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Friday, September 25, 2009

Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn talk baseball (some more)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn co-captain the Baseball Project, a four-piece that brings its diamond-centric songs (not to mention some non-national-pastime-themed works of McCaughey and Wynn) to Cat’s Cradle on Saturday night. We asked the pair to name their five favorite ballplayers and five favorite baseball songs. And because there wasn’t a game on, they agreed....

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Arrogance talks about itself then and now

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 4:48 PM

As the members of Arrogance assembled for their semi-annual-or-so rockanalia that returned to the Cat’s Cradle last Saturday night, we couldn’t help but notice that the gathering had even more juice than usual. It’s been 40 years since Don Dixon and Robert Kirkland bonded on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus, establishing the roots of Arrogance. That alone marks a pretty significant anniversary. To make the show even more special, original members Jim Glasgow and Mike Greer planned to guest with former Arrogance percussionist Ogie Shaw. In an effort to wrap some kind of Now-and-Then perspective around the proceedings,...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Poetry in points: Songwriter and Roman Candle member Keegan DeWitt talks Islands

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Keegan DeWitt draws on his background in theater and acting to convey moments of poignancy in his music. Rather than creating entire film stories, he constructs song scenes that look for the poetry of everyday life. DeWitt is probably best known at this point for scoring independent films or playing with local act Roman Candle, whose members include his sister and brother-in-law, Timshel and Skip Matheny. DeWitt's now on his own, touring with what he considers his first real album, Islands. Driving through rural Virginia, DeWitt spoke with The Independent about poetry, past relationships and growing up. Click here...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kaze: First in Flight, a mixtape

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Three things I never thought I'd hear from Chapel Hill's Kaze: 1. A "Best I Ever Had" remix. Drake? Seriously? 2. Kaze actually singing hooks on more than one song (also featured on his new mixtape is the 9th Wonder-produced single, "Fresh", which features newcomer Mr. Mohalyn singing the hook). 3. Auto-Tune. While toiling within the local hip-hop scene for the past decade and establishing himself as a hard-life, no-frills emcee, it seems as if Kaze has been surreptitiously preparing to be North Carolina's version of Nelly, the St. Louis hitmaker who was once known as a sturdy, threatening...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jessica Hopper talks about The Girls' Guide to Rocking

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Rock heir. Parents, teachers, young music listeners, listen up: Jessica Hopper, author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, is reading at Nightlight in Chapel Hill tonigh, August 25. The show also includes two rad young female artists Katie Stelmanis and Ghost Bees and Durham female band Pink Flag. It's all ages, costs $5 and starts at 7 p.m. Jessica Hopper repped punk bands, played in a few and has written a lot—in her own zine, Hit It or Quit It, and all over the place. She notably became a voice for women in modern punk circles in an article for...

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Interview: Cursive's Tim Kasher talks the beach, the bombast and Barack

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Tim Kasher’s been the creative mastermind behind Cursive for almost 15 years and six full-length albums. During that time, the band’s sound’s evolved from a bristling hard rock that owed a significant debt to Fugazi into something much more rich in dynamics and instrumentation. During that same period, Kasher also released five solo LPs, frequently using different players under the name The Good Life. With Cursive’s latest, Mama, I’m Swollen, the two projects seemed to have merged, judging from the often downbeat, more theatrical tone of the work. Perhaps that’s to be expected, now that Cursive’s members live in...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

INTERVIEW: The Avett Brothers reveal new details about Rick Rubin-helmed album

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 10:56 AM

The door that seals the back lounge of The Avett Brothers' long, shining tour bus slides open silently. At once, the quartet's members—brothers Scott and Seth Avett, bassist Bob Crawford, cellist Joe Kwon—pause and glance up, smiling to their longtime manager, Dolph Ramseur, as he steps across the threshold: "NPR wants to know how many new songs you're playing tonight," Ramseur says, his inflection kindly implying an apology for the interruption. Scott reaches for the setlist. The band exchanges some final thoughts. Scott makes the pronouncement: "Two, but if there's a real serious need for another new song, we...

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Jandek's Coming No. 3: Mixtape, etc.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 3:30 PM

We asked Marc Masters, who did interview Jandek for the Independent, to come up with a five-song Jandek mix. Enjoy, and watch a video from his first public appearance after the break. Listen up! If you cannot see the music player below, download the free Flash Player....

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Jandek's Coming No. 2: The Spin Interview

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 2:03 PM

In 1985, John Trubee did something that—maybe?–one person's done since: interview Jandek. Trubee talked to Jandek for Spin, then in its first year, though the 50-minute tape wasn't released until the 2004 arrival of the documentary Jandek on Corwood. A Jandek fan named Jamie Morrison got around to transcribing the interview last year, posting the results on a Jandek listserv. Download the full transcript here, or read my favorite 300 words (and listen to a bit of it) after the break....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jandek's coming No. 1: John Darnielle on Jandek

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

On Sunday, John Darnielle, the founder of The Mountain Goats, will make his first public appearance behind a keyboard since the age of 9. He'll share the stage with bassist Anne Gomez (of Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan), drummer Brian Jones (of The Agents of Good Roots) and Jandek, the Texas enigma who's been releasing albums on his own label for three decades but only began performing in 2004. Last February, I played a 10-track mixtape for Darnielle in his Durham living room for a feature in the final issue of the late music magazine Harp. The closing track was...

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