Entries tagged with: North Carolina
photo: Phil Cook @ Hopscotch 2015 (more by Kenneth Bachor)
One of the shows we made sure not to miss at this year's Hopscotch Fest in North Carolina, was the all-local bill that featured Megafaun's Phil Cook and many others at Fletcher Opera Theater. It was the record release show for Phil's new solo album, Southland Mission, which is out now via Thirty Tigers. You saw the pics. One reviewer wrote:
I've seen Cook onstage dozens of times over the years, and the take-away memory is always the same: all the smiling faces alongside him. It does not seem to be possible to have a bad time playing music with Cook, who gives off a contagious sense of goofy joy.Learn more about the process and collaborators that made the new album happen in the 20 minute documentary you can watch below.
Fronting an expanded ensemble including Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath on backup vocals (and brother Brad on bass, of course), Cook preesented the ambitious roots-music travelogue that is "Southland Mission." The album evokes beer-soaked honky-tonks, folk-festival campgrounds, and even churches. When Cook stripped everything down to just voices and his guitar for some gospel singing, it was chill-inducingly beautiful.
The five-day RadioLoveFest is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June, featuring various live radio shows with a variety of performers including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, They Might Be Giants, and Jonathan Coulton. On June 7th, Ira Glass will host an episode of This American Life live from BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and though it is being billed as "one night only", it is now two shows in that one night. This is the updated description:
This American Life uses this evening at BAM as a chance to try something it's never attempted before: true stories staged as radio dramas. One of the stories will be an original mini-musical by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of In the Heights and Bring It On. In another, The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will perform while Glass narrates. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) is writing and performing a mini-musical of his own, built around a real story from This American Life, and Mike Birbiglia will narrate another true story in his inimitable comedic form.Tickets at BAM's website.
This American Life is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.
Stephin Merritt, who has a book of Scrabble-based poetry coming out in the fall, also has a show coming up in North Carolina as part of Merge Records' continuing 25th anniversary celebration. His Merge25 performance, not part of the actual Merge25 fest, is instead part of a special Merge parternship with the 'Duke Performances Concert Series', as part of Duke's 'Music in the Gardens' series on the Duke University campus. All shows in that series are listed below:
All dates are listed below and also include the Drumstrong Rhythm + Arts Festival in Charlotte, NC happening May 16, 17 & 18. Other familiar names on the North Carolina bill include The Felice Brothers and The Love Language (poster below), but it's more than just your average festival. Drumstrong "events raise awareness and funds for cancer organizations Globally through family friendly rhythm gatherings." Read more about their mission and how to donate.
Sannhet in Raleign for Hopscotch last year (more by Karen A Mann)
"Hopscotch Music Festival is celebrating its 5th Anniversary this September, 4-6. Featuring more than 160 bands over 3 days in downtown Raleigh, Hopscotch is increasingly recognized for adventurous lineups, incredible performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere. From a large outdoor main stage in Raleigh City Plaza to intimate club shows, the festival offers music in almost every genre imaginable--rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, drone, electronic, etc.--and its schedule highlights this diversity each year."Tickets for Hopscotch 2014 will go on sale Saturday, March 1.
In 2013 we caught both Sleep and Pig Destroyer at the fest which is not afraid to throw some metal into the mix. Stay tuned for the 2014 lineup, and meanwhile get excited for the Merge Festival which is happening this year in North Carolina too.
Spider Bags at Hopscotch 2011 (more by Alex Broadwell)
North Carolina garage rockers Spider Bags are set to head out on a tour supporting fellow NC band Superchunk later this month, which hits NYC on September 27 and 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are sold out, but you'll have another chance to catch Spider Bags in NYC when they headline the smaller Cameo Gallery on September 25. Opening the show is fellow friends of Titus Andronicus Liquor Store. Tickets for the Cameo show are on sale now.
Before Spider Bags head out with Superchunk, they'll play hometown festival Hopscotch, which is currently underway. They play a free Churchkey Records day party today (9/6) at Slim's Downtown with another Titus fave The Everymen, Queens rockers The Beets (who have upcoming NYC shows) and more. Full schedule for today's party below.
Speaking of Titus Andronicus, who we just caught in Chicago, frontman Patrick Stickles recently announced that their next album would be a 30+ song rock opera, which is expected to be released in November 2014. The album is currently available for pre-order, but will be refunded "in the event of Titus Andronicus breaking up or something." Check out a video of the band playing one of its songs, "Fatal Flaw," at a recent show, below.
All Spider Bags dates are listed, along with that Titus video and a song stream from Spider Bags' 2012 LP, below...
photos by Diana Wong
Moogfest 2012 is now underway in Asheville, North Carolina. The two day, multi-venue fest will feature sets by Killer Mike, Primus, Explosions in the Sky, Thomas Dolby, Death Grips, Four Tet, Orbital, Disclosure, and many more. Check out the full schedule.
Last night (10/25), Justice, who are on a tour that also hit Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, helped kick things off (unofficially) with a big show at the U.S. Cellular Center. Distal opened, and we have pictures. More below...
photos by Diana Wong
Tangerine Dream & fan
The annual music festival Moogfest took place this Halloween weekend down in Asheville, North Carolina. Countless bands we know and love played over the course of its three days including The Antlers, Atlas Sound, Austra, Anika, The Field, AraabMuzik, Flying Lotus, Chromeo, TV on the Radio, Moby, Matthew Dear, Tangerine Dream, and many more. And that was just Friday. Friday pictures are in this post.
As NPR points out:
"Tangerine Dream has wore many hats during a prolific 35-year career: Krautrock, New Age, film scores and pioneering synth music, to start. The group has consistently worked at a steady clip, generating 116 (!) live and studio albums in spite of its many personnel changes. Edgar Froese, the creative force behind Tangerine Dream, is the only remaining original member."Tangerine Dream played a two hour set at the fest. You can listen to the whole thing at NPR who have streaming sets from Austra, Atlas Sound, Tim Hecker, The Field, CANT and others too. The rest of our pictures from the first of three days, below...
photos & videos by Jessica Amaya
The Love Language @ The Rock Shop
The show was one of a few for the Merge-signed headliner before they play Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, NC this September. Hopscotch recently updated their lineup to include The Men, Hospitality, Fan Modine, and Dreamers of the Ghetto. The Light Pines, who were scheduled to play the fest, have broken up and had to drop off, and Apex Manor, who were also scheduled to play, cancelled all of their 2011 appearances, including Hopscotch. Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio, playing the fest on September 8th with The Necks, J Mascis and Steve Gunn at Fletcher Opera Hall, has revealed its band lineup. You can check out the full schedule at Hopscotch's site and purchase Tickets there too.
More pictures and video from Brooklyn below...
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
Megafaun @ Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Those looking for an excuse for a road trip this weekend:
Megafaun & Fight the Big Bull • 'Sounds of the South'Tickets for the three shows appear to still be available. I would go if I could, but knowing a live album will come of it is nice too.
feat. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver & Sharon Van Etten
Friday, September 17, 2010 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 18, 2010 | 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 19, 2010 | 5:00 pm
Hayti Heritage Center
$26 • Duke & NCCU Students $5
The members of Megafaun moved from Wisconsin to Raleigh with Vernon as the band DeYarmond Edison. After Vernon went back north to record as Bon Iver, the Cook brothers and Joe Westerlund stayed on in the Piedmont, crafting a timeless folk-pop that "drinks deeply from the well of the past but could only have been made today" (Drowned in Sound)--an archive of rural America's ghosts.
In this exclusive live recording event, the rustic avant-gardists team with Fight the Big Bull, the "thrilling" (NPR) 9-piece jazz collective from Richmond, VA, along with Vernon and the blisteringly talented Van Etten. Together in Durham for three shows only, they'll cut a live album based on Alan Lomax's collection of shape-note songs and dirt-floor hymns, Sounds of the South, gathered during a two-year trek through the American southeast (1959-1961).
Sharon Van Etten plays two NYC shows and then tours in October.
Meanwhile, Megafaun's fine new mini-LP Heretofore is out today (9/14). Check out two free songs from that above. Grab a remix the band did for The Acron @ My Old Kentucky Blog. And a video of Megafaun covering Gillian Welch with The Tallest Man on Earth, below...
Hopscotch Music Fest will be happening at ten venues in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, September 9th-11th. The three-day fest's two headlining shows are Panda Bear & Broken Social Scene with The Rosebuds on September 10th, and Public Enemy with No Age & The Love Language on September 11th. Other acts at the fest include Tortoise, Akron/Family, Best Coast, Burning Star Core, Atlas Sound, Fucked Up, Harvey Milk, Lucero and 9th Wonder. The lengthy full list is below. Tickets are on sale now.
Panda Bear's only other tour date currently is at Pitchfork Music Fest on July 17th in Chicago.
Another person at the fest with only a handful of shows beforehand is songwriter Richard Buckner. As of now he has four gigs before Hopscotch in September, and one comes Saturday, April 17th at Union Hall in Brooklyn with Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine. Tickets are on sale.
Richard Buckner hasn't had much in the way of news since three of his older records got reissued by this label Merge last year. He did stop by for a Daytrotter session that was posted March.
The list of bands at Hopscotch and Richard Buckner tour dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mac and Britt embrace (Triangle Music)
The much anticipated XX Merge Festival took place last week in North Carolina with a five-day (July 22-July 26), Wednesday to Sunday run of shows. Last night (Sunday)'s show with She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak was the only fully announced lineup. The other four nights (and one day) were a grab bag of any number of Merge bands past and present. Did you go? What were the highlights?
Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, who recently played a pair of big NY shows, headlined the fest's first night (which also included Magnetic Fields). Superchunk, which features Merge founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, topped the bill of the second night. The third night included the reformed/reunited lineups of Spent, Polvo and Pipe.
Mac McCaughan came out on stage before [Pipe] instead of the night's emcee and announced that there was a lone protester outside. He invited him up on stage and it was Jon Wurster decked out in Phillies gear as Philly Boy Roy. He was holding a sign that said "Boycot MERGE." He complained that Merge didn't have any Philly bands on their roster and Mac said that they have bands from Jersey, which is close to Philly. You never compare Jersey to Philly in front of Philly Boy Roy. It was hilarious.You can see the partial setlist from Spoon, who headlined that night, below.
All of this led to the introduction of New Jersey punks Pipe. As soon as they kicked into their first song, beer cans and plastic bottles started flying. Frontman Ron Liberti ate it up and even put himself in the line of fire, headbutting some of the cans while kicking some back into the crowd. Liberti bounded around the stage, essentially taunting the crowd. The crowd loved the band's antics as did I (but that may have been different if I hadn't managed to stay dry). [triangle music]
In addition to the Cat's Cradle shows (the venue for 4/5 of the night shows), Saturday featured a day show that included Julian Koster solo as Music Tapes and Mac McCaughan with violin accompaniment as Portastatic. A few videos from that set, below.
M. Ward, who's playing the Central Park Summerstage this Saturday (August 1st), played at the fest's Saturday night showcase. Zooey Deschanel joined him for a cover of the Beatles' "Birthday." Not too big of a surprise considering She & Him headlined the Sunday night show.
Other XX Merge artists who recently stopped in NYC include The Clientele and Richard Buckner (they played Music Hall of Williamsburg last Sunday), Versus and Superchunk (they played South Street Seaport last Friday), and Spent (they played Coco 66). Spoon didn't play a NYC show, but they were spotted in the audience of Paul McCartney's third of three shows at Citi Field in Queens. Destroyer is on his way up. He plays Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Mark Eitzel (as American Music Club) played Le Poisson Rouge and Maxwell's before XX Merge, and now he's on his way back for a show at The Bell House.
Lineups for each night of XX Merge, with videos, and a bunch of setlists, below...
In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Merge bands of the past and present will converge for 5 days of live music, July 22-26th in the heat of the sunny North Carolina summer. We are calling these 5 days of live music and mayhem, XX Merge.And this interesting tidbit from their FAQ's: "We will announce a (nearly) complete list of Merge bands who will be playing prior to the festival, but you will have to come to each show to find out who is playing on which night. We think it's more fun that way!"
XX Merge Wednesday, July 22nd - Sunday, July 26th
4 nights at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC
1 night at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC on UNC Campus Details of additional music & bedlam yet to come!
Featuring over 25 of your favorite Merge artists including...Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, Spent, M. Ward, The Rosebuds, Destroyer, Guv'ner, Polvo, Pipe & The Broken West. Many more bands both expected and unexpected still to-be-announced!
5-Day Passes are $150 and will get you in to all XX Merge festivities. Passes will go on sale on Wednesday, April 8th at 10 AM EST via catscradle.com and mergerecords.com. 5-day passes are nontransferable. A limited number of tickets for individual Cradle shows and the Memorial Hall show will be made available at a later date.
The Rosebuds are now in the midst of their April tour that brings them back to NYC for two shows soon.
M Ward is also playing Coachella and Central Park Summerstage this year. All dates below.
Check out the video for Spent's "Umbrella Wars", below...
Merge Records started 20 years ago in Chapel Hill, NC with some 4-track recordings, a couple cassette tapes, and some hand-stuffed 7" vinyl. Many singles, albums, and late nights later we're happy to be here and happy that you're still here for us! All year we'll be celebrating the past, present, and future of Merge but this summer we're throwing a party to mark this anniversary: XX Merge, five days of music by Merge artists past and present in the summer heat of sunny North Carolina. July 22-26, 2009.I wonder who they'll get to reunite. I think it goes without saying that Portastatic and Superchunk will be on the bill. Arcade Fire are on Merge. So were Neutral Milk Hotel. The Clean, Big Dipper, Dinosaur Jr, Polvo, Spoon, She & Him, Conor Oberst, Versus....All Merge bands, past and present, listed below...
Put it on your calendar now! Lineup and ticket information to be announced soon!
Subscriptions to SCORE! Merge Records: The First 20 Years have been extended to January 11th. This is your last chance to receive a year of Merge goodies delivered to your door and computer all year long!