midtown dickens & matthew e. white @ haw river ballroom

I have — well, not slacked, but I have seen far fewer shows this year than I did last year, and I have definitely missed a lot of homecoming, release, celebration shows by people I love┬áthat I wish I hadn’t. Unfortunately, concert photography is a calling that wars with my anxiety and depression, and I’ve…

dr dog @ haw river ballroom

Dr. Dog absolutely destroyed it last night at Haw River; they’re such a tight band, the harmonies that make their music stand out are even better live, and they just flat out rock. There was a full house, and the crowd was absolutely rocking with them. A ton of fun, and such a pleasure to…

heartless bastards @ haw river ballroom

Erika Wennerstrom is a badass. The wall of guitar and bass that Heartless Bastards produce is enough to rattle your fillings in the best possible way. Haw River Ballroom is one of my favorite places to shoot in the Triangle, if not my favorite, because the lights are so perfect and dramatic. Futurebirds are more…

will johnson & anders parker @ haw river ballroom

If you have a chance to catch Will Johnson and Anders Parker on their current (mostly) living room tour, you need to do it — it was one of the most intimate, reverent, and fun evenings I’ve had in a long time. The third balcony of the Haw River Ballroom sounds just as good as…

stephen malkmus & the jicks @ haw river ballroom

But Pavement was nothing at all like we pictured them. They were a bunch of foxy dudes, and they were into it. As soon as they hit the stage, you could hear all the girls in the crowd ovulate in unison. There were five or six of them up there, some banging on guitars, some…

the love language @ haw river ballroom

The community out in Saxapahaw — an old cotton mill town on the Haw River, about 20 miles west of the Thrill — is doing some incredible things. Last night was the grand opening of the Haw River Ballroom, a massive live music venue in one of the old cotton mill buildings, all high ceilings…