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Friday, November 18, 2016

Live: Sloan Feels Good, Does It at the Cradle Back Room

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Sloan Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro Wednesday, November 16, 2016 When my dad was in college, he attended some of Vladimir Nabokov’s lectures, and his most concentrated nugget of wisdom from that experience has always stuck with me. He told me the great man of letters told his students that when reading a novel for the first time, read for plot. But the second time through, toss away the plot and look deeper at everything else to excavate the work's essence and the author’s intent. After I saw Sloan play almost exactly two years ago at Cat’s Cradle Back Room,...

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Live: No BS! Brass Band Cuts Up in Carrboro

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 11:01 AM

No BS! Brass Band Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro Friday, November 11, 2016 If I had looked away for another second, I probably would’ve missed it. From a raised balcony in Cat’s Cradle’s Back Room, I watched the No BS! Brass Band coolly take the stage. The band’s leader, Reggie Pace, hopped up from within the crowd, pressed his lips to the trombone, and began to play. The crowd’s chatter ceased. No one made a sound. Then the drummer, Lance Koehler, let out an unholy scream. A few beats later, and the eight-person band joined in all at once. No...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Moogfest Announces Joint Pass with Art of Cool for 2017 Festivals

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 3:41 PM

Moogfest and Art of Cool Festival have had a patchy past, marred early this year by the City of Durham prioritizing funding for the tech-heavy, Asheville-based Moogfest over the Durham-grown Art of Cool Festival. While Art of Cool eventually got more money, it seemed as though the city was putting Moogfest's promise of out-of-town over the grassroots, community-focused Art of Cool. This checkered episode seems behind them, though, as evidenced by the festivals’ latest partnership in selling DURM Flex Passes for $249. The pass allows patrons to attend both festivals for one price: Art of Cool from April 28 to...

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Live: Pacifica Quartet and Johannes Moser Unravel Splendid Hopes

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Pacifica Quartet featuring Johannes Moser, cello Saturday, November 5 Duke's Baldwin Auditorium, Durham Both quintets in Saturday's concert featuring Pacifica Quartet with Johannes Moser began with glowing major chords gradually emerging from silence. From there, each work spun out in a completely different direction: Julia Wolfe’s Splendid Hopes into a tightly wound ball of nerves, Franz Schubert’s cello quintet into deep exhales and perpetual melodies. The Wolfe piece was co-commissioned by Duke Performances, and this was its world premiere. Wolfe—a 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner and 2016 MacArthur Fellow—is one of the foremost composers of our time, and it’s fantastic that...

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Durham Central Park Passes First Hurdle to Nabbing Free Music Series

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 4:28 PM

A bunch of free music might be headed Durham’s way this summer—but to get there, you've got to vote for it. Durham Central Park stands to increase its free concert offerings if it can win a grant for which it is currently competing. The group has already completed the first round in its application for a Levitt AMP Grant, a national competition in which the creators of five winning proposals are awarded $25,000 each toward the establishment of a free music series. As of this writing, the group holds second place nationwide in the voting stage. Tess Mangum Ocaña, one...

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