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Friday, June 20, 2014

Watch Bronson in Action at Time-Out Restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Time-Out’s chicken biscuits were famous long before Adam Richman's Man v. Food came through town a few years back. But, the late-night Chapel Hill food beacon has gained more national prominence after New York emcee and self-anointed foodie, Action Bronson, found the place while in town for a March performance at Cat’s Cradle. I was at that show, and, yes, I saw him suplex, body slam and throw a few overzealous fans who thought that it was a good idea to hop onstage and attack him. It’s become a routine part of his shows. “The college towns are always the craziest places...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Video: Future Islands do Letterman

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Last night, Baltimore's Future Islands played The Late Show with David Letterman. The dramatic synth-pop trio is still claimed for the Triangle by many local musicians and fans, largely due to their origins in nearby Greenville, but also because of their continued personal and professional connections to North Carolina. While they have not called the state home in years, they remain a North Carolina success story and a staple in the local music press. And Wednesday, right on the heels of their network TV debut, they'll play a sold-out Haw River Ballroom date. Last night was surely exciting for the...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Videos: Highlights of the World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, Night One

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

The bluegrass started last night in Raleigh, as the 2013 World of Bluegrass festival, conference and awards ceremony takes control of the city for the rest of the week. Below, catch a few clips of the bands who showcased last night and offered a look into the wide variety of offerings at IBMA. It wasn't strict bluegrass: Some acts had a country lean, while others grappled with Cajun influences and folk ballad styles. The action continues tonight, so keep an eye here for more reviews and videos. And check our comprehensive festival guide for a handbook to the rest of...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Video: Josh Moore solo at the Local 506

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Sunday night, local singer-songwriter Josh Moore opened for Deep Chatham at the Local 506. Considered by many to be one of the more under-rated and under-appreciated acts in the Triangle, Moore has begun working on his first solo album as he nears his 30th birthday. Although he has a few releases under his belt with acts like Beloved, in recent years Moore had fallen into the background, popping up here and there to contribute to his friends' efforts. Now Moore is focusing on his own release, with those same friends helping him along. He's been working with Jeff Crawford of...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Video: Verlon Thompson solo at The ArtsCenter

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Sunday evening at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, longtime Guy Clark sideman Verlon Thompson made a rare appearance in this area of the state. Thompson is an extremely accomplished songwriter and prolific flatpicker who, until recently, had not focused on his own solo career. Despite having a major-label record deal in the '80s, he met Guy Clark and realized he was not happy. Clark then took him on the road, and they have spent the last 30 years performing together. As Thompson mentioned during Sunday's performance, he came on board with Clark for the Old Friends album, and they soon became...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Video: Matthew E. White in Duke Gardens

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Tonight, Hiss Golden Messenger plays the final show of Duke Performances' Music in the Garden series, though the show has been moved indoors to Motorco Music Hall due to the threat of rain. Last week, however, Richmond native Matthew E. White took his six-piece band to the Duke Gardens to put on a hypnotic 90-minute rock ’n' roll show. White, who played an acclaimed performance at last year's Hopscotch, received much love from the crowd when he commented that the Triangle amounted to something of a second home for him and his music. The performance reflected that: From shouting out...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Video: NC Music Love Army played the NCGA Friday, this evening at Moral Monday

Posted By and on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

On Friday afternoon, members of the North Carolina Music Love Army played a few songs in front of the N.C. General Assembly. They'll reprise that performance with an appearance at today's 11th Moral Monday protest on Halifax Mall. Check out a clip from Friday's performance below, and see our cover story on NCMLA....

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Video: Billy Joe Shaver at the Berkeley Cafe

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

The last time legendary Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver visited Raleigh, he played the Hideaway BBQ just before that venue shut down. He returned this past Monday for a show at the Berkeley Cafe, just as its storied music hall prepares to do the same at the end of June. Shaver, 73, played to a packed house and was as animated as ever, at times waltzing on stage while singing his songs, and at one point showing the women in the audience how to properly turn their fist over when throwing a punch at their mate. Shaver ran through several...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Video: John Fullbright at the ArtsCenter

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

John Fullbright, the darkhorse Americana Grammy nominee of 2012, performed Thursday, June 13, at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. The 25-year-old Oklahoman, an incredibly versatile songwriter and instrumentalist, ran through most of his Grammy-nominated album From the Ground Up, mixing in covers of songs by Dan Bern ("After the Parade") and Jimmy Webb ("If You See Me Getting Smaller") as well as a few blues standards. Fullbright moved effortlessly through dynamic and at times brooding piano numbers, rendering a catalog of original material influenced by a variety of styles. Near the end of the night, he performed a powerful version of...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Video: Brett Harris moves forward with new songs

Friday with Jeanne Jolly at Lincoln Theatre

Posted By and on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I first became aware of Brett Harris two summers ago, when I went to see Chapel Hill pop mastermind Chris Stamey play a Tuesday-evening acoustic show at West End Wine Bar on Franklin Street and Harris appeared as an unbilled opener. Between sets, Stamey spoke so highly of Harris' work that it seemed mandatory to check out his 2010 solo debut, Man of Few Words. It was clear upon first listen what Stamey appreciated: Harris' skills as a tunesmith, arranger and vocalist instantly vaulted him into the top tier of Triangle pop musicians. In an interview several months later, Stamey...

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