magnolia collective @ local 506

This is me resolving that, in 2013, I will leave the house more and be a hermit less, especially when it comes to local music, because my friends are really talented and seeing them play makes me really happy, even when I unintentionally do dumb things at their shows. They also take care of me…

american aquarium @ local 506

If I went back and counted, I’ve seen American Aquarium more than 50 times since the fall of 2007 — probably closer to 75. But as they spent more time on the road, and drew more and more fans in Raleigh, particularly, I’ve seen them fewer and fewer times every year. This is good, because…

antibalas & the brand new life @ cat’s cradle

I’ve had a bit of a week: I’ve shot gothic Americana, kickass lady punk, electro-synth indie pop, and last night, a double bill of great, great Afrobeat. To be honest, I was almost completely ignorant of Afrobeat as a genre or a movement until I started going to see my friend Seth’s project, the Brand…

hopscotch preview: triangle bands i love

Plenty of blogs out there — including Speakers in Code! — will tell you which national acts to catch at Hopscotch. For you, my dear readers, I shall tell out-of-towners and Triangle-residents-who-only-leave-the-house-once-a-year which locals are worth their salt, your time, and more, like who pays for photo jobs in vinyl. Aren’t those the important things?…

bombadil & you won’t @ the cradle

Bombadil, like Josh Ritter, is a band that performs with such a sense of sheer joy at what they do — it radiates from the stage and infects the audience, who gives it back to him. Last night at the Cradle, there was a moment where I was standing in the crow’s nest, shooting the…

hoots & hellmouth @ the casbah

Delighted by the chance to see my beloved Hoots & Hellmouth twice in a month, and hope it heralds their touring more through North Carolina in places I can see them. Lovely humans, stellar musicians, and Sean Hoots’ songwriting on the just released Salt is staggering in both its breadth and its intimate detail. Salt…

delta spirit @ cat’s cradle

Delta Spirit loves what they do. They write hooky songs with basslines that make you want to shake your hips, and any band that even occasionally uses two drummers is bound to groove pretty hard. They were just flat-out fun last night, and even the normally stolid Chapel Thrill crowd really got into it. I…

vacationer @ cat’s cradle

Reasons why I will go see a band live: I like them. Someone whose taste I trust told me I would like this band. A publicist I like asks me to shoot the show. A publicist in whose good graces I wish to stay asks me to shoot the show. A publicist I don’t know…

jonquil @ local 506

Jonquil, a smartly clever pop band from the UK, weren’t even on my radar before Monday — but when one of my favorite publicists asked me to sit down with them on Wednesday evening before their set, I was more than happy to do it. I’ll have the interview up on Monday, but for today…

fanfarlo @ cat’s cradle

Everything about seeing Fanfarlo last night at the Cradle — a small crowd, but one that really, really wanted to see this band, especially irritating underage drunk asshole who yelled for “Fire Escape” all show; with Hospitality at the 506 and War on Drugs at Kings, there was competition, plus, oh, you know, the ACC…