concerts: julien baker w/ gracie and rachel @ cat’s cradle

julien baker @ cat's cradle

Julien Baker was stellar at the Cradle last week; photos are up on Speakers.

gracie & rachel @ cat's cradle

gracie & rachel @ cat's cradle

Openers Gracie & Rachel were a little Tori Amos, a little Vienna Teng, a lot themselves, and a whole lot of spectacular harmonies. The keyboard / violin combo is fantastic, the music is reserved without being shy or retiring, and their voices together just stunned me. More photos of the duo are on Flickr.

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concerts: magnolia collective, jphono1, mark holland

magnolia collective @ cat's cradle

A farewell show of sorts for MagCo, long among my local favorites, as drummer Jon Truesdale and his wife Jo are moving out of the country — a wonderful live goodbye to this lineup of a band that started as a fun covers side project and has produced some of my favorite music in the local scene in the last few years. Happy to pick up their latest full length on vinyl Friday night, and say goodbye to Jon, and catch up with some friends I hadn’t seen in far too long.

jphono1 @ cat's cradle

mark holland @ cat's cradle

Opened with a solo set from Mark Holland (of the Holland Brothers) and a full band set from JPhono1, both excellent.

Check out the full set here.

concerts: slingshot cash @ local 506

slingshot cash @ local 506

The 506 has launched a new series, where 3 locals play sets at 3pm on a Sunday; this is a great idea, and this past Sunday Slingshot Cash played (with Smoothrays and the Stray Owls), and it was great.

Also Trav finally identified specifically what it is that I am disliking when I say that I hate guitar wanking and wave my hands around about jam-ish bands. “Oh!” he said. “You hate jazz chords.”

So I learned something: I hate jazz chords.

Full set is here.

slingshot cash house show

house show: slingshot cash

House shows can mean different things; on Saturday night, it meant a real stage on a lovely back patio, great food, good company. Obviously I’ve been watching Slingshot Cash play in various iterations for years now, but damn, y’all, I’m not just saying this because I’m fond of those dudes: they are sounding really, really great these days. The Cowboy’s songwriting is always stellar, and the band is just tight as hell, and they all look like they’re having a hell of time playing together. It’s the kind of show it’s a pleasure to watch.

house show: slingshot cash

house show: slingshot cash

house show: slingshot cash

house show: slingshot cash

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

concerts: slingshot cash @ the speakeasy

Slingshot Cash, latest lineup, played their first show at the Speakeasy in Carrboro last Thursday. They’re sounding damn good these days, and it was a pleasure to hear the way old songs get made new with new contributors, and all the new stuff, as well. You should go see them.

Full set here.