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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Video: Asleep at the Wheel wishes you a Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Asleep at the Wheel The ArtsCenter, Carrboro Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 Asleep at the Wheel brought their "Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all" roadshow to The ArtsCenter on Thursday night, wrapping up a Southeastern swing of dates that the group will also end in North Carolina by opening for The Avett Brothers on New Year's Eve at the Greensboro Coliseum. The night was filled with hits. Jovial master of ceremonies Ray Benson led the ever-rotating lineup through a string of holiday songs as well as staples like "Route 66," "Miles and Miles of Texas" and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie,"  The band powered through the...

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North Carolina bands show up in the A.V. Club's annual Year in Band Names

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 4:12 PM

The arts-and-culture hub A.V. Club has graced us once again with their annual compendium of gross, silly and ridiculous band names. And among such highlights as the Evil Dead-crazed grindcore outfit Brucexcampbell, two-tone ‘80s cover band Skapeche Mode, indie rock duo Fuck Your Birthday and gore-grind outfit Urinary Tract Infection From Severe Pus Clots, a handful of local acts have earned the dubious honor of inclusion. Naked Naps, who released a sharp split with Museum Mouth in August, showed up alongside Nova Scotia’s Nap Eyes under the category “Zzzzz,” while garage-rockers and “Raleigh’s very worst people” Shitty Boots found themselves...

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The final night of Southern Rail, Carrboro's reliquary of food, music, booze and history

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Chris Young walks into the room, glances at the bar and the bartender, tosses three creased dollar bills onto the counter and lets out a sigh so heavy the whole crowd can hear it. "Hey, Chris," Mike Benson exclaims, momentarily lifting his hands from the bar's smooth surface. Undeterred by Young's frown, Benson's face lights up beneath an olive green stocking cap. "What can I get you? Want a beer?" Young declines. He's only come to The Tiger Room—the antique-laden coffee shop and lounge that Benson owns as part of his massive Carrboro food-music-and-booze operation, Southern Rail—to use the...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Video: Birds of Avalon delivers new material at Motorco

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 7:21 PM

Birds of Avalon Motorco Music Hall, Durham Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 Birds of Avalon held down the middle slot on the impressive ReverbNation-sponsored bill at Motorco a few weeks ago. Superchunk's Mac McCaughan opened the evening by playing solo, but crowd chatter soon drowned out his brief set. But Birds of Avalon would not have to battle the same noise for very long. From nearly the first note, the hypnotic set drew the audience in deep. The group was in top form, too, with equal parts heavy riffs, pounding dual drummers and mesmerizing synths, all accompanied by Tim Lemuel's projections...

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Listen: Well$' new "130" is a biting, aggressive and enthralling track

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Talk to Leroy Shingu in person, and you’ll probably find him to be a happy, approachable and likable guy. And as Well$, he’s emerged as the most complete and commercially viable hip-hop act in the Triangle since the departure of King Mez, receiving coverage from the biggest publications in hip-hop every time he releases a single. Considering his affable demeanor and relative success, then, it may come as a surprise that on the new song “130,” he’s rapping with the fury of someone who has never had someone smile at him in his entire life. Well$ isn’t a mad rapper. He's...

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On the road again: Hitting the hard circus road with the North Carolina Symphony for the holidays

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 1:54 PM

A little before 6 p.m. on a Sunday evening, I’m in the back seat of a car driven by Joe Newberry, the director of communications for the North Carolina Symphony. His front seat passenger is David Marschall, the Assistant Principal Violist of the North Carolina Symphony. As I join the pair on a jaunt to Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, they tell me about the peculiarities of working in a touring symphony orchestra. “They used to call it the 'Suitcase Symphony,'” Newberry says. That’s because, unlike most orchestras, the North Carolina Symphony travels across the state, performing at schools and...

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Out with the old, in with the blues: Caltrop bassist Murat Dirlik releases wonderful, heartbroken solo LP

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Caltrop was a lot of things, but it was rarely gentle. A heavy, heavy band from Chapel Hill that edged blues-rock into metal territory with enviable technicality, the group bid farewell at a February show at The Kraken. Guitarist Sam Taylor is in Morehead City now raising a family, while bassist Murat Dirlik moved to Costa Rica. Before the move, though, Dirlik laid down a heartbreaker of a solo record, Songs From the Last Time I Died. Today, he released it digitally under the name "Rotty." There's no live band and no physical release—not yet, anyway—but the record doesn't seem to...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WKNC keeps Raleigh-and-Carrboro format for Double Barrel Benefit, adds hip-hop

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 4:11 PM

During the last decade, the Double Barrel Benefit has done a whole lot of work for N.C. State's student-run radio station, WKNC 88.1. Sure, it's raised money to boost their signal and enhance their studios, but it's also given the station a real public face beyond the listless voices you may hear during breaks between songs. The DJs introduce the bands and sell the T-shirts, produce the show and pass out free goods to those in attendance. As much a meet-and-greet as a concert, the Double Barrels have collectively cemented WKNC's commitment local music and to introducing new crowds to...

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Durham, prepare your wallets: Carolina Soul's storefront now open on Main Street

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Earlier this fall, Carolina Soul—a Durham-based online record retailer—announced it hoped to open a downtown storefront by the end of December. The institution has followed through: As of Monday, Carolina Soul is open for business at 117 E. Main St., hawking a huge selection of mostly used vinyl. The shop is technically still in a "soft opening" phase, as the staff continues to price records and fill the store's bins. Jason Perlmutter, who runs Carolina Soul, estimates about half of the stock should be on the floor by this Saturday, with the other half trickling in during the coming weeks....

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Live: Wow, Baroness, it's good to have you back

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Baroness & Earthling Local 506, Chapel Hill Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 Last night at Local 506, as soon as Virginia’s Earthling sounded the final note of an excellent opening set, two human rivers collided: The first emptied out of the club’s rear music room and headed toward the exit, either for the bathroom, the bar or the unseasonably balmy outdoors for a cigarette (or vape?) break. An opposing river aimed the other way, moving from the 506’s brightly lit antechamber into the space the others had left. People jarred into each other and jostled for position, accidentally bumped chests or...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hot takes: Tom Maxwell discusses the Squirrel Nut Zippers' surprising hit record

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 5:34 PM

As Tom Maxwell walks around the French Quarter on a warm, late-fall night, the sounds of New Orleans swirl around him. Jazz spills off street corners, and calliope music wafts from steamboats on the Mississippi. Maxwell, once one of the primary songwriters for Chapel Hill’s Squirrel Nut Zippers, moved to New Orleans a few months ago. He lives in the Marigny neighborhood, New Orleans’ first suburb outside the French Quarter. Maxwell knows the neighborhood’s history—how Bernard de Marigny, for whom his neighborhood is named, had to sell off most of the land to repay gambling debts in 1805; how the...

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Video: Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets offer holiday cheer to Duke

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets Duke's Baldwin Auditorium, Durham Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 Celebrating the release of The Quality Holiday Revue Live, Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets brought their Christmas-themed show to Durham last week. Lowe began only with his acoustic guitar, playing a handful of numbers to “get the pitch of the room” before welcoming his backing band, Los Straitjackets. This evening was the first tour stop for the posse's 2015 holiday tour. The setlist for the evening was not exclusive to holiday-themed songs, as Lowe mixed in several upbeat tunes like "Without Love" and "Cruel to be...

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Friday, December 11, 2015

You can help save The Pinhook

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 7:13 PM

Two hours after she calls, Kym Register will start the seventh anniversary party for The Pinhook, the rock club and community space on Durham's Main Street that she co-founded in 2008. But two hours before she called, Register and The Pinhook staff posted an unexpected plea on the crowdfunding website Fundly: They need to raise $80,000 to pay back the state of North Carolina for sales taxes they missed during the club's first six years of business. "I am hopeful," Register says. "It really is our last option, our last-ditch effort, which is why we are crowdfunding. I tried...

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Happy birthday, Frank: A local wedding band prepares a big Sinatra celebration for Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 2:14 PM

No wedding band worth its salt shows up without a couple of Sinatra tunes in tow. But when a local wedding outfit called The Shakedown presents an all-Sinatra evening on Saturday to honor the 100th anniversary of the singer’s birth, the act will land far beyond what most wedding bands ever aim to achieve. In 2009, while studying at UNC-Chapel Hill, Nash Roberts cobbled together a five-piece band devoted to soul and R&B covers, and The Shakedown was born. During the next few years, the group established a foothold at frat parties before graduating to weddings. Still, the requisite bar...

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Dwele cancels Art of Cool 2016 appearance

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 1:40 PM

With the announcement of next year’s Moogfest already casting a 100-plus-act shadow over Durham’s three-year-old Art of Cool Festival, the homegrown jazz and soul spree can’t afford too many more setbacks before next May. But early this morning, Art of Cool announced an unfortunate lineup change for next year’s event: Due to “unforeseen circumstances,” Detroit soul singer Dwele will not be performing at 2016 Art of Cool Festival. Dwele was originally slated to headline the festival’s Saturday slot at Carolina Theatre. His position has since been filled by The Internet and Moonchild, both of whom were already scheduled to perform...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Building a synth, entering a scene: Moogfest debuts in Durham with "Dial-Tones"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 9:36 AM

Moogfest's Dial-Tones The Shed, Durham Saturday, Nov. 5, 2015 About 20 people crammed into the Durham jazz space The Shed Saturday night for the workshop portion of Moogfest’s inaugural "Dial-Tones." We sat at tables strewn with circuit boards, amps and various tools, ready to build our own Moog Werkstatt-01 Synthesizers. As I looked around, less than three days from the announcement of Moogfest's 2016 lineup, I watched Moog staff members rearrange amps and pass out promotional material. It seemed to be the first physical representation of what had previously been an abstraction: Moogfest is really coming to Durham, huh? This...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Rapping against Silent Sam: At UNC, a cypher in front of an intolerant statue

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Given the mass shooting that unfolded last week in San Bernardino, local law enforcement’s swift responses to two, unrelated 911 calls just beforehand from UNC-Chapel Hill, reporting alleged armed individuals on campus, now seem like even less of an overreaction. But even after UNC’s Public Safety Department deemed everything “all-clear,” there still remained an entirely different kind of rifle-wielding threat to black students on campus: the Silent Sam monument, which honors the alumni who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Over the years, many efforts have been made to have the monument removed. But the most recent call-to-action arrived...

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Moogfest announces Gary Numan, GZA, Laurie Anderson and more in full lineup release

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Five months away from Moogfest's inaugural installment in Durham, the festival's got its lineup set. It's an impressive, dense set of bookings that includes multiple-night residencies by Gary Numan and GZA in top slots, with Laurie Anderson, Sunn O))), Bootsy Collins, Blood Orange, Explosions in the Sky and more performing over four days downtown. The festival won't be your standard collections of 45-minute sets: one component, dubbed Durationals, will be four-hour experimental presentations by drummer Greg Fox (who was this year's last-minute improviser-in-residence at Hopscotch) and others. One by ambient composer Robert Rich will stretch for 10 hours.  And as...

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Moogfest to announce inaugural Durham lineup Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM

At last, we'll begin to get some answers to the many questions we—and a lot of folks in Durham—have had about the Bull City's inaugural Moogfest, set for May 19–22. Marisa Brickman, Moogfest's director, says the festival will announce its debut Durham lineup Tuesday, Dec. 8.  Moogfest, of course, relocated from Asheville after a series of financial and organizational fits and starts in the mountains. Its lineup should, at last, offer some indication of the scope of the festival and whether or not it will scale back after substantial losses in 2014 and to what extent it will focus on...

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Secret Boyfriend announces new Blackest Ever Black LP, offers incredible track

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Secret Boyfriend soundtracked my morning with a single song. In January, the long-running, always exploratory project of Carrboro experimental impresario Ryan Martin will issue This Is Always Where You’ve Lived, his second album for the great Blackest Ever Black. The eight-minute “Memorize Them Well” is the premiere cut from that record, and its slowly fluctuating synthesizer hum and beat-machine plod hang perfectly between a lurid nightmare and a sweet dream. It’s like ambient music with an undercurrent of anxiety issues, the soft tones and pillow-top rhythm undercutting an underlying capillary of squelch and distortion. Think Pantha du Prince at the...

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Live: You Us We All drenches Memorial Hall in color and excess

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 10:31 AM

You Us We All UNC's Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 The program for Shara Worden and Andrew Ondrejcak’s pop-culture chamber opera proclaims it to be “a rite for Humankind personated as a masque at court/ given by the Right Honourable Carolina Performing Arts/ at the Memorial Hall of Chapel Hill North Carolina,” going on in this fashion for eight more lines before concluding, “For: You.” The fanfare’s effusive tone is of a piece with the delightful, vexing production. You Us We All is earnestly emotional, ironically contemporary, romantically archaic, alternately grandiose and precious, insolently devotional—in all, a bit...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ReverbNation's great holiday bill on Friday will now benefit family of late employee Sandi Sanderlin

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Friday night's show at Motorco already offered a solid (and free) local bill: Mac McCaughan, Birds of Avalon and Zack Mexico. The gig came about through Sandi Sanderlin, who worked as an executive assistant at Durham's ReverbNation and who collaborated with Motorco's Glenn Boothe to set it up. What began as a private party for the company expanded into a free concert open to the public and featuring some excellent North Carolina talent, something Boothe says was entirely Sanderlin's idea.  Now, the bill has a fundraising cause, too: On November 26, Sanderlin passed away unexpectedly, leaving behind two young children....

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Live: Richard Thompson and Glen Hansard offer distinct takes on folk-rock at DPAC

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Glen Hansard, Richard Thompson Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 Richard Thompson first captivated me 25 years ago at the Newport Folk Festival. I’d heard his music before, but seeing him on his own with just a guitar and his voice provided a jolt of visceral excitement that wasn’t always there on record. Many people play guitar, but Richard Thompson gets it to do his bidding. Singing with precise diction from the gut, playing strong rhythm as well as a lattice of lead on top of it, Thompson enacts a performance of pure mastery with a touch...

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