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.

concerts: pokey lafarge, escondido, and ellis dyson & the shambles

Pokey and Escondido photos — both great sets — up on Speakers. Ellis Dyson and the Shambles are a local band, with the kind of sharp songwriting and energy and stage makeup who really, really remind me of Holy Ghost Tent Revival about five years ago. I’m very much into them, and they might very…

concerts: cursive, beach slang, megafauna @ cat’s cradle

Trav is already shaking my life up, in that, on Thursday night at the Cradle, I didn’t just think, This is boring and I hate it of Cursive’s set. I paused, and I listened, and I identified what they were doing with the guitars, and then I thought, this is not boring but it is also…

lydia loveless @ motorco music hall

Lydia Loveless lead off her raucous almost two hour set on Tuesday night with “Head” from this year’s spectacular Somewhere Else, and honestly, it takes a certain kind of fabulously awesome person to open a weekday show with a smaller crowd with a raunchy but somehow sweet song about, well. Oral sex. It’s one of…

concerts: the fresh & onlys w/ the shilohs and estrangers @ local 506

Wrote about the Shilohs’ set for Speakers. The Fresh & Onlys, whose latest release House of Spirits is one I’m pretty crazy about, finished out the night, and, god, you guys, I just love well-done indie pop so so so much.  The whole night was just jangle shimmer hand claps sort of delightful. Winston-Salem’s Estrangers, the project of…

concert: rogue band of youth LP release show @ nightlight

Rogue Band Of Youth are part of the Pot Luck Foundation, a loose collective of Triangle musicians who all play in each other’s projects, loosely. They celebrated at the Nightlight last for the release of their debut self-titled LP, and they were fantastic, all melancholy folk ache and echo. Beautiful music, lovely night. Openers were…

album review: mipso – dark holler pop

Bands from North Carolina with upright basses and banjos and mandolins draw, fairly or unfairly, comparisons to one of two bands, at first: the Avett Brothers, or Chatham County Line. Either the Avetts’ high energy stage show, or Chatham County Line’s cluster around a single microphone and close harmonies. Music writers can’t help themselves when…