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Local Artist of the Month: Magpie Feast


Throughout most of 2013 we’ve taken time each month to highlight some of our favorite local artists in the area. Our Artist of the Month feature is meant to shine a light upon the folks in the North Carolina music scene that deserve is most. Whether that be some of the scene’s longstanding champions like Bombadil and The Love Language, swiftly rising up-and-comers like Baobab or punk-rock renegades like Whatever Brains, we always try to focus on an act that stands for all that our scene represents.

That’s why we’re proud to present our final Artist of the Month for 2013 with Raleigh’s little-known Magpie Feast. Prepare yourself for a rootsy blast of foot-stomping tunes that are dripping with bluesy rhythms and passionate melodies. For years Matthew Southern has crafted rough around the edges Americana-leaning tunes that have flown quietly under the radar. Despite the lack of critical acclaim, Southern’s songs have grown from enjoyable trips into the songwriter’s psyche to memorable displays of his ever-increasing songwriting prowess.

Your standard Magpie Feast song feels reminiscent of a dirty southern take on Devendra Banhart. These tracks are firmly based in blues-rock stylings while interspersing traditional folk melodies, yet they somehow find their way into sprawling territory that gives this music a modernistic hue. Magpie Feast’s most recent release Out of the Womb sheds the lo-fi veil in favor of a much more dynamic and engaging approach, taking this already riveting sound and piling on layers to enrich the experience. 

On Friday, December 13 I’ll be joined by Magpie Feast to discuss the evolution of this promising and under-appreciated act and to find out where they stand amongst a crowded North Carolina scene. Magpie Feast will be performing some stripped down takes on tracks from Out of the Womb, so tune in from 6-7 for our last Artist of the Month feature before the new year begins!