speakers in code garden party: admiral fallow

And then on Sunday, the North Carolina division of Speakers In Code took over the stage that’s immediately in front of Matt and Tracey’s new house (most convenient stage ever), loaded it with a full PA system, plugged the keggerator full of Fullsteam’s summer basil beer (graciously donated by Sean from Fullsteam, who turned up…

sinful savage tigers @ the station

If you didn’t stay til the bitter end of this great show, you missed me bullying Josh Moore and SST into covering ‘The Weight’ for me. They killed it, and I am terrifically bossy. Sinful Savage Tigers’ last Americana Revue … the Station better get somebody as good as SST and predecessors Magnolia Collective to…

studio session: effingham

Last night I got to Durham too late to see the Save Our Arts show with the Beast, Mount Moriah, and Megafaun (sold out! Good on them) so I trundled back to the Thrill and spent the evening hanging out with Jeremy Blair and Effingham, who are recording their first full-length in the Cowboy’s studio….

kathleen edwards — voyageur

Kathleen Edwards — Voyageur. Out 1/17, Zoe Records. When I fell in love with Kathleen Edwards, between Back to Me and Asking for Flowers, it was on the strength of her songwriting: I am tired of playing defense and I don’t even own hockey skates, or asking for flowers is like asking you to be…

show preview: the fling @ local 506

I spent twenty hilarious, enlightening minutes on the phone with Graham Lovelis, bassist and sometimes singer of Long Beach’s the Fling, on Sunday night; we talked about writing songs on the road, who his mom loves best (Graham or older brother and guitarist Dustin), their East Coast tour (currently heading south with NC’s Floating Action),…

two sentence reviews of reasonably new albums i listened to in october

Two sentence reviews of reasonably new albums I listened to in October; one of the only good parts of October! Quiet Americans — Medicine EP: belying their name, this EP is fantastic fuzzy garage rock, full of distorted vocals and guitars run through so many pedals it’s amazing they sound like guitars at all. It…

onward soldiers @ festifall

I have this theory that the reason the Triangle music scene continues to proliferate as it does, with both tons of bands and tons of good bands, is because for 30 years parents have taken their small children to see excellent local bands play at free street festivals, so 30 years of small children have…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in september

Two sentence reviews of new albums I listened to in August. Boom! The Horrible Crowes — Elsie: Brian Fallon is one of those musicians who I struggle to find fault with, primarily because his songwriting is so strong; he’s one of the best songwriters working today. This is the debut album from his acoustic-y, Rolling…

kennebec @ the pour house

Sweet harmonies, summer songwriting, and three dudes who have no right to make as much glorious noise with acoustic instruments as they do. Kennebec, even as an acoustic trio, has such a huge and full sound, I am dreaming of finally getting to hear them electric, with a rhythm section. They were tremendous on Friday…