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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Spare Seven Minutes for a Trippy Journey with Carrboro's JPhono1

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 4:04 PM

If your week is a drag so far, consider taking a break with a new cut from Carrboro's Jphoho1, the main project of longtime scene staple John Harrison. Harrison's work is consistently easygoing and accessible, and "Be Down Be Free" is no exception. Its video, which you can watch below, morphs slowly from a casual living room scene into something a bit more trippy. The song will be on the next Jphono1 and the Chevrons record, which is titled Meadow Magic Hour and will be out via PotLuck on March 30. You can get a copy of a seven-inch...

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Live: N.C. Opera's Rigoletto Captures the Nuance—And Cruelty—Of Gendered Power Imbalances

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 2:30 PM

N.C. Opera: Rigoletto Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh Friday, January 26, 2018 Even if you’re not an opera fan, you’ll probably still recognize “La Donna È Mobile,” the most well-known aria from Verdi’s Rigoletto. The people around me at N.C. Opera’s performance on Friday night perceptibly leaned forward in their seats as the debauched, inconstant Duke of Mantua (Joseph Dennis) sang it for the first time: “Woman is fickle, Like a feather in the wind She changes her words And her thoughts.” In context, these words are ironic, even painful. But we have to get there first. Rigoletto tells the story of...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Catch a Free Pop-Up Show by N.C. Symphony Musicians in Raleigh Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:18 PM

If you're looking for something to do this evening in Raleigh, consider swinging by Watts & Ward for a free concert from North Carolina Symphony trombonists Jonathan Randazzo and John Ilika. The evening's music will include selections by Brahms, Bach, Shostakovich, to name a few, and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. If you haven't been to Watts & Ward before, you'll have to pay a dollar to get in, but nothing else. Consider sipping a cocktail, too, while you get an up-close look at two of the state's premier trombone talents....

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Watch New Videos from H.C. McEntire and CALAPSE

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 4:47 PM

On Friday, we got two new local music treats: a three-song EP from CALAPSE, and a long-awaited full-length solo record from Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire. They've got some new videos for us, too, First off, McEntire has a fresh clip from "Quartz in the Valley," her latest single from the new Lionheart. Alexis Bravos, a filmmaker based in Hillsborough, shot the video on 16mm film. McEntire celebrates Lionheart's release over two nights next weekend at The Pinhook—Friday tickets are here and Saturday's are here.  Friday also brought us a new EP, titled Vital Signs, from CALAPSE, the electronic music...

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Listen to New Music from DJ PlayPlay and the Long-Dormant Future Kings of Nowhere

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 12:28 PM

Happy Friday! We did it! Here's some cool new music as a reward. First, we've got a track from DJ PlayPlay's new EP, It's Only 3am, which comes out on Monday via Knightwerk records. You might know PlayPlay from their work with Durham's Party Illegal collective, or perhaps you've caught one of the hundreds of other eclectic dance parties they've d.j.ed over the past decade. You can get a sneak peek of what PlayPlay offers at their EP release party tonight by listening to "Residency" below. Tickets to that are here, or just show up before the show's 10 p.m....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Midtown Dickens to Reunite For One Show Next Month

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 4:28 PM

If you've been around the Triangle for a while, you might remember Midtown Dickens, the charming folksy ensemble led by Catherine Edgerton and Kym Register. After growing into one of Triangle's most beloved bands, Midtown Dickens played its last official show in November of 2012, and formally announced an indefinite hiatus in early 2013. Register and Edgerton have occasionally played some one-off duo shows over the past few years, this show is the first proper full-band show in over five years. And so, on Friday, February 23, you can catch the whole group on stage together at The Pinhook in...

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Destroyer's Dan Bejar Discusses His Eighties Influences and Evolution

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Between his exploits with the Canadian band New Pornographers and his solo project, Destroyer, Dan Bejar has been an undeniably influential presence in the indie rock world since this millennium began. With songs marked by an unimitatable vocal cadence and lyrics that revel in the tawdry, Bejar is often saddled with the “louche” descriptor similarly conferred upon his heroes David Bowie and Bryan Ferry. In conversation, though, he’s far more approachable and ruminative than his rich, knowing, meta songs suggest. Ahead of his Tuesday night show in Carrboro, we caught up with Bejar about the machinery behind his latest LP,...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rachel Baiman and Kate Rhudy Find Common Ground in the Personal and Political

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 1:02 PM

“There’s not a lot of room for self-doubt or concern that you’re not good enough to do something when you’re watching the kind of shit that’s going down in our country right now,” Nashville singer-songwriter Rachel Baiman muses from across the globe in Brisbane, just before kicking off a short run of Australian dates. “It’s like, ‘Well, you know, if you can be the President, I can do whatever the fuck I want.’” It should be no surprise that Baiman—who plays fiddle, banjo, and sings in the progressive acoustic duo 10 String Symphony—gets political on Shame, her second solo album....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Warm Up With a New Sylvan Esso Song, "PARAD(w/m)E"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Apparently, snow's about to hit the fan, so why not cozy up with a new Sylvan Esso tune? The Durham duo premiered "PARAD(w/m)E" (pronounced "parade") last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The track is nice and bouncy, but despite its bubbly beat and catchy refrain, the song's lyrics dig into darker stuff. The track's titular parade isn't as cheerful an affair as its instrumentation might make you think. You can watch the Kimmel performance here, or follow the bouncing ball along with a lyric video below....

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Music Industry Heavy-Hitters Come to Raleigh Tomorrow for the 2018 Dreamfest Living the Dream Conference

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and it feels like this year, especially, most Americans need to take the time to reflect on King's esteemed legacy as a civil rights leader. This weekend, Community Initiatives of NC is hosting a conference in Raleigh to honor King and continue his messages of empowerment and social justice. The conference heavily features music industry figures, but you don't have to be a big music fan to appreciate their knowledge and experience—they're bound to share some lessons with big applications. One of the main events is a live Q&A between Mathew Knowles—Beyoncé and...

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Bat Fangs, Faults, and Heather McEntire All Have New Songs Out—Listen to Them Here

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 2:21 PM

If your Monday's a drag so far, we've got a smattering of new songs to share with you that should help turn it around. First off is Faults, the current project of Gross Ghost's Mike Dillon. Though Dillon relocated to New York in the fall of 2016, he returns to Carrboro this weekend with Faults in tow for a show with Heaven and Organos. You can watch the video for "Love Goes," one side of a forthcoming seven-inch single, as a sneak peek for their Friday night show in the Cat's Cradle Back Room. Next up is Bat...

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Listen to "Own Your Sadness," A New Song from Christy Jean Smith

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Happy New Year! How are those resolutions going so far? Here's another one to try on, courtesy of Christy Jean Smith: own your sadness. For the better part of a decade, Smith made gorgeous, gentle acoustic songs as The Tender Fruit. But now, Smith has dropped The Tender Fruit name to go by Christy Jean instead, and her newest song, "Own Your Sadness," takes her in an electronic direction. Produced by Bombadil drummer James Phillips (who also plays synth and drums on the track), "Own Your Sadness" is a slow, pillowy number. It's an encouraging reminder not to let your...

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