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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Live: American Aquarium kicks off Wolves release weekend in Raleigh

Posted By and on Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 2:17 PM

American Aquarium, Cory Branan, The Black Lillies The Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Friday, Jan. 30 Much has been made of American Aquarium showing a newfound maturity on its latest record, Wolves, and it’s true that frontman BJ Barham is now more likely to spend his downtime gushing about his latest antique finds rather than practicing more depraved habits while on the band’s seemingly never-ending, decade-long tour. But with its Friday night set celebrating Wolves, the sextet silenced any smidgen of concern that they may be growing too soft for rock ‘n’ roll. While Barham has long held court at center stage...

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Video: Watch Lost in the Trees play a career-spanning final (?) show

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 8:47 AM

Lost in the Trees packed the Haw River Ballroom Dec. 12, 2014, for what was announced as a farewell performance. The group worked through selections from all of their four full-length releases. While the mood was somber, the group also had much to celebrate—a full house hanging on every song, for instance, and many former members in attendance. Over the years, the INDY has written many pieces on the group. We welcome you to revisit them as well as enjoy the full concert below. This is a farewell, at least for now. Ari Picker wants to pay people to think in symphonies...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Video: Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC strike an intimate balance with Daniel Bachman at The ArtsCenter

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 10:42 AM

A series of intriguing local pairings began Saturday night at The ArtsCenter, in one of the Carrboro room's intimate theaters. Experimental rock outfit Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC joined guitarist Daniel Bachman for a two-hour performance. Both sets happened in the pit area in front of the stage, each performer at eye-level. With couches and easy chairs surrounding the musicians and on the stage itself, concertgoers could get close and watch two of the area's best. Bachman's set featured new material from an upcoming Three Lobed Recordings release, centered on the theme of water. Each of the longer untitled tunes...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The politics of opinion, TV and saucy songs: An interview with (and a new song from) Pam Saulsby

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

Last July, longtime Triangle news anchor Pam Saulsby purged her home of all televisions. At the time, she was still employed as the co-anchor of WNCN’s evening and nightly newscasts, but two months later, Saulsby announced via Instagram that she had been fired from WNCN after having been there for only two years, following a 20-year run at the station’s competitor, WRAL. Around that time, another announcement concerning another African-American broadcast journalist named Pam—Fox Sports sideline reporter Pam Oliver—came to light: After 20 years on the gridiron sideline, she was to be replaced by the younger Erin Andrews. What these...

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Live: Jeremy Denk pounds out a classical music mixtape

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Jeremy Denk Duke's Baldwin Auditorium, Durham Friday, Jan. 23, 2014 I inexplicably missed Jeremy Denk’s last concert in the Triangle, a Duke Performances set in February 2011 in which he played György Ligeti’s Piano Etudes Books 1 & 2 and Bach’s Goldberg Variations. I’m still kicking myself just thinking about how amazing that concert must have been. I wasn’t going to make that mistake again, even in the midst of a downpour Friday night, and even though this concert bore no resemblance to that one. Denk did not disappoint. In my interview with him in advance of the concert, he...

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Third Film:Acoustic installment announced with Neko Case and Repo Man

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Film:Acoustic, the series of film screenings paired with talks by musicians, returns to Durham's Carolina Theatre again next month for a presentation of cult hit Repo Man, with Neko Case discussing the film. Case was last in town back in the fall for a sold-out gig at the Cradle with The New Pornographers. The goal of Film:Acoustic is to present films that inspire particular artists, along with a discussion with the artist about what the film means to them. Joining Case will be Michael Nesmith, who was an executive producer of Repo Man. Yes, he was also once in the 1960s pop...

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Hopscotch announces 2015 dates, tickets on sale Feb. 3

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:23 PM

The sixth annual Hopscotch Music Festival will take place Sept. 10–12, according to an announcement posted yesterday. Tickets go on sale Feb. 3, with details about pricing and options, as well as information about the Hopscotch Design Festival promised to come next week. This confirmation of the festival’s place on the calendar comes a week after the news of the festival’s sale to local entrepreneur Travis Janovich, best known as the founder of the Morrisville-based ticketing company Etix. “There’s really no big changes planned,” Janovich said last week. “It’s still going to be curated with lots of local bands. We’ll...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Live: Rock for Roe brings down the Pinhook for the third year

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Rock for Roe The Pinhook, Durham Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 Hiss Golden Messenger leader Mike Taylor joined together with several friends to raise funds for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) on Sunday night. The organization works to oppose restrictions on access to women's health services. Almost everyone who entered The Pinhook had to walk past a handful of pro-life protesters who wielded graphic, bloody imagery on placards; still, the turnout for the third-year benefit was considerable. Loamlands kicked off the evening with a fierce, brief set. The group continues to toe the line between Americana and...

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Live: Aoife O'Donovan takes on two sets in Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Aoife O’Donovan Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 On her recordings as a solo artist and with other musical outfits, Aoife O’Donovan often gets pegged as a folk-leaning songwriter. But live, her voice takes on more power and elevates her status above that of a simple songstress. Friday night’s show in Raleigh proved that point, as she delivered two breathtaking sets in Raleigh that ended all too soon. Kristin Andreassen was slotted to open the show, but she was unable to perform due to an unexpected bout of laryngitis. The trade-off, then, was a longer performance by O’Donovan,...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mastodon, Clutch to co-headline outdoor show at Lincoln Theatre May 9

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Travis Shinn Mastodon: Get a bigger tour vehicle, guys In September, Atlanta metal act Mastodon headlined Hopscotch with a fantastic City Plaza set. Like a goofy Southern version of Metallica, their balance between radio-ready accessibility and pummeling crunch was a proper fit—celebratory and loud, like a headliner should be. Sure, there were more "metal" bands on the fest, but the Mastodon set was a good time, and that's all it needed to be. They're coming back soon to play only a block away. On May 9, Lincoln Theatre kicks off the outdoor music season with a show co-headlined by...

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Jack the Radio premieres new song in the Raleigh Denim workshop

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Raleigh roots-rock standbys Jack the Radio have been mostly quiet over the past year or so, playing occasional local shows and working on new material. To that end, the band took to the Raleigh Workshop to record a video for an acoustic version of their new tune, "My Way." It's a slow-burning, foot-stomping number, served with extra twang via steel guitar and dobro.  If you dig the video, keep your ears sharp in the coming months—the band is releasing Badlands, their first record in two years, later in 2015. Jack the Radio, "My Way"...

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Etix founder Travis Janovich to buy Hopscotch Music Festival

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Before the fifth annual Hopscotch Music Festival began last September, festival director Greg Lowenhagen told the INDY he’d been courting investors to help guarantee the event’s future. “I’m going to talk to some people I’ve already had conversations with about how serious their interest is in providing some more capital to the festival,” he said then. His search—and his ownership of the festival—will soon be over, it seems. According to documents filed with the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State and obtained by the INDY, Etix founder Travis Janovich has established a new company, Hopscotch Presents, LLC. Janovich confirms his...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Moogfest seeking move to Durham in April 2016

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 5:11 PM

The Triangle might need to make room for another music festival in 2016: On Wednesday afternoon, several independent sources confirmed that Moogfest, “a five-day festival dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music,” is looking to relocate to downtown Durham in April 2016. Representatives with Moog Music, the music manufacturer responsible for the Asheville-based event, would not comment on the news. They did, however, confirm that representatives from Imprint Projects, a bicoastal company that worked extensively with Moog to produce Moogfest 2014, were in Durham this week to secure necessary partnerships for such an event. Representatives of Capitol Broadcasting...

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Beat Making Lab's Stephen Levitin talks coconuts with Deepak Chopra

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Chapel Hill producer and percussionist Stephen Levitin, or the Apple Juice Kid, recently found himself inside a tête-à-tête with New Age movement cultivator and best-selling author Deepak Chopra on the spiritual guru’s web series, One World. It might seem strange, but this doesn’t seem like a far-fetched notion when you consider the spiritual curiosity inherent to Levitin’s music and general demeanor. Chopra describes his show on the digital broadcasting network NEWSWIRE.FM as a place for “entertainment, enlightenment, and education” and has hosted 141 guests, ranging from Pulitzer Prize winners, media moguls and supramolecular scientists to the guy who invented email....

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Video Premiere: Ghostt Bllonde covers Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne"

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

It’s mid-January. It’s cold, it’s wet and it feels like we haven’t properly seen the sun since, what, maybe October? But Ghostt Bllonde’s Marc Kuzio and former See Gulls member Jacki Huntington come to the rescue with a new video of their cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.” Together, the two turned the tune from a brooding and contemplative acoustic number into a fuzzy, upbeat song, pairing it with a video that pops with bright colors. Huntington shot the video with Rebecca Putterman and edited it herself, and it features her, Kuzio and friend (and former INDY contributor) Ashleigh Phillips smearing...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Raleigh's King Mez shows off new video for "Reggie Miller"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 4:37 PM

When we picked King Mez’s Long Live the King LP as one of 2014’s top 25 Triangle albums, we knew that he was out in Los Angeles working with Aftermath Records. But we had no idea that the Raleigh emcee was also out there moonlighting as a valet parking attendant, stealing and joy riding with friends in a stolen Range Rover. In this video for LLTK’s “Reggie Miller,” Mez shows us how to get away with it all. It’s LLTK’s third single, offering either closure for Mez’s Raleigh era or a game-changing prelude to Mez’s next episode with Dr. Dre....

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Smash Mouth set to headline Raleigh Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in April, inspire few

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 7:48 PM

If you’re not familiar with the concept of the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series, which arrived in Raleigh for the first time last year, it’s mostly self-explanatory: Several thousand runners complete a half marathon or the full 26.2-mile course, passing bands every mile or two as they move along. When the run is done, participants drink the beer of a selected sponsor at a headlining concert featuring some has-been or might-be. Last year’s inaugural Rock ’n’ Roll in Raleigh invoked a sea of criticism, from those lamenting how the series is more about profits than fitness and others who rightfully...

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Live: Tommy Edwards and Andrew Marlin have fast-picked, sold-out fun in Raleigh

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Tommy Edwards and Andrew Marlin Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History, Raleigh Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 The Edwards-Marlin Mutual Admiration Society convened at the North Carolina Museum of History on Sunday for a public meeting that offered rare insight into what happens when two guys get together just to play. It wasn’t a meeting meeting, of course—it was a show set up by PineCone featuring skilled songwriters and bluegrass musicians Andrew Marlin and Tommy Edwards. Even in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 300 people, the two demonstrated a chemistry that felt as intimate as peeking in on...

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Friday, January 9, 2015

WKNC finishes Double Barrel Benefit XII lineup with Lonnie Walker, Mac McCaughan, Museum Mouth and more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:43 PM

A few weeks ago, N.C. State’s student-run radio station WKNC 88.1 announced the headliners for its annual Double Barrel Benefit bash and they’ve now finalized the lineup with openers for each night. On Feb. 7, No Love, Mac McCaughan and Lonnie Walker join Spider Bags for a rollicking night of rock 'n’ roll at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. The Valentine’s Day show at Cat’s Cradle offers more pop flavors with Body Games, Museum Mouth and Elvis Depressedly all in opening slots for Eternal Summers. The Double Barrel Benefit, now in its 12th year, is WKNC’s biggest fundraiser and has...

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