Music News and Interviews

Tickets available!!

Here are some upcoming shows we have tickets for:

Timeflies @ Cat’s Cradle on Saturday, March 24

Cigarettes After Sex @ Cat’s Cradle on Friday, March 30

Twin Peaks @ Motorco on Monday, April 2

Raulston Blooms! @ JC Raulston Arboretum on Saturday, April 7

The National @ Red Hat Amphitheater on Tuesday May 1

Gypsy Kings @ DPAC on Wednesday May 9

Post Malone with 21 Savage and SOB x RBE @ Coastal Music Park Raleigh on Friday May 18

Primus with Mastodon @ Red Hat Amphitheater on Sunday, May 20

Make sure you’re listening in because DJs randomly give these away on air! So tune in for a chance to win!

Concert Review

Show Review: Converge

What better way to end a brutal 18 credit semester than to blow off some steam at a Converge show, Dec. 13 at Motorco in Durham?


I have now seen Converge in three different decades and they only get better. Staying power like that is rare in hardcore but these guys keep bringing it year after year, album after album. How Jacob Bannon’s voice has survived is beyond me. Converge is touring to promote their new album “The Dusk in Us.” The new album follows their career arc of metal influenced hardcore music. When the band started out no one had defined the word “metalcore” yet, but bands like Converge, Integrity and Hatebreed invented the genre. All three of those bands are still active so there must have been something special going around in the 90’s hardcore scene.

Converge played a set heavy with new material but still pulled from most of the back catalog. I was amazed at how heavy Converge can be with only one guitarist. At some points, the bassist would strap on a guitar and make it even heavier. The songs “The Dusk in Us” and “Worms will Feed/Rats will Feast” show that Converge can slow down, get sludgy and explode with heaviness. Then the band would flip a switch to rip off bangers like “A Single Tear” and “The Broken Vow” and chaos would ensue. 

The crowd was pretty active for this show. Stage dives, mic grabs and sing-a-longs happened throughout the night. At one point toward the end of the show, the band asked a guy in the crowd to go to the bathroom and stop the bleeding from his head. Then they proceeded to joke about pathogens and the old hardcore band Bloodlet. Bannon even handed off the mic to various crowd members a few times who did a pretty good job covering his vocal duties. One person was so spot on that Bannon even called them out for being the best thing that had happened that night.  

In other words, the show was a blast. There were fewer kids taking selfies and no sea of screens filming for YouTube fame. There were more people having a great time being involved with the music, the band, and the process. It really did feel like old times.

– Chris Eaves

Music News and Interviews

Giveaways of the Week: January 19th – 24th!

1/21: Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands @ Kings

1/21: Yarn @ Motorco

1/22: The Pinkerton Raid @ The Pinhook

1/22: Professor Toon @ Motorco

1/22: Naked Naps @ Kings

1/22: Joe Pug @ Haw River Ballroom

1/23: Phil Cook @ Cat’s Cradle

1/23: Bully @ The Pinhook

Music News and Interviews

Giveaways of the Week: November 16th – 22nd!

11/17: Skylar Spence @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

11/17: Andrew Jackson Jihad @ Motorco

11/17: Beat Connection @ Local 506

11/18: Nobunny @ Kings

11/19: Futurebirds @ Kings

11/20: Jessica Lea Mayfield @ Motorco

11/20: Turquoise Jeep @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

11/20: UNiiQU3 @ The Pinhook

11/21: Monjah @ Champions Bar

11/22: Givers @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

DJ Highlights Local Music

Local Beat Roundtable: Series 2 preview 10/29/10

Tonight on the Local Beat we begin our second installment of the Local Beat Roundtable Series.  If you remember from back in August when we had our first in the roundtable discussions with Betsy Harris, Karen Mann, Jake Seaton, Linnie Green, and Bryan Reed the focus on these roundtable discussions is not to focus on the music that make up our scene but the people who promote it and document it.

This evening we are having several exemplary characters in on the program for what should turn out to be some great conversation.

Ross Grady has been the most prominent local music documenter probably ever in our region.  It seems his dedication to the scene knows no bounds.  In addition to running Triangle Rock and starting up Alt Music Chapel Hill Ross is also the guardian of his radio program on WXDU that happens every Sunday from 4pm-6pm.  Be sure to listen in on 88.7 or stream it live on the internet!

Ryan Sweeney is another radio personality who was the general manager at 89.3 WSOE in 2009.  He is now living in Cary and the Director of Communications at the popular website Choose Local Music.  In addition to other things Ryan is a great local music connoisseur who should have plenty to share.

Glenn Boothe is the main man at one of the most significant local venues in the Triangle, the Local 506 in Chapel Hill.   Commonly the central hub of local music in our area, the Local 506 is commonly mentioned by bands and fans alike as their favorite place to watch live music in our area.   I can’t wait to chat with Glenn about his thoughts on the music in our area.

Another music venue owner, Chris Tamplin is stopping by.  Chris was the main organizer for Local Beer Local Band and booked shows at Tir Na Nog before starting his own venture with Durham’s newest local venue, Motorco.  Chris should have some fascinating insight into the different cities and their relationships to the music surrounding them among other things.

Eric Chen is also dropping by.  You might have heard Eric on WXYC for nine years or seen him at many Hammer No More The Fingers shows (as well as others) with his video camera in tote.  Eric has been documenting the music in our area for some time now and I am sure he will have plenty to add to our convseration.  Check out his Vimeo Account here.

Hammer No More the Fingers + Phil Cook @ Trekky House 5/24/10 from Eric Chen on Vimeo.

It is certainly a special treat to have each of these amazing individuals on the show all at once.  It is not going to be a Local Beat you will want to miss.  Be sure to tune in at 5pm on 88.1 or listen live online.  Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and ReverbNation.