william beckett @ local 506

The last time I saw William Beckett perform, he had a lot more hair and a much bigger audience; he was still fronting my beloved and late, lamented Chicago-based The Academy Is … on a mainstage at Warped Tour in Charlotte in 2008. I hadn’t figured out how to get press passes yet, so I…

across tundras @ the cave

Continued my metal education by dragging Louis to see Nashville’s self-described psych rockers Across Tundras and local sludge rockers Bitter Resolve. I really dug on Bitter Resolve’s set, and can no longer say as a whole that I dislike metal. I still find metal fairly inexplicable, because I would never say, hey, I want to…

grant hart @ the cave

Dear 22 year old self, I know that, right now, you’re unhappy: you hate yourself, and your life, and you’re terrified about graduating and what the future is going to bring and all of that bullshit. The worst part is, self, that you don’t really have the words or the self-awareness to know all this,…

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…

tour preview: jonathan coulton

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of chatting with Jonathan Coulton, the funny, irreverent singer-songwriter who made his name writing and posting a “Thing A Week” in 2006. Coulton is touring in support of his first new album of all new material since 2006, Artificial Heart, and opening up for hipster-nerd icons They…

bad machine tour: lydia loveless & scott h. biram

shep. and I used to drive around the Southeast a lot, going to see our favorite bands play places other than the Triangle. We do it less now because we’re older, and gas is more expensive, and frankly, mostly the old thing: four years ago that four hour drive home from Norfolk at 2 am…

liturgy @ duke coffeehouse

To say that metal of any variety is not in my wheelhouse is an understatement; I don’t even mostly understand metal music, because I have a really hard time finding the lines in it. So I agreed to go see Liturgy at Duke Coffeehouse with Louis with a little trepidation. It could be great, it…

kathleen edwards @ cat’s cradle

Last night’s Kathleen Edwards show, based on my listening to all four of her albums at work during the day — well, I was a little afraid I was going to be the girl in the front of the audience honking and snotting and weeping all over the place. I was not! That is because…