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Friday, February 28, 2014

Gone quiet: Aimée Argote talks Des Ark's upcoming, gentler record

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Aimée Argote is in Austin, at least through today. The Chatham County-based songwriter behind the longstanding, alternately tender and raging Des Ark is there working on the followup to 2011's Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker. The LP, due out in the fall, gives a home to some of Argote's quieter songs: to that end, she's splitting her recording time between collaborative stints in a Texas home studio and solo work with noted Carrboro producer Brian Paulson, whose credits include Wilco, Slint and Beck. We caught up with Argote to ask about her new direction. INDY: I was reading...

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Hopscotch announces first band of 2014 festival, hesher heroes High on Fire

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Last year at Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival, stoner metal architects architects Sleep capped the weekend with a superlative set. Hopscotch has invited that band's guitarist, Matt Pike, to return to Raleigh in 2014, this time leading High on Fire. Following in its tradition of early metal announcements (see Swans, Sunn O))) and Sleep), High on Fire is the debut act of the 2014 festival.  When Sleep broke up in 1998, it seemed as if the band bisected, its contradictory impulses forging their own respective paths in Om and High on Fire. Where the former reveled in methodical and meditative riffs, croaked mantras and tar-pit pacing, the...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Savage Weekend festival announces 2014 dates and lineup

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

For the past three years, Ryan Martin—the musician behind Secret Boyfriend and the proprietor of outsider music label Hot Releases—has curated the Savage Weekend festival at Nightlight, which brings together a downright irresponsible number of noise, electronic and unclassifiable experimental acts to play sequential 15-minute sets over the course of two weird, sweaty, exhilarating days. The savagery continues on May 16 and 17 this year, when the fourth installment somehow crams even more acts than last year—more than 80—into a long Friday night and an even longer Saturday. Though people come from all over the country to perform, North Carolina acts are well-represented. “As usual, there’s...

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Video: In the Cat's Cradle's Back Room, Bad Debt rises from the ashes

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Friday night in the Back Room at the Cat's Cradle, Hiss Golden Messenger celebrated the recent reissue of Bad Debt by playing it in its entirety. Upon first release, the album suffered an untimely fate when all the remaining CD copies burned during the 2011 riots in London. But Paradise of Bachelors has rereleased the album, which features a strong collection of songs in their most raw and stripped down—just a guy and his guitar. Despite the small room and a mellow atmosphere this type of performance would hope to create, a number of things disrupted the night. From a small group of...

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Video: The Disciples of Doc Watson return to Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Two weeks ago, at the pristine Fletcher Opera Theater, the many sidemen of Doc Watson gathered to pick a few: Bryan Sutton, David Holt and T. Michael Coleman were all at one time or another associates of the legendary North Carolina picker from Deep Gap. Bryan Sutton won the 2007 instrumental Grammy along with Watson. David Holt is a folklorist and accompanied Watson for 14 years on the road and also won a Grammy with him in 2002 for best field recording. T. Michael Coleman was Watson's longest serving sideman, having played bass with Doc and his son, Merle, for...

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What is Psychoacoustics Research & Development?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Last Thursday night, the unclassifiable instrumental band Malt Swagger, who were active around the Triangle in the late ’90s and early ’00s before quietly fading away, played at The Pinhook. But that blast from the past had nothing on a mysterious opening act, a dance-y indie punk band called Psychoacoustics Research & Development. Their web presence amounts to a single live performance video, edited for a video production course at Appalachian State during the 1991–92 school year and uploaded to YouTube in 2008. Scenting the trail of a forgotten band from the glory days of local indie rock, we reached out to...

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Robbie Fulks returns to his former North Carolina home

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Despite having left North Carolina many years ago for Chicago, the work of singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks always seems to reflect his time in central part of our state. An alumni of Durham's Carolina Friends School, Fulks returned to Raleigh last week, playing at the Southland Ballroom. He brought his usual counterpart, Robbie Gjersoe, along, as well as renowned bassist Missy Raines and ace fiddler Shad Cobb. Fulks is touring on his excellent bluegrass-infused album Gone Away Backward, one of his strongest releases to date. Fulks' songs at times were Roger Miller-esque in their humor and other times as high and...

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Terry Bozzio-lympics: Virtuoso drummer plays Raleigh Monday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Terry Bozzio and his drums - all his drums This coming Monday at 7:30 p.m., Terry Bozzio—originally Zappa's drummer, now a soloist with a distinctly maximalist approach—brings his drum clinic to the Pour House in Raleigh. And while some may roll eyes at his virtuosic flurry of sticks and kicks, one thing is undeniable: Holy shit, this guy can drum. Bozzio's setup is a thing to behold; he has more bass drums than most drummers have pieces in their kit, not to mention dozens of toms, snares and various other percussion bits precisely tuned to various tones. This absurd...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Videos: Swamp rock legend Tony Joe White returns to the Triangle

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Tony Joe White Southland Ballroom, Raleigh Saturday, Feb. 15 Touring Hoodoo, his first domestically released album in nearly 10 years, swamp rock legend Tony Joe White made his way to the Southland Ballroom on Saturday night. He was greeted by a large and enthusiastic crowd of fans, and many of them could be overheard proclaiming that they attended White’s previous Triangle appearance at The Pour House a decade ago. With his trademark rattlesnake guitar strap, White’s hour-long set included many numbers from his new Yep Roc release. His latest offering is as close to the heart of Louisiana swamp rock as one could hope for:...

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Live Review: WKNC’s Double Barrel Benefit at Lincoln Theatre

Posted By and on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Mount Moriah, Bombadil, Loamlands, Daniel Bachmann Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Friday, Feb. 14 On Friday night, N.C. State University radio station WKNC’s bold bookings of popular bands for its 11th annual Double Barrel Benefit paid off for both the station and the artists. With over 600 people crammed into Lincoln Theatre, there was a diverse cross-section of listeners, including many who were years—if not decades—removed from their college years, but still appreciated WKNC’s broadcasts at 88.1 on the FM dial. Bombadil drummer James Phillips was one of them. Midway through his band’s set, Phillips told the story of how he met the rest of the...

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Hip-hop producer 9th Wonder is the subject of another documentary

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Yesterday, director Kenneth Price and Grammy-winning hip-hop producer 9th Wonder released a trailer for a new documentary. The Hip-Hop Fellow chronicles 9th Wonder’s year as a teacher and research fellow at the Hiphop Archive at Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. During the fellowship, 9th Wonder (nè Pat Douthit) was charged with researching the samples and production techniques behind the 10 hip-hop albums that he deemed most influential to his career. The 78-minute documentary features interviews and commentary from Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, DJ Premier, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal and 9th’s former Little Brother bandmates, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh. While being filmed for...

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Videos: Larry Keel brings his "power trio" to Raleigh

Posted By on Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

The Larry Keel Power Trio made their way to the Southland Ballroom last week after a 10-hour drive from  Memphis. Despite a chatty crowd that seems to plague all bluegrass shows in Raleigh that start around or after midnight, Keel charged forward, with his wife, Jenny Keel, on standup bass and banjo ace Will Lee to his right. The nearly two-hour set showcased Keel's raw country and bluegrass style. The group did a handful of covers throughout the evening, but the most poignant was the tribute to ailing guitar legend Tony Rice. Below are several clips from the evening's performance,...

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Young And In The Way emerges from the studio, brings new songs and new approach to Raleigh on Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 9:54 AM

In 2011, the Charlotte-based metal band Young And In The Way seemed poised for a national breakthrough. That year, the band released two LPs, I Am Not What I Am and V. Eternal Depression, on the heels of three other EPs. In the months following, heavy music blogs raved about the band’s deft mix of unrelenting hardcore and moody black metal. They landed a spot at Hopscotch in 2012. And then, the gloriously loud blackened-crust outfit went uncharacteristically quiet.  YAITW re-emerged early last year, releasing split 7-inches with Chicago’s Moral Void and Canada’s Withdrawal in January. They also announced that their next full-length, When...

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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Love Hangover turns 15 at Kings this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Saturday, which aptly happens to be the day after Valentine's Day, is the Love Hangover's fifteenth birthday. The concept is simple: a handful of duos, often assembled specifically for the evening, perform love-oriented songs. Friends Richard Alwyn and Caroline Mamoulides started the annual event in Raleigh in February 2000, and it has returned to Kings almost every year since (well, except for the years when there wasn't a Kings). The concept has spread, with regional variations, to New York, Chicago, Kansas City and Ypsilanti. Mamoulides remains in Raleigh, where she organizes and plays in the Love Hangover show. We caught up with...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A man and his garage: Dusky Electronics' Chris Rossi talks amps and pedals

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

From running Spacelab Studio to playing in various bands to conceiving CyTunes in order to help (and then, sadly, memorialize) late local music lover Cy Rawls, Durham's Chris Rossi has been integrally involved in Triangle music for years. And now he's making gear, as guitarist Zeke Graves mentioned in last week's INDY. Right now, Dusky Electronics, as he's calling the new venture, is a small operation: one man making one amp and two pedals (which he's selling for $1,950 and $195 apiece, respectively). We caught up with Rossi and asked about the company, the designs and how he got into gear-building. INDY Week: There's a difference...

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Out with the Old: Bill Smith donates archive of 300 band T-shirts to UNC

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Crook’s Corner head chef Bill Smith came to Chapel Hill in 1969 to attend UNC, where he quickly fell in love with the music scene. He marveled at how, then as now, you could catch a great concert any night of the week. A few years after arriving, Smith joined Marcia Wilson at the helm of Cat’s Cradle when her two original partners split. Smith’s culinary yen eventually won out over his passion for the music business, but being a stockholder emeritus had perks. For one, it earned him free admission to the Cradle in perpetuity. It was a great deal,...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The NC Symphony appoints Will Robin as its first Scholar-in-Residence

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The North Carolina Symphony is better known for the skill of its musicians and its robust public outreach than for adventurous programming. But that stands to change with the 2014/15 season, which mixes a notable amount of new work from young composers with the time-tested repertory. For its program “Russian Spectacular,” which includes classic works by Prokofiev and Borodin, the NC Symphony also commissioned a new piece, "Change," from Judd Greenstein, the Ecstatic Music Festival curator and New Amsterdam Records co-director. Greenstein epitomizes the new generation of minimalist-rooted, pop-influenced, indie rocker-collaborating New York composers. (See a video preview below.) Another program,...

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Torch Runner signs with Southern Lord

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Despite its reputation as a stable for slow, pensive, exploratory metal acts such as Earth and Sunn O))), the record label Southern Lord has recently embraced the opposite extreme, signing some of the fastest and most pummeling punk-metal crossover acts around: Nails, Dead in the Dirt, Kromosom and All Pigs Must Die. Southern Lord recently added another punk-metal exemplar to its ranks, signing Greensboro’s Torch Runner. According to a press release, the band is currently finishing its follow-up to 2012’s grimecore—their particularly nasty iteration of grindcore—masterpiece Committed to the Ground at Greensboro studio Legitimate Business with producer Kris Hilbert. The cover...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Back in the day: Neutral Milk Hotel plays the Cat's Cradle, in 2014

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Neutral Milk Hotel Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro Saturday, Feb. 1 He has a chimerical concept of authenticity, wears lots of indifferent plaid and often regards popular and electronic idioms with suspicion: For this certain breed of indie music fan, the 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, by the Athens, Ga. band Neutral Milk Hotel, is a sacred text. An unusual record at the time of its release, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea sounds odder still today. Horns, accordions and psychedelic interludes line the driving guitar playing and alarmingly loud voice of Jeff Mangum. This brassy, woozy sound gives...

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The Art of Cool Music Festival replaces Robert Glasper

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The inaugural Art of Cool Music Festival, which presents jazz artists throughout downtown Durham on April 25 and 26, suffered its first public setback when the Grammy-winning jazz/hip-hop pianist Robert Glasper canceled his scheduled appearance after running into a booking conflict. But Durham’s loss may actually turn out to be a gain, as it didn’t take festival co-founder Cicely Mitchell very long to fill Glasper’s spot. In fact, with today’s addition of four jazz and soul acts, she made good and then some on her promise that Glasper’s replacement “will probably include more than one national act.” Two prior Glasper...

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Live: Robyn Hitchcock mixes in a Soft Boys tune in Carrboro

Posted By and on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Robyn Hitchcock Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro Tuesday, Feb. 4 For the first few numbers, the figure onstage could have almost passed for a dour-voiced folk classicist with an idiosyncratic lyrical bent. Finally, a brief offhand remark signaled that we were attending a Robyn Hitchcock concert: “As it’s autumn tonight, we celebrate the menopause.” During the course of his set in the intimate Cat’s Cradle Back Room last night (the first of two consecutive shows), the interstitial narratives increased in depth and scope, including one about God’s vacation with Satan, wherein the Supreme Being sulks in the window seat because...

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Videos: Amy Ray plays songs from Goodnight Tender in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Indigo Girl Amy Ray arrived at Durham's Motorco Music Hall late last month to play songs from her new country-rock album, Goodnight Tender. That LP includes local contributions from Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire (who adds harmonies and contributes a song) and brothers Brad and Phil Cook, both of Megafaun.  McEntire opened, joined by Nick Petersen and Missy Thangs. She played a handful of new songs. Ray arrived with a six-piece band she'd dubbed the "Nice Boys," and her fiercely loyal crowd cheered as though welcoming back a conquering hero. The evening's setlist began with a "The Gig That Matters"— with...

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Live: Death by the Pixies

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Pixies, CultsDPAC, DurhamFriday, Jan. 31 At 9:15 on Friday night, The Pixies took the stage at DPAC and proceeded to play what seemed like their entire back catalog. There was hardly a break between songs, with little room for banter as the band charged through a set crowded with Gen X-and-sometimes-Y sing-alongs such as "Here Comes Your Man," "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Where is My Mind?" While it took champion-level stamina on the band's part to play a nonstop, high-energy set for the better part of two hours, the evening took on a surreal, disorienting quality as the partially reunited Pixies (bassist Kim Deal bowed out last...

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