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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Troika 2010 in photos

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Troika's hyper-local focus (Bryan Reed)

An invitation to all to be Durhamites for a day or three

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Above all, this year's Troika Music Festival felt less like a festival that happened to take place in Durham and more like one created specifically for Durham. This isn't to say that the festival wasn't welcoming—its embrace of all comers was apparent in the often larger-than-usual crowds greeting the festival's three-day pile-up of (mostly) local bands. This year's Troika might not have had the marquee names of years past, but this mostly proved an opportunity for the locals to show their mettle. Saturday sets from Chatham County Line and Hammer No More The Fingers—both at the Motorco Music Hall,...

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Pieces of Troika (Ashley Melzer)

A few favorite moments from a weekend full of great ones

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I spent a lot of Troika Music Festival not thinking about music at all: I wrestled over the perils of eating food truck-inspired second dinners. I cursed my broken cell phone. I paced between venues looking for familiar faces. I thought about a boy. I clumsily broke a glass and poured beer on my foot. I felt relieved not to have a camera. I started taking tallies of people wearing un-ironic headwear and boys with beards. Mostly, I wondered how we all got there and why we'd come in the first place. Because if you didn't happen to be...

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Putting worry to rest at Troika (Spencer Griffith)

Minus Thursday, the weekend was quintessential Bull City

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Troika Music Festival had me worried, at least at first. I arrived at the free Central Park kickoff show—last year's co-bill between Megafaun and The Beast there remains a highlight—shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday night to pick up my pass. The show was nearly deserted, despite a solidly entertaining set from funky hometown rap-rock crew Mosadi Music. I chalked the thin attendance up to the chilly weather, but even at the festival's Rigsbee Avenue-and-Geer-Street nucleus, I found a parking spot just feet from the entrance of Motorco. The indoor shows were hardly more populated. I became truly concerned...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Broad Street Cafe fights for volume

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 3:13 PM

If it’s too loud, shut it down: Durham’s The Broad Street Cafe is collecting petition signatures in preparation for a hearing before the Durham Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Dec. 9, that could limit the venue’s late-night music. Acting on complaints about noise coming from the venue first filed in March, the City investigated the cafe, which is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and determined it was in violation of its commercial zoning district. In order to allow live music past 10 p.m., the club will need to obtain a special minor use permit....

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Red Collar: Distribution deal, red vinyl, Troika video

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM

For Durham’s Red Collar, self-releasing its first full-length album, Pilgrim, in February was an impetus to take the show on the road and make a full-time go of rock ’n’ roll. The CDs were pressed and packaged, a publicity campaign was implemented and dates were booked. The band members packed into “Vandrew Blass,” the vehicle named for former keyboardist Andrew Blass. And, so far, it’s been paying off: The band picked up favorable reviews and college radio airtime nationwide and earned a slot at the recent CMJ Music Marathon in New York. But Pilgrim, save for local consignment, wasn’t...

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Troika's best year yet?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Troika Music Festival unveiled the first draft of its schedule for its three November days of music in Durham this morning, and it looks like organizers have landed on the most closely curated pool of bands and bills since the festival's inception in 2002: All told, 71 acts will spread over eight venues (two of which remain unannounced) Nov. 5-7, and no more than four bands will play any venue on any night. In other words, lots of great bands will get ample set times. Troika 2009 will begin with a centralized outdoor show on Thursday, Nov. 5, featuring...

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