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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Video: Mipso Celebrates a New LP at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 10:57 AM

Mipso North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Saturday, May 6, 2017 Fresh off a successful showing at the thirtieth edition of Merlefest in Wilkesboro at the end of April, Mipso brought its new album, Coming Down the Mountain, back to the Triangle to celebrate its release. Despite the threat of heavy rain during the performance, crowds flooded the grassy amphitheater grounds with blankets and picnic baskets. Instead of hosting the CD release as a multiple night affair at Cat's Cradle, the group held court at the North Carolina Museum of Art. That move seemed to hit the mark, as there...

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Moogfest, Night Three: Crossing the Finish Line with Octo Octa, Pharmakon, and Flying Lotus

Posted By on Sun, May 21, 2017 at 7:54 PM

Moogfest Downtown Durham Saturday, May 20, 2017 Festivals are a marathon, not a sprint. This year marks my fifth Moogfest, and experience has shown that the third day is usually when my music festival morale starts to crumble. My left foot will suddenly develop strange blisters. Cheap beer and food truck dining, great for the last forty-eight hours, begin to swirl together into a queasy glop in my stomach. My phone stays at 1 percent, always barely clinging on. I begin to question whether I even like live music that much. I was feeling exceptionally groggy Saturday morning after two...

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Moogfest, Day Two: Exploring Ambient Beauty, the Depths of Dark Noise, and a Children's Book

Posted By on Sat, May 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Moogfest, Day Two Downtown Durham Friday, May 19, 2017 As someone who has helped start fake celebrity sighting rumors at music festivals, Hannibal Buress is ruining our gag. Everywhere I went Friday at Moogfest, someone had a story about seeing him. They spotted him in an elevator, or walking down the street. Pictures of him tinkering with synths showed up on Twitter. At one point, I got a text from a friend saying Buress was about to moderate an Animal Collective interview, a stunt I can only imagine was willed into existence by his Eric Andre Show bit about Animal...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Watch: G Yamazawa Celebrates North Carolina and His Home State with "North Cack"

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Earlier this month, North Carolina Hip hop got a big bump from Durham native George Yamazawa, in the form of his excellent new song “North Cack.” Many know George, or just “G," for his nationally recognized poetry and youth workshops that he has been curating for over the past decade. Yamazawa shows his range from poetry to hip-hop with this anthem with the help of Durham hip-hop heavy hitter J. Gunn and fellow artist and educator Kane Smego. Yamazawa makes it a point in the song to demonstrate that, in and everything that he does, that he's nothing without...

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Moogfest, Night One: Virtual vs. Actual Realities

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Moogfest Downtown Durham Thursday, May 18, 2017 A mélange of ambient sounds is flowing from a hut made of corrugated plastic, blending with the noise of nearby construction in a downtown Durham in flux. In the geodesic dome-like space, an ensemble is seated around a circular table, making sounds with such devices as a microphone running through a series of effects pedals, a rattle, and an austere-looking electronic mixer. The event, titled “Democracy’s Exquisite Corpse,” is my entree to Moogfest, and it’s a fitting introduction to the festival. “Democracy’s Exquisite Corpse” sought an alternative to now-common scenarios of artists producing music in isolation...

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Moogfest, Night One: Gotye's Not Just Somebody That We Used to Know

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Moogfest: Gotye Presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey Downtown Durham Thursday, May 18, 2017 Shortly after his hit song “Somebody That I Used to Know” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2011, it seemed, by all accounts, that Gotye had vanished back into the foothills of Australia whence he came. As it turns out, he’s spent the last five years tinkering with Ondiolines, rare French electronic instruments pioneered by alternative pop visionary Jean-Jacques Perrey. On Thursday afternoon, Wally De Backer (aka Gotye), along with members of his Ondioline Orchestra, gathered on stage for the second time to...

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Friday, May 12, 2017

PWR BTTM Dropped from Hopscotch Lineup Amid Sexual Assault Accusations

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 2:41 PM

On Tuesday, the Hopscotch Music Festival announced the lineup for its eighth annual festival in Raleigh to deserved fanfare. Headliners include Solange, Future Islands, Angel Olsen, and Big Boi atop a respectable slate of locals and touring acts. But this afternoon, the festival announced that it had removed PWR BTTM, a quickly ascending queer rock outfit that's enjoyed waves of positive press recently, from its lineup. The action comes a day after sexual assault accusations against Ben Hopkins, who is half of the band, were made public on social media. Since then, two touring members of PWR BTTM have left...

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Video Premiere: Watch Organos Get Catty with the New Video for "Please Hold"

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 2:11 PM

A few weeks ago, we brought you news of new music from Organos and Faults, issued digitally and in the form of a limited seven-inch record. Today, Organos has followed that up with a video for "Please Hold." The video was conceived and directed by Chapel Hill artist Jerstin Crosby, and it's a colorful, psychedelic presentation of anthropomorphic cats. Watch as they smoke cigarettes and work out on a ThighMaster—cats, they're just like us...? Sure, it's a little unsettling, but the video is still plenty of fun. You can watch the video below, and you can buy the split...

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Solange, Future Islands, Big Boi, Run the Jewels Headline Hopscotch 2017

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Raleigh's Hopscotch Music Festival just announced the lineup for this year. And, y'all: It looks good. Solange is this year's biggest name, an exciting and major get for Hopscotch. Future Islands, who've come a long way since packing the Berkeley Café at the first Hopscotch, sit in the second headlining slot, alongside Run the Jewels and Angel Olsen. Big Boi, who was supposed to perform at Hopscotch in 2013 but had to cancel, is up there, too. As in years past, the lineup boasts a broad array of styles, running the gamut from rowdy rock (Protomartyr, Richard Lloyd, Mary Timony...

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