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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jason Isbell Discusses Reckoning with White Southern Masculinity on His Excellent New LP, The Nashville Sound

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Jason Isbell’s The Nashville Sound is the summer soundtrack for those of us who fled small towns because of the sexism or the racism or the lack of opportunities, only to see all of those things amplified with the election of Donald Trump, rendering our hometowns almost hostile to our very existence. “I used to think that this was my town/What a stupid thing to think” Isbell sings on "Hope the High Road," the first single off the album. “Hear you’re fighting off a breakdown/I myself am on the brink.” It is a white man’s record about the problems inherent...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Durham's Beats n Bars Festival Needs Your Help to Keep Growing

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 2:29 PM

This fall, the Durham-grown Beats n Bars festival wants to be more than just a hip-hop festival: it wants to celebrate the many connected communities around hip-hop, from musicians to DJs, dancers, promoters, and more. After last September's festival, Beats n Bars has merged with the DURM Hip-Hop Summit for one cohesive showcase of the Bull City's hip-hop up-and-comers. And now, Beats n Bars is trying to raise an additional $25,000 to beef up its programming. It's got a Kickstarter campaign and a few events this month to make that happen. There are two more pop-up parties this month to...

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Concert Review: Decades After New Wave, Joe Jackson Keeps Looking Forward

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Joe Jackson Carolina Theatre, Durham June 5, 2017 Since most of Joe Jackson’s compatriots in the British new wave have long since hit the Stop button—either that or they tour in perpetual Rewind—it’s a notable act of chutzpah that he named his latest album and current tour Fast Forward. Then again, the Staffordshire singer’s career trajectory never followed a predictable path. After first emerging among fellow angry young men of the late seventies like Graham Parker and Elvis Costello, in subsequent years Jackson rifled through a series of genres from Beat Crazy’s reggae and ska to the jump blues and...

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Watch Sylvan Esso Throw the First Pitches at a Durham Bulls Game

Posted By and on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 8:04 PM

Durham has a few claims to fame: its long history with tobacco, its contributions to the blues, and, in more recent years, its minor-league Bulls baseball team (thanks, Kevin Costner). Tonight, a pair of more recent well-known Durham residents got up with the Durham Bulls for a little bit of fun. The Bulls host regular local theme nights, where other local institutions join up with the Bulls On Sunday, it was Merge Records' turn, but tonight's game featured Durham-centric clothing brand Runaway Clothes for the second year. The company designed special hats and jerseys, and collaborated with the Bulls'...

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