festival preview: secret stages, birmingham, alabama

Secret Stages, a two day festival in downtown Birmingham featuring loads of great smaller bands, starts on Friday, July 31, and runs through August 1. Festival organizer Travis Morgan was nice enough to sit down and answer some questions for me. If you’re in the greater Birmingham area this weekend, make sure to check it…

show previews: what a week

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a show — a combination of bad weather and laziness has compounded it. But hot damn if there isn’t an amazing four days in a row just in Chapel Hill (and Carrboro, mostly in Carrboro) where I can tell you go and watch some live music. Tuesday 3/18: Typhoon w/…

show preview: new madrid @ kings, 3/6

I’m kind of really into Georgia bands right now, apparently. I didn’t mean for it to happen — I thought there was only one person in the state of Georgia with whom I was smitten! You know! The one I like to kiss! — but then all of a sudden I’ve got a couple of…

preview: j roddy walston & the business @ kings

J. Roddy Walston & the Business rock. Sometimes that’s a cliche, and sometimes it’s the only way to describe what a band does. This band, fronted by the volatile and captivating Walston, rocks, and rocks hard. I had the pleasure of seeing them back in September in Chicago, and they had an incredibly diverse crowd —…

rock the cape: southern culture on the skids

I kind of feel like I’m getting an education in Triangle music history this year; back in the winter, I saw alt country pioneers the Backsliders for the first time, and even though Southern Culture on the Skids have been playing their surfabilly punk since 1983, their latest LP Zombified is the first time I’ve…

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…

show preview: dragonette @ cat’s cradle

Things I love: bands from Canada, electro-pop, ladies making kickass music. Here are some things that Dragonette is: a kick-ass female-fronted electro-pop band from Canada. They’re currently touring with Major Lazer, a sold-out show at the Cradle on Thursday, and I’m going to implore you to get there early enough to see Dragonette, because I…

festival preview: bristol rhythm & roots reunion

shep. and I discovered Bristol Rhythm & Roots — or just “Bristol” to bands and regular festival-goers — back in 2009, when friends Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the New Familiars both played; we attended again in 2010, took 2011 because of its proximity to Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival, and in 2012, I just said…

show preview: these united states & the henry clay people

These United States headline the 506 tonight, in support of their new self-titled record, supported by the Henry Clay People, in support of their new record, Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives. 9PM, $11. You can make this show and still catch Slingshot Cash at the Nightlight later on; that’s what I’m doing. These…

show preview: modern skirts & the district attorneys

Convincing you to come to the 506 tonight, my reviews of the latest releases from Athens’ Modern Skirts and the District Attorneys. The District Attorneys — Slowburner (2012): pealing and guttering modern guitars with Garth Hudson organ and ’50s doowop backing vocals and handclaps, this is a phenomenal follow-up from Atlanta’s District Attorneys to their…