concerts: magnolia collective, jphono1, mark holland

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…

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.

dawes + shovels & rope @ cat’s cradle

Dawes is one of those bands where I have tried for years to grasp the deep, fierce love with which fans of the band approach Taylor Goldsmith’s music, and after three or four shows, I remain perplexed. I enjoy Dawes, but there’s nothing in their songs that snags my heart and flips it over. What…

hollis brown @ local 506

Hollis Brown, you guys. Look. Y’all know that I basically don’t like to leave the house because I’m lazy and misanthropic and also because I’m old and I like to fall asleep in front of NBA games at 8:45 on weeknights. But I go out, for bands I really love, and I am generally rewarded….

drive-by truckers @ haw river ballroom

I hadn’t seen the Truckers in almost 18 months — Hopscotch 2011 — and when Patterson launched into “The Living Bubba” last night, even as I was deeply exhausted and irritated at the crowd, it felt like a physical relief to see the band. They have meant so much to me for many years, and while…

tame impala @ cat’s cradle

I wrote about the Tame Impala show for Speakers In Code. Full set is here. (Credentials courtesy Shelley at Modular People, and I was genuinely grateful for the barrier / photo pit at the Cradle last night, because I didn’t have to fight in the sold-out, hyped-up, very fun crowd to get good shots. I…

tomorrow never knows there’s an answer

A January tradition by now, this benefit show pitting covers of two bands against each other. (Dylan vs Petty ; Springsteen vs Young ; REM vs U2) It is always for a good cause, and it is always fun. This year it was the Beach Boys and the Beatles getting the versus treatment, and it…

toddlers kickstarter reward party @ local 506

a. This was one of the best Kickstarter rewards that I’ve ever seen: a private show for people above a certain donation level, and a free download card for a new release with it. I would never have thought of it for a reward, but it was a great one. I was delighted that Dan…