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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rapsody, Sylvan Esso, and Iron & Wine Represent the Triangle in This Year's Grammy Nominations

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 1:53 PM

On Tuesday, The Recording Academy announced the nominations for this year's Grammy Awards. On the very long list of honorees, you'll find a few Triangle names holding strong. Among this year's nominees is Rapsody, who's up for a Best Rap Album award for her record Laila's Wisdom, as well as Best Rap Song for her track "Sassy." She's up against some of the genre's biggest players right now: Rapsody the only woman in the album category—Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Migos, and Tyler, The Creator are the other nominees—and "Sassy" is in competition with Cardi B's mega-hit, "Bodak Yellow," plus other tracks by...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Patriarchy Got You Down? Fitness Womxn's New Macho City Will Fix You Up

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 3:45 PM

For women and nonbinary people, the past few weeks of public revelations and oustings of various male creeps, harassers, and abusers in positions of power have been a strange situation to witness. It's-about-damn-time joy can get dampened by the pain of hearing so many survivors' stories; everything feels exhausting. Thank goodness, then, for Fitness Womxn, whose new debut full-length record sizes up patriarchal entitlement and rips it to shreds. Macho City couldn't possibly come at a better time, and you can listen to it all right now. The scrappy, punchy record splits the difference between righteously roaring catharsis ("Instructions," "Creatures")...

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Live: In Carrboro, Yep Roc Records Celebrates Two Decades in Business

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 5:44 PM

Yep Roc 20 Friday, October 20, 2017 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro When Yep Roc throws a party, the label doesn't mess around. The three-day bash celebrating the its anniversary kicked off with a high-roller party at the Cat's Cradle Back Room, exclusive for VIP ticket holders only, featuring Nick Lowe, Tift Merritt, Grant-Lee Phillips. The Friday night show in the Cradle's main room was more of some of the same, with some extra added guests and attractions. Appearing as an opener for Friday night's show was a rare occurrence for Alejandro Escovedo. His punk roots were showing early in his set,...

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Video Premiere: Mipso Tumbles Down the Mountain and into the Archives

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 4:28 PM

Back in April, Chapel Hill quartet Mipso released Coming Down the Mountain, its fourth full-length record. Today, we've got a new video for the record's title track, which feels like a little slice of sunshine as our days start to get shorter. Crafted by Ruth Lichtman, the video is a collection of archival footage shot in the Appalachian mountains, adorned with Lichtman's colorful rotoscoping. It's a sweet, playful video that matches Mipso's easygoing pace on the track. Mipso's next hometown (sort of) stop is on Friday, November 17, at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre. Tickets are still available here, and you can...

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The Wicked Witch, a New Music Venue, Opens in Raleigh Thursday Night

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Raleigh will grow richer by one live-music venue as of tomorrow. The owners of Ruby Deluxe, which offers live music and d.j. sets, have announced the opening of The Wicked Witch at 416 W. South Street. Pegged as Ruby Deluxe’s “nasty-cool big sister,” The Wicked Witch will continue in the spirit of its predecessor. Daniel Tomas, a co-owner, says the venue will be "a space that hosts and fosters talent across our community by prioritizing our booking to showcase femme, queer, nonbinary, and people of color's voices and art. Local music fans can expect an inclusive and fun atmosphere that entertains an...

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