This week is going to be a great one for shows in the Triangle, but it could involve some tough decisions on certain nights. Check out some of the best shows listed below and many more listed in the Rock Report.
These bands are two of the best acts in the area both live and on the record. Gross Ghost released their Grip Tapes’ debut “Brer Rabbit” in March of last year and showing that in their several years of existence they have already crafted a sound of their own. This diverse album features hints of lo-fi garage rock, 90′s era indie rock, as well as some influences 60′s pop-rock. Last year they were seen playing all over the Triangle, but most notably at WKNC’s 9th Double Barrel Benefit and the 3rd annual Hopscotch Music Festival where their music lit-up the audience. They are followed up by Spider Bags. Spider Bags are beginning to become a household name in the North Carolina. They are known for their incredibly energetic live shows that will leave your ears ringing for days. Their latest effort has been receiving a lot of national attention including an 8.1 review on Pitchfork as well as sitting number 1 atop PopMatters’ Top Overlooked Albums of 2012. This is a show that you don’t want to miss.
Katherine Whalen of Squirrel Nut Zippers fame is back at it again. Her solo work is often labeled under the title of “folk music,” but her new sound encompasses so much more. Her new album titled “Madly Love” has something there for everyone. Birds and Arrows are an incredible act that were seen at last year’s Double Barrel Benefit. The trio’s folky sound led by a cello appeals to every audience with their well-perfected live show. The trio has well stood the test of time in an area that has seen many folk acts come and go. It is amazing to see three people translate such intricate music perfectly to the stage. This is a show is a folk-lovers’ paradise and a great introduction to anyone else.
If you have yet to go to a show at Duke Coffeehouse, there is no better time. The atmosphere there always makes for the most energetic and intimate shows. Greensboro natives Jenny Besetzt open up the night. Jenny Besetzt are a brand new band who have exploded onto the local music scene. They turned many heads when they performed at last year’s Hopscotch Music Festival as well many different shows all around the Triangle. Their debut LP “Only” dropped this past October. Their sound is a fusion of dream-pop and shoegaze with a punch which they describe as “dream-punk.” The night ends with indie-pop quartet Bleeding Rainbow out of Philly. This band has only released a handful of 7 inches, but with their debut album due out at the end of this month their are bound to break big. With several different tracks being reviewed by Pitchfork and the like, they have created quite a buzz for themselves. This is bound to be an amazing show that you do not want to miss.
This night starts up with the great Greensboro husband-wife duo Eros and the Eshaton. Their sound falls somewhere between shoegaze and dream-pop. This new act has been turning heads opening for many different acts over the past year. They are followed up by The Lollipops. This lo-fi indie pop bedroom project of Iggy Cosky has expanded into a full band project and exploded onto the scene in the past year with their numerous recordings. Their live shows have proven themselves time and time again to be just as fun as their songs. The night ends with the always entertaining Annuals. Annuals’ name speak for themselves. This 6-piece indie pop group out of Raleigh have been a household name in the Triangle since the release of their critically acclaimed debut in 2006. They have been known for their energetic live shows. If you have not seen them yet, there is no better chance then with this great supporting cast.
This week’s top 10 comes from local hip-hop group The Beast. They are mixing it up a little and giving us their top 10 albums, instead of tracks, they are currently listing to.
From Pierce, emcee
“Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part 2″ by Raekwon
“Brazilian Girls” by Brazilian Girls
From Eric, piano
“Infernal Machines” by Darcy James Argue’s Secrety Society
“Bring Me The Workhorse” by My Brightest Diamond
From Stephen, drums
“Such Fun” by Annuals
“Wildnerness” by Josh Mease
From Pete, bass
“Funeral” by The Arcade Fire
“Voodoo” by D’angelo
From the band
“Double Booked” by Robert Glasper
“Leave it all Behind” by The Foreign Exchange
Schooner band members Maria Albani and Reid Johnson have shared their top 10 track lists this week.
5. Clapping Yer Hands (ooh la Yeah)- Waumiss
6. She Cracked – The Modern Lovers
Tonight on the Local Beat looks to be a good time with three fantastic interviews lined up.
At 5pm, Carrboro natives Veelee will be joining me to promote their show this evening at the Local 506 with Free Electric State and Embarrassing Fruits. The show at the 506 tonight starts at 9:30pm and tickets are $7. They will also be playing some tunes live on the air which you will not want to miss.
At 6pm Hailey Queen of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs will be joining us at WKNC alongside Sara Bell of Durham based folk rock band Regina Hexaphone to discuss tomorrow’s third annual Music For Fences in Durham Central Park. Regina Hexaphone will be playing alongside Rey Norteno, The Kinksmen, and Superchunk. The show is from 4pm-10pm, $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All proceeds from the show benefit the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, which is a non-profit organization set up to raise money to build fences for chained dogs.
The last hour of the show is dedicated to Midtown Dickens who are having an album release party for their new record Lanterns, tonight at the Duke Coffeehouse with Mount Moriah and Des Ark (the show starts at 9pm and is FREE). Founding members of the band Kym Register and Catherine Edgerton are coming in to talk about the creation of Lanterns, gossip about their new band members, and recollect the past 2.5 years since their last album release. We will also be performing live unreleased tracks from the album as a sneak preview of whats to come this evening in Durham.
So tune into the Local Beat this evening. 5pm-8pm every Friday! If you don’t have a radio or are out of the area, listen online!
Mark your calendars for September 11 and plan on heading to the Duke Coffeehouse in Durham for an album release party for Durham’s own, metal band Tooth. They will be releasing a 12″ EP alongside fellow metal act The Claw (of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Also playing that evening will be Grappling Hook and Curtains of Night
A press release from Churchkey Records is as follows:
With the good news of the EP’s release, there is also sadness, and fond remembrance of a friend and brother who has passed. The Claw’s side of this EP is the last recorded work of lead vocalist Mikey Brosnan, who was killed by a drunk driver while crossing the street in his home town of Philadelphia in November 2008.
The release also marks the end for Tooth, which will play its final show on Sept. 11.
The album is limited to 300 copies and includes mp3 downloads. The album will also be released digitally on Churchkey Records’ website. You can pre-order the album here.
Check out the followin mp3s available for download:
Tooth: “Suicide Myth
The Claw: “Grief Is For The Living”
While it was a beautiful day in Raleigh, NC (and a perfect day for First Friday), the rain seemed to follow our baseball team all the way to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It’s been a rough year for the Pack, and the constant rain delays turned into double headers can’t have helped their focus or consistency.
While it might have been frustrating for baseball fans, it did mean that the Local Beat received an impromptu extra hour–back to the 5-8 timeblock! A little before the 6:00 hour, Brian Walsby, drummer of Double Negative and renowned comic artist, and Charles Cardello, co-founder of Bifocal Media, joined us in the studio. We talked a little bit about the Manchild 4 comic and Melvins CD release party. Walsby described Double Negative as a cross between Cat Stevens and Bread.
A little later on, Scott Phillips of Goner, Scott Williams (also of Double Negative) and Chris Jones (of The Loners) stopped in. We talked about party/show events as well as the growth of Raleigh as it relates to the cultural scene, and the unofficial pre-party dining location, The Remedy. But mostly, we chewed the fat.
So once again, the party is at Tir Na Nog tonight (Saturday the 4th) and will feature the following lineup:
With the $10 price of admission comes food, a copy of the 4th installment in Walsby’s Manchild comic series, and a previously unreleased Melvins CD entitled Pick Your Battles, which features live music from two shows: one in Berkeley, Ca, in 1989, and the other in Boston, Ma, in 2008.
After the crew left, we played “Automobiles,” a cut off of the new Hammer No More the Fingers album Looking for Bruce. They are releasing the album tonight at the Duke Coffeehouse alongside the Dry Heathens, the Future Kings of Nowhere, Deleted Scenes, and The Beast. This is all part of what they’re calling “Viking Storm.”
So whether you’re in Raleigh or Durham tonight, you have a pretty epic event to attend. Decisions, decisions.
Tonight on the Local Beat DJ Stevo and the Local Beat crew will be joined in studio by Chapel Hill indie group The Butterflies. The Butterflies are set to release their brand new debut album, Nothing’s Personal, off of Chapel Hill based Trekky Records, tonight at the Duke Coffeehouse with Durham band, The Physics of Meaning. As always at the Duke Coffeehouse, doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9:30.
Listen in to the Local Beat every Friday from 5-8pm!