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Friday, July 31, 2015

Video: The Weather Station lands comfortably at The Pinhook

Posted By and on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 1:37 PM

The Weather Station The Pinhook, Durham Saturday, July 18, 2015 The first time I saw The Weather Station was on a farm in Hillsborough, almost three years ago. It was a magical late summer evening. Tamara Lindeman's captivating voice and gentle acoustic guitar spilled out of a barn and hooked me. She's still got her incredible voice, but Lindeman's songs have reached an astonishing level of elegance and confidence, not always evident on the earlier Weather Station material, including the charming All of it Was Mine. The Weather Station released an EP last fall, What Am I Going To Do With...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Video: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams tip their hats to tradition—and Levon Helm

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Larry Campbell & Teresa Wiliams Southland Ballroom, Raleigh Saturday, July 25, 2015 Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Justin Guip and Jeff Hill came to the Southland Ballroom in Raleigh on Saturday. They made it look too easy. By the time the final notes rang out from the group's encore of The Band's "Chest Fever," it felt like the 90-minute set had lasted for but a flash. The group was tight. The song selections were thoughtful. The technical prowess seemed effortless. The group, touring on the recently released self-titled Campbell and Williams project, played a handful of numbers off the disc, including...

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The N.C. State Fair's new talent strategy, at last, nods to the locals

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Late last week, The Love Language’s leader, Stu McLamb, sent me a text to say thanks. A native of Cary, McLamb has been attending the North Carolina State Fair since he was a child. He’s gone at least 20 times, he thinks, and remembers seeing both concerts and circus acts inside the fall spectacle’s biggest indoor space, Dorton Arena. And now, at the age of 34, McLamb will headline one of those shows come October. Toward the end of 2014, the INDY published “State Fair Shakedown,” a long and figure-heavy piece about the losses that the N.C. State Fair had...

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Surviving the summer heat with Future Islands

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Future Islands took the stage at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, and frontman Sam Herring appeared happy, but tired. The singer seemed overwhelmed by joy, overwhelmed by the heat of the sun that was only now setting, and overwhelmed by the nonstop personal reunions at this, his band's 1,000th show. His speaking voice seemed extra-raspy, though his singing voice did not. And if he was indeed as overwhelmed and wiped out as he initially seemed, the feeling faded quickly. Like him, lots of people had been at Carrboro Town Commons all day, baking in the sun, waiting for Future Islands...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Live: Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson shake down 1999

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh Sunday, July 26, 2015 Sunday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, Billy Corgan seemed at peace. Out on a run of summer dates with former rival Marilyn Manson, the notoriously cranky Smashing Pumpkins frontman gazed thoughtfully between songs at the sizable crowd, even though he offered few words besides thank-you’s. Still, he delivered a hit-heavy set on the '90s-nostalgia seasonal circuit, and seemed content to do just that. Is Billy finally mellowing out, I wondered? In recent years, Corgan’s output as the sole constant Pumpkin has been uneven. Corgan has used The...

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Watch a new NC Music Love Army video from Jon Lindsay, "Dear Mr. McCrory"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Two years ago, the NC Music Love Army began as a platform to protest the state's increasingly hard-right political stance. The collective released a handful of singles last fall, and today, they're offering a new video for one of them: "Dear Mr. McCrory." Charlotte-based NCMLA leader Jon Lindsay, who is soon moving to Raleigh, wrote the song, which also features members of American Aquarium, cellist Kaitlin Grady and NCMLA co-founder Caitlin Cary. It's a direct critique of McCrory, the state's bumbling leader and former Charlotte mayor. Lindsay and company even compare McCrory to Alabama's infamous George Wallace. We caught...

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Monday, July 27, 2015

#FI1000: Our favorite 13 Instagram takes on Future Islands' big day in Carrboro

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:19 PM

We've got a bunch of videos and a full review on deck from Future Islands' 1000th-show celebration yesterday, but while those are still in the works, we've got a roundup of photos from the all-day party at Carrboro Town Commons. The day began with Lonnie Walker's rock before sliding into metal with Valient Thorr, hip-hop with Danny Brown and shimmery electronic pop and pranks with Dan Deacon. Future Islands' Sam Herring spent a good bit of the band's set explaining Future Islands' extensive history playing shows across the state, including early dates in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. He seemed...

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Raleigh getting big new "American Roots" music festival, sources say

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:09 PM

So Durham gets electronics and technology, but Raleigh gets a little country and some blues? That appears to be the case, at least according to an information packet on the website of New York-based production company Blackbird Presents. (UPDATE: Blackbird removed the information from their website. Good thing we saved it, and you can see it here.) Illustrated with photos of farms, acoustic guitars and a lot of pale people having fun in the sun, the rather tawdry document says the two-day “American Roots Music & Arts Festival” will come to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in October. The tentative dates are...

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Bombadil makes it to the big screen in Trainwreck, sort of

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:05 PM

One of the summer's biggest blockbusters is been Trainwreck, the Amy Schumer-and-Judd Apatow collaboration our reviewer didn't love. At the end, though, some locals get some love: Bombadil's "Amy's Friend," from their new LP Hold On, rolls with the main credits. Drummer James Phillips says the connection to the movie came from Ramseur Records owner Dolph Ramseur, who had met Apatow a few times and pitched the song for use in the movie. The band didn't have a whole lot of say in the process, though they were delighted to find out "Amy's Friend" made the cut. Phillips saw the movie...

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The Final Countdown: Future Islands talk their 1000th show, this weekend in Carrboro

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 11:08 AM

This Sunday, Future Islands will throw a party in Carrboro. After four albums, lots of singles and splits, a gajillion YouTube views and 999 live shows, the band is returning to its home state with buddies Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Lonnie Walker and Valient Thorr for a big afternoon concert. Last month, the band began counting down (up?) to their 1,000th performance, the day-long celebration on the Carrboro Town Commons. The 10 performances leading up to the Carrboro party took them to faraway and often-exotic places—Lisbon, Bilbao, Ottawa and Quebec. A snap from their 991st performance at the...

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Live: A Punch-up at the art museum

Posted By and on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Punch Brothers NC Museum of Art, Raleigh Thursday, July 16 How do you write critically about a band you think makes almost no bad moves? This is a question I often consider with Punch Brothers, the Brooklyn-based quintet that merely appears to be a bluegrass outfit. They meld bluegrass with classical, country, rock and jazz influences using great technical skill and precision, for results that sound little like any other band. Punch Brothers were sharp when I saw them play the 600-capacity Cat’s Cradle in late 2010 and were even sharper when they delivered a slick set to the near-full 2,700-capacity...

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

We made Kid Rock's manager (publicist?) mad, and now he won't respond to our emails

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Earlier today, we published Justin Weber's lengthy review of Kid Rock's concert at Walnut Creek on Saturday night. It's been a difficult two weeks for Detroit's Kid Rock, who has been challenged at home for his use of the Confederate flag but refused to back down until a publicist named Nick Stern took over for him. I appreciated Justin's review, in part because of its thoroughness and in part because its accounts of parking-lot stupidity resonated with my own experiences the night before in the same space, when I caught a (very good, actually) Tim McGraw set at the Triangle's big...

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Live: Kid Rock, Foreigner and a night of folly in Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Kid Rock, Foreigner Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh Saturday, July 11, 2015 The devil came down from Detroit, and he was looking for a sucker to scam. On Saturday, Kid Rock found more than 20,000 of them in Raleigh at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. But how exactly does one businessman from Michigan repackage a culture not his own and sell it back to the people who gave it to him? STEP 1: LET ’EM GET DRUNK. While parking my diminutive hatchback between a pair of full-size trucks in a field outside the amphitheatre, it became clear that the main event—you know, the concert—was...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Moogfest definitely coming to Durham, but where's the music?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Remember that Sesame Street song that went, "One of these things is not like the others?" That phrase echoed in my head yesterday afternoon, as I stood among handsomely coiffed men in V-necks and well-dressed women with a lot of lipstick, both crowded in the front lobby of Durham's Full Frame Theater. We were all there, of course, to hear the news that Moogfest was coming to Durham in 2016 and, then, for the foreseeable future. I rolled up straightaway from my day job, a part-time gig at this very alt-weekly, which I pad with freelancing on the side....

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Live: Floetry reunites to Durham's delight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Floetry, Eric Roberson, The Foreign Exchange Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Sunday, July 12, 2015 Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart’s powerful call of ”It’s my time to live right now!” carried a newfound weight on Sunday night at DPAC, during the latest stop for Floetry's reunion tour. A response to the closing raps of Floetry’s 2002 cut, “Ms. Stress," this was not an uplifting mantra for getting over a failed relationship, but instead one for truly embracing life. Stewart drove the point home as she touched on a number of sobering issues plaguing our nation—the Charleston massacre, the rash of church conflagrations over the past month, systemic police brutality....

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Live: Dick Diver reanimate '80s indiepop bliss

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Dick Diver, Spider Bags Nightlight, Chapel Hill Thursday, July 9, 2015 Australian and New Zealand guitar pop has a long, storied history. Groups like The Go-Betweens and The Chills cast a long shadow over worldwide bands that attempt to coin their own take on Australian indie or the so-called “Dunedin Sound": jangly guitars cementing coy lyricism, all with a pop sensibility that elevates the work from similarly twee acts. The lazy charm of this tradition animates Melbourne’s Dick Diver, who played a deft, often hilarious set at Nightlight on Thursday, opening for Spider Bags. Dick Diver (as well as fellow...

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Live: Jim Adkins breaks away from the middle at Motorco

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Jim Adkins, Museum Mouth Motorco, Durham Wednesday, July 8, 2015 The name Jim Adkins may not immediately ring your bells, but that probably doesn’t bother him. His band, Jimmy Eat World, has found itself in the position of an act that many assume fell into the trap of the one-hit-wonder long ago, now coasting by on radio royalties for “The Middle.” In reality, Jimmy Eat World remains strong after a 21-year career, still working the almost-annual cycle of writing, recording and touring. But frontman Adkins has elected to step outside the band's comfort zone and play a series of...

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Song Premiere: Hear Phil Cook cover Charlie Parr's "1922"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

If you know music in the Triangle, you know Phil Cook. Once of the ambling roots outfit Megafaun, he's long worked on solo material and more recently taken the stage with Hiss Golden Messenger.  His 2011 album, Hungry Mother Blues, delivered mostly solo compositions, but for September's Southland Mission, Cook recruited a band of his tightest cohorts to craft a vibrant record that explodes with color. And now, he's offered the second track from Southland Mission, "1922," his version of a song written by friend and longtime music pal Charlie Parr. Cook played the song as a part of his three-night Southland Revue...

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Meet The Three Davids, in Cary Saturday night

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 12:32 PM

They aren’t quite The Three Tenors, but the pedigrees of The Three Davids—David Holt, David Wilcox, David LaMotte—are still impressive. They’re all North Carolina residents that cut their own path through backwoods roots while nourishing folk’s storytelling impulse. Holt’s love of music once took him into the Appalachian Mountains with a dog and a friend in a 1952 Chevy. He spent a summer in the late ’70s traveling among festivals and bars learning, eventually working to preserve the music and manners of the surrounding hills. An ethnomusicologist as much as performer, Holt’s become something of a curator while hosting shows...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Foreign Exchange announces Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 12:23 PM

With only a few days until The Foreign Exchange’s big Sunday, July 12, concert at Durham Performing Arts Center with soul compatriot Eric Roberson and reunited R&B duo Floetry, the Phonte-and-Nicolay-led band has just announced an Aug. 21 release date for its sixth album, Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey. The announcement comes on the heels of producer Nicolay’s latest installment in his soul-excavating delves into foreign territory, City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto. From the looks of the unveiled album cover, the new record also pushes longtime Foreign Exchange collaborators ZO!, Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden to official positions...

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dig in to decades of recordings, photos and more from folklorist Bill Ferris

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 5:23 PM

More than 1,000 audio files are now available for streaming from the collection of noted Southern folklorist, documentarian, author and teacher William R. Ferris. Made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities and presented by the Southern Folklife Collection, “From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music” is a decades-long overview of life in the region in all its marvelous diversity—songs, prison work chants, gospel services and children playing on a Mississippi porch, all recorded by Ferris. There are interviews, too, ones in which Ferris largely gets out of the way to let the voices come. There...

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Hear "Ties," the first cut from the first Des Ark LP in four years

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 3:13 PM

At long last, there’s a new Des Ark song—well, sort of. Earlier today, the Vice-boosted blog Noisey premiered “Ties,” the gorgeous and grand first sample of Everything Dies, Aimee Argote’s first full LP since 2011’s Don’t Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker. As the writer Dan Ozzi noted, it’s a fitting if tempered distillation of Des Ark’s two principal modes—as a hair-raising, pensive acoustic soloist and as a room-razing rock bandleader. Recorded in six studios in several states by multiple producers (three of each just for “Ties” alone), Everything Dies arrives via Graveface Records October 6. You may recognize...

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Yankee Doodle Weirdo: A far-out Fourth of July YouTube mix

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Once you’ve muddled through your cavalcade of Petty and Katy and Miley and the Boss, the offerings for Independence Day-themed songs can get intriguing fast. At least that’s what I discovered after seeking out the less-explored corners of YouTube for rarified offerings in a patriotic spirit. Independence Day, 4th of July, 1940 Promotion Brass, flags, fireworks, a quill pen signing the Declaration of Independence—no surprises there. But then: Be happy … be glad we are living in the good old USA Land of the free … home of fair play That’s not how it goes! What enterprising wag...

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Billy Sugarfix is back (and already booking shows)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 12:34 PM

After a year in Prague, Bill McCormick is back in North Carolina. Better known by his stage name of Billy Sugarfix, McCormick left last summer to teach English overseas and to experience Europe with partner and fellow Triangle musician, Wendy Spitzer. While there, the couple ate and drank well and attended Krampus runs in Austria. McCormick even developed a taste for opera. "In my opinion, guys like me don't go to operas because we grew up on tobacco farms," the Kentucky native says with a laugh. "The best ones were Czech operas. We even saw a twelve-tone opera." Now that...

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Live: Pursuing immortality with The Rolling Stones

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 11:42 AM

The Rolling Stones & The Avett Brothers Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh Wednesday, July 1, 2015 The Rolling Stones exploit the best implicit touring marketing pitch money cannot buy: See them now, because there’s no telling if they’ll live long enough for you to see them again. The age of the infamously hard-living Stones has been a punchline for decades, or so long it’s now simply a wonder of anti-science: How have they survived when so many of their peers and idols have passed on? And more important, how have they persisted to perform for more than two hours on a...

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