Julien Baker was stellar at the Cradle last week; photos are up on Speakers. Openers Gracie & Rachel were a little Tori Amos, a little Vienna Teng, a lot themselves, and a whole lot of spectacular harmonies. The keyboard / violin combo is fantastic, the music is reserved without being shy or retiring, and their…
house show: delicate cutters
Last weekend some lovely folks from Alabama played rock and roll in my living room. You should have come.
the last bison @ motorco music hall
The Last Bison are about to blow up; mark it down. Their sophomore LP, Inheritance, is out Tuesday, and it’s going to be a doozy. They absolutely filled the space at Motorco last night in a gorgeous way. An excellent show, and glad I got to see and shoot them before they’re too important for me….
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…
kathleen edwards @ haw river ballroom
asking for flowers is like asking you to be nice
tift merritt @ carrboro town commons
No way to make my heart swell with love for where I live than a free show outside on a perfect fall evening, featuring three of North Carolina’s most beloved. Tift Merritt made me cry (for some reason, “Mix Tape” just destroys me) and made me laugh, Megafaun blew the crowd away by swinging between…
shakori hills grassroots festival spring 2012
Muchas gracias to Grant and the Bottom String (although to be fair, Grant pretty much is the Bottom String) for once again allowing me to scoot into the hippie zydeco-jam-band-roots-rock paradise that is Shakori Hills without paying for my ticket; I was out Thursday and Saturday (Sunday’s monsoon precluded my desire to stand in a…
new track from lost in the trees
Yesterday NPR debuted the first track from Chapel Hill’s own Lost in the Trees, off their upcoming second album for Anti- Records, A Church That Fits Our Needs, due out 3/20. (Happy birthday to me.) The track is “Red”, and you can hear it here. LITT has been gaining buzz and admirers since Anti- re-released…
liam finn @ the casbah
I like to be up front with you guys, you know that: a few years ago, I picked up Liam Finn’s debut album, I’ll Be Lightning, because he was Neil Finn’s son, and I do love me some Crowded House. Happily, Liam is just as talented as his dad, in completely different ways, and so…
shakori hills grassroots festival fall 2011
I’ll write more about the festival this week, but for now, a selection from my two days; all 150+ images are here.