The Music In The Gardens summer concert series at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham is returning this year with another stacked lineup. Highlights include Camera Obscura, a Lonnie Walker/Mount Moriah double bill, Bowerbirds, Kooley High, Kingsbury Manx, Max Indian, and Billy Sugarfix (performing as Billy Sugarfix Carousel which, coming from him, probably means something pretty neat). Most shows occur each Wednesday and are $10 for the public, $5 for Duke students and employees, and children 12 and under get in free. You can get more information on the series, including dates, times, and ticket info, here.
6/2 Camera Obscura
6/9 Lonnie Walker, Mount Moriah
6/16 Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz
6/29 Samantha Crain
7/7 Kooley High
7/14 Kingsbury Manx
7/21 Max Indian
7/28 Billy Sugarfix Carousel
8/4 Mallarmé Chamber Players (at Kirby Horton Hall)
8/11 Ciompi Quartet (at Kirby Horton Hall)
This week I sat down for yet another Local Beat Mini Exclusive as there will once again be no normally scheduled Local Beat (due to baseball programming). Rob Koegler and Jason Kutchma came in to chat about a really interesting and unique concert happening this Friday evening at the ETC Auditorium of the North Carolina School of Science and Math titled “Deliver Me From Nowhere- A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska.” A collaboration of different musicians from Red Collar, Midtown Dickens, COW, Mount Moriah, and the Rosewood Bluff are coming together to play the entire album in it’s entirely. The show is only $10 and all proceeds are going to benefit the Coalition to Unchain Dogs and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. The concert begins at 9:30 p.m. though a free showing of Terrence Malick’s 1973 film, Badlands, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The screening of the movie is free of charge.
In this Local Beat Mini Exclusive, Jay, Rob, and I chatted about the bands playing the show, the charities, and the reason behind throwing this concert. Jay also brought in his acoustic guitar and a harmonica and played two tracks from Nebraska for us which you can listen to in the music player to the left.
Take a listen to the podcast below and feel free to download the covers at the Local Beat ReverbNation page.
One of the first local bands I was ever introduced to and also one of the most influential in our area, Bellafea has been gradually building quite a following since their first split 7″ with Des Ark back in 2005.
Though often overlooked by local indie pop groups with a more comfortable sound, once you see this threesome live you will forever be forced to compare every live show to the raw energy, hardcore attitude, and head-bobbing punch you in the mouth feel that they electrify your ears with. No North Carolina band rocks harder, plays louder, and gets in your face as Bellafea does.
It is strange that such force comes from such a petite lady. You might have seen Heather McEntire playing solo from time to time sitting in a chair strumming her acoustic without a microphone or amplifier, her voice barely breaking a whisper as she is surrounded by an attentive audience, entranced by her angelic voice. Perhaps you have heard her from her side projects Un Deux Trois or Mount Moriah as the sweet sounding front lady of the two soft folky pop groups that has everyone’s ears buzzing.
But with Bellafea the shy placid persona falls off her and is replaced by an alter-ego of sorts, a powerful and inflamed diva whose personal demons come out in the form of a woman possessed, obliterating her guitar while bursting into her lyrics with a post hardcore attitude. Along side Heather is Eddie Sanchez (also in Fin Fang Foom and Death Came Down the Mountain) whose blistering and electrifying bass playing ignites the crowd. Always jumping, banging, and seemingly tearing his bass apart, he is the fire that ignites the group and transcends them into the local punk gods that they are. Add on to that Nathan Buchanan’s crushing drums and pounding beats and you have a remarkable live act that sends your mind into a whirlwind of loud music madness that is sure to get your head rocking and your feet moving. They are not a band you want to miss live.
For the complete Double Barrel schedule and ticket information, click here.
After looking back to the top 10 local albums of 2009 we have a whole new year and decade ahead of us. Here is a quick blog of some local bands who are rumored to be coming out with an album in 2010:
- Bellafea plans to begin the recording process in June after just signing to Tizona.
- Billy Sugarfix will release his Sessions @ KNC album January 9.
- The Carolina Chocolate Drops are releasing the much awaited “Genuine Negro Jig,” on Feb. 23 through Nonesuch.
- Felix Obelix will finally put out the long awaited The Tick of
the Clock, the Beat in the Chest in late February.
- Front Porch Sofa is working in the studio right now for a summer release.
- Lost in the Trees has been rumored to release new material in the fall.
- Mount Moriah is currently recording a new album set to be released by Tizona.
- Organos has its debut album set to be released in early February.
- Schooner is getting ready for a release in mid-February.
- Veelee has plans on releasing another short EP (they just ran out of hard copies of their Three Sides EP)
- The Whiskey Smugglers already have a new album in the works and plan to record in 2010.
Obviously this is not all of them, but as many as I could muster. Got any more to add? Comment below or shoot me an email: email@example.com.
Only something so important and profound could bring me out of my food science/chemistry induced blogging slumber the day before a microbiology exam: Troika Music Festival. Not only is this the biggest and baddest three- day long local music extravaganza in North Carolina but this is the best line-up they have ever had. I just had to wet my paws on this one.
Troika this year is just not fair. It’s not fair at the amount of awesome shows the will be happening and the amazing bands that will be playing each day. It isn’t fair because there is only one of me. I want to be at every show and hear every song by all the bands playing. I hate you Bonnaroo Troika, yet, I love you.
Because I can’t be everywhere at once, I have mapped out the path I will try to take as I wind my way around downtown Durham to every show. The weather might be a tad chilly but it should be nice enough to walk or ride your bike around downtown Durham and enjoy all the shows you can. This listing is just where I plan to be (subject to change). Feel free to modify my path and comment below.
|Adam’s Top Troika Bands of 2009|
|1. Mount Moriah
7. All Your Science
8. Birds and Arrows
9. Future Islands
10. The Tender Fruit
Of course I will be starting off Troika as I did last year: Broadcasting on WKNC live from the Festival Kickoff in Durham Central Park. The Beast is going on first, followed by Megafaun. If you don’t make this, you don’t like local music.
After the Festival Kickoff this gives me plenty of time to walk on over to the Durham Performing Arts Center for one of my favorite up-and-coming band, Ghost Cats of the South. This new folky sounding indie group from Durham caught my ears over the summer with their demo and I have yet to see them live, though I have yet to hear a bad thing.
For the next hour I have to head over to the Pinhook for House of Fools and Aminal. Aminal played LBLB a while back and wowed the audience as well as myself. Plus, I have had their two EPs they put out earlier this year on constant rotation in my house.
Since I saw Max Indian last Friday, and I saw Bowerbirds before its members left for Europe a couple of weeks ago I am going to drop back by the Duke Coffeehouse to catch the last two shows there for the night. EAR PWR and Future Islands are two bands my feet have been craving recently. (I will make it up to The Moaners somehow).
If I didn’t have a radio gig (The Local Beat, people!) on Friday I would probably be heading to The West End Wine Bar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for what could be one of the best shows of the night. Tea and Tempests, Liza Kate, and Birds & Arrows back-to-back-to-back. I’ll try not to think about what I am missing there for what should be a chilled-out good time, especially since I have not heard Tea and Tempests before.
I saw the Huguenots fairly recently, otherwise I would be hitting them up at the Trotter Building. Instead I am going to drop by The Pinhook to see The Scientific Superstar. Probably one of the stranger groups in the area (they base their songs off of the comic books that go along with their albums) I have yet had the pleasure to see what they do in front of a crowd.
Jews and Catholics are always a must for me when they play in Raleigh (which isn’t often enough) so I am sure to swing by Broad Street Cafe for the first time in ages. Depending on how far I mind walking, I also wouldn’t want to miss Brett Harris either who is playing at the same time at the Trotter Building. Decisions, decisions…
Assuming that my hearing is almost gone by this point, I may have to skip Caltrop, which is still ringing in my ears from the last time they melted my face off and stop by the Duke Coffeehouse instead for the Pneurotics. Even though I interviewed them about their latest release, Second Skin, I have not had the time to see them live when they have played. I can’t wait to hear the new songs in front of an audience that includes more than just me.
I Was Totally Destroying it has been playing A LOT recently and sounds tighter than ever. Plus, I am always down to hear some more of their new tracks from Horror Vacui.
My last show before I call it a night will be to see All Your Science who is playing late night at Bull McCabe’s. I havn’t seen them since Troika last year when they completely won me over. It’s been too long.
Assuming that my beloved Wolfpack are not getting destroyed early by Maryland on Saturday it seems unlikely I will be leaving the game at Carter Finley early. If I did however, I would NOT miss Mount Moriah (playing at 2:30 at the Trotter Building), possibly my favorite band in the Triangle right now. You have got to hear them.
The Bronzed Chorus put out one of my favorite albums of 2009 with I’m The Spring and I have never seen them live. I hear they really put on a good live show though so I will be getting over to the Trotter Building first and foremost to watch them play Saturday evening.
Once the Bronzed Chorus is done I will be sticking around to watch Maple Stave. Though I would love to see Veronique Diabolique since I couldn’t make it to their show last weekend. This could be a tossup.
I just saw Schooner last Friday (who completely ruled) and I have seen them probably more than any band in North Carolina, so instead I will be going to Luego for the second time in as many weeks. Luego is just one of those bands I cannot get enough of.
The Butterflies are one of those bands I just have never been able to get around to seeing live.
Pistil is by far the best band playing late on Saturday and one I havn’t been able to see in quite some time as well. I will be ending my night at Bull McCabe’s once more to round off Troika.
For video footage of Troika bands, check out WRAL’s entertainment vlog.
by Sweet Melissa on Oct.26, 2009, under Promotions
Check out these awesome shows going on this week that WKNC is giving away tickets to:
Tuesday, October 27:
Friday, October 30:
Saturday, October 31:
Be sure to tune into 88.1 WKNC for your chance to win tickets! Also, check out the Rock Report for a complete listing of local shows near you!
This Friday’s Local Beat has to be one for the ages. My fourth week on the show is gearing up to be the best so far with special guests Superchunk, Ryan Gustafson, and the Pneurotics.
Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of local legend Superchunk are calling in at 5pm to talk about their new book based on their label Merge Records: “OUR NOISE: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label that Got Big and Stayed Small“. The book is set to be released Tuesday, September 15 via Algonquin Books. Mac and Laura will be traveling across the state to promote the new book and play some tunes of their own at the following bookstores:
Local blog Triangle Music did an excellent short review on the book which you can read here.
You have been hearing Ryan Gustafson‘s solo work on WKNC for a couple of weeks now, but at 6pm on the Local Beat Ryan is stopping by to chat about his CD Release party tonight at the Local 506 with two amazing bands, Mount Moriah and Mandolin Orange (show is $5 and starts at 9:30pm). His album, Donkey LP, has certainly proven to be one of my favorites this summer and Spencer Griffith of The Indepdent Weekly gave the album an admirable review which you can check out here.
The final hour of the show brings The Pneurotics on to chat up another new album and another Local 506 release party; this one their own. The album is titled Second Skin and is set to be released Friday, September 18th at the 506 with The Travesties and Rat Jackson taking the stage as well (show is $8 and starts at 9:30pm).
So tune in to the Local Beat every Friday evening from 5pm-8pm. If you are out of the area be sure to listen online!
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!
We packed quite a bit into an hour and half last Friday on the Local Beat.
At 5:00, Kim Gray brought a rather large posse with her, including Megan and Ian from Pistil, Paul and Junko from Scientific Superstar, Teresa from The Virgo 9, and Shirle from Free Electric State. We chatted about the upcoming Pick n Bitch Festival at the Pinhook in Durham. Our topics of discussion ranged from Durham’s (undue?) status as official “underdog of the triangle” to the word bitch and its connotation.
Then at 6:00, Liza Kate and Jenks Miller (Mount Moriah, In the Year of the Pig, un deux trois, Horseback) of Holidays for Quince Records joined us. Liza had her release show that night for her new album, Don’t Let the Dogs. We chatted a bit about the label and the weekend-long Holidays for Quince block party, and she was kind enough to play a few songs in studio for us. Check it out below.
An in-studio performance of an untitled song:
An in-studio performance of “No Good”:
Friday night was a first for many. Not only was it the first night of the Holidays For Quince first ever block party, but it was also a debut CD release show for HFQ’s newest artist, Liza Kate, in addition, it was the Nighlight’s first evening with a liquor license. Needless to say it was one hell of a show.
Embarrassing Fruits was first on the bill and kicked through most of their songs from their First Time EP. The crowd was small at the start but by the end of their set the place had filled up. Embarrassing Fruits is actually off of Trekky Records and not HFQ, which made it all the more apparent that this was as much of a community event as anything, and not just to highlight HFQ’s amazing group of bands (a couple of bands from HFQ are playing at TRKFest in June as well). Plus, you have got to love EF for their “non-ironic mustaches and vintages T-shirts.”
It was only Mount Moriah‘s second show ever, but this mixmash of some of the Triangle’s best local bands stole the night with some beautiful tunes and fantastic musicianship. I think I found my new favorite band in the area and look forward to the next time they play.
Liza Kate went on next with a spectacular intimate set. It being her CD release party I had only heard her earlier that night on the Local Beat and had never seen her before, but was pleasantly surprised with her beautiful whispery vocals over top reticent acoustic guitar. Jenks Miller sat in for a few songs on electric and Heather McEntire sang on one song as well. Overall, the intimate setting the Nighlight provides allowed for Liza to really connect with the crowd, and her witty entertaining comments during the breaks kept the crowd in. Her new album off of HFQ, Don’t Let The Dogs, is one of my favorites so far this year after only one listen through.
Max Indian went on last. Being off of Trekky Records, like the Embarrassing Fruits, they too were welcome friends. Having seen them only about 6 or 7 times before (and never not enjoying seeing them) I decided to skip out for the night and get some rest for the radio early the next morning. (Sorry fellas).
Night 2 was another fantastic night for local music. In The Year Of The Pig went on first. People, until you see them live, then the phrase “melt your face off” holds no meaning. ITYOTP really can rock your mind (and ears) into oblivion. Their smashing duo drums overtop distorted guitar and bass took this ITYOTP n00b to a whole new level. After 30 minutes of mind bending music, I began to feel sorry for Dave Cantwell’s drumset, but I suppose it was for a good cause. Man, what a way to start the night.
Oh, and after their set they filled everyones bellies with some delicious homemade tacos.
(no pictures from ITYOTP as they played in complete darkness, very cool though)
Not be be outdone, the Curtains of Night went up next and kept the show heavy with their unique brand of female duo death metal.
The Moaners held the third slot of Night 2 and delivered on their usual bluesy americana vibe. Their last song of the night, one which I did not recgonize, with Melissa on saw and Lauren on acoustic guitar was truly captivating. Most of their setlist sounded like new material to me, so I either need to remind myself of their discography or even better, look forward to a new album sometime in the future.
Night 3 was one for the ages. Screaming Females to center stage to start the show. Ive never seen a performance quite like this band from New Jersey put on. Shredding guitar, pumping bass, head banging drums. What a set. If you havn’t seen this band, they are a MUST. After they were done some of the people I came with and myself sat in silence for a moment to take it all in. Speechless.
Caltrop tore it up second with their overamplified driven sound and hard progressive rock. Heavy metal heaven. (Word is that they may begin recording an album soon, after writing songs all winter, and plan on touring in Europe- kickass!)
Last, but obviously the headliner for the whole 3 nights, was Bellafea who launched into their set with enthusiasm only they could muster for such an already overhyped crowd. I had not seen them in ages but was pleasantly surprised to see them just as amazing as ever before. Their punk rock attitude never ceases to entertain. All hail Bellafea!