concerts: shannon o’connor @ cat’s cradle

I met Shannon O’Connor when she was stomping on PBR cans in the Cradle parking lot during Merge 25, so I knew I was going to like her from the start, because, come on, why not? We then discussed my camera and her CD release show, so I knew I was going to like her…

concerts: rock*a*teens & the love language @ cat’s cradle back room

What a lovely night of Merge Records indie pop rock last Wednesday — despite starting at 10:30pm (much too late for this old person), the Love Language’s set was shimmery delicious danceable goodness, and Rock*A*Teens made me doubly sad that I missed their set at Merge 25, because they were equally great. Give me hooky…

video share: the love language – heart to tell

I’ve had this stuck in my head since #merge25. Yesterday my brain mashed it up with JKutchma’s “Teenage DMZ” (because I put them both on a mix for Trav, and we listened to it driving around last weekend, and honestly? It’s a pretty good mashup. Thanks, brain!). Pretty psyched to see them twice in ten…

concerts: merge 25

In June 1993 — on the mouth was out, but Flat Duo Jets’ White Trees was due out “that month” — I ripped an article titled “Goin’ To The Chapel” out of Sassy Magazine. It asserted that Chapel Hill was about to be the next Seattle; bands featured in it include Superchunk, of course; Dex…

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: carolina still @ local 506

It has been a damn long while since I saw a band that mostly did covers — and mostly did covers by knocking them out of the fucking park. Saturday night I took Trav to see Carolina Still headline the 506, on the strength of the two openers (Texoma and Campfires & Constellations), and he…

bloodshot records spring: bobby bare jr & dex romweber

Bobby Bare Jr. — Undefeated: once a year or so, Bloodshot’s new release schedule affords me the opportunity to dig into the back catalog of one of their artists, someone I’ve never really listened to before; this year it’s Bobby Bare, Jr., and it starts with his 2014 release Undefeated. It’s a gem of a…

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…

concert: texoma @ motorco music hall

The Cowboy is playing in yet another band, and as he and I had a bit of business to settle yesterday, I headed over to Durham to check out Texoma, the latest project fronted by Zach Terry, late of various Triangle projects like the Whiskey Smugglers and Gambling the Muse. Despite being only a few…