album review: gross ghost – public housing

Public Housing is a break up album; there’s nothing to hide that from the opening lines of “Seeds”: nothing to do, nothing to say. “Seeds” echoes and weeps with the clarity of the drums under Mike Dillon’s aching vocals in the first chorus. The vocals maintain in that way over the rest of the disc,…

album review: mipso – dark holler pop

Bands from North Carolina with upright basses and banjos and mandolins draw, fairly or unfairly, comparisons to one of two bands, at first: the Avett Brothers, or Chatham County Line. Either the Avetts’ high energy stage show, or Chatham County Line’s cluster around a single microphone and close harmonies. Music writers can’t help themselves when…

carrboro music festival 2013

Sometimes it’s just nice to wander around your town on a sunny Sunday afternoon in September and watch bands play. Yep. Full set here.

concert: leftover cuties @ local 506

With a name like Leftover Cuties, and a deliciously vampy frontwoman with a ukelele, this Venice Beach quartet could have teetered on that edge where they’re simply going to fall over a line into just too twee, too precious; they’re saved by a helping of rakish, slightly dirty charm, and primarily by the fact that they make very,…

festival preview / interview: phuzz phest

I have a lot of long-running jokes about Winston-Salem, and I have to be honest: most of them aren’t particularly nice. Most of them do involve the notion of time travel and how if we could harness the vortex of six thousand miles from nowhere that Winston seems to exist in, we could actually build…

video share: michael rank & stag – “the surrender”

and i’ll be your hero down to the weeds I am really, really crazy about Michael Rank’s new record, In The Weeds, and this video for “The Surrender” is just gorgeous on every level. The song is amazing, just gutwrenchingly lovely, and the light in the video is staggering. Michael and the band open for…

album review: goodnight texas – a long life of living

Goodnight, Texas: A Long Life Of Living. Out now, self-released. Goodnight, Texas is a real town. It’s the halfway point between San Francisco, where Avi Vinocur lives, and Chapel Hill, where Patrick Dyer Wolf plays solo and often with the Tender Fruit. A Long Life Of Living sounds like Goodnight, Texas should sound, a bit…

the jon spencer blues explosion @ cat’s cradle

Matt wrote about last night’s show, and interviewed Jon Spencer, over at Speakers in Code. I was deeply smitten with the opening set from Pittsburgh’s Shockwave Riderz, Dex and Sara Romweber are always joys to watch (wouldn’t it be nice if you could, in your 40s, decide that what you wanted to do with your…

southern folklife collection fiddle symposium concert

One of the best things about living in a college town — one of the best things that I don’t take nearly enough advantage of, to the point where I put it on my life list — is all the cool free and cheap events that Carolina sponsors, throws, has, etc. Last night was the…