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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Art of Cool Festival, Night One: Revive Big Band's Music-History Concert Leaves Out Women to an Absurd Degree

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Art of Cool Festival Friday, April 28, 2017 Various venues, Downtown Durham Music festivals bring up a lot of feelings. There’s delight, excitement, curiosity, and most of all, exhaustion. Rarely, though, does an experience at a music festival inspire the kind of visceral frustration I felt bubbling up inside me Friday night. But let’s start with the good: judging by the crowds, Art of Cool was off to a good start for its fourth year. Early in the evening, Christian Scott offered a mesmerizing set at the Carolina Theatre. The sound of the trumpeter’s distinct, golden horn gleamed over his...

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Saturdays in Saxapahaw Announces New Lineup and Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:16 AM

The Saturdays in Saxapahaw Music Series, which has been serving up the best of homegrown musical acts for more than a decade, just announced its 2017 lineup. Not surprisingly, it’s a solid slate of some of the finest talent in the area, with a concentration on roots, Americana, and traditional sounds. What’s new is that this year the announcement comes with a new crowdfunding campaign designed to shore up the growing series. The series has always been free of charge, and it will remain so, but for the second year, audience donations aren't enough to meet the myriad expenses...

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Big Star's Third Takes Over the Big Screen in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live Carolina Theatre, Durham Friday, April 21, 2017 To the uninitiated, a film about a Big Star tribute concert that happened a year ago in Glendale, California, might seem a rock history footnote. And if the relatively paltry turnout at its North Carolina premiere last Friday is any indication, most of us around here are uninitiated. But to those of us who know, Big Star’s centrality to the seventies and eighties indie rock canon justifies just about everything Big Star. Not only every tribute show but every remaster, reissue, bonus track, live recording, torn...

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Shirlette Ammons, Phil Cook, and Tamisha Waden Team Up for a New Single

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 9:41 AM

Three mighty local talents have come together on a wonderful new track, "Skin and Bone," released yesterday. It's a collaboration that's felt like a long time coming, featuring Durham's Shirlette Ammons, Tamisha Waden, and Phil Cook. If you need a mid-week boost, "Skin and Bone" will get you there. The song features Ammons coolly rapping over a sunny, soulful groove, with Waden and Cook coming in to sing the chorus. It's an uplifting and encouraging number that feels like a balm. You can stream the song below, and it's also available as a name-your-price download. Proceeds from sales of the...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Listen: Boulevards' "Wear and Tear," a Funky If One-Sided Duet

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:05 PM

We learned from Laura Reed’s 2014 debut LP, The Awakening, that the Triangle-based singer-songwriter could nail anything within the soul, pop, and R&B range. However, no one could have anticipated that she’d give a throwback genre like eighties disco funk a go, which is what we have on “Wear and Tear,” the new single from Raleigh’s chief party funkster, Boulevards, which features Reed on supporting vocals. For Boulevards and the jam’s producer, Rollergirl, the track’s vintage feel falls right in line with some of their previous work together, such as “Move and Shout” from last year’s Groove! LP. And while their...

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Flock of Dimes, Caleb Caudle, Loamlands, and More Coming to Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens Series

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Gardens are places where roots thrive, and the Duke Performances Music in the Gardens series has in recent years emphasized musical acts with N.C. roots and rootsy influences. The upcoming iteration of the series, which runs Wednesday evenings at seven p.m. from June through July at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, stays true to the roots emphasis, although not entirely. The biggest veer from tradition is series opener Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Jenn Wasner, formerly of Wye Oak, whose layered, mostly keyboard-driven songs, lustrous voice, and full-band backing should make for an intoxicating beginning. From there, the...

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Song Premiere: Listen to New Tunes from Organos and Faults on a Forthcoming PotLuck Split

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 8:56 AM

After a hibernation of nearly five years, Durham's Organos is, at last, back with a new song, a quick little number that you can listen to right here. It's side the A-side of a forthcoming split with Faults, the the current project of Gross Ghost's Mike Dillon, who relocated to New York from Durham last year. Organos' "Please Hold," is a sharp, biting tune about a friendship falling apart, and it's the band's most polished track by far. Faults, meanwhile, offers low-key bummer lyrics behind fuzzy guitars and an upbeat rhythm. The songs share a rough-around-the-edges charm, and they make...

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Listen to "Continuo," a Cool New Cut from The Hot at Nights

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 9:03 AM

We may be finally out of the woods of winter, but Raleigh trio The Hot at Nights has a snowy new video for its latest single, "Continuo." It's the second cut the band has shared from Three Kids, the band's new LP that's due out on May 12. The band's most recent release, last year's wonderful Cool It EP, was a five-track clutch of instrumental reinterpretations of songs by other North Carolina artists, from Sylvan Esso's "Uncatena" to Hammer No More the Fingers' "O.R.G.Y." But Three Kids finds the generally jazz- and rock-inclined Hot at Nights taking a sharp turn into...

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