Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cool shows this week: Arcade Fire for Obama, Pressure Boys and more!

Thursday, May 1: Red Collar, Tir na nOg

If you missed them at last week's Earth Day celebration, here's your chance to make up for it. It'll be my first time seeing them, and I'm pretty excited. Expect some video on the blog on Friday. the Bronzed Chorus and The Dry Heathens open up.

SHOW OF THE WEEK! Friday, May 2: Superchunk and Arcade Fire, Carrboro Town Commons
Carrboro is THE place to be on this date. Local legends Superchunk and their Merge labelmates Arcade Fire will play at a rally for Barack Obama at 2 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Commons. This show is FREE, but you have to have a ticket to get in, so if you don't have one, you are likely out of luck.

Fri & Sat, May 2 & 3: Pressure Boys, Cat's Cradle
This show is near and dear to my heart because I remember seeing The Pressure Boys many, many times during my college years, and somewhere I have a warped copy of the Hell Tape. They mixes indie rock and ska before it was cool to do so, and played an awesome cover of Radar Love. Original trumpeter Stacey Guess, who died several years ago, will be missed at this show, but it's still sure to be a great trip down memory lane. This is a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ALSO, Check out the cool audio slide show on the band, with current and archive photos.

Saturday, May 3: Danny Vaughn, Rebusworks
This is an early, free, solo show from the leader of Noncannon. Here's what Sarah just sent out: Please join us this First Friday, from 6 until 10 pm, for music and art at Rebus Works. Danny Vaughn, of Noncannon, will be playing at 8, and Abie Harris' Structure + Color will be on view. We also have some new works on paper by Matt Sesow, Gabriel Shaffer, and Nick Spohrer.

Saturday, May 3: Earth, ??
As of right now, who knows where or if this show will happen. Here's what Mike Dillon just sent out on Myspace:
Hello everyone,
this has been a hairline shattering last couple of days my friends! I found out that Downtown Event Center, whatever you want to call it, is closed down! It appears that way to me, so thats how im calling it.

I had to cancel the awesome EARTH show w/ Des Ark and In The Year of the Pig and US CHRISTMAS, which was gonna be my last show there anyways.

So I'm looking to relocate this show cos EARTH still wants to play. It may be at Katmandu, it may be at YOUR HOUSE (?) or some where else. I'm gonna be trying to figure this out all day.


this will be the last show I book in a looooooooong time. so please come and attend wherever it may be held.

PLZ REPOST!!!!!!!!!!!

also thanks to Jenks Miller and Grayson Currin for helping me out a ton.......
http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Earth_(band)

Saturday May 3: Abe Quinn’s 6th Annual BDay Bash w/ The Suburban Sweethearts and Man Will Destroy Himself, Slim's

Saturday and Sunday, May 3 & 4: Get the Hint benefits, Pour House and Sadlack's

Here's the bulletin sent out by Dave Bartholomew:

Saturday, May 3rd:

Get The Hint Benefit!
The Silos
Chip Robinson & The Heavy Beat Outfit (me on guitar)
Quarry Hill
BJ Barham
Chris Mills
Tres Chicas (me on drums)
Glory Fountain
Patty Hurst Shifter

This show starts at 3:30.

This is a great cause, and a memorial for a great guy! @ The Pour House
http://www. myspace. com/the_hint
www. the-pour-house. com

Sunday, May 4th:
Continuation of the "Get The Hint" Benefit.

The Cartridge Family
Chip Robinson & The Heavy Beat Outfit
Lou Ford
Kenny Roby
Joe Swank and the Zen Pirates.

This show starts at 2:45 @
Sadlack's Heroes
2116 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 828-9190
http://www. myspace. com/the_hint

Sunday, May 4: Grass Widow with The Men, Local 506

During the one show I've seen of Grass Widow, I described them as "fuzzy, jangly blues rock actually really grew on me." I remember not liking them at first, but being really into them by the end of the set. This will be a good opportunity to check them out and see if I feel the same way. They'll also be at the Double Down (which is quickly becoming the new hot spot in Raleigh) with Rocket Cottage next Friday, May 9.


Thursday, May 8: Hayseed Dixie, Pour House
If you love bluegrass and AC/DC, this show is for you. They played one of the best versions of Whole Lotta Rosie I've ever heard when I saw them at Pour House a couple of years ago.

Thursday, May 8: Dirty Little Heaters, Slim's

I haven't seen these gals since they played a between-bout set at an early Rollergirls game a few years back. Looks like this will be my chance to see them again.

SHOW OF THE WEEK! Saturday, May 10: Polvo, Cat's Cradle
One of the most innovative bands ever to emerge from this area starts a series of reunion shows. They're also going to be playing at ATP Catskills (in addition to ATP England) in the fall, and yours truly is debating whether or not to go. Look for for something special on the blog, in preview of the show, next week!

Saturday, May 10: Killer Filler, Sadlack's

Saturday, May 10: Colossus with Thunderlip, Slims
I really hate that I'm going to miss this show, because I've been wanting to check out Colossus. Alas, I will be at Polvo.


Sunday, May 18: RebusFest, Rebusworks in Raleigh
Here's info sent out by Rebus gallery in Raleigh: RebusFest, a one-day event featuring art, music, and food, will be held on Sunday, May 18. Bands include The Loners, Kickin' Grass, Starmount, Monologue Bombs, The T's, and Edmund II. Participating artists include Julie Armbruster, Casey Porn, Betty McKim, Staci Sawyer, Clifton May and Lauren Turner. Artist spaces are still available, if interested, please call 919-754-8452.
We are also looking for volunteers, if you'd like to help for a shift (11:30 until 3:30 or 3:30 until 7:30), please let us know by email or phone.

Tuesday, May 20: The Sword with Stinking Lizaveta
Austin's The Sword are one of my favorite heavy bands, though I admit their new CD is a bit over the top with Stonehenge/gnome imagery. watch the video for "Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians" (see what I mean?) off Gods Of the Earth here.

I saw Stiking Lizaveta waaaaay back in 2003 and thought they were absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see them again.

Saturday, May 24: Dropsonic with The Needles, Slim's
From Atlanta. I don't know much about them but I'm liking what I've heard so far. However I DO know The Needles, and I know they're awesome, Hellacopters-style RAWK. Could be a great show.

Thursday, May 29: The Trousers at Tir na nOg
I love this band so much, and they hardly ever play out, maybe because drummer Stephen Gardner is mighty busy with his duties as singer/guitarist with The T's. This band is fine British blues rock, and singer-guitarist Jim Pendergast plays with an understated elegance that must be heard live to be appreciated.

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