caveman @ local 506

Caveman’s debut album, CoCo Beware, took at least the segment of the music blogging world that I read by storm at the end of 2011; their pounding, dreamy indie rock was the kind that you can dance to while still taking off on fairly amazing flights of fancy and guitar work. I wasn’t certain, however,…

flesh wounds @ all day records

I rarely understand what’s going on musically when Flesh Wounds play, and there’s a very real chance that I shall perish mid-job at some point when Montgomery cracks me in the skull with his guitar, but that just makes me love Flesh Wounds more. Full set here.

enough

Rock ‘n’ roll did not need a museum. The fact that it existed was enough. — Dave Thompson writing on Patti Smith in Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story

samantha crain @ local 506

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Samantha Crain; in that time, she’s turned over her whole band and released both a new album and a brand new 7″, but she’s no less of a great songwriter and a stunning stage presence — I often wonder how a voice that big comes from a…

onward soldiers cd release party for ‘monsters’

There’s nothing more fun than an amped up crowd that’s at least as excited for a release as a band is; or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, both Wilmington’s Onward, Soldiers and the crowd at the Pour House on Thursday were in fine form for the band’s release party for their sophomore…

girl in a coma @ local 506

The mark of a great band is this: not how they perform as a headliner, but how they perform as an opener. Last night Girl in a Coma, touring as an opener for the Features, completely owned the crowd in the 506. Not a huge crowd, but one that whooped and hollered and even danced…

american aquarium @ the pour house

It depends on what you ask me, and when, about American Aquarium, whether I’ll be sentimental, or cheerfully cranky, or a million other things — but one thing I will always, always be is fond, is deeply affectionate for those five guys and all 28 ex-band members. There’s no other band where I can tell…

dex romweber duo @ nightlight

Last night Dex started his set by telling the crowd that, when he was 15, he used to see shows in this room. It’s true — the Nightlight’s space was the original Cradle space, before Frank bought it and moved it to Carrboro. I never saw a show there (too young!) but the sincere sentimentality…

architecture in helsinki @ cat’s cradle

Sometimes, I’m not going to lie, I take jobs because I like a band’s name, or I figure the shots will be interesting, or I’m simply curious about what the deal is. Last night’s Architecture in Helsinki show at the Cradle was a little of all three; I didn’t know much about the band (and…

bombadil cd release party for ‘all that the rain promises’

Everyone in the Triangle knows the story of Bombadil; in 2009, poised to break out with the spectacular and heartbreaking Tarpits and Canyonlands, the band took an abrupt and open-ended hiatus, based, publicly, mostly around de facto frontman Daniel Michalak’s deteriorating physical health. (If you aren’t from here, you can read last week’s Indy story…