestead

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

When Jordan Puryear first began scouting area properties for a site that could host a music festival a dozen years ago, an image of an old oak tree creaked from his fax machine. He thought it was beautiful, but he thought that the parcel—newly on the market and located in Chatham County, near the crossroads community of Silk Hope—was beyond his financial reach. “We drove out to Chatham County and saw the property, not thinking it was a possibility,” Puryear remembers. “But something about it spoke to us immediately.” Since April 2003, that 75-acre site has served as the...

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WKNC Double Barrel announces 2014 headliners, sends one night to Carrboro

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

88.1 WKNC may be the college radio station for N.C. State University, but its signal is powerful enough to reach past Raleigh to most every point in the Triangle. This February, the station will try to leverage this broad territory, stretching its annual Double Barrel Benefit into two weekends in two different cities. On Feb. 7, The Love Language will headline the first show at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. One week later, Mount Moriah will lead the second night, which hits the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh. The booking is solid. The Love Language’s recent live shows have transformed their...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Listening with Ivan Howard

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Though he’s best known for The Rosebuds’ hook-laden, synth-leaning pop, Ivan Howard has long had a taste for soul music. He proved that point last year with a sleek and passionate reinterpretation of Sade’s Love Deluxe, and he’s doing it again with Howard Ivans, a new project that finds him exploring brisk Midwestern funk. Teaming with Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb Records, a label and production house based in Virginia that uses a house band to back up various singers, he recorded two songs—collected on Howard Ivans’ 7-inch debut and released last month. With Howard and White taking...

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Video: David Holt & Mipso at Raleigh Little Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Following packed crowds at the Haw River Ballroom and the Cat's Cradle, Mipso brought their road show to the intimate confines of the historic Raleigh Little Theatre. The usual trio brought along an interesting co-headliner in folklorist, Grammy winner and longtime Doc Watson side man David Holt. Holt was joined by Josh Goforth, another multi-instrumentalist and three-time "Fiddle of the Festival" at the prestigious Fiddler's Grove gathering in Union Hill, N.C. Holt consistently presents an interesting program of stories of his folklorist pursuits throughout the state. The expanded Mipso jumped quickly into work from their latest offering, Dark Holler...

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Videos: Justin Townes Earle at Southland Ballroom

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

On Monday night, Marianne Taylor—the local roots-music promoter who relocated from the Berkeley Cafe to the Southland Ballroom this summer—sat outside, holding the door open and welcoming each patron despite the cold December evening. Taylor has hosted Justin Townes Earle at three different venues during his career, including his first solo tour at the long-lost Hideaway BBQ. Even years after that first solo tour, Earle returned to the Triangle for another solo performance. Fresh off an opening stint for John Prine in Greensboro and Charlotte, Earle and his heartfelt songs and wirey stage banter were welcome in Raleigh. In...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Billy Joel to play PNC Arena February 9, Raleigh mayor announces

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Billy Joel will play the PNC Arena in Raleigh Feb. 9, 2014, Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane announced Thursday morning at a press conference at the sports and entertainment complex. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m., following a special pre-sale for American Express cardholders. No ticket prices are currently available. City officials teased the big reveal on Wednesday through a press release that said the mayor would “announce a major concert at PNC Arena.” That prompted a flurry of suggestions and preemptive excitement, especially on Twitter, where the hashtag #pncrumors became a trending topic in the area...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Video: NC Music Love Army releases album of protest songs at Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Saturday night at the Cat's Cradle brought the release of the NC Music Love Army's debut, We Are Not for Sale: Songs of Protest. The group is hoping this release will continue the message of this summer's Moral Monday protests and create some momentum for the cause leading into the new year. On Saturday, enthusiasm seemed high with a large crowd coming out to support. Below are clips from the performance that include some inspired cover songs as well. Thanks to Larry Tucker for providing audio of the concert. "North Carolina We're Better Than This" "Get Free" "I'll Move No More" "Woodstock" "Rockin' in the Free...

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