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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Live: Eric Roberson and Algebra Blessett learn the Art of Cool

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Eric Roberson, Algebra Blessett Motorco, Durham Sunday, July 27, 2014 The Triangle’s recent two-week spate of live music has been one of a sublimely interlinked set of unrelated acts, each under the protective nimbus of soul music. It all began on July 17 at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Ampitheater with legendary R&B man-band, New Edition. It will end there on Wednesday night when John Legend strikes that final piano key on the Red Hat stage. But in the 13 days between these two concerts, the Triangle’s music venues have played host to a diverse roster of soul-related artists—all part...

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Live: Missed Connections: We were at The Antlers show (Raleigh)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:47 PM

The Antlers Kings, Raleigh Thursday, July 24, 2014 The Antlers’ origin story is not entirely original. In fact, you’ve probably heard it before: Sensitive songwriter suffers a loss, tucks himself away, births a batch of cathartic songs, and finds a bit of hope in new creation. If he’s lucky, the arms of the Internet scoop up both he and his progeny, cradling and soothing: There, there. It will be all right. That’s exactly what happened with Hospice, the Antlers’ self-released third album, which Peter Silberman spent two isolated years penning in his Brooklyn apartment. With the addition of drummer Michael...

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Losing gear, getting cool, being offensive: A Q&A with American Aquarium's BJ Barham

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

A few weeks ago, American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham got a little more than he expected from Twitter—and, to be fair, I had a lot to do with it. His band's van had been stolen and destroyed in Indianapolis; in an online eulogy, the band shared that the van was jokingly called "Rape Van Winkle," language that I and several others admonished. After the online standoff settled, Barham and I caught up and cleared the air one recent afternoon at Joule in Raleigh. We talked about some of the other hurdles the band's had to deal with—the van theft, the gear loss, navigating...

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Live: Merge 25 ends hot, humid and with a silly Neutral Milk Hotel kowtow

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Merge 25 Day 4: Neutral Milk Hotel, Caribou, Teenage Fanclub, Bob Mould, Mikal Cronin, Ex Hex, The Love Language, Vertical Scratchers Cat's Cradle Parking Lot, Carrboro Saturday, July 26, 2014 Jeff Mangum wants your money, and he’d like your memory, too. On Saturday evening, as the sun began to settle on the fourth and final day of Merge Records’ 25th anniversary festival, the day’s emcee, comedian Margaret Cho, stepped onstage to announce that there would be no pictures during the next set. Mangum, she explained, didn’t want his photo taken, so she offered, in exchange, poses of her tattooed ass,...

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Live: Longevity, liberty and Imperial Teen at Night 3 of Merge 25

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Merge 25 Night 3: Hospitality, Imperial Teen, David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights, the Mountain Goats, Wye Oak, Destroyer Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro Friday, July 25, 2014 Sets get cut short at music festivals, especially at events such as Merge 25, where bands gather to celebrate something besides boosting their own signals. Acts accustomed to having control of the night and playing until they’re ready to quit must squeeze as many songs into 45 minutes as possible, bidding adieu to an audience that sometimes boos simply because they want more. Of the six bands who played at the Cat’s Cradle...

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Live: Superchunk rules Night 2 of Merge 25

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

The night had been stacked against Superchunk’s success. Five bands preceded the Merge flagship to the Cat’s Cradle stage on Thursday, creating a rollercoaster of momentum that seemed to dip deep past the point of recovery before Superchunk could even play well after midnight. Parts of the venue’s PA and lighting rig lost electricity during a barreling bunch from the undeterred Rock*A*Teens, while Reigning Sound’s often-exquisite set slipped into a malaise of broken strings and out-of-tune guitars. “Dee-sastrous,” Greg Cartwright said, smiling between songs and sensing the late-night crowd’s waning energy and patience. “Seriously, we’re a pretty good band. Come...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Live: Beck gets sweaty and does disco in Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Beck Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh Wednesday, July 23, 2014 “Reach out into the night/It’s a little too hot/It’s a little too wet/Is everyone wet?” Beck was approaching the one-hour mark of his 90-minute show in Raleigh, and the midsummer’s heat, humidity and humanity had congealed into a block, like a Yankee candle made from the essence of armpits and shampoo, beer and pot. (However, to paraphrase “Milk and Honey,” I could not smell VD at Red Hat Amphitheater.) With a 20-year discography, Beck could arrange seemingly limitless permutations for an evening’s worth of songs, depending on the setting. Hip-hop? Soul?...

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Live: Merge 25 begins with Lambchop, Mount Moriah and William Tyler

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:11 PM

No one seemed to care that the first letter of “MERGE 25” needed to take a nap last night. At the opening show of the label’s quarter-century summit, seven large and well-lit characters that spelled out the event’s name had been propped against a stage right wall. They served as subtle stand-ins for the sort of advertising banners that normally flank festival stages and as Merge’s solitary onstage concession to the celebration of itself. Still, the “M” slumped well below the plumbline, its heavy lean suggesting an elementary school student sleeping through a history class. That single errant detail...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Live: Falling back in with Fall Out Boy in Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Fall Out Boy, Paramore, New Politics Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Tuesday, July 22, 2014 January 18, 2007: The night before my 15th birthday, I stood in the cold in a hand-painted T-shirt with two older cousins, waiting for the doors to Raleigh’s Disco Rodeo to open for my first-ever club show. It was the "Friends or Enemies Tour," featuring Permanent Me, The Early November, New Found Glory and, of course, my personal favorite, Fall Out Boy.  Much of my world revolved around Fall Out Boy for a rather intense period of time, and they were touring in anticipation of the forthcoming...

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Live: The Milk Carton Kids surmount illness and hecklers in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Milk Carton Kids Carolina Theatre, Durham Thursday, July 17, 2014 The last time the Milk Carton Kids were in town on a tour of their own, the duo played at Casbah, the Main Street club that closed at the start of the year. The outfit got a major venue upgrade for its current round, playing the quiet, reverent and less-than-full Carolina Theatre last Thursday night. Though some fans seemed to think they were in a rock club, the acoustic duo still delivered a sweeping set of gentle songs, pulling heavily from its Grammy-nominated 2013 LP The Ash & Clay. The two...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Live: J. Cole drops double "Dollar and a Dream" shows on Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM

J. Cole Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Saturday, July 19, 2014 In early July, the Fayetteville-bred Roc Nation emcee and producer J. Cole announced that he would be bringing his second-annual “Dollar & a Dream Tour” to a “secret location” in Raleigh on Saturday, celebrating the five-year anniversary of his breakthrough The Warm Up mixtape. Narrowing the show’s location down to the Lincoln Theatre didn’t take much work—some look at websites and some calendars, some assumptions. Still, on Saturday afternoon, some of Cole’s dedicated fans didn’t prove themselves quite so savvy, pestering local venues like Kings Barcade with phone calls and online messages....

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Live: The misunderestimation of Lauryn Hill

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Lauryn Hill Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh Sunday, July 20, 2014 Maybe you were one of the many Lauryn Hill disciples who punked out and exited her Sunday evening concert at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater as soon as the rainfall upgraded from a soft drizzle into a brief downpour. Or maybe you were that guy, who, while leading your girlfriend out of the concert during Hill’s Bob Marley short tribute set, expressed to a man sitting nearby that you only “fucks with the hip-hop Lauryn Hill.” More likely still, judging from some of the empty sections, maybe you lost all hope...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Valient Thorr's Immigration Problem? Seven Dudes Hiding in Their Trailer

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Raleigh-by-way-of-Venus rock ’n’ roll warriors Valient Thorr are having border issues. They’ve been touring Europe for a week, but Wednesday's show at London's 100 Club marks the first appearance of guitarist Eidan Thorr. Passport problems kept him from joining his comrades for the first five shows of their current European tour. (Word to the wise from frontman Valient Himself: Check the dates on your passport carefully!) But that was nothing compared to Wednesday morning's shocker. The band arrived at a French border crossing at Calais; officials asked them to open up their trailer. No big deal, as they only expected to find...

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Live: Hank III leads an hours-long marathon at the Lincoln Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Hank III, 3, Attention Deficit Domination, Three Bar Ranch Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Sunday, June 29, 2014 As June came to a close, Hank Williams III rolled into the Lincoln Theatre on a Sunday night, sporting his many musical masks. Known for his long performances, he showcases a spectrum of styles, from the traditional country music of his family's legacy to the many shades of heavy metal that seem to be his deeper passion. Most folks who come to experience the Williams family legacy quickly leave as the Green amps are turned up. But at the Lincoln, things were different. Williams...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Video: Festival for the Eno presents a steady stream of local talent

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Over the July 4th holiday, The Festival for the Eno presented its 35th installment, benefitting the preservation and conservation of land in and around the Eno River. Unlike many years past, the weather proved to be mild and pleasant both days, with a cool breeze sweeping over the festival grounds. Four stages provided a solid lineup of music, along with children's activities, numerous vendors and food trucks to keep everyone entertained. Only one musician has performed all 35 years of the festival—the great Piedmont bluesman John Dee Holeman, who played on the River Stage this year to a large and...

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Live: Richard Buckner makes it rain in Duke Garden

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Richard Buckner Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham Wednesday, July 9, 2014 The last time I saw the enigmatic singer-songwriter Richard Buckner in Durham, it was a misty night. This time, it was misty again, which was even more noticeable in the outdoor setting of Duke Gardens than in the close confines of The Pinhook. As opposed to that intimate, opiated-feeling acoustic set, this was a more voluble electric one. But in both cases, it was easy to imagine that Buckner brought the occluded weather with him, a physical manifestation of the moodiness and mystery that shrouds his songs. On Wednesday, Buckner was performing solo in...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jon Shain talks about the blues and a new LP

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Starting tomorrow, Durham’s 9th Annual Warehouse Blues Series inaugurates four Fridays of outdoor shows at the Pavilion in Durham Central Park, with the theme of all of the shows being a focus on the slide guitar. This week's featured performers include Jon Shain, Melissa Swingle (Trailer Bride, The Moaners) and duo the River Otters. The performance kicks off in the park at 6 p.m. with performances in the round by the three acts. After they’ve traded tunes, the audience can join in a “Community Blues Jam” onstage with the performers. Everyone’s encouraged to bring a guitar. How exactly all...

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Sylvan Esso hit the The Tonight Show last night

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Photo courtesy of Martin Anderson Its hard to say exactly how much Questlove brought to Sylvan Esso’s performance last night. During the Durham duo’s turn on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the drummer sat in—as he has done many times for musical guests since The Roots hit the late night circuit a few years back. During the rendition of “Coffee,” one of a few deceptively catchy singles Sylvan Esso’s self-titled debut, Questlove reinforced the off-kilter rhythms that instigate the tandem’s sly twist on electro-pop and EDM, giving the song a jazzy flourish and allowing Nick Sanborn to...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Live: Getting Fucked Up on happiness

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Fucked Up, Weed, Bandages Kings, Raleigh Saturday, July 5, 2014 On the surface, the Toronto hardcore-but-not-hardcore band Fucked Up appears aggressive and abrasive. Just consider the name. Behind that intense façade, though, are songs that are sweeping, and, to use an oft-abused term, epic. When paired with the band’s relentless live energy, those tunes turn into uplifting performances that swallow everyone involved. At least that's what I learned Saturday night in Raleigh, during my live indoctrination with Fucked Up. The outfit—but especially frontman Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham—fit right at home in Raleigh. During Saturday's set, Abraham doled out nods and shoutouts to...

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Google Play premieres Merge mini-documentary, offers free downloads

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

July is the Month of Merge, as the label continues its yearlong windup in celebration of its 25th anniversary and a festival the end of the month. The latest of their promotions comes from Google Play  which has a short documentary about Merge in addition to several tracks by label bands that Google Play users can download. Among these tunes are Merge-on-Merge covers: Hiss Golden Messenger does Spoon, while Superchunk does Wye Oak. The Mountain Goats' stripped-down piano take on "Who You Are" by American Music Club is a particular strong point. The documentary highlights the early days of Merge Records and...

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"Hell" and back again: Tom Maxwell's tale (and new LP)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Like a vintage shirt from the back of the closet, Tom Maxwell has returned to the rotation, and it's a good look. On Monday, the former Squirrel Nut Zipper announced the impending release of a new album and book. After an eleven-year recording hiatus, it’s his second album in three years. Maxwell’s fronting a new band featuring members of Lost in the Trees and The Old Ceremony, including Mark Simonsen, James Wallace, FJ Ventre and Evans Nicholson. They back him on the forthcoming self-titled Tom Maxwell & the Minor Drag. It’s highlighted by a guest duet with Ani DiFranco on “Roll With It,” which recently premiered on...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Alice Gerrard turns 80, celebrates with a new LP

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM

There are plenty of aging musicians who probably should’ve pumped the brakes on their music career decades ago, but Alice Gerrard isn’t one of them. The Durham resident turns 80 today and has a new record, Follow the Music, due on the acoustic-centric powerhouse Tompkins Square September 30. Gerrard rose to prominence in the folk music boom of the ‘60s and ‘70s through her work with Hazel Dickens; in the half century since, she has continued playing and recording, solidifying herself as a legendary figure in bluegrass and traditional music circles. Hiss Golden Messenger’s Michael Taylor produced Follow the Music, and the album features Megafaun brothers Phil and Brad...

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Video: JKutchma delivers refreshing set at Oak City 7

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM

On a recent Thursday in Raleigh City Plaza, Durham's JKutchma led a nine-piece band through a handful of songs, several of which are from the upcoming album tentatively titled Blue Highways. Despite being sandwiched between an act that screeched through a Led Zeppelin cover and the '90s one-hit Fastball, Kutchma and company brought something different to the evening. The group offered a much more nuanced set than those of the brash acts it shared the stage with, each member of the outfit contributing to the swirling arrangements and melodies. While some of the crowd might not have been completely receptive,...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Videos: The Flatlander Joe Ely makes a rare Raleigh stop

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

On a recent Wednesday night at the Southland Ballroom, Texas Legend Joe Ely was greeted by a little bit of home. As temperatures outside approached 100 degrees, a large crowd filed into the venue to see someone who does not visit this part of the country often. Roots music promoter Marianne Taylor has tried to book Ely during her respective stints at The Pour House, Hideaway BBQ, Berkeley Cafe and now Southland Ballroom, but she's never been able to secure a date with him. With such anticipation, the few rows of chairs quickly filled. After delightful sets from Reagan Boggs...

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Video: Boys benefit Girls Rock at the Haw River Ballroom

Posted By and on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Let’s hear it for the boys: On Friday night, a handful of local male musicians came together for a concert benefitting local nonprofit Girls Rock NC. The dudes delivered a solid night of music that, for the most part, paid tribute to the female musicians and other women in their lives who inspired them. The Beast started it all with a set that leaned heavily on Pierce Freelon’s songs about his mother, Nnenna Freelon, with a bit of obvious Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliot thrown in toward the end.  Megafaun’s Phil Cook offered an unusually chatty set, opening with a few...

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