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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass to move into Raleigh Convention Center due to Joaquin

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 5:24 PM

It's hurricane season, and though North Carolina's had it comparatively easy on that front for the past few years, weather tends to be in charge of outdoor events—like the drizzly Hopscotch, last week's wet Capital City Bikefest and this weekend's Wide Open Bluegrass festival, which is headed inside thanks to Hurricane Joaquin.  Instead of Red Hat Amphitheater, the all-day, ticketed concerts scheduled for Friday and Saturday night will now be in the nearby convention center. The free performances designed for Fayetteville Street and its corollaries have not yet officially been moved indoors, but an announcement from PineCone says they're working...

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Video: IBMA's Bluegrass Ramble holds court at the Lincoln Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 2:28 PM

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Bradford Lee Folk and his Bluegrass Playboys, The Gibson Brothers Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh Tuesday, September 29, 2015 The doors to the Lincoln Theatre opened just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officially kicking off the Bluegrass Ramble portion of the International Bluegrass Music Association's yearly business conference and festival in Raleigh. As the crowd entered the building, the usual scramble for prime seats occurred, followed by a search for empty stools. The 2013 IBMA entertainers of the year, The Gibson Brothers, started the evening. The pair will be busy Thursday evening while hosting...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Live: Lee Ann Womack shows off the new way she's livin' in Durham

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Lee Ann Womack The Carolina Theatre, Durham Thursday, September 24, 2015 It was part honky-tonk, part Sunday service on Thursday night at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. “I get my country music side from my dad, but gospel music from my mom,” announced Lee Ann Womack as she worked her way through the high highs of praise songs and the low lows of weepers about infidelity and addiction. The East Texas native’s explanation of her musical upbringing reflected the revival-like energy of her set, which opened with her debut 1997 single, the striking “Never Again, Again.” The angel and devil on her...

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Everything is open to change: an interview with Yo La Tengo's James McNew

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 12:28 PM

A quarter-century ago, the roughly five-year-old Yo La Tengo switched gears from feedback-laced indie rock to issue a gentle, stripped-down set called Fakebook. Consisting mainly of cover songs along with a few new tracks and some retooled numbers from the band’s own catalog, the record was an unexpected success and remains loved among the YLT faithful. But would the band ever do another record like it? Stuff Like That There, out this week, answers "yes" in deeply satisfying form. We caught up with James McNew, the band’s longtime bass player, who expounded upon the perennial attraction of cover songs, the...

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The blues of Randall Bramblett's career-long cult status—and the promise of his new Devil Music

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Randall Bramblett would rather talk about Howlin’ Wolf than Mark Knopfler. Both men figure on Bramblett’s new record, Devil Music—the bluesman in spirit, the Dire Straits guitarist as a guest on the dire swamp rocker “Dead in the Water.” Bramblett would be well within his rights to casually mention the presence of Knopfler. But the subject Bramblett keeps returning to, in conversation and on record, is the primordial sound of the old blues players. “Just the power of it, the roughness of it,” he says, marveling. “It’s also got a certain sadness that’s appealing to me. Maybe it’s just from...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Listen to a new Mount Moriah song, "Calvander," from a forthcoming 7-inch

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Last month, Mount Moriah announced their first new release since their stunning 2013 Merge debut, Miracle Temple. The upcoming three-song seven-inch isn't quite the full follow-up most folks might have hoped for, but we're told an announcement for that is imminent. And today's debut of the single "Calvander" proves the band is as strong as ever.  The song might first feel like typical Mount Moriah fare, with sharp guitar licks supported by a big groove, as Heather McEntire's tremendous voice leading the charge. For the first time, though, horns float into the mix, adding another wonderful layer to the already...

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn shares new Made of Oak track, "Pinebender"

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 6:55 PM

I'm guessing you know Durham electropop duo Sylvan Esso, who garnered national attention  last year with a slew of excellent singles and a big debut LP. Earworm tunes like “Hey Mami” and “Coffee” eventually propelled them to sold-out shows, a Coachella booking and a performance on Jimmy Fallon. So what’s next? As the band figures that out, half of the group, producer Nick Sanborn, has set out on his own with a solo project that actually predates Sylvan Esso, Made of Oak. His debut EP, Penumbra, is out Nov. 6 via Partisan Records, and the brooding, Moog-heavy “Pinebender” is the project’s first salvo....

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Live: In Durham, Mexico's Elefante excite a full room

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 6:13 PM

Elefante, Zakke Motorco Music Hall, Durham Saturday, September 19, 2015 On Saturday night, Parts&Labor buzzed with its regular dog-toting clientele, munching away on sliders and enjoying beer in (finally) less than 90-degree weather. But something was different: Small groups of Spanish speakers also lined the picnic tables, happily eating while waiting for their favorite band, Elefante, to take the stage. Hugely popular in Mexico and hailing from its capital, Elefante is one of a string of Latin rock acts to hit the Triangle lately. Motorco proved to be a welcoming venue for the excited crowd. Opening group Zakke made the...

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Live: Purity Ring bring populist future pop to The Ritz

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Purity Ring, HANA The Ritz, Raleigh Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 As attendees filed into The Ritz Wednesday night to see Edmonton’s Purity Ring, I wondered whether the band could pack a 2,000-capacity venue. Singer Megan James and bandmate Corin Roddick were initially in the experimental pop group Gobble Gobble (now renamed Born Gold). Roddick started Purity Ring as a side project. On the strength of just a few online tracks, including “Ungirthed,” legendary British label 4AD offered the pair a contract. Since then, the band has released two records of futurist pop cut with trap percussion and big-room EDM flourishes,...

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Video: The Mavericks master a sold-out Museum of Art

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 3:37 PM

The Mavericks North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Saturday, August 29, 2015 The Mavericks took the stage at the North Carolina Museum of Art as dusk approached and the final fireflies of the summer circled overhead. From the opening notes of the tango-inducing “All Night Long,” just as the sun began to set, lead singer Raul Malo’s voice thundered through the breezy amphitheater The group kicked off with a handful of numbers from their upbeat latest, Mono. Malo quickly instructed the packed crowd on the lawn to come to the front of the stage to dance. By the third song, “Stories We...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Video: Mipso debuts Old Time Reverie with two sold-out shows at the Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Mipso Cat's Cradle, Carrboro Friday, Sept. 4–Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 During two sold-out shows at the Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill-based folk group Mipso debuted their latest album, Old Time Reverie. The collection of songs signals a stylistic turn for the group, and their hometown crowd warmly received the new material. Kristin Andreassen opened on the first night and Josh Moore on the second, with each performing strong, brief sets to an attentive crowd. Mipso will close out the year with a heavy touring schedule in support of Old Time Reverie. Watch video from the group's second night at the Cat's Cradle...

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Live: A Saturday in Greensboro for the National Folk Festival

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 1:45 PM

National Folk Festival Downtown Greensboro Saturday, September 12, 2015 The circus was in town last week in Greensboro, but this one was a tad different. It had no elephants, no tigers, no trapeze artists to dazzle and amaze. But there were plenty of high-flying acts to amuse and entertain children of all ages. The focus of the National Folk Festival was music, and with 30 artists on seven stages over three days, there was plenty of entertainment for everybody—for free. This is the first time in 75 years the festival has been held in North Carolina. Arts Greensboro president and...

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Hopscotch 2015 in photos

Posted By and on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 4:24 PM

Hopscotch Music Festival Downtown Raleigh Thursday, September 10-Saturday, September 12, 2015 The annual Hopscotch Music Festival descended on downtown Raleigh for the sixth year this weekend, with local and out-of-town bands alike convening on a handful of venues for three full days of fun. Photographers Rodney Boles and Nick Pironio captured many of the festival's acts across the stretch of the festival—click through some of their shots from the weekend below, and catch up on more of what you might have missed on the INDY music blog. Hopscotch 2015: Godspeed in the rain, Deejay Earl in the basement Hopscotch 2015: In...

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Hopscotch 2015: Locals (and some Australians), day and night

Posted By on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Hopscotch Music Festival Downtown Raleigh Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 From solid last-minute substitutions to serendipitous encounters with fellow festivalgoers, Hopscotch is known for the unexpected. My final day started with a minor dose of the latter when Grandma Sparrow arrived to introduce Phil Cook’s daytime set at The Pour House to the bewilderment of many. That soon turned to amusement, though, as Sparrow—the alter ego of Cook’s Megafaun and DeYarmond Edison bandmate Joe Westerlund—led the capacity crowd in a sing-song chant for “Philippi the banjo man,” set to an improvised stomp-clap beat that mimicked “We Will Rock You.” Billed as a...

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Hopscotch 2015: Rallying around guitars for one more night

Posted By on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 5:51 PM

The final day of Hopscotch always feels like a challenge, no matter how excited I am for the night’s performances. Still, Saturday night’s pursuits were rewarding and worthwhile, making for a good end to my sixth Hopscotch. Dwight Yoakam’s City Plaza show was one of my most-anticipated sets of the weekend. He and his band took the stage, with his compatriates decked out in fantastic Nudie-style suits that sparkled in the stage lights. Yoakam’s denim jacket at first looked unassuming, but he too had a wide swath of rhinestones decking out the bottom of his jacket. The group quickly settled...

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hopscotch 2015: Lincoln Theatre's great rap blast

Posted By on Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Hopscotch Music Festival Downtown Raleigh Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 Sweating through a white longsleeve from his own Play Cloths line of streetwear, Pusha T looked out onto his Raleigh audience with a confident nod, fully cognizant of his command not only of the room but of the genre he’s made his name in. “Ain't no more rap superheroes left,” he said to applause and hoots. “All them motherfuckers is victims.” While Pusha T may be pushing 40, the former Clipse spitter exhibited godlike endurance last night at Lincoln Theatre during Hopscotch. In the midst of a herculean second act of...

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Hopscotch 2015: Navigating ups and downs with Natalie Prass, New Music Raleigh and more

Posted By on Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Hopscotch Music Festival Downtown Raleigh Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 Hopscotch offers a wide array of bookings at each venue from night to night. Depending on your tastes, though, it can be easy to spend all of your time posted up at one or two venues. This was the “problem” I faced Friday night: Fletcher Opera Theater and Kennedy Theatre, both housed in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts offered full bills of acts up my alley. I would have been completely content to stay locked in either location. But I found more to like by moving around, or...

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Hopscotch 2015: In search of Grandma Sparrow's Alewishus in downtown Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Hopscotch Music Festival Downtown Raleigh Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 The Fayetteville Street aisle that leads to Hopscotch’s City Plaza is lined with white tents. I imagine that, from hundreds of feet above, the tents look like giant paper candle bags, collectively haloing the festival’s commercial and communal interests. As I strutted up the asphalt catwalk, I sensed the music. It was distant and echoing and uninteresting. I stopped and began a conversation with the first familiar face I saw. One of the guys in the group had an issue with me previously writing the words “fuck Diarrhea Planet.” He told...

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Owen Pallett out at Hopscotch 2015, Waxahatchee and Greg Fox in

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 1:11 PM

There's news of another big cancelation from the Hopscotch Music Festival today. Owen Pallett, set to headline tomorrow night at Fletcher Opera Theater, has scratched his show due to a family emergency. This is the latest in a string of cancelations for this year's event, including Eyehategod, John Chantler and Mumdance last night. In each instance, though, the festival has recovered nicely, particularly with last night's choice to swap Eyehategod for Richmond's Iron Reagan. The Pallett scenario follows that pattern: Hopscotch alumna Waxahatchee will step in for Pallett's Fletcher set tomorrow at midnight, playing a rather rare solo show that promises...

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Live: The Legend of Zelda comes to life through its music

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 11:15 AM

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Thursday, September 10, 2015 Over the past few years, it’s become apparent that video game music is having a bit of a moment: The Red Bull Music Academy produced a documentary on VGM’s history. UK music site FACT has gone long with their coverage. One guy in the WWE is even taunting opponents by playing “Victory Fanfare” from the Final Fantasy franchise. This is without even mentioning the 33 ⅓ book released this year that dives into the music created by legendary composer Koji Kondo for the original...

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Hopscotch 2015: Godspeed in the rain, Deejay Earl in the basement

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

By design, Hopscotch rewards diverse tastes. Most music festivals pen attendees in like blue-jeaned bovines, all meant to share the  same experience whether they like it or not. But this one liberates the audience from the minor musicological tyrannies of conventional concert-going. With multiple shows occurring within walking distance of one another, these three nights in Raleigh seek to satisfy the discerning type who finds the speed-dating-quality question “What Kind Of Music Do You Like?” a truly vexing conundrum. So only a fool, a bore or a desperate person at the end of some rope stays at just one...

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lamenting the slide of the Bull Durham Blues Festival, (barely) happening this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Durham's musical mascot is in trouble. The once powerful beast that bore the Bull Durham Blues Festival name is now a sickly shadow of its former self. For 27 years, Bull Durham bellowed the blues every September. Between 12,000 and 20,000 fans attended the annual convocation, featuring international R&B and blues acts, as well as local and regional bands.  But with Hopscotch in Raleigh and the National Folk Festival in Greensboro, this weekend's running of the Bull Durham has gotten little notice. There's a reason.        Fans used to camp out by the gates of the old Bull Durham...

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Skipping City Plaza: Eric Tullis' Hopscotch plan

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM

My once-comfortable Mizuno running sneakers still reek of Hopscotch 2014 mildew from the water and sock sweat they accumulated as I ran back and forth in the rain from the Kennedy Theatre to everywhere else last year. That may very well happen again if it rains on Thursday as I begin this year’s Hopscotch journey at Kennedy Theatre with GRANDMA SPARROW’s children-story antics. Then, it’s off to the woods we go! Earlier this year, the Jake Funke-produced, haze-crazed collaboration “Slave” with DJ Chocolate Rice surfaced on Raleigh-Based Locus Recordings Soundcloud page. Six months later, the song still holds some of...

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Think big, girl: Allison Hussey's Hopscotch picks

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM

I've attended Hopscotch in a press capacity every year and have had a different approach for planning my schedule almost every time. I once carefully mapped out which bands I wanted to see weeks before the festival arrived. More recently, my approach has been to attack the schedule with a highlighter the day before the festival starts, circling a few standouts and otherwise winging it. There are still a few holes that I'll fill on a whim for this year's festival, but here's what's caught my eye so far, at least at night. THURSDAY GRANDMA SPARROW: I’ve never been a...

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Precise planning, packed schedule: Spencer Griffith's Hopscotch map

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 11:22 AM

My approach to Hopscotch planning could be described as a little obsessive, what with the venue-to-venue flow chart I scrawl onto an official schedule after carefully planning how to maximize the number of acts I can catch on my prioritized list of well-researched performers—must-sees often circled and must-misses crossed through. Despite having limited time to scout bands this time around, I doubt there will be much difference in 2015 with my tendency to treat the festival like an all-you-can-eat buffet that I nibble at until finding just what hits the spot. Still, I’m already anxious of one major change: There...

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